Today Sarah Palin broke her silence after the tragedy in Tucson last Saturday, by posting a video that repudiated the accusation by some that the harsh political rhetoric in the country had any connection with the shooting that left six dead and more than a dozen wounded, including Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords, the target of alleged shooter Jared Loughner.
Palin's website at one time had a picture of Ms. Giffords in crosshairs such are found in a rifle, targeting Giffords for ouster in the upcoming midterm elections.
Palin said the following in the video.....
I listened at first puzzled, then with concerned, and now with sadness to the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event If you don't like a person's vision for the country, you're free to debate that vision. If you don't like their ideas, you're free to propose better ideas. But especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible."
And as usual, Palin did her best to portray herself as a victim. And Sarah being Sarah, she made a huge tactical blunder by using the term blood libel, which was used in the past and in the present day by anti Semites to accuse Jews of sacrificing Christian and Muslim children and consuming their blood. Jewish groups, upon hearing Palin use the term, expressed their outrage.
Furthermore, Gabrielle Giffords is the first Jewish woman elected to Congress from Arizona.
Below, a video history of "blood libels".