The term "blood libel"is trending thanks to Sarah Palin. In a
speech posted on her
, Palin lashes out at those who say her overheated political rhetoricmay have provoked the attempted assassination of Arizona CongresswomanGabrielle Giffords. The former Alaska governor says, "Especially within hoursof a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a bloodlibel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport tocondemn."
Blood libel refers toa false claim that Jews murder children to use their blood for religious rituals.Not surprisingly, Palin is being pilloried for invoking a term with suchanti-Semitic overtones. Among the angry responses on Twitter: "Blood libel is not the phrase to use when a Jewish congresswoman isfighting for her life."