Sarah Palin's Use of the Term Blood Libel Defended by Alan Dershowitz

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
Birthplace of Independent Conservatism

It is good to see there are still some liberals left with a modicum of intellectual honesty. Alan Dershowitz is obviously among them. No doubt he will take a lot of heat from the majority of the left , as well as from some of his Jewish brethren for his defense of Sarah Palin's use of the term blood libel.

The term “blood libel” has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People,its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report. There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term.

Mr. Dershowitz is to be applauded for his defense of Sarah's use of the term.

Cross posted to Rational Nation USA

Via: Memeorandum


  1. You do remember back in the '08 campaign there was a period of about a week or two, where there were heavy rumors Palin was Jewish. Some group tracked her ancestry and discovered she was half-Jew on her mother's side from Lithuania. She never denied it.

    If you look at her real close, she has Jewish features. And her mother even more so.

    Trust me, as a fellow member of "the Tribe," I say Sarah's a Jew.

  2. The more they bash Palin, the more popular she begins. I pray she'll be made Secretary of Energy in 2012.

  3. Like Nickie said.. they keep trashing her from the left, and she just keeps looking better in the eyes of the middle.

    I don't know what will become of her, but Sec. of Energy would be a great possibility.

    I also like the idea that she just remains in her Facebook / Twitter role, keeping all in line from all partisan walks.

    We shall see.

  4. I also defended Palin's use of the term as "not unprecedented." It was still inappropriate, because most people who know what the Blood Libel was (a minority of Americans), would take offense at it as being "inappropriate." No Presidential candidate, especially a populist one, wants to take a chance on taking such heat. A smarter person would have known that.


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