The Jewish community was up in arms when Sarah Palin in January accused critics who would tie her political tone to the Arizona shootings (in which Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was a victim) of committing a "blood libel" against her. In a video posted on Facebook she said, "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 they purport to condemn." The term dates to the Middle Ages and refers to a false accusation that Jews used Christian blood in religious rituals. Many found it especially offensive in part because Giffords is Jewish.
Screenshot from Palin's Facebook video
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