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Palin slammed over 'blood-libel' statement

Anti-Defamation League says former US vice presidential candidate should not have invoked 'phrase so fraught with pain in Jewish history' in reference to actions of journalists and pundits in placing blame for Tucson shooting on others

The Anti-Defamation League last week responded to criticism of former Alaska governor and US vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for using the term "blood-libel" in her statement on the tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona.


"It is unfortunate that the tragedy in Tucson continues to stimulate a political blame game," said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman. "Rather than step back and reflect on the lessons to be learned from this tragedy, both parties have reverted to political partisanship and finger-pointing at a time when the American people are looking for leadership, not more vitriol.


"In response to this tragedy we need to rise above partisanship, incivility, heated rhetoric, and the business-as-usual approaches that are corroding our political system and tainting the atmosphere in Washington and across the country."


Foxman stated that "it was inappropriate at the outset to blame Sarah Palin and others for causing this tragedy or for being an accessory to murder. Palin has every right to defend herself against these kinds of attacks, and we agree with her that the best tradition in America is one of finding common ground despite our differences."


He added, however, that the ADL "wishes that Palin had not invoked the phrase 'blood-libel' in reference to the actions of journalists and pundits in placing blame for the shooting in Tucson on others. While the term 'blood-libel' has become part of the English parlance to refer to someone being falsely accused, we wish that Palin had used another phrase, instead of one so fraught with pain in Jewish history."



פרסום ראשון: 01.17.11, 08:07
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