Essential Reading On Palin’s “Blood Libel”

On the so-called “blood libel” against Sarah Palin, check out:

Susannah Heschel, writing for Religion Dispatches:

Sarah Palin accused her critics of practicing a “blood libel” and closed by stating that “we need God’s guidance and the peace He provides.” What an odd juxtaposition. We do indeed need God’s guidance, but the God I know from the Bible doesn’t simply provide us peace, but also challenges us, afflicts our conscience, and demands our moral behavior—not simply our pieties.

Palin also quoted a portion of then-Governor Ronald Reagan’s 1968 speech to the Republican National Convention, in which he asserted that:

“We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

His words, too, run counter to the fundamental precept of the prophets, whose message, according to my father, theologian Abraham Joshua Heschel, is clear: “in a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible.”

And for something completely different, Katie Halper’s hilarious HuffPo piece, “Top 10 Reasons to Stop the Blood Libel Shmear Campaign Against Honorary Jew Sarah Palin.”

(h/t to Susan Klonsky for the above.)


2 Comments on “Essential Reading On Palin’s “Blood Libel””

  1. H Wallach says:

    For another intellectual analysis of Palin’s “Blood Libel” video, this one called “The Mama Bear’s Tale” from the Economist is also worth a read.

  2. Shirin says:

    This little episode is so offensive to me as a non-Jew that I can only try to imagine how it comes across to an actual Jew. Anything specific I could say about it would be pure snark, so better not say anything except that anything I could say would be pure snark.

    Only I just can’t help snarking about that photo. It kind of says it all.


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