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Sarah Palin Is Right About 'Blood Libel': Judaism rejects collective responsibility for murder
The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 14, 2011 | Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Posted on 01/13/2011 4:00:39 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

The term "blood libel"—which Sarah Palin invoked this week to describe the suggestions by journalists and politicians that conservative figures like herself are responsible for last weekend's shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz.—is fraught with perilous meaning in Jewish history.

The term connotes the earliest accusations that Jews killed Jesus and enthusiastically embraced responsibility for his murder, telling Pontius Pilate, "His blood be upon us and our children" (Matthew 27:25). Thus was born the legend of Jewish bloodlust and of Hebrew ritual use of Christian blood for sacramental purposes. The term was later used more specifically to describe accusations against Jews—primarily in Europe—of sacrificing kidnapped Christian children to use their blood in the baking of Passover matzos.

The Benedictine monk Thomas of Monmouth is generally credited with having popularized the blood libel in his "Life of the Martyr William from Norwich," written in 1173 about a young boy who was found stabbed to death. Thomas quoted a servant woman who said she witnessed Jews lacerating the boy's head with thorns, crucifying him, and piercing his side. While William was canonized, the Jews of Norwich fared less well. On Feb. 6, 1190, they were all found slaughtered in their homes, save those who escaped to the local tower and committed mass suicide.

Despite the strong association of the term with collective Jewish guilt and concomitant slaughter, Sarah Palin has every right to use it. The expression may be used whenever an amorphous mass is collectively accused of being murderers or accessories to murder....

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: arizona; bloodlibel; collectiveguilt; freepressforpalin; giffords; judaism; msm; palin; sarahpalin; tucson
Uh-oh, seems the Left better come up with another attack on Gov. Palin.
1 posted on 01/13/2011 4:00:40 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
All this running around and correcting the Left's lies is tiresome.

Especially knowing you're always going to be two or three lies behind them.

2 posted on 01/13/2011 4:03:07 PM PST by skeeter
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My local Newspaper, the Daily Republic, isn’t running too many Stories about the Tucson tragedy. They don’t like my criticism of Obama and the liberal contingent in the comment section. I get too much ammunition (can I use that word) from Free Republic and Liberty Post to sling at liberals there. I posted there today about Obama’s pep rally and compared it to the Nuremberg rally. Boo hoo, local newspaper! Grow a skin!


3 posted on 01/13/2011 4:07:47 PM PST by Tea Party Reveler
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To: skeeter
There's still a literary reference to the practice of "blood libel" occurring BC or BCE or however you want to refer to it.

It predates Christianity.

4 posted on 01/13/2011 4:09:17 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Funny so far I see Jews defending her on this and a bunch of people who aren’t even Jewish acting all indignant about it.


5 posted on 01/13/2011 4:14:17 PM PST by redk
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To: skeeter

that’s their entire M.O.


6 posted on 01/13/2011 4:17:52 PM PST by sappy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
One of the network news orgs interviewed -- I think it was See BS -- a rabbi about the "blood libel" charge. His reply wasn't exactly crisp and incisive, but he seemed to be saying that

a) "blood libel" only applies to libels against Jews, and cannot be applied to other libels, and

b) Sarah Palin crossed a line of moral offense (of course she did) by appropriating the term and applying it to what media liberals are doing with their campaign of personal destruction, in trying to pin the murders on her.

7 posted on 01/13/2011 4:18:40 PM PST by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jews don’t own words any more than blacks own words.


8 posted on 01/13/2011 4:19:57 PM PST by DainBramage
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Intellectual and theological honesty, especially in this week’s atmosphere of left-wing insanity, is refreshing . . . and reassuring. I don’t know about his politics, but any Jew, especially a Rabbi, who publicly states a position in support of a political conservative deserves praise for his or her bravery.


9 posted on 01/13/2011 4:23:14 PM PST by Sharkfish
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The notion of individual responsibility comes from Ezekiel.

Before that, Jews used to believe when one individual went astray, the entire nation was held responsible.

The Democrats want to resurrect that ancient view. I don’t believe the innocent should be punished along with the guilty. It isn’t fair, it isn’t justice and that’s not America.


10 posted on 01/13/2011 4:25:31 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: lentulusgracchus

These liberals must be OUTRAGED that Denzel Washington kept correcting people in “Crimson Tide” when he emphasized “nuclear HOLOCAUST!”


11 posted on 01/13/2011 4:32:28 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: goldstategop

You don’t mess with the Rebbe Boteach,
he is unafraid.


12 posted on 01/13/2011 4:39:36 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: skeeter
All this running around and correcting the Left's lies is tiresome.Especially knowing you're always going to be two or three lies behind them

Maybe it will be the law of unintended consequences.

Maybe all these smears against Gov. Palin will backfire.

We'll see....

13 posted on 01/13/2011 4:48:57 PM PST by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: DainBramage
Jews don’t own words any more than blacks own words.

I think the point is that the term blood libel has metaphorically broadened since thousands and thousands of years ago.

14 posted on 01/13/2011 4:50:46 PM PST by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve hear the term blood libel used in exactly the way Palin used it for the last 40 years. Its nothing new.

And if it was new, so what. Is there a new rule in the English language that we can’t use analogous phrases?


15 posted on 01/13/2011 4:54:00 PM PST by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: DainBramage
B-word libel

Problem solved.

16 posted on 01/13/2011 5:08:22 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Media say Obama good, Palin bad. Some people still believe what media say. More people can think without media telling them how to think, with their manipulative rants.
Media trust is being destroyed.


17 posted on 01/13/2011 5:14:48 PM PST by FreedBird
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To: goldstategop

Yep. It’s that same collective guilt theory that underlies reparations, too.


18 posted on 01/13/2011 5:24:11 PM PST by Springfield Reformer (Winston Churchill: No Peace Till Victory!)
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To: goldstategop
.The notion of individual responsibility comes from Ezekiel. Before that, Jews used to believe when one individual went astray, the entire nation was held responsible.

Interesting. Can you explain ?

19 posted on 01/13/2011 5:24:36 PM PST by Red Boots
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To: skeeter

marked for reading later


20 posted on 01/13/2011 5:37:15 PM PST by DallasSun (Courage~Fear that has said its prayers.)
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To: lentulusgracchus

What about the congresswoman who is a Jew?


21 posted on 01/13/2011 5:39:45 PM PST by captnorb
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To: Red Boots; goldstategop

“The word of the Lord came to me: What do you mean by quoting this proverb upon the soil of Israel, ‘Parents eat sour grapes and their children’s teeth are set of edge’? As I live- declares the Lord God- this proverb shall no longer be current among you in Israel. Consider, all lives are Mine; the life of the parent and the life of the child are both Mine. The person who sins, only he shall die”. Ezekiel 18, 1-4


22 posted on 01/13/2011 5:55:01 PM PST by kenavi (The good ol' US of A: 57 state laboratories for the future.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


23 posted on 01/13/2011 6:58:25 PM PST by Hunton Peck ("Round up the usual Tea Partiers!")
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To: goldstategop

Remember, “It takes a village to raise a child”?


24 posted on 01/13/2011 9:24:36 PM PST by Prussianone
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To: skeeter

We shall never tire...


25 posted on 01/13/2011 9:28:53 PM PST by RedWing9 (Zero sucks... Jesus Rocks...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The phrase “blood libel” is not on most people’s radar. For me, this criticism of Palin came out of left field.


26 posted on 01/13/2011 9:40:31 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I can't see myself supporting Mrs. Palin in the primaries next year, and I see no way that she could win the general election. However, she does not deserve the despicable attacks that have come from the left (and occasionally the right) in the aftermath of this incident. This commentary is rational and intelligent. Thanks for posting this one.
27 posted on 01/13/2011 9:57:54 PM PST by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just for fun, check out what Palin has said about Israel with what Obama has said (and done) in regard to Israel.


28 posted on 01/14/2011 8:41:33 AM PST by LoneStarC
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To: captnorb
I don't understand your question. What about her? You mean Giffords, right?
29 posted on 01/14/2011 5:47:26 PM PST by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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