I want to start out by saying, while I like and much admire Sarah Palin for the person she is, I am not writing this in support of her nomination for president in 2012. In fact, I am hoping and praying she makes the right decision not to run, as I feel she could not win, and it is so important to win in 2012, for the good of the country. While saying that, I hate that this woman is constantly being ridiculed and smeared by the left in this country, including the MSM [sorry for being redundant], and in many cases out and out lied about. If only our president was one tenth the supporter of Israel that this good woman is. With that preface, here is my post:
Hat tip: Andrew Breitbart's Big Government
In an exclusive statement, famed attorney and Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz defended Sarah Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” [She has been criticized for using the term by Abe Foxman of the ADL..and the usual liberal suspects] I feel embarrassed because I am ignorant of the original anti Semitic meaning of the term. I have only known the term in its broader context and never thought it anti Semitic in nature. It just makes me sick to my stomach that someone like Sarah Palin, who is not anti Semitic, who is a great lover and defender of Israel is accused of anti Semitism [because she is a conservative Republican] while liberal Democrats are given a pass every time. Thanks for the intellectually honest liberal, Alan Dershowitz! Here are his comments:
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.
Update: Tonight, Mon. Jan. 17, 2011 the brilliant Dennis Prager on Hugh Hewitt's radio talk show, in a segment Hugh Hewitt, lovingly calls 'ask a Jew', Mr Prager also stated unequivocally that Sarah Palin's use of the term blood libel is in no way anti Semitic. He said this is common use of the phrase when one is unjustly accused of being responsible for murder. When Hugh asked him, what about all the Jews who have spoken up against her, Dennis replied that all those are liberals and they are upset because of their liberalism, not because of their Judaism. Dennis went on to say, if she had used the term 'The blood libel', then that would have referred to when Jews were offensively, unjustly, lyingly accused of unspeakable acts, and it would have been wrong to use.
Like I thanked the liberal Alan Dershowitz for being intellectually honest and just, I also want to add the conservative Dennis Prager in my thanks!!