I honestly don’t even know where to start with this nonsense. Anyone who could use this term, when discussing the attempted assassination of a Jewish congressmember, about her own non-Jewish self…
I wonder, I really do, sometimes, if some Christians in America really grasp that Jewish people exist and are not just metaphorical characters in history and the Bible one might adopt as a part of one’s identity, the way people feel attached to Hobbits and imagine themselves Hobbit-like, because they think they have similar characteristics.
Otherwise, the only people who I know who regularly use this phrase are historians and anti-Semites. If you aren’t a historian and aren’t Jewish, that’s where you encounter it. My whole twitter feed this morning was filled with folks who had no idea what it even was. It’s not a widely known or used phrase. And, as they pointed out over at Shakesville, it’s not one you are likely to come to on your own, since it makes no sense out of context. “Blood” and “libel” don’t mean anything next to each other if you don’t already know the meaning of the word. If you had to look at it and guess, you might think it had to do with people lying about who’s in your family.
But Palin used it like she knew what it means, and so we must assume she does.
And that is… deeply troubling, to put it mildly.