In an op-ed for the Philadelphia Jewish Voice, Benyamin Korn, co-founder of Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin, has an account of how Gov. Palin choose to use the term "blood libel" in her remarks several days after the Tucson shootings:
Now I am in no way a spokesman for, or employee of, Gov. Palin, nor is my organization, Jewish Americans for Sarah Palin, connected to her organization in any way. But as the leader of a grassroots organization of American Jews who support Gov. Palin and her policies, I am acquainted with enough individuals close to her advisers, to have learned this story through what I regard as reliable sources.- JP
First, we can discard the myths that have come to surround her choice of the phrase.
It certainly was not because she "does not know what a blood libel is, or does not know of their horrific history," as David Harris of the National Jewish Democratic Council has claimed. Gov. Palin is, in fact, surprisingly well-informed about Jewish history. Consider, for example, the thoughtful Facebook message she distributed last month, on the occasion of Hannukah...
Nor was it because she is insensitive to Jewish feelings, as some snarky bloggers have intimated. On the contrary, from her statements and actions, Gov. Palin has demonstrated time and again that she feels closer to Israel and the Jewish people than any American political figure in recent memory.
Anyone who saw the little Israeli flag perched behind her desk well before the 2008 election, or has noticed the pin of American and Israeli flags that almost constantly adorns her left lapel, despite the negligible number of Jewish voters in Alaska, knows of her special affection for the Jewish State and people. No one who has heard her speak with conviction of America as a Judeo-Christian nation, and of our Constitution as founded in Judeo-Christian principles, can doubt that.
So here is what happened....