Palin shoots from the lip after criticism of 'blood libel' claims
Published 19/01/2011 | 05:00
Sarah Palin has attempted to redefine the phrase "blood libel", saying it means to wrongly accuse someone of having blood on their hands, after she was widely condemned for her use of the term following the shootings in Arizona.
Mrs Palin insisted that she was "not going to shut up" despite the furore surrounding her use of the term to castigate those who had accused her of fomenting violence.
She accused "journalists and pundits" of "blood libel" after critics said she bore some responsibility for the Tucson killings. The phrase is normally used to refer to the anti-Semitic myth that Jews killed Christ- ian children in order to use their blood in religious rituals.