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A nearly eight-minute video was posted on Sarah Palin's Facebook wall early Wednesday, accusing journalists and pundits of inciting hatred and violence in the wake of a deadly Arizona shooting that gravely wounded a U.S. congresswoman.
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updated 1/13/2011 12:28:40 PM ET 2011-01-13T17:28:40

The White House is staying out of the debate over Sarah Palin's claim that her critics engaged in "blood libel" by criticizing her after Saturday's attack by a lone gunman in Tucson, Ariz.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs declined comment Thursday. He told reporters "there are plenty of people that can render opinions on that." But he says he won't be one of them.

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Palin critics have said her use of cross-hairs on maps of political districts and slogans such as "Don't retreat, reload" create a poisonous atmosphere that sets the stage for violence. There is no evidence that the shooter in Arizona was influenced by Palin or by conservative imagery.

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Palin rebuked her critics with a term — "blood libel" — that is associated with centuries-old claims that Jews ritualistically killed Christian children.

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    >>> sarah palin 's efforts to try to stop efforts to link her to the shooting has this. good morning.

    >> hi. on the same day president obama delivered that emotional appeal for civil discourse, sarah palin chose a very different path, mourning the victims but lashing out at her critics.

    >> we will not be stopped from celebrating the greatness of our country and our foundational freedoms by those who mock its greatness, by being intolerant of differing opinion and seeking to muzzle descent with shrill cries of imagined insults.

    >> while rejecting criticism of the gun imagery central to her image.

    >> don't retreat, reload, and that is no a call for violence.

    >> palin ignited a new controversy over two words in her video, blood libel , a central anti-semitic myth used for centuries about massacres of jews.

    >> especially with a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves to incite the hatred and violence they purport to condemn. that is reprehensible.

    >> was she inspired by the use of a same franz a " wall street journal " opinion monday. critics say that is wrong.

    >> using blood libel , she says it's a sin nom for false accusation. that's not what it is, a terrible treacherous body of lies that accuse jews of killing christian children as part of their ritual.

    >> intentional or not, it led some to say she is not ready to lead the party.

    >> the criticism is still in front of us whether or not she wants to remain the leader of a faction or does she want to try to broaden her appeal and become a national leader which is what she has to do to run for president.

    >> even republicans sympathetic to palin said she magnified her problem to speak out on a day she would inevitably be compared to president obama .

    >> thank you.

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