Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Daybreak: An Arab Spring?

Plus Barak out of Labor, Palin unrepentant, and more in the news

Print Email
Sarah Palin apologizing for defending her use of ‘blood libel.’(Fox/Politico)

• Some are wondering if the overthrow of the despotic Tunisian president is the harbinger of people’s revolutions throughout the Arab world. [WP]

• Defense Minister Ehud Barak bolted the Labor Party, taking a few ministers with him, to form his own, smaller, centrist party while staying in the governing coalition. [NYT]

• Sarah Palin stood by her remarks on the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords while regretting her use of the phrase “blood libel.” Just kidding! She said her critics were “using anything they could gather out of [the] statement,” like, for example, its invocation, however inadvertant, of a centuries-old justification of violence against Jews. [AP/Vos Iz Neias?]

• Then again, maybe, per Jean-Marie Le Pen’s theory, I’m just crying wolf. [JTA]

• The Palestinian leadership continues to insist it will present an anti-settlement draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council. [JPost]

• Giffords’s breathing tube was removed as she continues to make progress, albeit while still in critical condition. [JPost]

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

It is rich to see news outlets like The New York Times, which spritzes itself every morning with a little fashionable antisemitism, suddenly so indignant over the term ‘blood libel’.

Per Ross Douthat’s suggestion, rather than obsess about Sarah Palin, why doesn’t Tablet just ignore her?

How about linking to Ed Koch’s piece defending Palin?

Sarah Palin’s use of the term blood libel was accurate and inoffensive, except among people primarily looking to be offended. And Tablet Magazine in particular has no right to comment on this bogus non-issue in light of your featuring the horrific Jewmongous video on the subject. Yes, yes, I know it’s hip and ironic, and cantcha take a joke. No, I can’t, because if you don’t take it seriously then you can’t tell anyone else to take it seriously. Actually everything that guy does is horrific, and far from owning the put-downs and transcending them, he is just a Jewish Stepin Fetchit.


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Daybreak: An Arab Spring?

Plus Barak out of Labor, Palin unrepentant, and more in the news

More on Tablet:

Wolf Blitzer Explores His Jewish Roots

By David Meir Grossman — CNN host visits Yad Vashem and Auschwitz for the network’s ‘Roots’ series