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Daybreak: An Arab Spring?

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

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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]

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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.

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