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Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz defended Mrs. Palin’s use of the term, noting that “the term ‘blood libel’ has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse,” despite its origins. 

“There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations,” Mr. Dershowitz said in a statement issued to the Andrew Breitbart Web site Big Government.