Helen Thomas Under Fire For Jews ‘Go Home’ Remarks
June 6, 2010
(ChattahBox)—White House press corps member Helen Thomas is under fire for her bizarre comments, suggesting that the solution to peace in the Middle East is for the Jews to go back where they came from. Are these the words from a doddering elderly woman, who is well past retirement age, or the ugly sentiments of an anti-Semite? Either way, her remarks are drawing fire, with calls for Hearst Newspapers to sack her.
Thomas, who has covered every president since the Eisenhower administration, made her controversial remarks during an interview with Rabbi David Nesenoff of RabbiLive.com:
Q: “Any comments on Israel?”
THOMAS: “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land. It’s not German, it’s not Polish.”
Q: “So where should they go, what should they do?”
THOMAS: “Go home.”
Q: “Where is the home?”
THOMAS: “Poland, Germany.”
Q: “So you’re saying Jews go back to Poland, Germany?”
THOMAS: “And America and everywhere else.”
Oy. Thomas, employed by Hearst Newspapers as a columnist, may soon find herself on the unemployment line for her offensive remarks. The campaign to pressure Hearst Newspapers to fire Thomas is being led by former Bush Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, condemning her comments, as “appalling.”
“She is advocating religious cleansing. How can Hearst stand by her? If a journalist, or a columnist, said the same thing about blacks or Hispanics, they would already have lost their jobs,” said Fleisher.
And the former half-term governor Sarah Palin is jumping into the fray via her Twitter feed, charging the elite lamestream media is protecting Thomas:
“Helen Thomas press pals condone racist rant? Heaven forbid “esteemed” press corps represent society’s enlightened elite; Rest of us choose truth,” wrote Palin.
So far, Thomas has kept her job, but Hearst spokesman Paul Luthringer sent Greg Sargant of The Plum Line an email disavowing her comments. “We deeply regret Helen Thomas’ remarks, which in no way reflect the views of Hearst Newspapers or its employees. Helen has expressed her own profound regret over the incident,” wrote Luthringer.
Thomas issued an apology on her website, expressing regret for her off-the-wall comments:
“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”