Back in Dec. 2010, Helen Thomas said the following during a speech to an Arab American group.
“Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is.”
In response, Wayne State University, where Thomas graduated in 1942, announced it would no longer present the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in the Media Award.
Thomas, a Detroit native of Lebanese descent, also said, in her speech in Dec., that she stood by her 2010 comments about Israel which led to her resignation as a correspondent for Hearst News Service.
Thomas resigned in June after being caught on video telling a Rabbi, during Jewish Heritage festivities near the White House, that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine, [and go back to] Poland and Germany.”
While I don’t think Wayne State will be presenting a Journalism award in her honor again, it seems possible that Thomas could carved out a new journalistic niche for herself.
If you were viewing the home page of Hamas’ military wing, Al-Qassam, just over a week ago, you’d find the following featured story.
Here’s the text from the report:
Al Qassam website – Occupied Jerusalem – Noted US journalist Helen Thomas told a Hebrew newspaper that she wonders why Israel cannot absorb the idea that the Palestinian people elected Hamas Movement democratically.
“I do not know why it is difficult for Israel to believe that the Palestinian people elected Hamas,” she told Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.
Replying to a claim during the interview that Hamas was a terrorist group, she said that she is against violence, but she understands Hamas’s desire to restore what was taken from the Palestinians.
She noted that she is not against Jews but against Zionism and stressed that the Jews must give back what they took from others and is not theirs.
The US journalist added the Jews’ right to exist does not give them the right to seize other people’s land.
The journalist underlined that the Jews in the 1940’s after the end of the second world war had homelands and they should had returned to their homes without having to occupy the country of another people.
This actually isn’t the first time Thomas’ sage advice has been quoted by the Islamist terrorist movement.
In March of 2011, Hamas’ website cited an interview (in PLAYBOY Magazine!) in which Thomas defended Palestinian suicide bombing.
And, back in 2010, following the original row over Thomas’s demand that Jews “get the hell out of Palestine”, Hamas published a passionate defense of Thomas by none other than, yes, Gilad Atzmon!
I think its safe to say that you’ve truly hit rock bottom when the list of those willing to defend you against charges of anti-Jewish racism has whittled down to Gilad Atzmon and the military wing of Hamas.
Yet again, could a ‘Comment is Free’ comeback essay for Thomas be in the works?
- Lauren Booth on “Jewish supremacism”, why antisemitism is justified, & the wisdom of Gilad Atzmon (cifwatch.com)
- The Top Ten Libels against Israel, the World’s Favourite Whipping-boy (cifwatch.com)
- Guardian’s Middle East Editor, Ian Black, equates Gilad Shalit with Palestinian terrorists (cifwatch.com)
- Jewish supremacism revisited: And, Deborah Orr’s faulty memory (cifwatch.com)
- Gilad Atzmon vs Tony Greenstein, in “Battle of the self-hating Jews” (cifwatch.com)
- The empathy-evil continuum and Hamas’ treatment of Gilad Shalit (cifwatch.com)