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In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?

Helen Thomas 2010 White House Correspondents Association Dinner - Arrivals Photo credit: Carrie Devorah / WENN

Helen Thomas’s recent request to purchase a table at the upcoming White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) annual dinner has been rejected.

 

by Tony Phillip

 

On Monday The Huffington Post ran a story by Michael Calderone covering the White House Correspondents Association’s decision to deny veteran journalist Helen Thomas a table at its upcoming dinner at the Washington Hilton.

In a comment on that story I said, “It’s hard to imagine anything more wrong than this.”

I base my opinion on the fact that the 91-year-old Thomas, a former WHCA president, is unique among American journalists, having covered 10 different presidential administrations in a career stretching back to Dwight Eisenhower.

It is because of Thomas as much as anyone else that women were first included at the WHCA dinner since, as the WHCA’s website mentions:

“Until 1962, the dinner was open only to men even though the membership included women. That changed when, at the prodding of Helen Thomas of UPI, President John F. Kennedy said he would not attend the dinner unless the ban on women was dropped.”

Thomas’s letter to the WHCA requesting a table was written as a past president and specifically mentioned her desire to attend with family and friends to mark the 50th anniversary of women’s inclusion at the event. A representative of the WHCA explained to The Huffington Post that no matter her past standing within the association, Thomas is only entitled to purchase two tickets to the event as a past president and another said it would be “logistically impossible” to allow every past president to get their own table. That, to me, misses the point. Not every past president covered the White House for half-a-century and not every past president is a living emblem of the advancement of women in journalism. For what it’s worth, I bet no other past president asked to buy a table in the first place.

Because of Helen Thomas’s unique place in American journalistic history, because of her many contributions to the WHCA and because she’s a woman in her 10th decade of life who would like the chance to share something meaningful, something she helped to bring about, with her nearest friends and family, I stand by my assertion that it’s hard to imagine something more wrong than the WHCA denying her request. I was prepared for some people to disagree with me. What I was not prepared for was the rancor of that disagreement or its basis in events from 2010, events that as far as I’m concerned remain ill-told.

I’ll risk stirring up an old brouhaha for the sake of telling a side of that story that I think got short-shrift at the time.

You probably recall the incident. In May 2010 Thomas was questioned briefly by Rabbi David Nesenoff who was at the White House for American Jewish Heritage Celebration Day. A slightly condensed version of that questioning follows.

Nesenoff: “Any comments on Israel?”

Thomas: “Tell them to get the hell out of Israel.”

Nesenoff: “Where should they go?”

Thomas: “They can go home.”

Nesenoff: “So you’re saying the Jews should go back to Poland and Germany?”

Thomas: “And America and everywhere else? Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries?”

Click here to watch the full two-minute video from RabbiLIVE.com on Youtube. Whether or not her remarks were indelicate I leave to you to decide.

I received a reply to my comment on the Huffington Post article that read in part:

“Do you have any idea what got Helen Thomas in so much trouble it effectively ended her career?”

Yes I do.

I heard from another commenter who wrote:

“Arabs are . . . colonial invaders. Jews have always been a majority in Jerusalem, until the ethnic cleansing by the Hashemites of Trans Jordan.”

That’s not true. Not by a very long stretch.

The same commenter added this particularly vitriolic feedback:

“Helen Thomas is a racist Arab. No nice way of saying that!”

I suppose there is no nice way of calling someone a racist, whether that person is an Arab a Greek or a Finn. Nice or not nice, it’s not accurate.

Helen Thomas is the daughter of Lebanese immigrants. She was raised in the Greek Orthodox Church. On the subject of whether she’s an Arab, Hugh Downs quoted her in his 2002 book My America: What This Country Means to Me by 150 Americans from All Walks of Life:

“We were never hyphenated as Arab-Americans. We were American, and I have always rejected the hyphen and I believe all assimilated immigrants should not be designated ethnically. Or separated, of course, by race, or creed either. These are trends that ever try to divide us as a people.”

So as for whether she’s a racist, I think probably not.

"I hit the third rail. You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive," Thomas told Ohio station WMRN-AM

But the question, I suppose, is whether or not she’s an anti-Zionist, which is altogether different from her being an anti-Semite, or an anti-any ethnic or religious group. Her statement about Israeli Jews and their homelands of origin has, on its face, nothing to do with those Israelis being Jews and everything to do with the fact that their present home nation was taken by extraordinary means over the course of a few decades in the middle of the 20th Century from an indigenous Arab majority whose land it had been for centuries prior.

That’s the part of the story that I think bears clarification and as if I’m not already chastened under the acerbity engendered by a mere comment, I’m probably about to get very unpopular very quickly with some people, but the thing about the truth is this; I think it bears telling though it anger the multitudes because a blissful ignorance is still ignorance.

Most Jews living in Israel today were born there but most of their grandparents were not. Jewish out-migration from the Middle East dates to the start of the Diaspora with the destruction of the First Temple in the 6th Century B.C. The Jewish dispersion to regions outside the area of ancient Judeah and modern Israel accelerated in the 1st and 2nd Centuries of the modern era under Roman Occupation. Jews have represented a sizeable minority in Europe since Biblical times.

In 1948 there were approximately 1.35 million Arabs and only 650,000 Jews living between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. Today there are about 7.8 million Israelis, roughly 1.6 million of whom are Arabs and 5.9 million of whom are Jews. Only about 2 million of those Jews are of Palestinian ancestry. An equal 2 million are of European origin. Jews did not outbreed their Arab neighbors in the past 64 years – they immigrated. I doubt Helen Thomas, who is 27 years older than the nation of Israel, misremembers history. The one thing she remembers that most of us can’t is that Jews were effectively forced to seek a home far from Europe by the unthinkable atrocities of the Holocaust and the attitudes that outlasted it. Arabs were effectively pushed out of the modern boundaries of Israel by the arrival of those Jews and the one people who never really paid the price for the tragedy that befell Europe’s Jews were Europeans. To that extent if no further, Thomas’s comments reference historical facts that meant bad news for one people to redress the tragedy of another.

The history of Palestine is to say the least a contentious subject. But the events in that region over the past century are fairly well established. Those events have led to a current state of affairs in which there are roughly 10 million Palestinian Arabs in the world, more than half of whom live in exile outside of Palestine. Most Palestinians alive today have never seen the homes of their grandfathers.

Meanwhile, since 1948, Israel has had 12 prime ministers. David Ben Gurion and Shimon Peres were born in Poland. Moshe Sharett and Yitzhak Rabin were from Ukraine. Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir and Menachem Begin were Russian. Yitzhak Shamir was from Belarus. Ehud Barak, Ariel Sharon and Ehud Olmert were born in Palestine under British rule. Their parents were refugees from Russia, Lithuania and Ukraine, respectively. Israel’s current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who speaks the English of a Boston Brahmin, is the country’s first head of state actually born an Israeli and he spent half his boyhood in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. He subsequently spent several more years in America earning BS and MS degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean was definitely the birthplace of Judaism, but it is not the homeland of most modern Jews, not ethnically and not numerically. In fact, of the five cities in the world with the largest population of Jews, two are in the United States, New York with nearly two million, and Los Angeles with 655,000. Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and South Florida are home to another 1.5 million, meaning a population of US Jews in just seven metropolitan areas roughly equivalent to all Jews living in Israeli. Paris is home to another 310,000, Buenos Aires to 244,000.

The fact is that Jews, like Muslims and Christians, are a feature of the world’s population, spread across every continent, represented among many national cultures and histories. Israel is no more their home than Moscow or Skokie. Nonetheless, the modern nation of Israel has entered into the community of nations as the world’s only Jewish-majority state. How it came to be such is a tale of woe for the Palestinian Arab majority that preceded the country’s birth.

In his magnificent book To the Ends of the Earth (1993), David Yallop wrote:

“On April 10, 1948, the Palestinian village of Deir Yassin, near Jerusalem, was destroyed. Its inhabitants, 260 men, women and children, were slaughtered; some were shot, some hacked to death. The attack was a combined operation by two Jewish groups, the Irgun, whose commander in chief was Menachem Begin, and the Stern Gang, one of whose leaders was Yitzhak Shamir. In 1980, Begin was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1983, when Begin resigned from office, he was succeeded as prime minister of Israel by Yitzhak Shamir. History is written by winners.”

Deir Yassin today, part of the Kfar Shaul Mental Health Center, an Israeli psychiatric hospital

I might amend Yallop’s maxim only slightly – history is written by survivors. It’s hard to say, given the ongoing conflict in Israel and its occupied territories, that either side has “won” very much. But as far as holding land is concerned, Israeli Jews have certainly outlasted their Arab adversaries. Some of their tactics have been unseemly from the start, dating back to before the Deir Yassin massacre.

One of the first dramatic statements in advocacy of an independent Israel was the blowing up of the British headquarters in Palestine at the King David Hotel in 1946. In 1947, 30 years after the Balfour Declaration had set British policy that Palestine was to be a homeland for the Jews subject to the rights of Arabs, Great Britain called on the United Nations to resolve the Palestinian issue. The original UN solution involved the partition of Palestine into a Jewish zone and an Arab zone. But with the departure of British forces, leaders at the head of groups like the Irgun and Stern Gang joined in declaring an independent Israel and launched an offensive aimed at extending the area under Jewish control. Between May 1948 and January 1949, 370 Palestinian villages in the coastal strip from Tel-Aviv to Haifa were obliterated. And thus was born the original modern-day Israel.

The tactics of Israeli militia in those early days were appalling. In 1948, reacting to the events at Deir Yassin, Albert Einstein wrote to Shepard Rifkin, executive director of American Friends for Fighters for the Freedom of Israel, a fundraising force for the Stern Gang. In response to Rifkin’s solicitation of funds, Einstein wrote:

“When a real and final catastrophe should befall us in Palestine the first responsible for it would be the British and the second responsible for it the Terrorist organizations built up from our own ranks. I am not willing to see anybody associated with those misled and criminal people.”

Aftermath of massacre of Palestinians by Christian Phalangists in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. (wiki)

The history of Israeli brutality does not end, not by a very long shot, with the country’s bloody birth. Between September 16 and 18, 1983, Israeli Defense Forces in Lebanon surrounded and controlled access to two Palestinian refugee camps, Sabra and Shatila in Beirut. Over the course of that time Lebanese Phalangist militia were allowed access to the otherwise sealed camps where, according to the Red Crescent, more than 3,000 men women and children were murdered. While the slaughter raged, IDF units fired illuminating flares by night over the camps to aid visibility for the militia.

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharone is shown during a press conference at his office in Jerusalem (UPI Photo/Emilio Morenatti/POOL/Files)

In 1983, the Kahan Commission found the IDF to have indirect responsibility for the massacres at both camps and it found Ariel Sharon, then Israeli Defense Minister, personally responsible for having allowed entry by the Phalangists into the camps and ignoring the atrocities that occurred under his watch.

Eighteen years later, Sharon was elected Prime Minister. Perhaps surviving war criminals write history.

One of Israel’s subtler tactics to continue dispossessing Palestinian Arabs of their lands in any possible future state of Palestine is massive Jewish settlement in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, all taken during the 1967 Six-Day War.

More than 500,000 Israelis have settled in the West Bank and East Jerusalem alone.

Yigal Palmor, Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman

Of that announcement Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said, “It means that we’re not going to work with them. We’re not going to let them carry out any kind of mission for the Human Rights Council, including this probe.”

I have never met Helen Thomas, although it would be my very great honor to do so. I have never read any treatise by Helen Thomas regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In fact, I don’t know if she has ever written or spoken on the topic at length. All I know is what she told one Rabbi one day on the grounds of the White House and I know that from what she said a lot of people seem willing to infer a lot of ugly things. I’m not willing to do that. But I am willing to consider why she might have said what she said and so far, I can’t really find anything wrong with it.

Actually I know one other thing that Thomas had to say about the matter, to wit, what she posted on her website a few days after her interview with Nesenoff:

“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.”

Indeed, Helen. Indeed.

Source: open.salon.com

Editing: Debbie Menon

It would be wonderful if you would all contact the WHCA about this matter — and please let us know if you have done so. We will be pleased to tell Helen how many people phoned and emailed on her behalf. Pro-Israel organizations have been known to organize 6,000+ emails in a single day — we should be able to do at least as well! — Alison Weir, Executive Director, If Americans Knew website. You can write WHCA online, phone them at 202-266-7453, and/or fax them at 202-266-7454.

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25 Comments for “In Defense of Helen Thomas: What’s Wrong With History?”

  1. You acknowledged that most Jews in Israel were born there. What does where their grandparents are from have to do with anything? She told millions of people to go “back” to a place where they have never been.

  2. http://www.jeffersoncorner.com/why-helen-thomas-but-not-henry-kissinger/#more-515

    One has to compare the statements made by Helen Thomas and Henry Kissinger about Jews and Israel to see the hypocrisy and double standards that afflict official Washington, the media and public affairs in general in the US. Kissinger did not see any problem of Soviet Jews going to the gas chambers. Helen Thomas only asked why not the Jews of Israel go back to Poland and Germany where they came from. Kissinger was afforded the forum of the Washington Post to apologize for his statement while Helen Thomas was thrown to the wolves and under the train with every body from Obama on down doing their best to “delete” her outstanding contributions to professional journalism. Of course the answer to this hypocrisy is that one is an “Arab”, the other is a “Jew”, simple.”
    Sami Jamil Jadallah…. www,jeffersoncorner.com

  3. Ever since the Zionist-led attack on Helen Thomas that deprived her of her job, her seat at the White House, and her reputation, I have been repeatedly disappointed at the quality of the reporting on her interview by Zionist rabbi David Nesenoff. The parent article by Tony Philip continues that trend.

    The butchered transcript of that interview included in Philip’s article is not only misleading; it is flat out wrong.

    Ms. Thomas did not say, as the Philips article reports, “Tell them to get the Hell out of Israel.” What she actually said was, when asked about Israel, “Tell them to get the Hell out of Palestine.”

    And throughout, she was very specifically speaking about Israelis, not about Jews. The transcript Philips provides has been selectively edited to make it appear that she was speaking about Jews. In fact, she never used the word “Jews.”

    Philips is working with the version of the interview spread by former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer and other Zionist attack dogs who destroyed Ms. Thomas’ reputation by putting words in her mouth that she never said.

    On CNN, Fleischer said that Thomas had “called for all Jews to get out of Israel.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xVGEo0nU7o That is a very far cry from her actual call for Israelis to get out of Palestine, which only echoed U.S. foreign policy and a half- dozen or more U.N. resolutions, not to mention being required by the Geneva Conventions.

    Fleischer was also quoted by Huffington Post as saying, “Fleischer also was quoted in Huffington Post as saying, “She is advocating religious cleansing.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/04/ari-fleischer-fire-helen-thomas_n_601565.html But Ms Thomas was discussing the military occupation and colonization of Palestine by Israelis and said nothing about any religion.

    And that is how the Zionists got rid of the last member of the White House Press Corps who did not shrink from asking the hard questions about U.S. foreign policy in the Mideast. By putting words in Ms. Thomas’ mouth that she never uttered. But even her defenders apparently never actually listened to the interview. The lies about what she said simply get repeated.

    I have prepared a far more accurate transcript of rabbi David Nesenoff’s May 27, 2010 interview of Helen Thomas. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc4OeRu7cfs

    [Irrelevant question and answer about advice for budding journalists.]

    Nesenoff: Today they’re covering the Jewish Heritage Month–

    Thomas: And meet the President —

    Nesenoff: Yeah, and … Any comments on Israel? We’re asking everyone today, any comments on —

    Thomas: Tell them to get the Hell out of Palestine.

    Nesenoff: Ooh … Any better comments on that?

    Thomas: [Laughter].

    Unidentified woman: Helen is one.

    Thomas: Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land. It’s not German; it’s not Poland’s.

    Nesenoff: So where should they go; what should they do?

    Thomas: They go home.

    Nesenoff: Where is “home?”

    Thomas: Poland, Germany …

    Nesenoff: [Interrupting] So the Jews should go back to Poland and Germany?

    Thomas: … and America, and everywhere else. Why push people out of there who are [sic] live there for centuries? See?

    Nesenoff: Now, are you familiar with the history of that region and what [unintelligible]?

    Thomas: Very much. I’m of Arab background.

    [Irrelevant discussion of whether she speaks Arabic and why not.]

    As you can see, only an interrupting question that Ms. Thomas ignored uses the word “Jews.” She was speaking of Israelis illegally occupying Palestine, not of Jews.

    — Paul E. Merrell, J.D. (retired lawyer)

  4. This is a superb article. Well done Tony Phillip. Helen Thomas would not have possibly been able to spend that amount of time at the centre of US politics without seeing the ‘hidden hand’ busily at work. During that time she should have learned well enough that even passive criticism of israel or anything jewish is enough to exclude you from any position of authority or any governing group.

    Our modern day leaders are all carefully filtered through a system that removes men and women of true worth and genuine honour. The Bilderberg group and such zionist controlling entities are scrupulously careful not to permit anyone into high office who speaks from the heart or says anything that they truly mean. America’s fine Constitution has been utterly subverted and shredded in order to harness the people and to make way for the zionist world agenda. Meanwhile the ‘holocaust’ industry has created the perfect means in their global positioning – for them to decry and eliminate all resistance. The usual method being to assassinate the characters of any informed detractor as a ‘right wing extremist’ an ‘anti-semite’ a ‘bigot’ and not forgetting a ‘Nazi’ of course.

    • Anyone from Lebanon knows first hand exactly who destroyed that beautiful country and who controls our media so that we have the idea that ‘Muslim terrorists did it”.

  5. Prime monster Nutjobyahoo has a degree in BS from Mass Univ.

  6. Helen may have been a bit undiplomatic, although one wonder why the Rabbi, knowing her views on the matter
    asked her that question. However the reaction by other American need to be reminded tat supposedly this is the land of the free and we may say what we believe freely especially politically, unfortunately that episode, more than any thing else, demonstrated to what degree our freedom had been taken away because in essence we were told that we were free except when it came to Israel, Israel was special and untouchable”
    how can we have allowed that to happen, of course now we know.

  7. Helen Thomas 50th Anniversary

    http://www.whca.net/contact.htm

    Veteran journalist Helen Thomas has already paid dearly for being forthright in her criticism of Israel.

    Helen Thomas has probably contributed more to journalistic integrity and the WHPC in particular, than all of the other Past Presidents of WHPC combined.

    It is a shame that she is being denied a request for a table at the WHPC’s dinner.

    For how long are American journalists expected to continue to censor themselves for Israel ? Do you realize you are becoming the laughing stock of World Free Press ?

    Think about how many otherwise honest, knowledgeable yet restrained American reporters and TV anchors have worn the same albatross around their necks.

    One woman had the courage to lift the taboo and cowards at the helm of WHPC persist on persecuting her.

    Shame on you!

    Debbie Menon

    • Debbie:
      You are correct. Helen is courageous. Israel is a sham and the central force for world instability. It is the dildo for the Rothschilds family to foment war in the middle east.

  8. My Mar 28, 2012 email to WHCA
    http://www.whca.net/contact.htm

    Please reconsider your decision not to allow Helen Thomas to purchase a table at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association’s Dinner.

    As Ms. Thomas wrote you, “As the first woman president to preside over the WHCA, and one of a few women who were instrumental in successfully convincing President Kennedy to boycott the dinner, it is very important to me to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this monumental feat with my family and close friends this year.”

    As you know Ms. Thomas’ age is rising and health declining and this opportunity for her to be with family and friends at such an historic event maybe everyone’s last chance.

    Please reconsider your heart breaking refusal to allow her to purchase a table!

    On May 26, 2011, I wrote: “An Evening with Helen Thomas and Flashback to John Lennon and Vanunu Mordechai”

    I hope you will read it and more from this Author, Reporter, and now a Candidate for US House of Representatives, who once was honored by Ms. Thomas when she told me I had “ethics.”

    I hope so does the WHCA.

    And “HOPE has two children.The first is ANGER at the way things are. The second is COURAGE to DO SOMETHING about it.”-St. Augustine

    I am eileen fleming and I approve of all of my messages.

    http://wearewideawake.org/
    http://www.eileenfleming.org/

  9. Charlotte NC Bill

    THERE NOT EVEN SEPHARDIC MIDDLE EASTERN PEOPLE!! Sorry, about that…but come on…Just look at that bastard Sharon..If that’s not scum from the edge of E. Europe Khazar trash then what is it?!?! They converted to Judaism 700 yrs after the Romans tore down that wretched temple in 70 AD…
    I don’t want to live in a world where these people have this much power…God have mercy.

    • Bill, optimism drives will, will drives success. A wise man once said, “Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”

  10. Helen Thomas’ name will shine brighter than the stars whilst these censors and prosecutors will be erased from the pages of time. Ask a two year old whether or not you look like the people around you in the Middle East.

  11. Wonder one thing. Ms. Thomas traces heritage to Lebanon. Lebanon was home to Phoenicians, whose maritime empire was largely economic, rather than military. She may be directly descended from the Phoenicians, whose nascent beginnings predate any valid claim of modern jewry, predate the arab migration. Since so many arguments defending the brutal establishment of a modern jewish state rest on dubious claims of first rights, it seems that Ms. Thomas may have unique legitimacy when speaking of real first rights, after all.
    Ms. Thomas has them all beat!

  12. “The Jewish dispersion to regions outside the area of ancient Judeah and modern Israel accelerated in the 1st and 2nd Centuries of the modern era under Roman Occupation. Jews have represented a sizeable minority in Europe since Biblical times.” Er, is the first sentence supposed to explain the second? I think most people regard Biblical times as being Old Testament myths. Is the author saying that say in 500BC Jews were a sizeable minority in Eastern Europe or where? I have not found any historical evidence for this.
    I recommend ‘The Invention of the Jewish people’ by Israeli historian Shlomo Sand for an excellent guide to the history of the Jews.

  13. Zionists are Pigs and have proven themselves to be Non Human. Just look at what they have done to the world: Rothschilds=Conference of Vienna 1815 (first overt effort of world government) ,WWI, WWII, Hitler, the Holocaust, most terrorism vs US (attacking US ships etc), 911 and on and on. No doubt Helen has trouble.
    They own the US press and liberal get their “news” from Zionist Comedians (J. “Stewart”). AIPAC out of State Dept Now. Hillary should be ground into dog food.

  14. I had the good fortune to meet Helen Thomas at the White House in the mid-eighties, when George H.W. Bush was in office. I was there to shoot an interview with her in the press room. While setting up, I began a conversation with her and asked, of all the presidents she’d covered, which one was her favorite. She replied, ” Abraham Lincoln,” then immediately realized what she’d just said and corrected herself, saying, “Wait a minute. I’m not that old.”

    We both had a good laugh. Then Helen said that Jimmy Carter had been her favorite because he was a decent and an honorable man whom she liked very much.

    As for the way she’s been treated since her remark to Rabbi Nesenoff, Zionists despise the light of truth shining upon them. They’ll do anything to suppress it, like seeing to it that questioning the facts pertaining to the Holocaust™ is illegal in some countries. It’s also why they don’t want anyone to know that Joseph Stalin, according to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, was a Jew. That would certainly tip the scales between who was killed and who actually did the killings of others – in far greater numbers. Behavior that, sadly, has been, and continues to, play such a prominent part in the policies of Israel and it’s leaders of Russian and Eastern European heritage.

    • Yeah, who has not heard of the Holocaust but who has heard of the Holodomor – a far greater and deliberate genocide by you know who against the Orthodox Christians of Ukraine.

    • It pisses me off so much that they succeeded in getting her canned. I hope she lives to be 120 and stays a thorn in their side until the very end. The only White House journo Ive ever had any real respect for.

    • In an interview with Playboy, Ms. Thomas elaborated on that day during Jewish Heritage Month in 2010, while in a courtyard at the White House, blogger and Long Island Rabbi David Nesenoff approached Ms. Thomas and introduced her to two young boys with him who were interested in a career in journalism.

      Nesenoff asked Ms Thomas, “So what do you think of Israel? Got any advice? Go for it” as he pointed his camera at her like a “jackknife” and she readily replied, “They should get the hell out of Palestine.”

      Helen told Playboy, “I knew I’d hit the third rail. You cannot say anything about Israel in this country. But I’ve lived with this cause for many years. Everybody knows my feelings that the Palestinians have been shortchanged in every way. Sure, the Israelis have a right to exist—but where they were born, not to come and take someone else’s home. I’ve had it up to here with the violations against the Palestinians. Why shouldn’t I say it?”-excerpted from “An Evening with Helen Thomas and Flashback to John Lennon and Vanunu Mordechai” by eileen fleming

  15. So, do I gather that Israel was trying to broadcast to the world that Ariel Sharon was fine and fully functioning as PM some 10 months after he was in a coma? Are the dates wrong on the caption under his picture?

    Nothing would surprise me, however, when it comes to the barbarity and depravity of Israelis.

  16. People have short memories these days. . What’s wrong is she is a woman who speaks her mind, and is willing to suffer the consequences for doing so. What’s also wrong is we have such a controlled MSM, anyone who creates controversy (unless the WH can use it for political gain) is chastised, or kicked to the curb totally. . In my opinon Ms. Thomas shouldn’t associate with the riff-raff that denied her a table. . She’s deserves better than that.

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  4. mikeh: The way back machine evidence isn't really conclusive as the site may have been moved during that period, it is however suspicious that many of the later snapshots seem to ...
  5. stephanaugust: Her company issued an obituary -- -- A Message from the Corporon and Losen Family April 13, 2014 at 7 55 PM Issued on behalf of the Corporon and Losen family It is ...

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