Due to the shock wave her words created, and rightly so, Helen Thomas resigned from the White House press corps yesterday.
1 Helen Thomas: Bizarre end to a long careerThomas, 89, has been a fixture at the White House press conferences for half a century, for most of that time as a United Press International correspondent, but as an opinion columnist for Hearst since 2000. In that latter role, she used her ability to question the president as an opportunity to push her own views. While White House officials should expect tough questions from reporters, Thomas didn’t exactly challenge George W. Bush and his press aides; rather, she berated them — about war, Middle Eastern politics, and other subjects. 1
Helen Thomas was being interviewed by Rabbi David F. Nesenoff when she told him what she really thinks about Jews and Israel. Rabbi Nesenoff has his own website. Visit Rabbi Nesenoff's website to read Helen Thomas Updates and view his YouTube Complete Version of the Helen Thomas interview.
I'm still trying to digest how a woman with such a long and distinctive career could have said that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and move to Germany or Poland. To be so incredibly uncaring and insensitive to the fact that 6 million Jews were murdered by Hitler and the Nazis in what is known as The Holocaust, is, to me, incomprehensible.
Even in her official apology before resigning, she did not say anything about being sorry for what she said about Jews. I don't think her words fit into the definition of a true apology, and, even you disagee, that still would not have erased the uneasy feeling her words about Jews getting out of Palestine generated in many people. Here is Helen Thomas' apology:
In a written statement issued Friday, Thomas apologized, saying, “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians.”
She said the comments “do not reflect” her “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,” she added. 2Since Helen Thomas is now officially retired, maybe she should consider retiring to Poland. I hear there's a house for rent right next door to Auschwitz.
2 Helen Thomas Apologizes for Saying Jews Should 'Get the Hell Out of Palestine'
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YouTube Video -- Helen Thomas tells Jews to go back to Germany