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Obama weighs in on Helen Thomas controversy

updated Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.
Count the leader of the free world among those offended by veteran journalist Helen Thomas's comments that Jews should "get the hell out" of Israel and go "home" to countries such as Poland and Germany.

In an interview with the "Today" show's Matt Lauer, President Obama said the remarks "were out of line. Obama said Thomas, 89, "made the right decision" Monday when she announced through her employer, Hearst News Service, that she would retire.

Thomas had covered the White House for decades. But toward the end of her career, she increasingly became known for diatribes against Israel and the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It's a shame, because Helen was ...really an institution of Washington," Obama said.

Monday's posts

Updated 12:50 p.m.
By Anne E. Kornblut
Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately, in the wake of a controversy over her comments on Israel, according to a report from her employer, Hearst News Service.

Thomas told a rabbi at a White House event last week that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go back to Germany and Poland.

"I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians," Thomas said in a statement on her Web site. "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."

Thomas's comments provoked sharp criticism within the close-knit world of White House reporters, and drew a rebuke from the White House podium Monday. With her seat conspicuously empty at the daily briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs assailed Thomas for her words.

"Those remarks were offensive and reprehensible," Gibbs said, noting that Thomas has apologized. Her sentiments "do not reflect certainly most of the people here and certainly not those of the administration."

Thomas, 89, who has covered the White House for decades, canceled a speech over the weekend and was dropped by a speakers' bureau that represented her. The controversy comes at a precarious moment in the Middle East, after an Israeli assault on an aid flotilla that left 11 dead and prompted an international outcry.

The Board of the White House Correspondents Association also issued a statement Monday calling her comment "indefensible."

The full WHCA statement follows:

Helen Thomas' comments were indefensible and the White House Correspondents Association board firmly dissociates itself from them. Many in our profession who have known Helen for years were saddened by the comments, which were especially unfortunate in light of her role as a trail blazer on the White House beat.

While Helen has not been a member of the WHCA for many years, her special status in the briefing room has helped solidify her as the dean of the White House press corps so we feel the need to speak out strongly on this matter.

We want to emphasize that the role of the WHCA is to represent the White House press corps in its dealings with the White House on coverage-related issues. We do not police the speech of our members or colleagues. We are not involved at all in issuing White House credentials, that is the purview of the White House itself.

But the incident does revive the issue of whether it is appropriate for an opinion columnist to have a front row seat in the WH briefing room. That is an issue under the jurisdiction of this board. We are actively seeking input from our association members on this important matter, and we have scheduled a special meeting of the WHCA board on Thursday to decide on the seating issue.

Ed Chen, Bloomberg
David Jackson, USA Today
Caren Bohan, Reuters
Ed Henry, CNN
Julie Mason, DC Examiner
Don Gonyea, National Public Radio
Steve Scully, C-SPAN
Doug Mills, The New York Times

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Anne E. Kornblut  |  June 8, 2010; 10:32 AM ET
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Final comment? This is an insane world that we live in. However, what are the basics? How do we want Israel to turn out? I have enjoyed reading both the good and notorious achievements of Jews of which Israel is one achievement. Are we suppose to sit around wondering how Israel will turn out whether good or notorious? Why not protect Israel’s image by making sure that it really does good? For example, should people attack Helen Thomas’ looks and Lebanese decent because of what she said? Would it help if she looked beautiful like Monica Lewinsky who we now know was Jewish? Do we have to wonder how Helen Thomas and other non-Jews such as our U. S. President Obama and the Clintons size up and fit in as compared with Jews? This will only remind us of a lot of nonsense such as Bernie Madoff (Ponzi scheme), Roman Polanski (pedophile and rapist), Woody Allen (pedophile), and Son of Sam David Berkowitz (killer). So, what are the basics? Food, clothing, shelter, and whatever everyone else needs including the Palestinians.

Posted by: ufo2 | June 11, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Relevant to the end, Ms. Thomas picked the perfect taboo to challenge as her farewell gesture. The billions of dollars and pathetically hypocritical unmitigated support for the expansionism, ethnic cleansing, and human rights abuses that Israel has been perpetrating for decades is at the core of the world's worst political instabilities. Thank you, Ms. Thomas, for trying to wake up the MSM to the truth!

Posted by: tmorgan2008 | June 10, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is only here to help you. You don't have to be a Christian to know the meaning of Matthew 26:52: "Live by the sword, die by the sword". The problems of the Middle East are manifold, but the key is probably the one problem concerning the refuge, immigration, and illegal-alien (in the Middle East) problem--which is also seemingly a problem everywhere on the face of the Earth nowadays. What is the answer, killing? Jews in Isreal and Palestinians are in the same boat. For both of yourselves and for the sake of the boat, stop fighting--and maybe work together too--please! Furthermore, it is the adult thing to do; kids nowadays! Your allowance should be cut off or whatever. America needs to also try and solve its own problems with immigration, but our brain power, like our nation, seems to have been going really downhill, and we will be eventually joining the failed nation list too. I might even like to immigrate out if it is safe.

Posted by: ufo2 | June 9, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

GOD BLESS YOU HELEN! you have more cojones than most people in this country. All media outlet and government officials are acting so surprised just to please AIPAC and lick Israel's behind. Your comments were not racist, but they painted them to be. Yes, Palestine is an occupied country, and that is all of Palestine and not just the west bank. Israel's interests are NOT US interests. Get that ZOG out of here.

Posted by: NA76 | June 9, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas has two more balls than Barack Obama.

He needs to shut up and start doing his job as an AMERICAN President.

Posted by: dersankt | June 9, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

“I'm a LIBERAL, I was born a LIBERAL, I'll be one 'til I die, what else should a reporter be when you see so much and when we have such great privilege and access to the truth?” –Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV interview with Helen Thomas, January 21, 2009

Posted by: ChesDead | June 9, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

“I'm a LIBERAL, I was born a LIBERAL, I'll be one 'til I die, what else should a reporter be when you see so much and when we have such great privilege and access to the truth?” –Canadian Broadcasting Corporation TV interview with Helen Thomas, January 21, 2009

Posted by: ChesDead | June 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Let's thank Helen for stepping away from her "occupied territory" at the front of the White House Press Corps. She has long been a bully antagonist without depth of reason, objectivity or a patriotic bone in her body.....oh yes, her seat was for Her twisted opinions to reach us all; to cast insult on any President under any circumstance....and she foiled any occassion she could to have her 15 minutes of fame ad nauseam. She always struck me as a miserable grule of a person. We shall not miss this bitter, bigotted brand-iron or her "journalism". Maybe she will just 'get the Hell out' of America and return to Lebanon where she may live out her days unheard for once.

Posted by: sawmail | June 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's thank Helen for stepping away from her "occupied territory" at the front of the White House Press Corps. She has long been a bully antagonist without depth of reason, objectivity or a patriotic bone in her body.....oh yes, her seat was for Her twisted opinions to reach us all; to cast insult on any President under any circumstance....and she foiled any occassion she could to have her 15 minutes of fame ad nauseam. She always struck me as a miserable grule of a person. We shall not miss this bitter, bigotted brand-iron or her "journalism". Maybe she will just 'get the Hell out' of America and return to Lebanon where she may live out her days unheard for once.

Posted by: sawmail | June 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's thank Helen for stepping away from her "occupied territory" at the front of the White House Press Corps. She has long been a bully antagonist without depth of reason, objectivity or a patriotic bone in her body.....oh yes, her seat was for Her twisted opinions to reach us all; to cast insult on any President under any circumstance....and she foiled any occassion she could to have her 15 minutes of fame ad nauseam. She always struck me as a miserable grule of a person. We shall not miss this bitter, bigotted brand-iron or her "journalism". Maybe she will just 'get the Hell out' of America and return to Lebanon where she may live out her days unheard for once.

Posted by: sawmail | June 9, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Flipped not racist was her comment. The comment probably seemed somewhat reasonable to many people in this big wide world. I know if you said the same thing about the hairy man from the east, many Native Americans would agree. Since nobody is going anywhere why not at least stop the siege on Gaza.Tk

Posted by: trooperkeeton | June 9, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas practices what she preaches which makes her a woman of integrity. She quit just like she suggested that Isreal should do. In this way, she is jewish like when Jews withdrew from Europe after World War II, and she is also the way that Jews ought to be (in at least Gaza for now); she is a fine example for Jews. She is a fine example for Americans too who might be of the war hawk or war pig persuasion. If she was really hard headed, stubborn, fought to keep her job, had kept her job, and resisted the criticism of her, then she would have been more like a Palestinian and radical "Arab" resisting Isreal. She seems to believe in "cutting and running" like a true Liberal which is okay with me since I believe in or support peace and humanitarianism--involving brave, hero, and tough guy type of self-discipline--in the name of peace and stuff like that which Helen Thomas seems to embody.

Posted by: ufo2 | June 9, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas makes people so angry... as if she'd killed 9 people or destroyed our coastline

Posted by: suzwilliam | June 9, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is like a mom or like Harry S. Truman saying, "if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen." Perhaps we will all be saying this when the oil in the Gulf of Mexico spreads and through its color or lack of salinity begins to affect weather like hurricanes and global temperatures one way or another, and, if we find out that it was done clandestinely on purpose as a solution with plausible denial (possibly like chem-trails and possibly like whatever secret treaty that has been mentioned for originally creating Isreal), then alright. The hypothetical oil in the ocean solution may work like the ongoing solution of compensating Jews for atrocities done to them in World War II.

Posted by: ufo2 | June 9, 2010 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Good riddance to a hate filled Lebanese windbag who had too much power. Journalists have special positions and her vile diatribe reflects her inner demons. How dare she inflict it on others, and get paid for it! This scapegoating of Israel tries to whitewash the shocking relentless ongoing injustices of the Muslim world.

Posted by: 11843 | June 9, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

What is Helen Thomas saying? Helen Thomas is just letting Isreal know that "what comes around goes around" in terms of the immigration principle. The U. S. is similar but different from Isreal. Both were founded by people trying to escape oppression and persecution (albeit while ruining indigenous or aboriginal people's lives). This illustrates the principle of so-called oppressed people always wanting to immigrate. Even the cliche of whites moving to suburbs is an example of the principle. Parents telling their children to move out is the same thing. If I lose my job, I may have to move (or move in with my parents). In politics, it has been heard that if you don't like it, move, get out, love it or leave it. Malcome X preached it. Isreal is basically telling Palestinians to put up, shut up, or move out. Americans are wondering what to do next due to the 'South of the Boarder' immigration into the U. S. which will change the language and culture of America, and some Americans will find it too oppressive and want to flee too.

Posted by: ufo2 | June 8, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

According to CitizenWeeping's post, "The occupying power, under international law, isn't supposed to change the status quo until some sort of peace accord is formally reached. Thus, building things [the wall, settlements, etc] is prohibited."

The FORMAL PEACE TREATY between Egypt and Israel transferred the Gaza strip from Egypt to Israel. The people living in Gaza Strip prior to that peace treaty were mainly Palestinians Arab refugees from previous wars. Egypt had not allowed Palestinian displaced persons entry to Egypt proper and for 20 years had kept them in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip.

Jordan and Israel also settled a war with a formal peace treaty. Jordan occupied the West Bank in 1948 after the British gave up their occupation of what had been the Ottoman Empire's province of Palestine. Jordan formally gave up any claim to the West Bank.

Posted by: BTMPost | June 8, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

The purpose of this story is to make everyone forget about what Israel did to the ships trying to provide humanitarian aid to the Palestinians. The rabbi who asked Helen the question knew exactly what he was doing and what to expect for a response - and he and the rest of the press controlled by the Jewish lobby very swiftly and effectively killed the humanitarian aid story. Does anyone remember the ship and the people who died trying to provide humanitarian aid to the Palestinians? Does anyone remember that the Palestinians are trapped in a ghetto by the Israeli's? Ms. Thomas’ words are her honest opinion and what she said is true - the Israeli’s are occupying and stealing Palestinian land and homes. Why is there not more outrage against the loss of lives perpetrated by Israel and why is there so much outrage for speaking honestly? What Israel is doing is a not only offensive and reprehensible – it is sinful - Israel is the problem – not Ms. Thomas.

Posted by: giag | June 8, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The purpose of this story is to make everyone forget about what Israel did to the ships trying to provide humanitarian aid to the Palestinians. The rabbi who asked Helen the question knew exactly what he was doing and what to expect for a response - and he and the rest of the press controlled by the Jewish lobby very swiftly and effectively killed the humanitarian aid story. Does anyone remember the ship and the people who died trying to provide humanitarian aid to the Palestinians? Does anyone remember that the Palestinians are trapped in a ghetto by the Israeli's? Ms. Thomas’ words are her honest opinion and what she said is true - the Israeli’s are occupying and stealing Palestinian land and homes. Why is there not more outrage against the loss of lives perpetrated by Israel and why is there so much outrage for speaking honestly? What Israel is doing is a not only offensive and reprehensible – it is sinful - Israel is the problem – not Ms. Thomas.

Posted by: giag | June 8, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Gee. I thought the Jewish population in the US was two percent of the population.Going by the number of Jews commenting on Helen Thomas , I think the census figures should be double checked

Posted by: skygillnewton | June 8, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Gee. I thought the Jewish population in the US was two percent of the population.Going by the number of Jews commenting on Helen Thomas , I think the census figures should be double checked

Posted by: skygillnewton | June 8, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Gee. I thought the Jewish population in the US was two percent of the population.Going by the number of Jews commenting on Helen Thomas , I think the census figures should be double checked

Posted by: skygillnewton | June 8, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

From Wikipedia-

In July 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered an Advisory Opinion on the 'Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory'. The Court observed that under customary international law as reflected in Article 42 of the Regulations Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land Annexed in the Fourth Hague Convention of 18 October 1907, territory is considered occupied when it is actually placed under the authority of the hostile army, and the occupation extends only to the territory where such authority has been established and can be exercised.

The State of Israel raised a number of exceptions and objections,[18] but the Court found them unpersuasive. The Court ruled that territories had been occupied by the Israeli Defense Forces in 1967, during the conflict between Israel and Jordan, and that subsequent events in those territories had done nothing to alter the situation. 'All these territories (including East Jerusalem) remain occupied territories and Israel has continued to have the status of occupying Power.'

The occupying power, under international law, isn't supposed to change the status quo until some sort of peace accord is formally reached. Thus, building things is prohibited. I think Helen finally got tired of playing the Washington game of popularity being more important than honesty. Sad to know that honesty is still despised by all who seek to find favor with those controlling the money supply.

Posted by: CitizenWeeping | June 8, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The tongue is the smallest member of the body, but indeed it is the most difficult of all the body's members to control!

For even a momentary lapse in control has toppled nations, slaughtered many, and has reduced the great and mighty to insignificance and obscurity!


NEW HELEN THOMAS "BOBBLE HEAD" DOLL:

For all of you who rise to Helens defense and wish to defend her by supporting her demand that Israel get the hell out of Palestine, have we got the perfect momento for you...The Helen Thomas "Bobble Head" Doll!

It is made with brilliant colors. It stands 7 1/2 inches in height. Her left foot is standing on a Jew lying on the ground. Her left arm is raised over her head, holding a stanchion which bears the flag of Hamas and a german nazi swastika.

Her right hand is holding an asbestos (fire proof) scroll which reads:

"Get the Hell out JEWS and go home to Poland, Germany, America, anywhere but here in Palestine"

This cherished doll is totally fire proof! So all those of you who hate the Jews or curse Israel, can take it to hell with you when you go!

Posted by: A_lite_to_the_blind | June 8, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

jiji1

Don't worry, he's collecting on that 72 virgin deal.

Unfortunately, they all look like Helen Thomas.

Posted by: NoDonkey | June 8, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

So the IDF can shoot an American once in the abdomen and then four times in the head and that is good.

But a reporter, who days earlier was livid that the US did not condemn what happened to that American, is evil.

Got it.

Posted by: jiji1 | June 8, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

So the IDF can shoot an American once in the abdomen and then four times in the head and that is good.

But a reporter, who days earlier was livid that the US did not condemn what happened to that American, is evil.

Got it.

Posted by: jiji1 | June 8, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

lynneismyname, Jews were expelled by the Romans in 135AD and slowly returned to make a small minority (about 1/7th by WWI). In 1917 (after Arabs joined England to push out the Turks) Britain reneged on the promise of an independent Arab homeland and instead made it a home for Jews. I guess the Arab majority was not so happy about that. And then when the Jews completely took over by force in forty-eight, Zionists began to rewrite history and say that Israel has been theirs since they took it from the Canaanites n 1500BC. As far as us here in America who stole Indian land being hypocrites for criticizing Israel, well yeah, but some of us don't enjoy bankrolling those same inhumane tactics by the hands of the Israelites. Is it okay if we object?

Posted by: thebigoutdoors1 | June 8, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Some of these folks have become like the bullies and destroyers for whom they show such contempt. There are other ways of
"stoning" someone to death than physically. To deliberately ask such a provocative question to someone like Helen Thomas and then pretend to be shocked at the answer, please....
Now that this Rabbi has sic-ed the dogs on
an old woman, he says he just wanted to engage her in dialog. Here is how a sincere person engages someone in dialog.

"Dear Ms. Thomas,
I find nothing agreeable in your comments the other night except that in this country
everyone has the right to their own opinion. I would like to hear further clarification of them and perhaps engage in dialog."

Perhaps she meant that there are many factions medding in the affairs of Israel
who are not Israeli. I do not know. Neither do the folks who so enthusiastically helped tear this woman to pieces. But, don't stand there now and pretend this wasn't the desired effect when
the comments were posted.

Posted by: joEi1 | June 8, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the Helen Thomas comments controversy, Isreal in the Middle East is perhaps like a fish in the Gulf of Mexico which has to try to live in a polluted environment--caused by who? And the same could be said about the Palestinians and Americans who also have to live in any polluted environments. Helen Thomas' comments could equally apply to all of us. I also am wondering about the ulterior purposes of the environment polluters.

Posted by: ufo2 | June 8, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Some of these folks have become like the bullies and destroyers for whom they show such contempt. There are other ways of
"stoning" someone to death than physically. To deliberately ask such a provocative question to someone like Helen Thomas and then pretend to be shocked at the answer, please....
Now that this Rabbi has sic-ed the dogs on
an old woman, he says he just wanted to engage her in dialog. Here is how a sincere person engages someone in dialog.

"Dear Ms. Thomas,
I find nothing agreeable in your comments the other night except that in this country
everyone has the right to their own opinion. I would like to hear further clarification of them and perhaps engage in dialog."

Perhaps she meant that there are many factions medding in the affairs of Israel
who are not Israeli. I do not know. Neither do the folks who so enthusiastically helped tear this woman to pieces. But, don't stand there now and pretend this wasn't the desired effect when
the comments were posted.

Posted by: joEi1 | June 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Well said, comawhite. If you ask someone for their feelings, you should accept what a person says and respect the fact that they are honest.

Truth be told, I would expect a majority of Americans would have very negative remarks about such an oppressive regime -- if they were honest.

FURTHERMORE... Lynne -- if-that-is-your-name -- What kind of thuggish mentality is that!? So if everyone decided to have themselves a little war and "claim" any old piece of land they can and should always be able to do that? Is that what you're saying? Never mind the Zionist movement was not a war, but rather a series of back-room deals, a little thing called the Belfour Doctrine and reparations from WWII atrocities that essentially punished a 3rd party (Palestinians -- Muslim/Christian/Jewish alike). Whatever. Its easy to be pro Israel and get mad at people when you hear a little something that doesn't fit your narrow world view.

Posted by: Ferris773 | June 8, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Palestinian Jews have been in Palestine for 1000s of years. Israel won wars and thus won land. Last I checked, that was acceptable for every other, non-Jewish entity in the international community. Israel didn't "steal" land.

If you want to start getting principled, at least don't have a double standard. Stop living in the U.S., since the U.S. really DID steal land from the First Nations. Stop buying anything from China, in light of Tibet. Don't just blatently and obviously embarrass yourself by being an ignorant bigot.

Posted by: lynneismyname | June 8, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Israel didn't steal anyone's land.

Palestinians Jews have been in Palestine for 1000s of years. Israel won wars and thus won land. Last I checked, that was acceptable for every other, non-Jewish entity in the international community.

If you want to start getting principled, at least don't have a double standard. Stop living in the U.S., since the U.S. really DID steal land from the First Nations. Stop buying anything from China, in light of Tibet. Don't just blatently and obviously embarrass yourself by being an ignorant bigot.

Posted by: lynneismyname | June 8, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

From 1942 - 45 Zionists bombed trains and offices, kidnapped British citizens, and assassinated a Lord because Parliament restricted Jewish immigration into Palestine. That of course was not terrorism.

Posted by: thebigoutdoors1 | June 8, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

re: Vanden Heuvel's comment. As a peacenik pro-Israeli, I found Thomas' comments really beyond the pale, so to speak. Had such comments been made about others communities, e.g., go back to .... Ireland, Africa, Mexico, China...etc, what would the reaction have been? Not much different. Jews back to "Germany" of all places? One can honor thomas for her work over the years w/o giving her a pass on this one.

Posted by: cortland96 | June 8, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Aarky

Are you saying our president is a Running dog lackey of capitalist imperialism, a bourgeois traitor to the proletariat, a lickspittle idler and a kulak parasite?

I too can display the art of canned leftwing pseudo intellectual poseur nonsense.

Posted by: NoDonkey | June 8, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't bloviate like the Likkudnik trools who visit and post. The White House was very quick to throw Helen Thomas under the Zionist bus in their frenzy to show AIPAC and all the other Zionist lobbying groups that they do want to continue to grovel and kow tow in front of them. The White House PR man has now become the spinmeister/AIPAC bus driver.
How despicable!!!

Posted by: Aarky | June 8, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

To some Helen Thomas’ opponents: I am not surprised that people still repeat Hitler’s or Stalin’s propaganda, only a little twisted in Free World’s press informing about Poland or the occupied rubble of this country in forties and fifties. Poles and Jews were both victims of totalitarian regimes waging war against Polish state and alas it is true that not only a number of Poles but also many of Jews were used by both regimes if we wish to apply the same division of Polish society according to ethnic criteria as Hitler did and many of Jewish schools have been doing. The most unpleasant and alas Jewish role was not only administration of Ghettos in occupied Poland but also important position as Stalin’s workforce in his administration of terror. However this ‘active victims’ (as somebody could say with sympathy) needed to be properly scared by ‘pogroms’ happening under soviet rules; it was easier to administer tortures and deaths in these circumstances. I think the victims of holocaust would not sleep in peace hearing Stalinist liars. Even if those lies help to make clearer conscience of individuals who were living in free countries and did not want or couldn’t help terrorized and killed people (Poles and Jews) in occupied Poland. This kind of generalisations as using the dirty history of ‘pogroms’ under soviet rules and soviet interpretation of Polish history is doing the same what was intended by soviet occupant. It is not only aesthetically hideous but also morally wrong and horrible for those whose families living in occupied Poland risked or died helping their Jewish neighbours. Do not use word ‘Poland’ falsifying discussions and for dirty ideological businesses and better go to school than repeat Hitler and Stalin borrowing their discourses. I think Jewish people would not like to base the fundament of Israel on Stalin’s lies.

Posted by: from_cliffs | June 8, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

To some Helen Thomas’ opponents: I am not surprised that people still repeat Hitler’s or Stalin’s propaganda, only a little twisted in Free World’s press informing about Poland or the occupied rubble of this country in forties and fifties. Poles and Jews were both victims of totalitarian regimes waging war against Polish state and alas it is true that not only a number of Poles but also many of Jews were used by both regimes if we wish to apply the same division of Polish society according to ethnic criteria as Hitler did and many of Jewish schools have been doing. The most unpleasant and alas Jewish role was not only administration of Ghettos in occupied Poland but also important position as Stalin’s workforce in his administration of terror. However this ‘active victims’ (as somebody could say with sympathy) needed to be properly scared by ‘pogroms’ happening under soviet rules; it was easier to administer tortures and deaths in these circumstances. I think the victims of holocaust would not sleep in peace hearing Stalinist liars. Even if those lies help to make clearer conscience of individuals who were living in free countries and did not want or couldn’t help terrorized and killed people (Poles and Jews) in occupied Poland. This kind of generalisations as using the dirty history of ‘pogroms’ under soviet rules and soviet interpretation of Polish history is doing the same what was intended by soviet occupant. It is not only aesthetically hideous but also morally wrong and horrible for those whose families living in occupied Poland risked or died helping their Jewish neighbours. Do not use word 'Poland' falsifying discussions and for dirty ideological businesses and better go to school than repeat Hitler and Stalin borrowing their discourses. I think Jewish people would not like to base the fundament of Israel on Stalin’s lies.

Posted by: from_cliffs | June 8, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

To some Helen Thomas’ opponents: I am not surprised that people still repeat Hitler’s or Stalin’s propaganda, only a little twisted in Free World’s press informing about Poland or the occupied rubble of this country in forties and fifties. Poles and Jews were both victims of totalitarian regimes waging war against Polish state and alas it is true that not only a number of Poles but also many of Jews were used by both regimes if we wish to apply the same division of Polish society according to ethnic criteria as Hitler did and many of Jewish schools have been doing. The most unpleasant and alas Jewish role was not only administration of Ghettos in occupied Poland but also important position as Stalin’s workforce in his administration of terror. However this ‘active victims’ (as somebody could say with sympathy) needed to be properly scared by ‘pogroms’ happening under soviet rules; it was easier to administer tortures and deaths in these circumstances. I think the victims of holocaust would not sleep in peace hearing Stalinist liars. Even if those lies help to make clearer conscience of individuals who were living in free countries and did not want or couldn’t help terrorized and killed people (Poles and Jews) in occupied Poland. This kind of generalisations as using the dirty history of ‘pogroms’ under soviet rules and soviet interpretation of Polish history is doing the same what was intended by soviet occupant. It is not only aesthetically hideous but also morally wrong and horrible for those whose families living in occupied Poland risked or died helping their Jewish neighbours. Do not use word 'Poland' falsifying discussions and for dirty ideological businesses and better go to school than repeat Hitler and Stalin borrowing their discourses. I think Jewish people would not like to base the fundament of Israel on Stalin’s lies.

Posted by: from_cliffs | June 8, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, the relationship between Helen Thomas, Isreal, and Palestinians is sort of the same as between Gary Webb, Reginald Oliver Denny, and the Rodney King riots. Perhaps with hindsight, it was negligence for a white guy to have been in a black area filled with guns and drug related problems of Iran-Contra (CIA) controversy just like Isreal in a hornets nest.

Posted by: ufo2 | June 8, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

What is the matter with this country? when Jews from all over Eastern/Wester Europe and the US go to Palestine to get free homes in the West Bank on land stolen from the Palestinains, financed and built by US tax Dollars. with dreams to live there on wellfare checks cortesey of the State of Israel, this is OK. When an honest reporter says that these free riders, theives need to go back to where they originated from, she gets attached by the bloodhound supporters of the concpiracy on the indiginent people of Palestine...

Posted by: quickdrawsam | June 8, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"Palestinian victims"

Are you referring to the Palestinians who blew themselves into pieces or the Israelis they blew into pieces, along with themselves?

Posted by: NoDonkey | June 8, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I think the first few words are the most important words in the entire video. "Any comments on Israel?" That, to me, is basically the same thing as asking her what she thinks of the situation. I think that if you are going to ask someone what they think, you should be prepared to accept whatever they may say as their opinion. Helen Thomas isn't going to be doing anything but saying what she thinks anyway. She isn't in charge of the military, she's a journalist. That woman should still have her job. Also, if people are going to make such a fuss because of this comment, that entitles me to blow every little homophobic or religious comment made by any politician or journalist out of proportion. Not that I would, but it is the same logic.

Posted by: comawhite1 | June 8, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

What is WRONG with us? When are we going to become independent of Israel?

How has such a puny, insignificant excuse of a country with an addiction for atrocities managed to hijack our foreign policy? When are we going to grow a pair? This parasite---and make no mistake of it, Israel is America's tapeworm---habitually spies on us, has killed Americans, siphons billions of dollars from us, spits in our faces, has attacked out navy (remember the USS Liberty?) and its admirers keep harping that Israel is our friend. It wouldn't last two minutes without sucking us dry.

And the worst part are all the traitors in this country that would put that country's benefit over ours; no matter what atrocities the Israelis commit, they find some justification for those atrocities---usually by blaming the victims. Or, when all else fails, they bring forth their precious Holocaust.

I'm sick of it, and I'm ashamed of it. If you have any doubts that Isael controls our country, either directly, or indirectly, I challenge you to find a magazine article, a newspaper article, a TV news item or a Hollywood film that condemns Israel, or takes a compassionate view of the Palestinian victims.

Posted by: countnomis | June 8, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

If what has happened to the Palestinians were truly ok, i guess we all need to be pushed out of our homes, become second class citizens and let the native american indian tribes rule- because after all this is their "ancestral homeland"! Helen Thomas has a point- I in no way have anything agains Jewish people, but the fact is that Israel was created at the expense of the Palestinians who had been living there for hundreds of years- but it's ok right?!!!- because it's brown people!!

Posted by: SBCG | June 8, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I guess it took a 90 year old journalist who has less fear of reprisal to finally speak out against Israel.

Posted by: thebigoutdoors1 | June 8, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I can't believe how dripping with hate good "tolerant" liberals can be when talking about Israel! The blockade was not setup to stop food and supplies from getting to the Palestinians, it was setup to stop arms from getting into the hands of those that would use them against their citizenry. Would you not expect the same from your government? What if, for decades Canada was receiving arms shipments from Russia or China with the intent of killing us all or sending us back to Europe where we came from? Do you think we would blockade their ports? Yeah, I think so. Do you think that the Palestinians are capable of shipping surface to surface missiles, AK47s, mortars etc.. along with baby food and medicine? Yeah, I think so. It's so easy to judge others harshly on the basis of a few biased news reports. I'm not saying that Israel always gets it right, but they are in an impossible position, surrounded by neighbors who have vowed to "push them into the sea" and the cries of "Allah hu achbar; Itback el Yahud!" (God is Great; Slaughter the Jews!) echo from mosques all around them. With no where else to go, honestly, tell me what would you do?

Posted by: MickLemme | June 8, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Sheeesh! Helen Thomas' comments were made in the driveway outside, not during a white house press briefing, for cryin' out loud. The jews pride themselves on toughness and resilience when facing down hostile neighbors in the Middle East, but they get thier panties in a bunch when a 89-year old American lady dares to express an opinion they don't like.

Posted by: unclemattie | June 8, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Lots of principles get squashed under the endless complexity and weight of Israel's continued fighting with its neighbors and vice versa. Let not free speech be one of them.

Posted by: absiebert2 | June 8, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I just watched the video. Helen Thomas at no pint in that video said Jew. This paper always leads and describes her comment with 'Jew'. This is a lie. Why are the Washington Post, and Israel supporters here so determined to say Jew as much as possible" I find it hard to believe Helen Thomas' retirement can save Israel from violent condemnation for shooting fish in a barrel of their construction? It may be that the fantasy is no longer believed.

Posted by: Jarnex | June 8, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Israel is run by a bunch of war criminals just like the US government. The corporate news along with the politicians are sell outs to the Israeli elite ... it's no secret Israel has control over the high offices in US government ... so when someone like Thomas speaks the truth, corporate news and the war criminals pretend she has committed some horrendous crime. These war criminals may control the media and the government, but they can't hide from or dismiss the truth. Bravo Ms. Thomas. You are a true journalists, unlike the paid shills pretending to be journalists. They are not fooling the people that get the real news from the internet.

Posted by: spirittoo | June 8, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Helen's comment was a "spur of the moment' she knows more than any of us about such things. I do not think she should retire,as we all say things without thinking of the problem that it might come.Embarrassment of the White House, probably is the biggest to-do. Many of us agree on many comments from correspondence,reporters, etc. I fully say "DITTO" to rgdebnam @10:27 as I agree with her remark. Helen has her reasons, I do not. I do not agree with everything we do but I say "lets not make a big whopping to-do about nothing" !! Helen, we love you and I understand. I am always putting my foot in my mouth too !! Those without guilt raise you hand !! Thanks bh

Posted by: barbhow | June 8, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe that a 90-year-old woman with the experience of Helen Thomas did not know what she was saying. Then she had to follow it up with a "politically correct" apology. She meant what she said and was brave enough to say it. To speak up for the Palestinians in a place where you will receive the utmost flak, wow! Quitting her job is no big thing for her; she most have enough money by now. What kind of a job is that anyway where you have to sell out your heart? She's worked for them long enough.
These are the (brave) words she'll be remembered for. Happy Deserved Retirement!

Posted by: reformedsister | June 8, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

What if you took the country of Israel and replaced it with another country, say the Vatican and the religion Judaism with Catholicism, how would all the above comments sound? Or Islam and Mecca. Cohen's article should remind us how humans are made by God to self destruct if they behave badly. God does hold humans accountable for their wicked moments. Because it blocks the love that makes things better for all. There are bad situations that need new ways (change-repent) but not by using old damage. New success needs our Creator who is love. And old ways may need to change. Inherited mentality is not freedom. Freedom comes with new answers for old problems given by God through the channel of love. Love as best you know how and see and experience miracles happening. It is the only way to live. Change will come because life is constant change and those who are able to adjust survive.
Start with why the problem exist and then address each issue with the wisdom of Solemn. Unless you have something against Solemn having been a Jew. Jew is genetic. Any religion is a choice be it Judaism, Catholicism, or Muslim or any others.
would you want to be pushed to live somewhere else because of your genetic inheritance. You can't choose it and you can't loose it. God did choose Jews to have premonitions and apparitions all through history. I read in a very old set of books that Mohammed was raised two Jewish uncles in Mecca and went back as a military leader to sop those who kept them poor.
The pope is a military leader as well with a army of knights, priest and hospitalers. So what does that make Jews? Maybe we should keep church and state completely separate and live in peace. The USA wrote a Constitution that had that idea at heart. The USA helped give Jews a place to left to live in peace.
So who is stirring up the trouble? The wicked.

Posted by: momvera | June 8, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I live in Canada, so not American but do follow American news and have seen Miss Thomas many times in the White House drilling presidents and the like on important issues. A huge fan of her style actually, she doesn't pull the punches

My dad told me opinions are like a**holes, everybody has one. I tend to agree with her statement, politically correct or not.

The recent activities of Israel boarding aid ships should be unacceptable to all, including the White House and the House here in Canada.

Should Israel leave Palestine, absolutely, where they go, who cares at this point.

I support Miss. Thomas and its sad to see such a distinguished career end over this. I thought America protected what you said in the first Amendment? Or does that not apply to journalists? I'm confused here.

Good luck with your 'forced' retirement. Get Glen Becks job or Limbaughs but don't leave the American conscience but retiring. Guess we have your books though.

Certainly there are more offensive people in the media than you and they are not 'retiring'.

Move over Betty White, I see a SNL spot opening up for you, might have to start a facebook page just for that myself.

Posted by: rgdebnam | June 8, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I live in Canada, so not American but do follow American news and have seen Miss Thomas many times in the White House drilling presidents and the like on important issues. A huge fan of her style actually, she doesn't pull the punches

My dad told me opinions are like a**holes, everybody has one. I tend to agree with her statement, politically correct or not.

The recent activities of Israel boarding aid ships should be unacceptable to all, including the White House and the House here in Canada.

Should Israel leave Palestine, absolutely, where they go, who cares at this point.

I support Miss. Thomas and its sad to see such a distinguished career end over this. I thought America protected what you said in the first Amendment? Or does that not apply to journalists? I'm confused here.

Good luck with your 'forced' retirement. Get Glen Becks job or Limbaughs but don't leave the American conscience but retiring. Guess we have your books though.

Certainly there are more offensive people in the media than you and they are not 'retiring'.

Posted by: rgdebnam | June 8, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Well I went back to watch the videotape, and I gave her too much credit -- clearly she is slamming the entire concept of zionism. Why she would say this to a rabbi with a videocamera is beyond me

Posted by: ngarrett | June 8, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

How is it that Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity (in fact all of the Fox News anchors) can make any sort of racist, anti-Semitic comment mixed in with the vilest of lies and distortions ON THE AIR and nothing ever happens to them, yet Helen Thomas makes a benign comment in a private conversation and she loses her job?

It is truly a sad day when a country that prides itself on tolerance and freedom of expression would allow an eighty-nine year old woman to lose her job in a flurry of self-righteous indignation over an incident like this.

It is the Netanyahu administration that should be the recipient of all this indignation for their indefensible treatment of the Palestinians, the people of Gaza and the people trying to bring them aid. If any other government did such a thing they would be tried for war crimes or crimes against humanity.

Posted by: biggerjake | June 8, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Helen's demise was God's will according to the Qur'an 59:2 :
"He it is Who caused those who disbelieved of the followers of the Book (Jews) to go forth from their homes (leave their exile) till the first gathering (Li awalil hashr) you did not think that they would go forth, while they were certain that their fortresses would defend them against Allah; but Allah came to them whence they did not expect, and cast terror into their hearts; they demolished their houses with their own hands and the hands of the believers; therefore take a lesson, O you who have eyes!"

Posted by: fjasyr | June 8, 2010 5:25 AM | Report abuse

Helen's demise was God's will according to the Qur'an 59:2 :
"He it is Who caused those who disbelieved of the followers of the Book (Jews) to go forth from their homes (leave their exile) till the first gathering (Li awalil hashr) you did not think that they would go forth, while they were certain that their fortresses would defend them against Allah; but Allah came to them whence they did not expect, and cast terror into their hearts; they demolished their houses with their own hands and the hands of the believers; therefore take a lesson, O you who have eyes!"

Posted by: fjasyr | June 8, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Helen's demise was God's will according to the Qu'ran:

Qur'an 59:2 : He it is Who caused those who disbelieved of the followers of the Book (Jews) to go forth from their homes (leave their exile) till the first gathering (Li awalil hashr) you did not think that they would go forth, while they were certain that their fortresses would defend them against Allah; but Allah came to them whence they did not expect, and cast terror into their hearts; they demolished their houses with their own hands and the hands of the believers; therefore take a lesson, O you who have eyes!

Posted by: fjasyr | June 8, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to sound racial in anyway, but we all say dumb and stupid things. But also, look at what some of the things that the President has said about Israel himself. He's almost saying the same thing but only in a more polite or unnoticeable way. When the President says that he doesn't approve any of the things that Israel is doing and does not support them, isn't that basically saying that "you're on your own, and I don't give a crap about you." From what I see, I don't think that they even wanted her in there in the first place. Some have said that Presidents have tried to get her out of the Pressroom. Oh well, somebody else will take here place, and I will garantee that there will always be a reporter that does or says something stupid. It's human nature. Look how stupid we were to elect Obama and an Democratic Majority Congress.

Posted by: mjj4677 | June 8, 2010 3:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't want to sound racial in anyway, but we all say dumb and stupid things. But also, look at what some of the things that the President has said about Israel himself. He's almost saying the same thing but only in a more polite or unnoticeable way. When the President says that he doesn't approve any of the things that Israel is doing and does not support them, isn't that basically saying that "you're on your own, and I don't give a crap about you." From what I see, I don't think that they even wanted her in there in the first place. Some have said that Presidents have tried to get her out of the Pressroom. Oh well, somebody else will take here place, and I will garantee that there will always be a reporter that does or says something stupid. It's human nature. Look how stupid we were to elect Obama and an Democratic Majority Congress.

Posted by: mjj4677 | June 8, 2010 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Oops, I of course meant to write "Helen Thomas" in the
last line of my comment, not "Helen Hayes". Slip of the
tongue.

Posted by: gesheddc | June 8, 2010 3:21 AM | Report abuse

Opps, I of course meant to write "Helen Thomas" in the
last line of my comment, not "Helen Hayes". slip of the
pen.

Posted by: gesheddc | June 8, 2010 3:20 AM | Report abuse

Allot of people are sick and tired of Israel’s
behavior towards the Palestinians. That is the
context in which to understand Helen Hayes’
outburst. Israel has not negotiated
with the Palestinians in good faith: The continued building of
new settlements; the new building taking place in Jerusalem
in the portion where the Palestinians should have
their capitol as part of a “two State solution”; the continued
building of roads which divide the Palestinian lands and make
a cohesive Palestinian State less and less viable; the fact
that Israel is the one who did not live up to the last truce agreement but instead invaded Gaza on a trumped up excuse and razed people’s houses; the fact that Israel is starving the people of Gaza with the blockade (listen to President Carter on this); etc. etc. . .
The U.S. should cut off all aid to Israel, until such time
as Israel stops its abuses and negotiates in good faith for a
two-State solution. . . Finally, as has been suggested
elsewhere, if Helen Hayes’ outburst was too much for the public
to stand and she had to resign, why hasn’t someone like
Rush Limbaugh been shown the door a long time ago?
Unlike Helen Hayes, he has contributed zero value to the
public dialogue on current events, he has always been all diatribe, of the worst kind. Same for Ann Coulter.
Its public personalities of that sort, not Helen Hayes, to whom the public should give a collective lambasting and have done with them forever.

Posted by: gesheddc | June 8, 2010 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Allot of people are getting sick and tired of Israel’s
behavior towards the Palestinians. That is the
context in which to understand Helen Hayes’
outburst. Israel has NOT been negotiating
with the Palestinians in good faith: The continued building of
new settlements; the new building taking place in Jerusalem
in the portion where the Palestinians had a hope of having
their capitol as part of a “two State solution”, the continued
building of roads which divide the Palestinian lands and make
a cohesive Palestinian State less and less viable, the fact
that Israel is the one who did not live up the the last truce agreement
but instead found an excuse to invade Gaza and raze people’s houses,
the fact that Israel is starving the people of Gaza with the blockade
(listen to President Carter on this) etc. etc. . .
The U.S. should cut off all aid to Israel, until such time
as Israel stops its abuses and negotiates in good faith for a
two-State solution. . . Finally, as has been suggested
elsewhere, if Helen Hayes’ outburst is too much for the public
to stand and she has to resign, why hasn’t someone like
Rush Limbaugh been shown the door a long time ago?
Unlike Helen Hayes, he has contributed zero value to the
public dialogue, he has always been all diatribe, of the
worst kind. Same for Ann Coulter. The public should
give those two a collective lambasting and have done with them
forever.

Posted by: gesheddc | June 8, 2010 2:44 AM | Report abuse

I will miss Helen Thomas! As a nation we are diminished for openly suppressing the voice of this wise and experienced woman. Her words never truer and I remain, steadfastly, a fan of the only real maverick in Washington D.C.

Posted by: kdgrng | June 8, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey gerbah, are you ignorant or just plain stupid? Freedom of Speech means the GOVERNMENT does not restrict speech. Is this too hard for your simple mind to understand? If I condemn Helen for her stupidity or you for your stupidity, your freedom to speak has not been challenged. You and Helen can both continue to say foolish things and you won't be thrown in prison or fined by the GOVERNMENT. Do you get it yet? An example of the restriction of this Freedom is the Chinese GOVERNMENT intimidating and silencing bloggers. Do you understand this? Simple concepts....

Posted by: __tlewis__ | June 8, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

'Freedom of Speech' in America is such a sick joke.

Thousands of people every day call on China to 'get out of Tibet'. Their comments are often vicious and highly belligerent. Does anybody care about how offensive that is to Chinese people? Does anyone get reprimanded for such bigoted, prejudiced comments?

But one old lady voices her personal opinion that Jews should 'get out of Palestine' and so many people go nuts. She becomes a pariah and is humilated in the press - not to mention forced out of her job.

So freedom of speech in America means it is OK to bad-mouth anybody ... just as long as it isn't the Jews, right?

Posted by: gerbah | June 8, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas has the right to free speech
YES Israel has more rights than any middle east country.
I remember world war 2 my parents both served in that war. Jews were the focus of hate
Israel should have some feelings for the poor Palistine people
forgive

Posted by: theoldmansays | June 7, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Reality check.

For thousands of years, war and conquest have always set the boundaries of people groups and nations, with rare exception. Why does anyone assume that things would be different now? There have always been migration of people, tensions that result from encroachment, and ensuing conflict. What's new? You people seem to think that Israel is a historical anomaly. Wrong. It's the historical norm. We simply await the resolution -- integration, subjugation, genocide, or expulsion. And I don't necessarily assume that Israel will turn out on top, nor do I advocate anything but integration, unlike Helen who thinks expulsion is the solution.

Freedom (of the press and speech) have not been abridged. These freedoms become compromised when the government restricts them, not when the general public rebukes individuals for their intolerance and/or ignorance. And those of you who think that these freedoms have been trampled upon in this instance show yourselves to be stunningly ignorant of their meaning. Stunningly ignorant.

Posted by: __tlewis__ | June 7, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: arnoldsegal | June 7, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to see Helen's retraction; since her comments were very close to the truth... if not very politic. She didn't say ALL Jews out of the Mid-East but the concept of a safe haven for all the World's minorities is a late ninteenth century bogus idea.
Theocracies don't work! Whether in Israel/Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Iran, the Balkans or Utah if the government and religion aren't separate, some people are going to suffer. Ghandi warned that if the Raj was devided into Hindu & Muslim states, there'd be no peace and it cost him his life and the lives of tens of thousands more.
It will be ever thus! Helen, you're not smooth but you're right!

Posted by: demiller9903 | June 7, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm really sorry that Helen has found herself in this situation after such an illustrious career, but anyone who says anything about Israel that is not a glowing endorsement must know that they need to make sure their comments are nuanced enough to hold water.

Should all Israeli Jews go back to Europe? Of course not, but perhaps immigration to Israel from Europe should be halted until Palestinians are also given the right to return to their homes in historic Palestine. I believe the right of return should be an equitable one for both people's originally from this land.

If Helen had made this comment I could agree with it, but I agree that the comment she made was not well thought out and certainly in bad taste.

Posted by: Feylynne | June 7, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE, CAN WE GET HONEST FOR A MOMENT ??
THE TRUTH BE TOLD ! WHITE ANGLO SAXON "AMERICANS " HATE THE JEWS !! I AM NOT PROUD OF THIS...BUT WE HATE THE JEWS!! MY NIECE, WHO I LOVE DEARLY, AND HAVEN'T SEEN OR SPOKEN TO IN OVER 40 YEARS IS JEWISH. HER NAME WAS LISA JOY McCLELLAN. MY BROTHER CONVERTET TO THE JEWISH FAITH , TO MARRY JOAN ZELDA,AND HE DID IT TO GET MARRIED BACK IN THE SIXTIES. ABSURD !! MY LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS OF NAZARATH, WAS ALSO A JEW !! MY IGNORANT "CHRISTIAN FRIENDS WILL ARGUE THIS TILL THE COWS COME HOME. GOD HAS NO PARTICULAR FAITH THAT HE FAVORS!! HE IS WITH US ALL. BUT AMERICANS NEED TO STOP PRETENDING THAT WE HAVE A JUDEO-CHRISTIAN CONNECTION.... JUST ASK THAT GOOD CATHOLIC "ANN COULTER" ... ASK JOHN... ASK PEACH... ASK GARY "LINCOLN FREED THE SLAVES ,BUT HE WON'T FREE YOU" JOHNSTON , ATTORNEY AT LAW!!! I GREW UP IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY CONNECTICUT. HOME OF THE "GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT" ,DARIEN CT. "WHY, DARIEN ISN'T SO BAD, WHY IN NEW CANAAN, THEY WON'T EVEN RENT TO A JEW !"
GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF THAT DARK,SMELLY PLACE AND ADMIT IT !!! KEVIN B. McCLELLAN.. REMEMBER WHAT KINKIE FRIEDMAN SAID.....

Posted by: kbmmail | June 7, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Freedom of Speech does not come without a price apparently. What a pity, but it happens to many people everyday, all the time, all walks of life. Watch what you say or it could cost you....your job, your respect, your reputation. Must not matter if you say the truth, just whether or not people in power are "offended" and can set the wheels of consequences into motion that will affect you detrimentally.

Posted by: classicroyal1 | June 7, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

It makes no difference if you are twenty or eighty plus years old her remarks were reprehensible!!This is clearly "Iranian speak."

Posted by: vanderbilt1 | June 7, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Thomas should not resign. Comments from the WH is the usual pandering to a strong political block. She is quite correct in that the occupation of territories outside the state of Israel as defined at the end of WWII is not only illegal but leading to much of the conflict in the middle east. She did not say get out of Israel. What she said meant the settlers and Israelis should stop settling in land that is not theirs, stop immigrating to the occupied territories.

As for the often repeated state 6 million died, give it a rest everyone knows it but why have we allowed Judism to claim the Holocost as solely their burden of pain. Millions of others (Catholics, non-whites, etc.) also died during this heinous act.

Too many have jumped on Thomas without questioning the full context of what she said or challenging the truth of it.

Posted by: surf_sd | June 7, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

With free speech come responsibility, so one mistake is a death sentence for Madam Thomas? After many decades of being correct, having the right temperament's, getting the facts straight and always acting within protocol, she is disposed and terminated. As life slowly slip from this kind lady's body, she showed some life in her expression of a situation but used language some people find offensive. And the world declare her guilty! and unworthy to proclaim another truth.

He who is without sin cast the first stone.

Posted by: VisionAM | June 7, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for the Palestinians,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Palestinian.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Posted by: giag | June 7, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't know any 90 year old who apologies for anything they say. They say what they mean and mean what they say. When she did apologize I assume she meant that too. Not because she was forced to but because meant it. When I read all those people who say she was speaking the truth, I guess you must also be referring to her apology. Apology accepted.

Posted by: kbock | June 7, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Need I say more? The above comments are proof positive that 5.6 million jews (?)(2000 census)should not be a monopoly in our Government. Anyone that comes to the U.S., changes their appearence,(blond hair, blue contacts...)changes their name,(Goldstien, Silverberg...)and automatically makes $100,000 + a year should be suspect. Israeli's have gotten away with it for years. (Peter Jennings...)

Posted by: gabrielmrobles | June 7, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Need I say more? The above comments are proof positive that 5.6 million jews (?)(2000 census)should not be a monopoly in our Government. Anyone that comes to the U.S., changes their appearence,(blond hair, blue contacts...)changes their name,(Goldstien, Silverberg...)and automatically makes $100,000 + a year should be suspect. Israeli's have gotten away with it for years. (Peter Jennings...)

Posted by: gabrielmrobles | June 7, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Need I say more? The above comments are proof positive that 5.6 million jews (?)(2000 census)should not be a monopoly in our Government. Anyone that comes to the U.S., changes their appearence,(blond hair, blue contacts...)changes their name,(Goldstien, Silverberg...)and automatically makes $100,000 + a year should be suspect. Israeli's have gotten away with it for years. (Peter Jennings...)

Posted by: gabrielmrobles | June 7, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Need I say more? The above comments are proof positive that 5.6 million jews (?)(2000 census)should not be a monopoly in our Government. Anyone that comes to the U.S., changes their appearence,(blond hair, blue contacts...)changes their name,(Goldstien, Silverberg...)and automatically makes $100,000 + a year should be suspect. Israeli's have gotten away with it for years. (Peter Jennings...)

Posted by: gabrielmrobles | June 7, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Need I say more? The above comments are proof positive that 5.6 million jews (?)(2000 census)should not be a monopoly in our Government. Anyone that comes to the U.S., changes their appearence,(blond hair, blue contacts...)changes their name,(Goldstien, Silverberg...)and automatically makes $100,000 + a year should be suspect. Israeli's have gotten away with it for years. (Peter Jennings...)

Posted by: gabrielmrobles | June 7, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Need I say more? The above comments are proof positive that 5.6 million jews (?)(2000 census)should not be a monopoly in our Government. Anyone that comes to the U.S., changes their appearence,(blond hair, blue contacts...)changes their name,(Goldstien, Silverberg...)and automatically makes $100,000 + a year should be suspect. Israeli's have gotten away with it for years. (Peter Jennings...)

Posted by: gabrielmrobles | June 7, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Need I say more? The above comments are proof positive that 5.6 million jews (?)(2000 census)should not be a monopoly in our Government. Anyone that comes to the U.S., changes their appearence,(blond hair, blue contacts...)changes their name,(Goldstien, Silverberg...)and automatically makes $100,000 + a year should be suspect. Israeli's have gotten away with it for years. (Peter Jennings...)

Posted by: gabrielmrobles | June 7, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Israel occupied Gaza, then unilaterally left hoping this would lead to something positive. That is the truth. They were thanked with thousands rockets launched at their people. That is the truth. That is who they are dealing with. The 'poor' Palestinian people got representation they voted for. Israel agreed to a two state solution. This was rejected over and over again by Hamas and Fatah.

So, if Israel ends the blockade, do you think Hamas will say thanks or rearm and start launching rockets again?

The Palestinian representatives demand the right of return for those who left in 1945. Who would those be? How would you count them? Should the Jews go back to Europe and demand their homes be returned? Should Mexico be allowed to reclaim California, Arizona etc.? I know let's open California's southern border so that everyone from central America could come live here. That way they could reclaim their county without firing a shot!

The level of hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty I have read is off the charts!

Posted by: kbock | June 7, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Buh-bye Ms. Thomas.

This isn't about freedom of speech. Nobody stopped Ms. Thomas from saying anything. She wasn't thrown in jail or executed for what she said.

She resigned from her job. A job that demanded objectivity which she destroyed by her statement.

Don't feel too sorry for her, she's had a long productive career and can now look foward to appearances on all the talk shows, writing her memoir, and giving speeches once this episode blows over.

I don't agree with what she said, but she has the right to say it. And she has the right to suffer the consequences that resulted from her statement.

The school has the right to disinvite her. Her statement would have overshadowed what should be a celebration of the future for the seniors.

Posted by: Iceman_63 | June 7, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

She is just one of many. These journalist are no better than the corrupt politicians that they bark about. Just like investment bankers, they add little real value to society - spreading their biased opinions to further individual political beliefs. Could anyone not be glad that she is gone?

Posted by: Prof-Dr-G | June 7, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas said the truth. Truth many times hurts fellings, but than when is pure and plain truth many times not only hurt feelings but interests. And that is what I belive hurt most. But the pure and simple truth is thay israel is illegally keeping military siege to a whole contry that is Palestina with the borders fixed by UN resolutions. So any killings in Palestina have ono only culprit: Israel. And that is the hard true that democratic countries should address and push hard to become a reallity.

Posted by: utopico24 | June 7, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

It's amusing listening to fascist leftists -- who advocate speech codes, "hate crimes" laws, limits on political speech, including outlawing criticism of politicians 30 days before an election, card check, etc -- whining about poor Helen Thomas being punished for her speech.

Posted by: EricArthurBlair | June 7, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Frustrated with double standards, exasperated with talks that won't even start, angry at ideologues who cannot visualize the humanity of others, and abandoned by US administrations that often ignore the obvious, Helen Thomas lashed out.

Helen spoke out and reflected the growing anger at the impasse and tragic situation in Israel and Palestine. She meant what she said. Didn't expect it to go viral. She spoke in anger. It was hyperbolic. Historically wrong and impractical. Even, insensitive. But that’s how the crisis diminishes us all.

Like Jimmy Carter who spoke from the heart and meant what he said about Israel and Apartheid-like tactics of the Israeli government, Helen will be vilified, pilloried, and called everything but a child of God. Carter retracted, so did Helen.

The toxic environment around the Israeli-Palestinian crisis permits the support of only one side or the other. This distorts reality for us all. Helen’s detractors would like us all to blindly ignore reality and ignore the voice and plight of Palestinians. Some of her supporters may want us to ignore the quest for security of Jewish families within safe borders. But, our conscience would not let us. We must love both the Jewish and Palestinian people equally. Herein lie the problem and solution. Policies rooted in the devaluation of Jewish or Palestinian life are moribund and will produce nothing substantial or meaningful.

The questions now are: Will we seize the opportunity to end the occupation and the blockade, or will this become another one of many dilatory tactics used to postpone reasonable resolution of the crisis and human tragedy in Israel and Palestine?

So, let’s forgive Helen and stop demonizing her. Only those who do nothing don't make mistakes.

Posted by: wa2005 | June 7, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry. They are building a Mosque at Ground Zero, send her there.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 7, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse


willseattle-don't forget the Native Americans........(((grins))

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 7, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

It's unbelieveable how powerful the Jewish mafia is in this country. You are not entitled to state your opinion if it is in conflict with the interests of Israel--especially if you are an influential individual. The Jewish mafia feels it has a right to destroy anyone that says anything it doesn't like. They destroy people publicly so they can keep everyone else singing their tune, and our gutless media and politicans fall right in line.

Posted by: sndy946 | June 7, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

How come every time someone has an opposing opinion they are labeled a Jew Hater? Is the Jewish nation so paranoid that people cannot speak their minds in front of them just in discussion. How is their mentality any different than those who sought to oppress them?

When one group dictates Free Speech by labeling all as haters, that's just paranoid and the rest of the world does not have to play their paranoid game to appease their paranoia.

I read they have highways just for Israli's? If that's true...That say's it all; as does the killing of those people (including an American citizen) in that flotilla! What more do American's need to say, those are NOT American values!

Posted by: MyTwoCents4 | June 7, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

How come every time someone has an opposing opinion they are labeled a Jew Hater? Is the Jewish nation so paranoid that people cannot speak their minds in front of them just in discussion. How is their mentality any different than those who sought to oppress them?

When one group dictates Free Speech by labeling all as haters, that's just paranoid and the rest of the world does not have to play their paranoid game to appease their paranoia.

I read they have highways just for Israli's? If that's true...That say's it all; as does the killing of those people (including an American citizen) in that flotilla! What more do American's need to say, those are NOT American values!

Posted by: MyTwoCents4 | June 7, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

1. Helen Thomas is NOT dotty.
2. If the Jews had continuously occupied Israel for the last 3000 years and then were displaced from Israel by the Nazis, then there might be an argument that they, like the American Indians, have a historical right to the land. Because they lived there 3000 years ago and were driven out en masse cuts no ice. Might as well give Britain back to the Romans.
3. The WEST should have salved its conscience by creating a Jewish Homeland in Montana or Ontario. The Palestinians have a right to be annoyed.

Posted by: martimr1 | June 7, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

We may abhor the recent comments made by White House veteran Helen Thomas. What we also lament is the fact that we may never see another woman journalist with her experience sitting in that coveted front row seat of the White House Press Corp. While the male dominated media throw Helen under the bus for expressing her comments (whether we disagree or not) let's consider some of the other historic comments she's made:

"But when will our leaders learn - war is not the answer."

"I don't think a tough question is disrespectful."

"We in the press have a special role since there is no other institution in our society that can hold the President accountable. I do believe that our democracy can endure and prevail only if the American people are informed."

"You don't spread democracy through the barrel of a gun."


Posted by: mpwynn | June 7, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Two truisms:
1) Ms Thomas was/is ready for retirement;
2) Ms Thomas is, unfortunately, relective of far two many liberal journalists/ leftist "thinkers"/ demonkrats.

Posted by: IQ168 | June 7, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Don Imus got his job back within a few months.

Hmm, I wonder if Helen will get hers back...or are black people just more forgiving?

Posted by: ngarrett | June 7, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Don Imus got his job back within a few months.

Hmm, I wonder if Helen will get hers back...or are black people just more forgiving?

Posted by: ngarrett | June 7, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Some people posting comments are delusional.... "Free speech" doesn't mean there are no consequences for what a person says; it means the government won't prohibit you from speaking. Imus lost his job. Maher lost his program on ABC. Helen resigned. None of these were due to government prohibition. Duh. Get a clue, morons.

Fact. Jews aren't leaving Israel and neither are Palestinians. Deal with it.

Fact. Both Jews and Palestinians have a history in Palestine. It doesn't matter who has a "better" claim to the land -- that's subjective and solves nothing.

Now, let's move on with our lives.... This problem won't even begin to be solved until Palestinians internalize the reality that Jews aren't going anywhere and so they might as well release their Jewish loathing and focus on the economic stability and development of their own territories. The West Bank seems to get this; why can't Gaza?

Posted by: __tlewis__ | June 7, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Over time reporters, like Thomas, have evolved, into something other than journalists. The lexicon needs a new descriptive. They no longer just report the news, they often are the news. Propagandist is close but not quite right. It's too biting to catch on.

Posted by: Reesh | June 7, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION: ALL OBAMA ZOMBIES AND ANTI-SEMITES....

ISRAEL IS HERE TO STAY. THEY HAVE MADE A FERTILE LAND OUT OF THE WORST DESERT AND MARSHLAND IMAGINABLE. THEY THRIVE, AS BEST THEY CAN, IN A WORLD THAT WOULDN'T MIND (TOO MUCH) A SECOND HOLOCAUST.

THEY ARE THE BEST FRIEND AMERICA HAS IN THIS WORLD.

GROW UP.

Posted by: g8r4evr | June 7, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Any Jew who supports Barack Hussein Obama is suicidal.

Posted by: Garland1 | June 7, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Any Jew who supports Barack Hussein Obama is suicidal.

Posted by: Garland1 | June 7, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

hughmcfadden1: I agree with you. Do you know what is so Ironic about America's wholehearted support for Israel today? Is that, America initially did not support the creation of the land of Israel. Britain convinced America that it was a good idea. We had so much space in America and Canada, I often wonder why Israel? Just because I have been prosecuted as a Buddhist, doesn't necessarily mean, I am originally from China or India (its actual origin).

Posted by: Tonyz78 | June 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Any Jew who supports Barack Hussein Obama is suicidal.

Posted by: Garland1 | June 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Any Jew who supports Barack Hussein Obama is suicidal.

Posted by: Garland1 | June 7, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Punishment or persuasion? Is Helen's foolish view the true danger, or is it the decisive power of the thought police in America the true scare here?

Oh my, Grandma said something embarrassing! Shuffle her off the old reporters home before she makes reporters out to be human, able to think strange thoughts for themselves, or "gasp" unable to remain afraid of the forces of political orthodoxy!

As a rule, I have come to learn that reporters are not fountains of wisdom. So, if Helen's view is not wise, I see no surprise here. What I see instead is the speed that thought police violations destroy a reporter. Do not cry for Hellen. But, consider the chill her treatment sends to your own freedom of thought.

Why not put out a thought piece on the role of Israel and let Grandma apologize? But, what if the goal is to make Helen's fate a fearsome example, and known failure path? Think a wrong thought and you are toast! Is this the hallmark of liberty is supposed to bring us?

Liberty is not free and her actions may cost her. Yet, perfect mind control is not liberty either.


Posted by: Arctific | June 7, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

But you know, it *is* time for Israelis to get the heck out of Palestine. If Israel thinks the West Bank is part of Israel, then why are the people who've lived there their whole lives not citizens? If not, why is Israel building settlements on land which is not theirs? Completely morally indefensible behavior, IMO.

Posted by: jeffwacker | June 7, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I wish some people will have the guts to speak and denounce the words by Limbaugh, Bachman and Beck not to mention Bohner who have called the president every insult on earth, then is freedom of speech, one a lady, yes a lady, speaks her mind my goodness the hypocrites came out of the gutter.

Posted by: postDC | June 7, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Is there context behind Helen's statement?.
Oh! poor rich, nuclear, best armed, best friend of the most powerful country in the world takes on a 89yr. old woman who has spent her life serving freedom of the press.
No one cares when Israel tells the Palestinians to move somewhere, anywhere.

As far as the White House male press core is concerned who acted like confused idiots when Bush decided to invade Iraq, Helen Thomas is worth one hundred of you pathetic white men who call yourselves members of the fourth estate.
What more proof do you need that America has become the "poodle" of Israel.

Posted by: JillCalifornia | June 7, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

SHALOM....MIES NARISCH ALTER COCKER!!!

Posted by: g8r4evr | June 7, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Pure, uncontrolled anti-semitic hate.

Posted by: algasema1 | June 7, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, folks, if you ever needed proof of leftist antisemitism, you need look no farther than the comments on this story. It is very revealing, and repulsive.

Posted by: piovino1 | June 7, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas should not be dismissed as an out of touch. What she said is heartfelt by many people who see Israel as the problem. Palestine IS under occupation by the Jews. God didn"t give them the land.... The British and the American oil interests did. They learned well the lessons of their Nazi tormentors and they practice it on Arab people every single day. So I guess that if you disagree with the Jews, you're evil.. God help us ! KBM

Posted by: kbmmail | June 7, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

When I saw her remarks this morning on TV, all I could think was, 'Oh, Helen, oh, Helen. I'm sorry!'
Unfortunately, Lebanon is still an independent country; that's not unfortunately what she wishes for the State of Israel.
Helen needs to watch Steven Spielberg's epic movie, "Shoah", to fully understand what a scathing remark it is to suggest that Jews return to Poland.
Poland, Austria, some outlying parts of Germany and some of the other Eastern European countries have very little Jewish population left.
They had nothing left to return "home" for.
Even the late Pope John-Paul II, early in his papacy, tried to change the virulent anti-Semitism in his native land, Poland.
They had this attitude that the Jews crucified Christ and, as they think, deserved their fate.
He moved quickly to try to put down that attitude with a strong statement about the Holocaust and prejudice.
To suggest that Israel be destroyed as a state to a rabbi at a Jewish conference is rather like a raw insult, not a serious comment.
That said, I have always admired Helen Thomas for her strength of purpose and the fact that she championed women's journalist ability in the face of a strictly male-dominated business.
She has an amazing and strong record of journalistic production through 7 decades, for which she deserves accolades.
I just hate that her career had to end with this acrid controversy.
God bless you, Helen.
You've had a wonderful life and career.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | June 7, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas should not be dismissed as an out of touch. What she said I heartfelt by many people who see Israel as the problem. Palestine IS under occupation by the Jews. God didn"t give them the land.... The British and the American oil interests did. They learned well the lessons of their Nazi tormentors and they practice it on Arab people every single day. So I guess that if you disagree with the Jews, you're evil.. God help us ! KBM

Posted by: kbmmail | June 7, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Of course, she is highly respected for her trail blazing career and she has been a remarkable reporter in her earlier years. She stated her opinion and should have realized what would happen today with modern telecommunications. I hope she can leave with some dignity and be honored for her accomplishments. Let's stop beating her up. She apologized, she's an older journalist who is no longer a reporter and shouldn't be in the front row, and she deserves to be allowed to resign with some grace.

Posted by: gary16 | June 7, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for the Palestinians,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Palestinian.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Posted by: giag | June 7, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Thomas's comments are the most disgusting, vile, anti-semitic remarks that I have seen in half a century. Not because they are anti-Israel. Israel has done a great deal to open itself up to legitimate criticism for the way it is treating the Palestinians. But her remarks were dripping with anti-Jewish hate.

She wants the Jews in Israel to go back to Germany and Poland, where six million Jews were murdered. Even Ahmadinejad would have a hard time sinking to that level. What a shame that a woman almost 90 years of age would end her career in such a way. But we need not weep any tears for her. The tears should be for the memory of the victims at Auschwitz and the other death camps whom she has disgraced with the uncontrolled hatred that must have been boiling up inside her for many decades.

The Palestinians deserve a much better life and much more justice. But with friends like Helen Thomas, the Palestinians do not need any enemies.

Posted by: algasema1 | June 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Thomas's comments are the most disgusting, vile, anti-semitic remarks that I have seen in half a century. Not because they are anti-Israel. Israel has done a great deal to open itself up to legitimate criticism for the way it is treating the Palestinians. But her remarks were dripping with anti-Jewish hate.

She wants the Jews in Israel to go back to Germany and Poland, where six million Jews were murdered. Even Ahmadinejad would have a hard time sinking to that level. What a shame that a woman almost 90 years of age would end her career in such a way. But we need not weep any tears for her. The tears should be for the memory of the victims at Auschwitz and the other death camps whom she has disgraced with the uncontrolled hatred that must have been boiling up inside her for many decades.

The Palestinians deserve a much better life and much more justice. But with friends like Helen Thomas, the Palestinians do not need any enemies.

Posted by: algasema1 | June 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Thomas's comments are the most disgusting, vile, anti-semitic remarks that I have seen in half a century. Not because they are anti-Israel. Israel has done a great deal to open itself up to legitimate criticism for the way it is treating the Palestinians. But her remarks were dripping with anti-Jewish hate.

She wants the Jews in Israel to go back to Germany and Poland, where six million Jews were murdered. Even Ahmadinejad would have a hard time sinking to that level. What a shame that a woman almost 90 years of age would end her career in such a way. But we need not weep any tears for her. The tears should be for the memory of the victims at Auschwitz and the other death camps whom she has disgraced with the uncontrolled hatred that must have been boiling up inside her for many decades.

The Palestinians deserve a much better life and much more justice. But with friends like Helen Thomas, the Palestinians do not need any enemies.

Posted by: algasema1 | June 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Thomas's comments are the most disgusting, vile, anti-semitic remarks that I have seen in half a century. Not because they are anti-Israel. Israel has done a great deal to open itself up to legitimate criticism for the way it is treating the Palestinians. But her remarks were dripping with anti-Jewish hate.

She wants the Jews in Israel to go back to Germany and Poland, where six million Jews were murdered. Even Ahmadinejad would have a hard time sinking to that level. What a shame that a woman almost 90 years of age would end her career in such a way. But we need not weep any tears for her. The tears should be for the memory of the victims at Auschwitz and the other death camps whom she has disgraced with the uncontrolled hatred that must have been boiling up inside her for many decades.

The Palestinians deserve a much better life and much more justice. But with friends like Helen Thomas, the Palestinians do not need any enemies.

Posted by: algasema1 | June 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Thomas's comments are the most disgusting, vile, anti-semitic remarks that I have seen in half a century. Not because they are anti-Israel. Israel has done a great deal to open itself up to legitimate criticism for the way it is treating the Palestinians. But her remarks were dripping with anti-Jewish hate.

She wants the Jews in Israel to go back to Germany and Poland, where six million Jews were murdered. Even Ahmadinejad would have a hard time sinking to that level. What a shame that a woman almost 90 years of age would end her career in such a way. But we need not weep any tears for her. The tears should be for the memory of the victims at Auschwitz and the other death camps whom she has disgraced with the uncontrolled hatred that must have been boiling up inside her for many decades.

The Palestinians deserve a much better life and much more justice. But with friends like Helen Thomas, the Palestinians do not need any enemies.

Posted by: algasema1 | June 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Thomas's comments are the most disgusting, vile, anti-semitic remarks that I have seen in half a century. Not because they are anti-Israel. Israel has done a great deal to open itself up to legitimate criticism for the way it is treating the Palestinians. But her remarks were dripping with anti-Jewish hate.

She wants the Jews in Israel to go back to Germany and Poland, where six million Jews were murdered. Even Ahmadinejad would have a hard time sinking to that level. What a shame that a woman almost 90 years of age would end her career in such a way. But we need not weep any tears for her. The tears should be for the memory of the victims at Auschwitz and the other death camps whom she has disgraced with the uncontrolled hatred that must have been boiling up inside her for many decades.

The Palestinians deserve a much better life and much more justice. But with friends like Helen Thomas, the Palestinians do not need any enemies.

Posted by: algasema1 | June 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Of course, she is highly respected for her trail blazing career and she has been a remarkable reporter in her earlier years. She stated her opinion and should have realized what would happen today with modern telecommunications. I hope she can leave with some dignity and be honored for her accomplishments. Let's stop beating her up. She apologized, she's an older journalist who is no longer a reporter and shouldn't be in the front row, and she deserves to be allowed to resign with some grace.

Posted by: gary16 | June 7, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Thomas's comments are the most disgusting, vile, anti-semitic remarks that I have seen in half a century. Not because they are anti-Israel. Israel has done a great deal to open itself up to legitimate criticism for the way it is treating the Palestinians. But her remarks were dripping with anti-Jewish hate.

She wants the Jews in Israel to go back to Germany and Poland, where six million Jews were murdered. Even Ahmadinejad would have a hard time sinking to that level. What a shame that a woman almost 90 years of age would end her career in such a way. But we need not weep any tears for her. The tears should be for the memory of the victims at Auschwitz and the other death camps whom she has disgraced with the uncontrolled hatred that must have been boiling up inside her for many decades.

The Palestinians deserve a much better life and much more justice. But with friends like Helen Thomas, the Palestinians do not need any enemies.

Posted by: algasema1 | June 7, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Thomas's comments are the most disgusting, vile, anti-semitic remarks that I have seen in half a century. Not because they are anti-Israel. Israel has done a great deal to open itself up to legitimate criticism for the way it is treating the Palestinians. But her remarks were dripping with anti-Jewish hate.

She wants the Jews in Israel to go back to Germany and Poland, where six million Jews were murdered. Even Ahmadinejad would have a hard time sinking to that level. What a shame that a woman almost 90 years of age would end her career in such a way. But we need not weep any tears for her. The tears should be for the memory of the victims at Auschwitz and the other death camps whom she has disgraced with the uncontrolled hatred that must have been boiling up inside her for many decades.

The Palestinians deserve a much better life and much more justice. But with friends like Helen Thomas, the Palestinians do not need any enemies.

Posted by: algasema1 | June 7, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Now anyone in the house who advocates expelling Palestinians from the land of their birth and being "sent home" likewise stand up and follow Helen Thomas into exile for bigotry.

Posted by: politbureau | June 7, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I guess she just hung around too long and got senile - like a lot of other folks apparently. For 62 years the Palestinians have said they need to destroy Israel in order to achieve "justice" and make Allah happy. Now half or so at least seem to be willing to talk but Hamas in Gaza still keeps saying Israel must be destroyed. I fail to see how anyone who would call themselves a liberal or peacenik finds that acceptable.

Posted by: cduwel | June 7, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for the Palestinians,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Palestinian.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Posted by: giag | June 7, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.
When they came for the Palestinians,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Palestinian.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Posted by: giag | June 7, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Thomas's comments are the most disgusting, vile, anti-semitic remarks that I have seen in half a century. Not because they are anti-Israel. Israel has done a great deal to open itself up to legitimate criticism for the way it is treating the Palestinians. But her remarks were dripping with anti-Jewish hate.

She wants the Jews in Israel to go back to Germany and Poland, where six million Jews were murdered. Even Ahmadinejad would have a hard time sinking to that level. What a shame that a woman almost 90 years of age would end her career in such a way. But we need not weep any tears for her. The tears should be for the memory of the victims at Auschwitz and the other death camps whom she has disgraced with the uncontrolled hatred that must have been boiling up inside her for many decades.

The Palestinians deserve a much better life and much more justice. But with friends like Helen Thomas, the Palestinians do not need any enemies.

Posted by: algasema1 | June 7, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

After 60+ years since 1948, Israelis have no place else to go, and they aren't going, but the same can be said of the Palestinians, and Helen Thomas' statement reflects a moral reality about the Israeli acquisition of Palestine. Part of Palestine is said to have been "given" to the Jewish immigrants by the UN...but that body that didn't own it, and had no right to assign it to anyone but its inhabitants. And in fact ALL of Palestine was simply seized from its indigenous population by force and fear, the major portion in 1947-48, and the rest in 1967.

There is nothing reprehensible about Thomas' statement, reflecting a preference for justice over practicality, but of course it isn't a feasible solution, now (as Thomas appears to recognize). Her expression isn't unreasonable because it is necessarily wrong, but because it isn't practical. It isn't anti-Semitism to wish for an end tot the horrendous, bloody problems that have attended imposition of a specifically Jewish ethnic State on Arab lands in Palestine, or that the whole conflict could have been avoided from the beginning... that the Germans, Italians, Poles, French and others who participated in the Holocaust should have been the ones to provide reparations to the Jewish people, not Arabs who had no hand in it.

It is a shame that an excellent and storied reporter like Ms Thomas should be drummed out of the press corps because she expressed this thought.

Posted by: Observer44 | June 7, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas. Freedom of speech June 7, 2010


The ultimate force in asking the hard questions and giving her candid appraisals as she saw them. Not to long ago another tried to quite hear and failed, as our past child President Bush in taking her White House front row seat away, as he tried scolding the Senior White House Reporter, to ask questions and report the news his way as other quacking lemmings did. Like you is with me to you is against me in my sand box.

Now the decapitation by the Hurst Corp. once a proud muck raker in long past years in keeping Government & News on solid clean foundation. Now the panders to power ziocons to shut hear up once and for all in her thinking, enough is enough regarding the so called Democratic state of Israel. If they cant play by the rules Agreements Pledge's of Honor and there endless Attacks for more land, "They All Should Go Back ware they came from".

Lets all Lobby that Helen will Grace blog pages our a book with hear insight from 1947 the date of the original Con artist problem of Signed sham Agreements and Pledges of Honor which, wear put in play. Also her insight of the Zionist destruction: of Palestine in the US. "free" press, to report all the news that was "NEVER Reported".

Ronald Douglas Kennedy

Posted by: 7y3ta3zm4 | June 7, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The White House Press Corps should be known as the White House Press Corpse, they have been dead since Bush took over the presidency, they serve no purpose other than pretend they know what the pulse of the country is and ask inane questions rudely and often times dumb ones. Helen Thomas will be better off not having to share her feelings with such sensitive reporters who have no guts to confront crimes like Bush's and Natanyahu's.

Posted by: postDC | June 7, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

The White House Press Corps should be known as the White House Press Corpse, they have been dead since Bush took over the presidency, they serve no purpose other than pretend they know what the pulse of the country is and ask inane questions rudely and often times dumb ones. Helen Thomas will be better off not having to share her feelings with such sensitive reporters who have no guts to confront crimes like Bush's and Natanyahu's.

Posted by: postDC | June 7, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas has rightly been ostracized for bigotry by advocating that someone be expelled from the land of their birth and "sent home" simply because of their ethnicity.

Now anyone in the room who advocates expelling Palestinians from the land of their birth and being "sent home" simply because of their ethnicity please stand up and follow her.

Posted by: politbureau | June 7, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is free to say whatever she wishes to say. This is a free country. Maybe she can get a gig on MSNBC hating on conservatives (I would love to see Rachel dealing with her). The real question is why she was in the White House Press Room to begin with masquerading as a reporter when in fact she was a commentary and opinion person all along? Seniority?
This is a Press briefing office which allows questions and follow ups not a platform for unsolicited opinions.

Posted by: menopausequeen | June 7, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Our nation loves the underdog. Against all odds the weak shall prevail. This is what we did in 1776. From a micro view, it makes sense that the Palestinians are the underdog therefore being wronged and we should be upset about it. From the macro view, the Palestinians are a pawn of a much larger and dangerous game played by many countries in the middle east; each with their own agendas. Mainly keep their own power and destroy the country of Israel.

Being 90 does not mean you speak the truth. It just means your old. My 90 year old aunt says Helen is a moron for what she said. That must be the truth?

Arab nations will do nothing to help settle this issue. They love pointing to the poor Palestinians because it means that we are not looking at their despotic rulers and repressive theocracies.

Israel is a democratically elected government in a nasty neighborhood. They are not perfect but worth standing up for and defending. In Israel, you can have public arguments about policy, but not anywhere else in the middle east. If you love America you must love what Israel stands for. Go Israel!

Posted by: kbock | June 7, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

The Jewish people I know in the US are kind, tolerant, and champions of justice. However, we have to face the fact that the Israeli government is controlled by the Jewish ultra-orthodox, who do not tolerate gay lifestyles, consider women as “unclean,” steal the land and bulldoze homes that have been owned by Palestinians for centuries, to build settlements to accommodate the never-ending influx of Jews from all over the world, and openly discriminate against non-Jews. A young American woman, Rachel Aliene Corrie, was actually crushed to death when she acted as a human shield protecting a Palestinian home against an Israeli bulldozer. However Israel’s most horrendous action is that it created a ghetto in which millions of Palestinians are held captive and impoverished by Israel’s blockade. On more than one occasion Israel has gone into Palestinian refugee camps and slaughtered unarmed Palestinian citizens. A youtube video search shows Palestinian women and children being abused by Israeli Jews and a google search will reveal Israeli citizens who denounce the abuse of Palestinians by the Israeli government and other Jews. The Israeli government is well armed and funded by the US due to the strength of the Israeli lobby’s influence in the US, which exerts exorbinate influence over our press and our government and prevents Americans from realizing the truth. The 9/11 attack on the WTC came as no surprise to me since the US has supported Israel in wreaking so much havoc in the Mideast, but only the most courageous are terrified to publicly criticize Israel for fear of being characterized as anti-Semetic. Shockingly, the organs of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army have been taken and used without permission by the Israeli medical community. The Jewish people keep reminding us of the holocaust to prevent it from ever happening again – but it does seem to be happening again – this time perpetrated by Israel. The American government, the Jewish people and all who are champions of justice must demand that Israel immediately stop its abuse of Palestinian citizens. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by: giag | June 7, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, as far as the majority of the US media and powers that be have their heads up Isreal's rear-end, it's no surprise Ms. Thomas is being pilloried and driven out of her career.

It's our unconditional support of Israel, no matter what they do, that got us 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror.

Yeah, I said it. SOMEONE needed to.

Posted by: ceefer66 | June 7, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

You Libs made these rules whereby racist comments equals a pink slip, so you have to play by them, too. Quit your bellyaching.

Posted by: trueholygoat | June 7, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

It's disgusting to watch the sharks ganging up on an 89-year old woman, especially Obama's glib, loathsome press flak and all-around jerk, Robert Gibbs. As for Ms. Thomas, name me someone who hasn't at one time or another popped off when frustrated by events beyond his or her control.

When half the country is calling the other half Nazis, and that half is labeling all their opponents as terrorists, what in the world makes Helen Thomas Public Enemy Number 1? She has more gonads than 99% of her critics, and that certainly includes Gibbs(and probably Obama, too.) The White House press corps will be poorer without her.

Posted by: postman2 | June 7, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Asizk - have you not heard of YouTube? I wouldn't want to meet these "nine innocent peaceful aid workers" in a dark alley, no sir.

Posted by: proudisraeli | June 7, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Ludovico1--come on now, 3000 years of history as the basis to a right to land? Please, those who are not deluding themselves know full well that in such matters as national lands "might makes right." That doesn't make it nice nor fair but that is the truth. The IDF was and is clearly superior to PLO, PLA, HAMAS and all surrounding military. Might makes right in such matters, ask Native Americans or Mexico or Argentina or Lithuania or Tibet or ....

Posted by: lovinliberty | June 7, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Off hand, what exactly is wrong with her statement? One cannot criticize the policies of both the US and Israel, without being labeled an anti-semite.We do not know the exact context of the question but we do know how hyper sensitive Israeli and American Jewish population can be when one criticizes them.

Posted by: dean18 | June 7, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Ludovico1--come on now, 3000 years of history as the basis to a right to land? Please, those who are not deluding themselves know full well that in such matters as national lands "might makes right." That doesn't make it nice nor fair but that is the truth. The IDF was and is clearly superior to PLO, PLA, HAMAS and all surrounding military. Might makes right in such matters, ask Mexico or Argentina or Lithunia or Tibet or ....

Posted by: lovinliberty | June 7, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

gvelanis,
I'd love to have reasoned conversations, but it's tough on here, especially today. Maybe the Post needs to require everyone to use their real names--I'd be for it.

From my perspective, Israel has been fighting for its survival for 60+ years. They have certainly made many mis-steps, but usually not without provocation or in reaction to violence. Someone recently said the following: "If the Arabs lay down their arms, there will be peace in the Middle East. If the Israelis lay down their arms, Israel will cease to exist." I believe that.

Posted by: capsfan77 | June 7, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

re " would so love the Palestinians and the Israelis to just have at each other"

Easy to happen, they are semites, and view their opposite numbers as anti-semitic. A built in process, for sure. One side says "anti semitic", the other "anti arab", genuine 69 at work!

Posted by: aitengri | June 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas should not be expelled. She should be exiled to the back of the room and she should never be allowed to ask a question. She should be shunned.

Posted by: gagalbert

-- this is what the Bush admin tried to do. I was all for it.

Posted by: enaughton27 | June 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Helen has always seemed like 'fun' in any group of people who took themselves seriously-(I had the impression she liked everyone- but that she liked to 'shock' sometimes--)
I do not think she meant her remark the way it was taken! Perhaps I am mistaken--
but I've seen members of a family say terrible things to and about one or another sybling- (as if they hate them-but really love them-) However, Perhaps a book will be coming after this!

Meantime-read Karl Menninger's book, "Love Against Hate"!!!

Posted by: marshal2 | June 7, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Shiveh | June 7, 2010 5:14 PM - Well said!

Posted by: MyTwoCents4 | June 7, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance, Helen Thomas. Nobody will miss her.

Posted by: ZZim | June 7, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Thank you gbooksdc
Jews above all others should understand what you are saying.

Posted by: gvelanis | June 7, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas ended a distinguished career in her own style; controversial and effective. But Israeli lobby too busy attacking all critics of Israeli policy shot itself in the foot again this week by initiating a debate that they can not win. Israel could buy the support of America’s elite in the government and media for as long as the public opinion was ignorant of the facts on the ground in the Middle East. Attack on WTC showed the American people what happens in the Middle East will directly affect their lives and that got their attention. Americans with a strong tradition of fair play and equality among races and religions increasingly find themselves at odds with Israeli way of doing business. With each incident, more and more question the policy of blindly supporting all Israeli actions by the US government. As the debate heats up, Israeli lobby loses more of the PR battle. The irony in this whole matter is that the reverent Rabbi has hurt Israel more by publicizing Helen Thomas’s comments than Helen did by speaking her mind.

Posted by: Shiveh | June 7, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

If you say anything other than Israel is 100% right about everything, you are anti-Semitic.

Posted by: mack1 | June 7, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

It appears that the Jewish nation has gone from victim to abuser with everyone's blessing. Wow! That's despicable. I am not a hater of Jewish people, just their ideologies and that is with any race, religion or creeds that deem themselves above all others. We all belong to the same race...the human race and thus all must be treated, as one would want to be treated by others.

Posted by: MyTwoCents4 | June 7, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse


Good. They gave her too much attention anyway by "always calling on her first", etc. etc.

She was getting dementia with some of her questions and constant interrupting.

Move on Helen. It will do you good.
No more favoritism.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 7, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

What she said was beyond stupid; it was vicious and hateful. Thank goodness, other members of the press corp and the administration had the guts to speak out. She is a small minded, mean spirited woman who has thrown away the good will of many who heretofore may have admired her. One of those would be me. Never again, Helen.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | June 7, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

If Helen is to go back to her roots it would be Lebanon.

Posted by: mhairifrank | June 7, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

On the contrary proudisraeli we do get it. What I personally am livid about is the effort to prevent her from saying what she did by firing her. As to what she said, it was stupid. Almost as stupid as what Israel is doing with this blocade which has been broken by Egypt.

Posted by: gvelanis | June 7, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Poor Helen, she obviously knew Barry and the rest of the fascists shared her beliefs, and likely expected them to rush to defend her. When they didn't, she knew she was finished.

Imagine her shock when she found out that she had to quit after uttering a single anti-Semitic statement, while Barry got elected President after spending 20 years in the church of Jeremiah Wright, who spoke that way on a regular basis.

Posted by: EricArthurBlair | June 7, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The press corps "surprise" that there was an anti-semetic, anti-Israel, pro-terrorist in its midst is laughable hypocrisy. You have one in the White House, one serving as our Secretary of State, and many other White House staffers and the press corps (or "corpse" if you prefer El Presidente's pronunciation which seems to fit right now). The press corps surprise is the result of its ouster for what it is. Good riddance to Helen Thomas! And yet another "journalistic" departure ala' Dan Rather, multiple NYT reporters.

Posted by: calditz | June 7, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

It's simply amazing to see how many of you don't get the point: we all took land from someone else by force at some point. That is human nature and you Americans of all people should know that!!! So what's your point about "it makes sense" that Jews go back to Poland and Germany because "that is where they came from". Where did you come from? Ocianic 815???

When you go back to England, Germany, Italy and France, we will join you. Until then, please hash, ok?

Posted by: proudisraeli | June 7, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Dear capsfan77
Thank you for the lesson on the constitution. Firing her had the exact opposite effect that was intended. It appears that people want to talk about this issue. She has done us a huge favor as a nation in opening a pandora's box even though it cost her a job. President Carter wrote a book critical of Israel and was forced to immediately eat his words. I am so very sorry but we must talk about what Israel is doing and we must talk about it now. We are fighting two wars against Muslim nations and now Israel is placing a wedge between us and Turkey, a Nato ally. Perhaps TV commentators and government officials want this to go away but it will not. I am not saying that what we are doing is wrong but I want to hear all opinion. We send billions to Israel and shed outr blood to defend her. When she is wrong and EVIL, I want to be able to say so. If you do not like it, tough.

Posted by: gvelanis | June 7, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. The fact that this anti Semite was allowed a platform and such an honored position in the White House press corps is astonishing. Everyone knew she held these beliefs for decades now. Her place in history will forever be "that anti Semite who had to retire after making foolish statements on video." Which is pretty much what she deserves.

Posted by: trueholygoat | June 7, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

thank god something finally got that old bag out of there!

Posted by: djrhood | June 7, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

It's not like she made prepared remarks (or read from a teleprompter, a la Beck etc.). She was "caught" on camera at a dinner. She was talking to a rabbi, maybe someone she knew well enough to use some hyperbole, some shocking language that you would never expect her to write for an audience. And who knows how many glasses of wine she'd had?
She shouldn't have said it. And she probably should have been more aware of cameras, etc.
But how sad that such a Washington icon goes out like this...a dotty old woman spouting crass antisemitism on an unnoticed (if not hidden) camera.

Posted by: lagibby1 | June 7, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

It's not like she made prepared remarks (or read from a teleprompter, a la Beck etc.). She was "caught" on camera at a dinner. She was talking to a rabbi, maybe someone she knew well enough to use some hyperbole, some shocking language that you would never expect her to write for an audience. And who knows how many glasses of wine she'd had?
She shouldn't have said it. And she probably should have been more aware of cameras, etc.
But how sad that such a Washington icon goes out like this...a dotty old woman spouting crass antisemitism on an unnoticed (if not hidden) camera.

Posted by: lagibby1 | June 7, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is a disgusting anti-semetic liberal/socialist/facist! The Jews right to Israel does not stem from the holocaust, but rather from the past three thousand years of history! Ending the blockade of the Gaza strip will not end the violence in the middle east. Let's remember why the blockade was imposed in the first place because syria and iran had made it clear on multiple occasions that they wanted nothing less than the genocide of the children of Isreal.

Posted by: Ludovico1 | June 7, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

This country deserves no respect...violates international law at will and murders Palestinians daily. Nincompoopyahoo is a war mongering Zionist. No matter what this nation does, it is protected by the Zionist press and the U.S. with it's dual citizenship agents embedded in the State Department and C.I.A. I guess with their 400 nukes, they have to be "respected"! There are people rotting in prison for criticzining this rogue state. Helen Thomas is lucky she only lost her job!

Posted by: libertygeekb52nogo | June 7, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

If the Muslims weren't convinced the American press isn't controlled by AIPAC, they should be now! I'm a retired high school government teacher, that was removed (about 2 hours) from my classroom & sent to explain why I was teaching BOTH SIDES OF THE ARAB-ISRAELI situation!! The complaint was from two visiting Israeli students, who were the most RACIST students, that I ever had in my 20 years of teaching! (I've taught students from every place you can name). The only reason I wasn't disciplined, was because I had previously been voted the most KNOWLEDGEABLE & INFORMATIVE teacher (out of 120) by the 2000 students in the high school!! The U.S. never discusses why 911 happened or why almost every country disagrees with our MID-EAST Policy! It's political suicide for any politican to question our Israeli support. We need a balanced dialogue. Helen Thomas should be able to make a statement without having her head cut off!!
TB

Posted by: casaballard2000 | June 7, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

My mother did try to return to her "home" apartment in Plock, Poland after being liberated from a slave labor camp in Czestochowa in 1945. She wanted to see if anyone was left alive. A woman opened the door but wouldn't let her in. Through the door opening, she could see her mother's things in the apartment. My mother was 17 years old when liberated in 1945.
Ms. Thomas has obviously not taken the time to understand the holocaust. Survivors had no homes to go home to....besides, no mothers, no fathers, no families, etc.
Obama's new policies are creating fertile ground for the anti-semites (against the Jewish state) to show their colors and feel no discomfort.
2 states were declared by the UN in 1947 but the "palestinians" refused. They preferred war. They continue to refuse any peace plan with Israel. The current conditions will persist until they sign a peace treaty with ISRAEL! The only Jewish state!
Israel is a state like any other and will continue to defend it's right to exist. Remember....NEVER AGAIN!

Posted by: hatikvah | June 7, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

The woman is 90. At 90 you could give a shi# about being politically correct so you start speaking the truth...

Posted by: mtbunker | June 7, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

My mother did try to return to her "home" apartment in Plock, Poland after being liberated from a slave labor camp in Czestochowa in 1945. She wanted to see if anyone was left alive. A woman opened the door but wouldn't let her in. Through the door opening, she could see her mother's things in the apartment. My mother was 17 years old when liberated in 1945.
Ms. Thomas has obviously not taken the time to understand the holocaust. Survivors had no homes to go home to....besides, no mothers, no fathers, no families, etc.
Obama's new policies are creating fertile ground for the anti-semites (against the Jewish state) to show their colors and feel no discomfort.
2 states were declared by the UN in 1947 but the "palestinians" refused. They preferred war. They continue to refuse any peace plan with Israel. The current conditions will persist until they sign a peace treaty with ISRAEL! The only Jewish state!
Israel is a state like any other and will continue to defend it's right to exist. Remember....NEVER AGAIN!

Posted by: hatikvah | June 7, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

What she said was stupid and indefensible. Fox News commentators say something stupid and indefensible daily, yet they're still on the air.

Posted by: hayesea | June 7, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

When you are 90 years old, you could really give a shi# what anyone thinks, so you can start telling the truth...

Posted by: mtbunker | June 7, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

This country deserves no respect...violates international law at will and murders Palestinians daily. Nincompoopyahoo is a war mongering Zionist. No matter what this nation does, it is protected by the Zionist press and the U.S. with it's dual citizenship agents embedded in the State Department and C.I.A. I guess with their 400 nukes, they have to be "respected"! There are people rotting in prison for criticzining this rogue state. Helen Thomas is lucky she only lost her job!

Posted by: libertygeekb52nogo | June 7, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

When you are 90 you could give a shi# and you can start speaking the truth...

Posted by: mtbunker | June 7, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

When you are 90 you don't care anymore and you can start speaking the truth

Posted by: mtbunker | June 7, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

She is not being bigoted, rather political - as controversial and offessive as it is. She's allowed to voice her opinion. She is wise on the issues so let her have her opinions.

Posted by: filmdianne | June 7, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

When you are 90 you don't care anymore and you can start speaking the truth

Posted by: mtbunker | June 7, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

She is not being bigoted, rather political - as controversial as it is. She's allowed to voice her opinion. She is wise on the issues so let her have her opinions!!

Posted by: filmdianne | June 7, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Not a great way to end a career.

Posted by: Chrisd_20015 | June 7, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for Helen - for telling the truth. I think it's really appalling that people think "go back to Poland and Germany" means "go get into the ovens." It's just a reference to where the Jewish Zionist immigrants came from. The case can certainly be made that Germany and Russia are the states that should bear the cost of the displacement of the Jews, not the Palestinians, who had nothing to do with it (unless you want to go back several thousand years, which is just silly). Palestine was taken from its modern native peoples in order for Europe to salve its collective conscience. This would have been a great injustice even if the Israelis were good neighbors. Instead, they're the biggest bully on the block.

Helen, BOO to you - for apologizing. You should have stood your ground. There will not be peace until Israel starts acting like an adult.

Posted by: martimr1 | June 7, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing how many people have no concept of the First Amendment (let alone a knowledge of basic world history). It says simply that the government shall make no law abridging, among other things, the freedom of speech. Note--that's THE GOVERNMENT. The governnment didn't do anything here.

Helen Thomas said something stupid (big surprise) and lots of folks thought it was stupid and said so, and she ended up resigning. Her employer may have pressured her or even fired her, but that's their right, since they are not THE GOVERNMENT. In addition to boning up on history, many of you should read the Constitution...it may be enlightening.

Posted by: capsfan77 | June 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry to see her leave because I do have one question for Helen:

If Israelis should go back to Poland, where should Helen go back to?

I mean, if the rule is that "conquerors" go back to their port of origin, shouldn't Helen go back to...Europe too? Sorry, she does not look like a native American to me, which means she is a conqueror as well.

Helen, go back to where you came from, and then and only THEN, offer us advice on what we should do with our lives.

Posted by: proudisraeli | June 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

It's about time. Thomas has had enough rope for too long. She has showed her true liberal bigoted view of the world.

Down to berass tacks, her comments were to a rabbi? You can't buy that clap-trap about her true heart-felt feelings.

Good riddance.

Posted by: pielusztcontractor | June 7, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Thomas : Bravo , congrats , enjoy your retirement . We will never forget your public service . Those only live who dare. Thanks.

Posted by: dmfarooq | June 7, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas did not retire. She got canned for her outrageous anti-Semitic comments. She ran her mouth one too many times this time and showed her true colors. Only a bigoted, insensitive, anti-Semitic person would have the nerve to suggest, must less state, that Jews should go back to Poland and Germany, where millions of innocent Jews were murdered by the Nazi’s and their collaborators. Shame on you Helen Thomas!

Posted by: rmiami | June 7, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This country deserves no respect...violates international law at will and murders Palestinians daily. Nincompoopyahoo is a war mongering Zionist. No matter what this nation does, it is protected by the Zionist press and the U.S. with it's dual citizenship agents embedded in the State Department and C.I.A. I guess with their 400 nukes, they have to be "respected"! There are people rotting in prison for criticzining this rogue state. Helen Thomas is lucky she only lost her job!

Posted by: libertygeekb52nogo | June 7, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

She was just reflecting what the liberal gang in Washington truly believes,
Let's face it the left and Obama hate Democracy and free speech.
And Obama is trying to destroy Israel and the US with one punch,We are the two Nations still in the way of the new world order. I fear this is not going to end well.

Posted by: jburo | June 7, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Freedom of Speech?
She RESIGNED, what's this freedom of speech whining all about.

Posted by: jblast2000 | June 7, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I think it's unfortunate that Helen got the axe, when you have people like Beck and Limbaugh out there saying things of this nature in a very malicious manner, over and over again ; without any consequence to their behaviors.

Mr Obama was the clearest hope for the Peace process since he had credibility with both the Arab countries and Israel. He just asked Natanuheu (the equivlant to Cheney) to please put a moratorium on any future settlements. He was not only rebuffed by this fascist, but his VP was insulted publicly by Israels announcement of rejection while visting the country.

Hamas are bad people, but the manner in which Israel is dealing with the Gaza issue is unsettling to most Americans;of all faiths.

Posted by: Duffey | June 7, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I didn't see it as bigotry no more than the State of Arizona saying all brown people are targets for search and seizure due to the color of their skin.

We give Israel billions in financial AID. They are the only nuclear power in that region thanks to the U.S. So when are they going to stop acting like a rogue nation and work with the rest of the world and its supporters to work for peace in the middle east?

All of this is hostility is based on Religious differences but mostly it's the power/politics on both side that aren't really working towards peace and they're simply using their citizens as pawns in their ongoing game. The rest of us just want to be free to live our lives with oppression.

I think we should withhold all and any further AID to either side until both sides agree to sit down and talk and work something out. I resent that my tax dollars are used to AID either side of this equation until they find a resolution. Where are the T-Party folks on this issue?

The conservatives in the country until recently wouldn't even let a Jew join their country clubs, now they're using the situation as a tool against those who oppose them.

I don't believe for a minute that conservatives give a damn about Israel except for political posturing.

Posted by: davidbronx | June 7, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

oh hjmc, you must be kidding ? hero because she is a big mouth old broad?
forget about it

Posted by: griffmills | June 7, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

oh yeah never say anything againts the "chosen" people...

Posted by: joethefarmer | June 7, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad it's been so easy for me to ignore this doddering old fool for all these years -- I had no idea she felt this way. Therefore, no loss and good riddance.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 7, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm so PROUD of you, Helen!! 90 years old! There are still heroes!

Posted by: hjmcmaster | June 7, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"Israel is the ONLY nation ever defined and created by God Himself --and with specific landmarks."

True...but the Easter Bunny set Florida aside for the Lutherans and Santa Clause set Sweden aside for the Mormons. So there are actually 3 cases where imaginary beings settled land disputes

Posted by: sphericalcoordinate | June 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Well when a full-fledged Irishman,Ari Fleisher, condemns a comment by Helen Thomas, who has been known as "the dean" of the Washington Press Corps, it is time to take note?

"Thomas's comments provoked sharp criticism within the close-knit world of White House reporters." Who knew? It is actually tribal.

Helen Thomas is a columnist, she is certainly knowledgeable, she has an entitlement to her opinion, like it or not.

The tendency to extend to Israel carte blanche is not working to develop peace in that part of the world that they demand is totally, entirely, and irreversibly their birth right ... all of it!!

It is Helen Thomas who is owed an apology; SHAME!!

Posted by: SavvyRead | June 7, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

@samuellenn

Please don't be a sheep, read the Hiram Key and realize the bible story has been told 13 times (if not more) with 13 various gods. The bible is not a literal example and Jesus was human, born and died a jew...living in jewish customs with a WIFE and CHILDREN. Not an opinon, fact...!


You atheist people that wonder why we are on the side of Israel need to read the Bible.

Posted by: samuellenn | June 7, 2010 1:32 PM

Posted by: Gooddad | June 7, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

aahpat: "I can just see the faces of the proud demagogues who loudly coerced and intimidated an 89-yr old lady into submission based on vague and questionably edited reports about something she said."

If she's so feeble, she has no business occupying a front-row seat at WH press conferences.

You can't have it both ways, ace.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 7, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Look at all the hypocrites here! They cann say how much they hate Arabs and Muslims and then they are outraged that someone criticizes Israel! How pathetic! Israel has every right to secure borders and freedom from terrorist attacks. However, that does not mean that they can do as they please to the Palestinians. Now, call me an anti-Semite. By the way, Arabs are also Semites whether anyone acknowledges that fact or not. And it most definitely IS a fact no matter that people have tried to change the definition of semite for their own ends.

Posted by: Sonny53 | June 7, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This incident underscores the fact that a journalist in the U.S. cannot be anti-Zionist without being perceived as anti-Semitic. So sad to witness how integrity has become further and further divorced from the halls of esteemed journalism.

Posted by: shoushig1 | June 7, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow the power of Jews and Zionists in this country... now you see why you find such bias in the Zionist controlled media...AIPAC = Zionist interest

Posted by: joethefarmer | June 7, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"There can be only one state with Jews and Arabs living together, peaceably, as many do now & have done over the centuries."

If the Arabs could live peaceably, that'd be great. Unfortunately, they have proven time and again they only want war and violence.

Posted by: capsfan77 | June 7, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Ganging up on an old woman like this is despicable. But what's a human being when you have an opportunity to declare publicly how much you love and support the Jewish state? And whatever happened to fighting to the death to defend your fellow American's rights? Don't people have the right to be wrong anymore?

Close all the papers. If there is no diversity of opinion, there's no debate, no need for a First Amendment, and no service to a democracy. If evryone is going to parrot the same line, just print one parrot tell us what we must think under pain of expulsion from civilized society. Let all the others work in nursing homes or sweep streets --- they should be employed in some capacity that serves others.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

First they came for the journalists....

Posted by: aahpat | June 7, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The first amendment has been none existent for years now. Look at how many time Pat Roberson, the Talking God person has said exactly the same thing, but since he is a republican, can get away with much more hateful and insightful speech, and has actually wanted to kill people on his TV show, and no one is taking him off the air. The republicans will soon have this country is such a morally and denigrating place, the dark ages will look like Disney land soon to the middle class. A fifty year career will stand the test of time, and he firing will show another chapter of American history going in the toilet.

Posted by: lappercad | June 7, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas has been so biased and such an embarrassment ( if that is possible) to the journalism profession (as well as to herself) for such a long time it amazes me that it took something like this to finally get her out. You've got network news anchors who used be part of Democrat administrations and no one bats an eye, and Thomas has been blasting Bush and been praising Kennedy as the greatest president ever for years, but what really make the left wing press nervous is that others might start finding out how most reporters feel about Israel (most feel the same as Thomas does) and that would undermine the credibility of the entire so called mainstream media

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | June 7, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

It's mostly unfortunate when someone self destructs, but this cantankerous, uber-liberal journalist has long exceeded her fifteen minutes of front row attention. To call her dottie since Clinton would be kind. I'm amazed at the sympathy many colleagues seem to be extending. Thankfully, her "buoyancy" amidst this looney left won't float her career any longer.

Posted by: ecrutle | June 7, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I can just see the faces of the proud demagogues who loudly coerced and intimidated an 89-yr old lady into submission based on vague and questionably edited reports about something she said.

First they coerced her apology. When that was not enough they unrelentingly intimidated her into submission and silence.

How brown are their shirts today?

Posted by: aahpat | June 7, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Very sad. No reporters left, just lap dogs.
I hate to see her leave this way.

Posted by: RMHKing2 | June 7, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I find what Helen Thomas said less interesting. Anyone who has followed her work knows it merely reflected her real feelings. I find more interesting how many individuals commenting on this article agreed with what she said. It says a lot about the readership of the Washington Post online edition.

By the way stating "... that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go back to Germany and Poland" is not a critique of Israeli policies. Rather, it is an attack on a specfic ethnic group and their right to form a country.

Posted by: LoyalReader | June 7, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

She made the mistake of saying what she actually thought, in her bigoted and uninformed way, in front of a camera; thats probably an error she wont make again.

Posted by: pioneer1 | June 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

To NowSwimBack:
No, I'm not Jewish...but I am sane, as opposed to many here. I'm half Irish and half Scot--so which one should I go back to?

Posted by: capsfan77 | June 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I feel for those of you who have taken offense to my earlier comment. If you have read previous articles in many of the news journals, the state of Texas is in the prime of revisionist history here in the US. So to be totally honest with you, I don't rely solely on that which is published. I check my various sources and therefore can make those statements without any preferential leanings. I have heard remarks from many a Palestinian who was thrown out of the house. And I have read the documents you've suggested and many more. All I am saying is that the yes Jews were oppressed and now they are the oppressor. Two wrongs don't make it right! Is that something you can understand?

Posted by: ewjazzed | June 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

So much for free speech! What did you say our military men and women are dying for again? Helen Thomas is nearly 90 years old, has been a life long supporter of democracy & free speech - has stood up to Presidents like Papa George & Baby Geroge about their illegal wars, Ronald Reagan about his illegal Iran-contra scandal, an infinitum. To support the career demise of such an American patriot for 27 seconds of what to some people was a controversial opinion is un-American to say the least.

Posted by: woodymcbreairty | June 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is a genuine American Hero!

She stood up for her belief's and exercised her right to express them.

She challenged the fascist, two-faced regime of the war criminal Bush and she challenged the fascist, two-faced regime of the war criminal Netanbozo.

Real American's love you Helen Thomas!

Thank you for your service and your bravery in your ideals! You are a positive and upstanding example to men, women and children all around the world who believe in progress, fairness and genuine liberty!

God bless you always!


Posted by: rasterfreeart | June 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

A dispicable Leftist columnist, who has made controversial statement, and who has been protected by a leftist media for years, has finally relieved us of her presence.


Go Home Helen Thomas

Posted by: Indpnt1 | June 7, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas has been a thorn in the side of rational and fair-minded people for many years. This is not the first time she has made a disgusting blunder by her die hard adherence to an extreme Marxist agenda. It is a blessing for all of humanity to know that Helen Thomas will no longer be using her obscene mouth and socialist inspired written comments to defame the human race. Good riddance.

Posted by: jerdjon | June 7, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is a genuine American Hero!

She stood up for her belief's and exercised her right to express them.

She challenged the fascist, two-faced regime of the war criminal Bush and she challenged the fascist, two-faced regime of the war criminal Netanbozo.

Real American's love you Helen Thomas!

Thank you for your service and your bravery in your ideals! You are a positive and upstanding example to men, women and children all around the world who believe in progress, fairness and genuine liberty!

God bless you always!


Posted by: rasterfreeart | June 7, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Ever Young

Isn't it amazing that Helen Thomas has a full head of dark brown hair? She must have Ronald Reagan's genes.

Posted by: wgmadden | June 7, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Ever Young

Isn't it amazing that Helen Thomas has a full head of dark brown hair? She must have Ronald Reagan's genes.

Posted by: wgmadden | June 7, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Listen to all the hypocrites! They condemn Helen for her remarks, and yet, they reveal their own bigotry by condemning the fact that she is Lebanese? I guess being of ANY Middle Eastern ethnic group is reprehensible! Except, of course, being Jewish!

Posted by: Sonny53 | June 7, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is partly right. It's not so much for the Jews to leave Palestine as it's long past time to dissolve the Jewish state of Israel so that Palestine is one country, perhaps called "New Palestine."

The Two State solution is no solution. There can be only one state with Jews and Arabs living together, peaceably, as many do now & have done over the centuries.

Posted by: dwerner1 | June 7, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm apalled at the comments that say Helen Thomas was right in what she said. Haven't you seen what Lanny Davis and Washington Post Editorial Columnist Richard Cohen said? Arabs, Muslims, Christians and Jews have ALL been living on that territory for centuries. Most of that time they lived in peace. The United Nations partitioned the land in 1948, giving a small portion to jews and the rest to other arabs and/or muslims. The U.N. got the land from Great Britain who got it from the Ottoman Turks after WWI, so nobody stole this land. The Christians that were living there got NOTHING! Why aren't they complaining? Sure, many jews immigrated there, but so did arabs, muslims, christians and others. Should they ALL have to "go back where they came from" or just the Jews? What about the Jews who came from modern day Arab/Muslim countries? Will they get their property back when they "return"?

Posted by: Footballer | June 7, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas should be ashamed of herself. Her bigoted comments have tarnished both her reputation and legacy as a WHC. Although I have not agreed with a lot of her comments over the years, however, I have always respected her until now. To her credit at least she had the good sense to resign.

Posted by: miniaj | June 7, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Its a sad day for American journalism and a sad day for the First Amendment when bullies can coerce, intimidate and demagogue into quitting an an American journalistic icon.

The students at Walt Whitman High School who were planning careers in journalism must be scratching their heads today and wondering what exactly they are thinking.

The First Amendment is proven to be toilet paper.

Posted by: aahpat | June 7, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I think she was fed up and lost her temper. Ninety year olds should be allowed these occasional lapses of best judgement. Good grief. It is worth keeping firmly in mind that Jews all over the world are allowed to settle in Israel and Palestinians who have lived where many Jews live, in houses where many Jews now live, are not. This is not the post WWII world. Why should American Jews, for instance, be allowed to settle in Israel when Palestinians are not entitled to do so? A Palestinian is not even allowed to marry an Israeli. It is totally out of place and immoral to allow that discriminatory policy to continue into the 21st century. That doesn't diminish the horrors of the Holocaust. But the terrible injustice meted out against the Palestinians restricted beyond endurance, in an open prison in Gaza, should cease. Recognise their rights first and foremost. They have endured a terrible injustice. The tragedy of European Jews is not the fault of the Palestinians. A blatant colonialist policy should not continue. No effort should be spared to enable the right to real statehood, that is, not a bantu mockery, for the Palestinians.

Posted by: v2macf | June 7, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

This is not the way I would have liked to see Helen Thomas retire. She is too important in journalism, and others have said and done things far worse ethically and professionally than Thomas ever has in all her years in the journalism industry. I wish her nothing but the best.

Posted by: cags777 | June 7, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Israel once again using the holocaust as a weapon of mass defense. Can't Israel come up with any other reason not to criticize Israel than the holocaust? Israel uses the holocaust reference whenever it acts inhuman to others and gets criticized about it. Sound bites are great, but anyone can edit anything in their favor; like boarding a ship in the open waters and make it seem like the aggressors are being attacked.

What needs to be said about Israel is not getting said but getting ignored by the mainstream; Bulldozing Palestinian homes that have been there for centuries, a nuclear missile count would also be nice, how about a google earth view of the occupied west bank of Palestine. All of these are physical proof of how shameful of a nation Israel really is and all accessible to everyone via the internet.

Before you try and call me ant-Semitic; I challenge you to use google earth and look at the whole area from the sky. Then you too will see why so many resent the actions Israel.

Posted by: The1CalledJ | June 7, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. This is long over due.

Posted by: wburn42167 | June 7, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Someone said Helen was "just kidding" because she was smiling when she made her disgusting remarks. Perhaps she was just remembering the concentration camps in Poland. What could account for her apparent hatred of Jews? Do you think her being of Lebanese descent has anything to do with it? Aren't they considered Arab?

Posted by: dlh129 | June 7, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Someone said Helen was "just kidding" because she was smiling when she made her disgusting remarks. Perhaps she was just remembering the concentration camps in Poland. What could account for her apparent hatred of Jews? Do you think her being of Lebanese descent has anything to do with it? Aren't they considered Arab?

Posted by: dlh129 | June 7, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas was expressing the views of most of the state run press and the Obama WH. Gibbs' public rebuke was typical of this bunch and was not sincere. Helen Thomas died in that front row seat about 10 years ago, it just took her this long to start stinking. As for all that are upset at Israel protecting it's people, screw you......The thugs and thieves in the UN are anti-semites. The rest of the world feigning disgust are just piling on. Real Americans admire Israel for standing up to terror and terrorists. Let the Palestinians kick out Hamas and turn away financial backing from Iran and other supporters of terrorism and come back to the peace table. In the meantime go Israel.

Posted by: davispope | June 7, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse


Interestingly, Helen Thomas and Obama share the same birthday, August 4.

Posted by: RossOdom | June 7, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas was expressing the views of most of the state run press and the Obama WH. Gibbs' public rebuke was typical of this bunch and was not sincere. Helen Thomas died in that front row seat about 10 years ago, it just took her this long to start stinking. As for all that are upset at Israel protecting it's people, screw you......The thugs and thieves in the UN are anti-semites. The rest of the world feigning disgust are just piling on. Real Americans admire Israel for standing up to terror and terrorists. Let the Palestinians kick out Hamas and turn away financial backing from Iran and other supporters of terrorism and come back to the peace table. In the meantime go Israel.

Posted by: davispope | June 7, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Someone said Helen was "just kidding" because she was smiling when she made her disgusting remarks. Perhaps she was just remembering the concentration camps in Poland. What could account for her apparent hatred of Jews? Do you think her being of Lebanese descent has anything to do with it? Aren't they considered Arab?

Posted by: dlh129 | June 7, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

nowhere in the media, what I've read, have the comments been presented in their context. Or, as I mentioned, in their entirety, short as they were. Neither can this be construed as an "interview". They were casual comments given to a roving reporter? at an occasion on the lawn of the White House. Having seen the video, it's been completely misrepresented in the press.

I thought she appeared poised and dignified in the video. She was at a Jewish event after all! Must have been fed up with the whole thing. And then to be asked what she thought about "Israel"!! She looks good compared to what the reaction has brought out, WH press corps, being fired, etc. I hope, as I'm sure she will, get good press in the ME. They deserve to hear a little sanity, someone in the West has the courage (humor at least) to speak reason-- and truth. I'm sure it will be appreciated, more than that, will give people hope or at least a little consolation. God bless you, Helen.

Posted by: hjmcmaster | June 7, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but she's right.

Posted by: DocHolliday1906 | June 7, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world agree with her. Is shooting the Messenger ever really a good idea?

Posted by: JohnQCitizen | June 7, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

She said nothing wrong and half of my family is Jewish. What a national treasure she is and she knows best of any of you. Helen is one of THE most informed people in the United States of America and she knows of what she speaks! At 90 years old you are entitled to very well honed and wise opinions. She's not off her rocker, rather she's sharp as a whip! I again say "well honed" as she is who she is. Her credentials are unmatched. I admire her and it is greatly disappointing that a woman like this must retire over her sharp opinion!

Posted by: filmdianne | June 7, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

The irony is that she was and is right !!!

Posted by: fourpapa1 | June 7, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

5. Running around the country, on AF-1, giving speeches for candidates. Well, he is 0-4, so maybe we should just let him talk?

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You left out the fact every President flys AF-1 to give speeches for support for candidacy. GWB, Clinton, Bush and Reagan all did the same thing while as President.

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He's just a high-tech ambulance chaser, so pay no attention. Oh, and he obviously thinks that's a big deal. I hope he has macro for that stupid name.

Posted by: st50taw | June 7, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

LOL...Maybe we should ALL "get the hell out of the native American lands and go back to where ever the hell WE came from."

Helen should shut up. Makes NO sense. 20% of Israel are voting Arab NON-Jews. Those in the so-called occupied territories (by the way, they were originally part of the Balfour doctrine, as part of the make up of Isreal) are pawns of their own people, only there to keep the hatred going. Think of all them money in the surrounding countries. Israel is a SLIVER of land amongst gigantic swaths of Arab lands and money. If those people didn't want to live there, they could go ANYWHERE in the middle east. They migrate freely when they want to join a terrorist organization, don't they?

Posted by: cbenedon | June 7, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

At long last, Helen Thomas provided undeniable, incontrovertible evidence that many liberals are just as intolerant and extreme in their views as many conservatives are. When will either of you on the extreme ends of the spectrum learn the value of compromise and meeting in the center?

Posted by: HancockJM | June 7, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this America, Free Speech & all that stuff ? Mel Gibson was black listed for his drunken remarks to a Jewish cop how many years ago ? I'm 100 % Pro-Israel, am very Anti Palestine & Anti-Muslim ... but this is America, anyone should be able to speak their views and not be punished.

Posted by: wasaUFO | June 7, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Is there some law that says reporters can't express a point of view?

I'm not saying I agree with her opinion. I just think her view is not something that hasn't been heard before. Therefore, no big deal.

I'll miss her.

Posted by: tifoso1 | June 7, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Also, she did not insult Jews but rather express anger at the actions of the Israeli government/military, and there is a huge difference between being anti-Semitic and being against Israeli policy or government.

Posted by: nadialara11 | June 7, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Just look at these comments. Is it any wonder that the Jews need Israel? And, yes, the bigots just can't get over the fact Jews have guns in Israel and defend themselves. They liked it better when Jews were perpetual victims. The hate, the venom, the ignorance of these bloggers. Thomas' statement that Israelis should go back to Europe?! An old, damn fool. Let's look at her precious Lebanon. Once the Paris of the Middle East: now the plaything of Iran and Syria torn to pieces. Idiot!!

Posted by: sgklaborlaw | June 7, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

albertinemal wrote: "All those calling her an anti-semite really don't know what they're talking about. Look to the white suprecists in rural America to find your anti-semites. An educated, East Coast "liberal" isn't an anti-semite. She's a person who, in the midst of a very frustrating situation, said a hot-headed thing. Who hasn't?"

So there aren't any educated East Coast anti-semitic liberals? Is that what you're trying to say? Talk about being a blind liberal hypocrite!

Posted by: liberalsareblind | June 7, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I am not in agreement with what she said. I defend her right to say it without being fired. Let us burn the book because we do not like what is in it. Let us not discuss it and bring out what we think is wrong with it. Her firing marks a very sad day in this country. Now along with not being able to stop an oil leak we cannot stop a public display of discrimination against someone who has had the nerve to say something unpopular regardless of how wrong it was. Once again I ask who is running this country, Goldman Sacks?

Posted by: gvelanis | June 7, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it odd how so many from the Left, who preach understanding, tolerance, and charity, are themselves intolerant and just plain nasty? Helen Thomas should use her retirement to write another book. The book should be about when to retire on a high note.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 7, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Although Helen Thomas's outburst about Jews "getting out of Palestine" was unrealistic & inflammatory to U.S. supporters of Israel, it does raise some important & uncomfortable questions about the whole project of returning Jews from outside the Middle East to what they regard as their historic homeland. It was an ill-conceived project from the start precisely because these territories were the homes of millions of Palestinians whose ancestors had lived on these lands for centuries. It was because of anti-semitism in Europe and the horrors of the holocaust inflicted on Jews, not by Palestinians or Arabs, but by Europeans, that Western powers allowed the influx of Jews into what became modern Israel. The whole area around Palestine/ Israel has effectively been a war zone ever since then. The treatment of the Palestinianns by the Israeli State since 1948 has been a long saga of oppression and suppression. The Palestinians paid the price of the sins committed against Jews by Europeans. America's part in this tragedy has contributed to the disastrous state in which the region now finds itself. America has never been a neutral honest broker between the two opposing sides in this dispute over land and sovereignty. There will never be peace in the region until the rights of the Palestinian people to live in their historic homelands are respected and their human rights protected. The state of Israel will never know proper security and peace until it recognises the rights of their Palestinian neighbours. Such an outcome will not come about until America changes its foreign policy vis-a-vis Israel and Palestine.

Posted by: hughmcfadden1 | June 7, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Yet another case of being punished for speaking the truth.

Posted by: AlanBrowne | June 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

She's gone for expressing her views
That Israel's no place for Jews;
Will Fox make a promise
To hire Helen Thomas
And balance out Krauthammer's spews?

http://twitter.com/JFD8

Posted by: jd121 | June 7, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Bravo to Ms. Thomas. The world is outrage at Israel, except of course the United States. Freedom of speech does not apply to what one thinks about Israel in this country. Hope people open their eyes and see Israel for what it has become: an arrogant bully of a country, racist, criminal and greedy.

Posted by: henryhoople | June 7, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone bother to see the "interview"?
The "get the hell of of Palestine" was said with a smile and a laugh. She wasn't serious. Only when he took her seriously and pressed her "Where should they go?" did she become serious and say "remember, these people are occupied, and it's their land, it's not Germany, it's not Poland" ... "they should go back where they came from"...Germany, Poland, America, wherever"


What is outrageous is what they edited out of the "interview" of 3 sentences that she said "remember, these people are occupied, and it's their land, it's not Germany it's not Poland..."

She said it with dignity and poise and calm conviction, spoken as a true journalist who knows her subject and history. And is not afraid or intimidated, even in the frailty of her advanced years.

Posted by: hjmcmaster | June 7, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I think most of you have forgotten (or rather, chosen to ignore) the difference between opinion and fact. A majority of what you are saying is your personal opinion, which you are of course entitled to - but that doesn't mean your opinion is fact, just because you said so, or that your opinion is better or more important than those of others participating in this discussion. Also, have you stopped to consider what it is that makes an argument effective or constructive? Name-calling, bigotry and self-righteousness will not accomplish anything, and will only make you look ignorant and hateful.

As for likening Thomas' statements to "telling African Americans to go back to Africa" - there are several major differences between the two situations that make such an oversimplified parallel somewhat irrelevant. For example, African Americans (1.) in many (certainly not all) instances did not relocate by their own choice, (2.)did not remove or cause a significant decrease in safety and QOL to those already living in that area, (3.) do not reject the right of others to inhabit the same areas, and (4.) do not have a military or a government separate from that of their various home countries. I could go on, but I think that's enough to prove my point.

It would do you well to think before you speak (or type), and take time to consider what you are saying. Many of you are lowering yourselves way beyond whatever level you think your are arguing against. It is ironic how much hate and aggression is present in response to her statements and the events that provoked them. Consider this - who/what creates the distinction between freedom fighter and terrorist? I am in no way supporting any kind of violence or aggression on either side of this (or any) conflict, but just pointing out that this classification is a much finer, blurrier line than most would like to believe.

Posted by: nadialara11 | June 7, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Abe Lincoln: "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt" http://thinkexist.com/quotation/better_to_remain_silent_and_be_thought_a_fool/145479.html

Posted by: houston123 | June 7, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

See no evil, hear no evil, say no evil. It seems that we now have another no no. We can criticize the President of the USA, Senators, Congressmen but not Israel. It is well past time that she retired, but not for this. We do need to discuss Israel and let the chips fall where they may. Even a former President was not able to say what he thought about Israel in a book without having to eat his words. Who is running this country anyway, Goldman Sacks????

Posted by: gvelanis | June 7, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry to hear this. Ms. Helen does not have to buckle under the tyranny of the media or the Jewish Blocks. Unfortunately, there is never a level headed discussion against the atrocities Israel is committing in Middle East. Be it may shooting innocent people. Excusing the action as collatral damage and they are hiding behind women and children. In America when an armed thug is shooting children and students in a school or college, we DO NOT bomb the bloddy place saying the thug is hiding behind children and unarmed kids. Same should apply everywhere. I would love to see all these people resign their posts:*Rush Limbaugh
*Glenn Beck, *Bill O'Reilly,*Sean Hannity
*Cal Thomas,*Pat Robertson,*Franklin Graham
*Stephanie Miller,*Joe Scarborough,*Keith Olbermann,*Chris Matthews,*Neil Cavuto
*Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and all other morons we have cluttering the air waves.

Posted by: Koundinya | June 7, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Well and good. We now have learned the boundaries of freedom of the press as demonstrated in the case of Helen Thomas. She was permitted to criticize Johnson’s war in Viet Nam, Nixon’s Watergate dirty tricks, Ford’s pardon, Carter’s weakness in the hostage crisis, Ragan’s secret Iran Contra war, Clinton’s dalliances, Bush’s Iraq invasions, torture and loss of American civil liberties, and present wall street bail outs and off shore drilling policy, but she is not permitted to say anything negative about the policies of the present reactionary government of Israel. We now know the limits of our free speech.

Posted by: rmcmullin | June 7, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I saw a story on tv about Jews returning to Germany and Poland of their own free will.

Posted by: joebstewart | June 7, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

There is no freedom of speech in this so-called free, democratic and human righteous USA.
Posted by: thmak | June 7, 2010 2:54 PM
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Yet here are your words and thoughts for all of the world to see. And Thomas' words have been printed in all of the major US newspapers and reported on all of the major TV stations. There is no guarantee that your words will have no consequences, only that you get to speak them.
Posted by: Lefty_ | June 7, 2010 3:03 PM
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It is specifically the consequences of speaking that determine whether or not we have freedom to speak.

Posted by: kengelhart | June 7, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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Then there's been a lack of freedom of speech from time immemorial. How many journalists proclaim the intellectual inferiority of persons with dark skin? Not one. Assuredly some think this, don't you think? How many journalists proclaim their hatred and disgust with homosexuals? Not one. Surely at least a few believe this, don't you think? How many publicly demand that all the Latinos be sent across the border to Mexico, legal or otherwise? Not one. Surely some believe that, do they not? It is only with respect to Jews that such statements are given credence, that they somehow represent evidence of freedom of speech.

Less forthright statements never produced job failure. Evans, Novak, Buchanan, and so on and so forth, all were able to speak as they wished about Israel and Jews with vigor. Here's Pat Buchanan on national television:

http://www.mediaite.com/tv/pat-buchanan-either-white-house-behaved-inappropriately-or-joe-sestak-is-not-stable/

Even outright antisemites are permitted air time. Here are some television interviews with David Duke:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2QMQi-m63E

Somehow, his views on African Americans are not provisioned the same platform.

Posted by: Martial | June 7, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Thomas was a revered figure but really and truly, have her opinions ever had any significant influence on anyone? I have not read about the dissemination of her offensive comments but I expect that a lot of it was brought about by the extreme Right both here and in Israel who believe that Israel can do no wrong. Maybe this bulwark against Communism thing has morphed into a bulwark against Islam.

I admit to being conflicted about her careless language and attitudes because like Theodore Herzl I have always seen the Jewish State as my life preserver in a world hostile to Jews.

But her response was to resign. While I personally think she had every right to hang in there, I respect her decision. She is 89 years old and for me that matters. It's over. Cut her some slack.

By the way, I am neither anti-Semitic or a self-hating Jew.

Posted by: amsteingold | June 7, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas has demonstrated the validity of the old adage, "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt".

Posted by: RobertHolt | June 7, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"I am not going to defend Helen Thomas.

Rather, I wish to hold others to the same standard. In the coming days, I expect to see retirement announcements for:
*Rush Limbaugh
*Glenn Beck
*Bill O'Reilly
*Sean Hannity
*Cal Thomas
*Pat Robertson
*Franklin Graham
*Stephanie Miller
*Joe Scarborough
*Keith Olbermann
*Chris Matthews
*Neil Cavuto
*Newt Gingrich (does he have a job?)


Posted by: NCDem1 | June 7, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse"

Incredibly, I have no trouble completely avoiding the remarks made by each and every one of those windbags, gasbags, and morons.

But why would you expect them to resign? Those people are PAID to be outrageous.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 7, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Nobody is trying to deny Helen Thomas her freedom of speech. She said what she wanted to say. Now, she is merely paying the price for her offensive comments, much as any other extremist would. To disagree with Israeli policy is anyone’s right. To suggest that holocaust survivors return to the country that tried to annihilate them, is hate speech. Helen Thomas should be ashamed of herself. Her true anti-semitic bias has finally been revealed. She has no place in the White House press corps — or any American press corps, for that matter. At a former journalist, I am sickened by her remarks.

Posted by: alertyou | June 7, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Nobody is trying to deny Helen Thomas her freedom of speech. She said what she wanted to say. Now, she is merely paying the price for her offensive comments, much as any other extremist would. To disagree with Israeli policy is anyone’s right. To suggest that holocaust survivors return to the country that tried to annihilate them, is hate speech. Helen Thomas should be ashamed of herself. Her true anti-semitic bias has finally been revealed. She has no place in the White House press corps — or any American press corps, for that matter. At a former journalist, I am sickened by her remarks.

Posted by: alertyou | June 7, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

What a sad way to end a distinguished career. I think her comments simply weren't thought threw. Unfortunately, she touched the third, highly electrified, rail there. Sorry to see her go.

Posted by: elnicho | June 7, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Nobody is trying to deny Helen Thomas her freedom of speech. She said what she wanted to say. Now, she is merely paying the price for her offensive comments, much as any other extremist would. To disagree with Israeli policy is anyone’s right. To suggest that holocaust survivors return to the country that tried to annihilate them, is hate speech. Helen Thomas should be ashamed of herself. Her true anti-semitic bias has finally been revealed. She has no place in the White House press corps — or any American press corps, for that matter. At a former journalist, I am sickened by her remarks

Posted by: alertyou | June 7, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Helen! 95% of the country agrees with what you said. Unfortunately, the other 5% have 90% of the $$$$$

Posted by: joeshabadoo2391 | June 7, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Nobody is trying to deny Helen Thomas her freedom of speech. She said what she wanted to say. Now, she is merely paying the price for her offensive comments, much as any other extremist would. To disagree with Israeli policy is anyone’s right. To suggest that holocaust survivors return to the country that tried to annihilate them, is hate speech. Helen Thomas should be ashamed of herself. Her true anti-semitic bias has finally been revealed. She has no place in the White House press corps — or any American press corps, for that matter. At a former journalist, I am sickened by her remarks

Posted by: alertyou | June 7, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

When the Jewish settlers returned to Palestine during the 19th and 20th centuries, the land was barren and diseased. The local Arabs sold the land to the Jews thinking the settlers would all die off and that they would get the land back. The Jews literally made the desert bloom. In 1970 I saw this for myself. The land on the Israeli side was green. The land on the occupied Jordan side was brown and desert. If Israel is ever forced to leave the land, they should leave it the way they found it -desolate, unproductive and diseased. Arabs without oil are incapable of producing anything productive. In an insane, idiotic rage, they destroyed the productive areas in Gaza left for them when Israel gave up the strip. Arabs don't need external enemies; they do alright destroying themselves without outside assistance.

Posted by: saelij | June 7, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

There is no freedom of speech in this so-called free, democratic and human righteous USA.
Posted by: thmak | June 7, 2010 2:54 PM
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Yet here are your words and thoughts for all of the world to see. And Thomas' words have been printed in all of the major US newspapers and reported on all of the major TV stations. There is no guarantee that your words will have no consequences, only that you get to speak them.
Posted by: Lefty_ | June 7, 2010 3:03 PM
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It is specifically the consequences of speaking that determine whether or not we have freedom to speak.

Posted by: kengelhart | June 7, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Just another hardcore liberal bigot trying to mask their hate by pointing the finger of blame at the innocent. This woman was even uglier on the inside than outside.

Posted by: eureka60 | June 7, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Jews SHOULD indeed get the H___ out of Gaza, the West Bank and leave the Land that they have STOLEN from the Palestinians.

Unfortunately No one can criticize Neo-NAZI Israel.

Posted by: lufrank1 | June 7, 2010 3:10 PM | Report

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Had she said "Blacks have lower intelligence" or "Mexicans are greasebags" or "all Muslims are terrorists", it would then be reasonable to fire her, right? Remember Don Imus. Said something about nappy hair and never worked again. Professor Watson of Watson and Crick said something about black skin and inferior intelligence and was almost flayed alive.

She's done this for years, only not so blatantly. Somehow, anti semitism never stopped Evans, Novak, Walt, Mearsheimer, and Buchanan, all of whom are quite rich.

Posted by: Martial | June 7, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Helen! 95% of the country agrees with what you said. Unfortunately, the other 5% have 90% of the $$$$$

Posted by: joeshabadoo2391 | June 7, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

We don't know what Helen's motivation was for saying "get the hell out of Palestine" and go back to Germany and Poland. Her statement represents our frustration with this on-going conflict.

I believe public figures such as Helen have a responsibility to speak from an informed point of view. She is not in hot water because she criticized Israel. She is in trouble because her statement was ignorant and oblivious of all the history that took us to this point.

Israel can live with a two state solution and Hamas the chosen representatives of Gaza, cannot. Hamas is not just trying to defend themselves and the poor Palestinians, who I believe are not innocent by choosing Hamas as a representative. Their mission is to destroy the country of Israel and it's people. The Palestinians are reaping what they sow and we don't like what that looks like.

Under any scenario, do you think Iran or Hamas "will recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance"?

Everyday, just as the Palestinians are in a life and death struggle, so too is Israel. Let's not let emotions rule the day when the facts point us to a different solution.

It's time for Helen to leave because it seams that 89 years on this planet does not mean you are any wiser for it.

Posted by: kbock | June 7, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Helen! 95% of the country agrees with what you said. Unfortunately, the other 5% have 90% of the $$$$$.

Posted by: joeshabadoo2391 | June 7, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I am not going to defend Helen Thomas.

Rather, I wish to hold others to the same standard. In the coming days, I expect to see retirement announcements for:
*Rush Limbaugh
*Glenn Beck
*Bill O'Reilly
*Sean Hannity
*Cal Thomas
*Pat Robertson
*Franklin Graham
*Stephanie Miller
*Joe Scarborough
*Keith Olbermann
*Chris Matthews
*Neil Cavuto
*Newt Gingrich (does he have a job?)

Posted by: NCDem1 | June 7, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I am not going to defend Helen Thomas.

Rather, I wish to hold others to the same standard. In the coming days, I expect to see retirement announcements for:
*Rush Limbaugh
*Glenn Beck
*Bill O'Reilly
*Sean Hannity
*Cal Thomas
*Pat Robertson
*Franklin Graham
*Stephanie Miller
*Joe Scarborough
*Keith Olbermann
*Chris Matthews
*Neil Cavuto
*Newt Gingrich (does he have a job?)

Posted by: NCDem1 | June 7, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Helen! 95% of the country agrees with what you said. Unfortunately, the other 5% have 90% of the $$$$$.

Posted by: joeshabadoo2391 | June 7, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

When I read comments by prominent Americans that:

1. Jordan is the Palestinians' state, so that is where they should go live.

2. The Arabs lost the war(s), so they have to expect Israelis will do what they want with the occupied territories.

I don't see the same level of outrage. I don't mind that this woman has to accept the consequences of her words, but it's troubling that some words are beyond the pale, and some equally hostile words are not.

Posted by: Matthew_DC | June 7, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Love the comments defending Helen.

"SEND THEM BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM!"

I guess I'm an old fogey, I recall when you could tell a liberal slogan from a Neo-Nazi/KKK slogan without requiring a guidebook.

Or are the KKK calls of "Send them back where they came from." now acceptable too?

Posted by: gekkobear1 | June 7, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance!!! And LONG overdue!!

Posted by: dochunter | June 7, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is a hero.

She spoke her mind, just as she always does.

She described a historical injustice against the Palestinians that 99% of the world recognizes.

She gets pilloried by the pro-Israel lobby that runs American media.

Israel is rapidly losing its legitimacy in the eyes of the world. Thomas gets that. Do you?

Posted by: yellowtavern2 | June 7, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

There is a difference between freedom of speech and being responsible, (or being held responsible), for what you say.

Posted by: gonhkn | June 7, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I am very saddened to read comments of people that do not understand the gravity of Helen Thomas' words. My grandfather immigrated from Poland to Israel after world war 2. Unlike his all family he survived the holocaust. His village was destroyed like most Jewish towns and villages.
I am very surprised that Ms. Thomas as a journalist does not understand that there is nowhere to return to in Europe. Israel is the only safe place for Jews.

Posted by: wonderwoman3 | June 7, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Given Ms. Thomas age, I don't know why anyone has not considered that such an out-of-character remark might be due to issues with aging. My mother is in her early nineties. I don't consider her a bigot, but lately she makes remarks she never made before like: "There are too many black people on TV." I never heard such comments from her the entire time I have known her. She will then proceed as if she never made such a comment. They say if we live long enough, we will all develop Alheizmers, it comes in stages as the brain starts to break down, not all at once. It is hard to imagine how someone who has been in the businss as long as Ms. Thomas would suddenly make such in inappropriate comment if it was not due to such issues.

Posted by: tsmith7 | June 7, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

While I don't agree with Thomas' statement about Jews going back to their former home states, I do think that Israel and its lobbyists and loyalists need to back off on their trash and burn policy against anyone who questions their policy on Palestine.

It's one thing to go after terrorists, but quite another when suppressing non-violent protests and free speech. There is a difference and until Israel accepts the difference and behaves in a civilized manner toward peaceful critics, they should be condemned for such actions.

Posted by: gdblack1 | June 7, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe she's gotten away with it for so long. Makes you wonder how many other worms of this sort are feeding us their version of the news.

Posted by: phahn41 | June 7, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Calm down. Listen to what she has said over the years. She is a good woman, and it is ok for "a columnist" to have an opinion. It really is ok for a columnist to have an opinion. Say that again to yourself if you still feel mad about what she said. Did she not think before she said this? Probably. Did she wish now she had said what she wanted to say but say it differently? Probably. But this is a very good lady who has spoken clearly for many many years. I liked her last week and I still like her this week.

Posted by: DavidSchwalje | June 7, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe she's gotten away with it for so long. Makes you wonder how many other worms of this sort are feeding us their version of the news.

Posted by: phahn41 | June 7, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

There is no freedom of speech in this so-called free, democratic and human righteous USA.
Posted by: thmak | June 7, 2010 2:54 PM
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Yet here are your words and thoughts for all of the world to see. And Thomas' words have been printed in all of the major US newspapers and reported on all of the major TV stations. There is no guarantee that your words will have no consequences, only that you get to speak them.

Posted by: Lefty_ | June 7, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

The old rule once again rises: "One 'Aw,crap' ruins 10,000 'Atta, girl' pats on the back.

Posted by: Omnius | June 7, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

This incidence indicates that there is no freedom of Speech in this so-called free, democratic and human righteous USA and also that Isreal is in control of USA foreign policy as well as internal affairs.

Posted by: thmak | June 7, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

hey Koolkat -- where did all these settlers in the west bank come from in the last 20 years? not from israel. no one in tel aviv is going to give up a prosperous life there to go live in rabat schlomo unless you lost your job and want a cheap apt or you found the light and became ultra-orthodox.

You disagree that there has been a mass exodus of jews from eastern europe after the fall of the USSR? Some are orthodox from Brooklyn, but few Jews would rather live in Israel than the USA.

Or maybe they all came from Nicaragua?

If Helen was saying "all jews should leave mandate palestine and go back to europe" then so be it. She is wrong to say that. But it is difficult to believe that a woman who has spent decades in washington watching the development of Israel would make a statement like that.

Posted by: ngarrett | June 7, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

By no means does this erase an incredible and productive career that spanned many generations, decades, wars and Presidencies. What she did for women in the field of journalism will not be forgotten, nor her contributions to political coverage in general which opened doors to the executive branch wide for all Americans.

But it also shows that as one gets older, any personal thoughts and diatribe are more likely to slip out and bias their reporting. Those following the pool and many press conferences have seen her sharp wit and intellect succomb to the inevitable dulling of time and age. It happens to all of us, eventually, some later than others, some more sudden. But it happens. There is nothing wrong with having her point of view, that's not the issue, but she simply let her personal opinion be vocalized during a professional instance, and that is a bias not to be tolerated by anyone. I have no doubt her age contributed to her actually saying it, I am not attributed her age to her opinion.

When you get older with some people they more frequently don't listen to that little voice inside their head called common sense and blurt out painful comments. It also happens in nervous new journalists and those not well educated or naive as to the bloodletting which is inside the beltway politics. All I can say is I've listened to her ask her honorary 'question' the White House respectfully gave her first dibs to ask, and as she aged it's easy to tell she was more figurehead than news hound.

Retire in peace, Helen. You've earned it.

Posted by: JimGoldbloomVA | June 7, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

There is no freedom of speech in this so-called free, democratic and human righteous USA.

Posted by: thmak | June 7, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"Palestine" at the time of the Jewish immigration was a desolate, diseased land. During my first visit to the area in 1970, going from Jerusalem to Bethlehem was like going through a time machine. It was green on the Israeli side and desert brown on the border with occupied Jordan. It had the look of Biblical times - mud huts and all. The Jewish settlers literally made the desert bloom. The local Arabs sold the property to the Jews thinking that they would all die off and that they would regain the land. I'd like to see Arabs, Muslims and people that hate Israel so much do as much with their lives as the people of Israel have done. If Israel is ever forced to leave and give the land back to the corrupt Hamas Palestinian leadership, they should leave it the way they found it - desolate and unproductive.

Posted by: saelij | June 7, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It's high time the old goat retires. She's been a disgrace for a long, long time. Don't let the screen door hit you on the way out!

Posted by: cmwcapstone | June 7, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

"Too bad Charles Krauthammer gets away with the stuff he says - without professional consequences - and he probably thinks he's a journalist, too."
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What a dopey comment. Krauthammer isn't a WH reporter. He's an opinion guy, just like Thomas. He has no more business in the briefing room than Thomas (who should've been gone a long, long time ago).

Posted by: wearedoomed1 | June 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is all the haters on here are just mad that Jews finally have guns and are shooting back. And they're really good at it too.

Posted by: justoneblacktoe | June 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

abdulmismail you hit the nail on the head!

everyone should google "JEWS against ZIONISM" .....plus read about "YITZHAK GREENBAUM" a zionist leader and advocate for not helping Jews in Europe and collaborating with the Nazis in killing Jews

Posted by: vyutson | June 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that the Israeli lobby can force her retirement. But that appears to be the way of the world these days the United States bows to pressure from our great friend Israel and of course gives them a blank check to continue genocide in the Gaza Strip. Why is the United States so afraid of the Israeli government? They are not our friend any more than they are friends of the British just ask the Brits how they feel these days about being abused by the Israeli government. I had hoped that the President was going to stand up to the Israeli government but somehow he got convinced that we should kowtow to them once again.

Posted by: cctsbuddy | June 7, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that the Israeli lobby can force her retirement. But that appears to be the way of the world these days the United States bows to pressure from our great friend Israel and of course gives them a blank check to continue genocide in the Gaza Strip. Why is the United States so afraid of the Israeli government? They are not our friend any more than they are friends of the British just ask the Brits how they feel these days about being abused by the Israeli government. I had hoped that the President was going to stand up to the Israeli government but somehow he got convinced that we should kowtow to them once again.

Posted by: cctsbuddy | June 7, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that the Israeli lobby can force her retirement. But that appears to be the way of the world these days the United States bows to pressure from our great friend Israel and of course gives them a blank check to continue genocide in the Gaza Strip. Why is the United States so afraid of the Israeli government? They are not our friend any more than they are friends of the British just ask the Brits how they feel these days about being abused by the Israeli government. I had hoped that the President was going to stand up to the Israeli government but somehow he got convinced that we should kowtow to them once again.

Posted by: cctsbuddy | June 7, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

She says what hundreds of millions of people already think. Them's the breaks when you're in the journalism biz. Too bad Charles Krauthammer gets away with the stuff he says - without professional consequences - and he probably thinks he's a journalist, too.

The way she expressed her regret was very telling. You can want Israel to clean up their act and hope fervently for peace in the Middle East at the same time. That makes perfect sense.

To encourage Israel to engage in the Israeli 'Business as Usual' and express the same sentiments about peace, what are you - nuts?

Posted by: KathyWi | June 7, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Another worthless bigot. This woman shouldn't be allowed access to the White House. It's too bad she can't get fired. I notice her website doesn't have any place for coments. This evil bag of hot air should have to walk in the shoes of the Jewish people. I used to think shwe was OK. As for her atempt to apoligize, keep it! If she really wanted peace she wouldn't spew her vile BS like she did. What she said was indeed how she feels and it's to bad she doesn't go to Lebanon the land of her family and disapear. She's a horrible person deep down inside who doesn't deserve to have access to any public offical. I hope people stop buying her books and I hope her friends turn their backs on her. Also i'd like to see if she has contributed any money to any of her anti-Jew associations or other terrorist organization. Wouldn't suprise me at all. HELEN Go to .... and stay there for eternity. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by: mphall1 | June 7, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow! A person uses the handle "NowSwimBack" (presumably referring to Hispanics in America) expresses extreme hatred of Jews. I guess a recession and a minority President in the White House does have the effect of bringing out all the racist, hateful vermin from the gutters. I, of Chinese heritage, had hoped this ugly face of America was dead and buried.

Posted by: wavelet | June 7, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

She's talking about SETTLERS in PALESTINE (i.e. the West Bank) who only recently immigrated to this area. These people have come from Eastern Europe for a variety of reasons, and the majority only in the 1990s and 2000s after the fall of the USSR. Israel has encouraged non-Israelis to come settle in the West Bank so they can claim more land during the eventual land swaps for a final Palestinian state.

It is an insensitive thing for her to say, since some are escaping present-day racism in Poland,etc, but has nothing to do with WWII or Nazis. It's about SETTLEMENTS in the West Bank (palestine) and NOT about the existing jews in Israel.

Sorry the West Bank is not Israel. It's considered Palestine by every nation on Earth except Israel. Agree or not, thats what Helen was talkigna bout. NOT tel aviv and west jerusalem.

Posted by: ngarrett | June 7, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

There's a difference between Jews and Zionists. I'm a Jew but I'm not a Zionist. I owe my loyalty to my principles and my ethics, not to my tribe.

Posted by: jeffwacker | June 7, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I think Helen got the best reward for all her years of service (to the truth) and perseverance: the last word. To me there is no doubt that in the end (which may not be long coming) she will be remembered not for her prominence and longevity at the White House but for her words of prophecy to a nation that refused to listen. Helen, you made me proud to be Lebanese!

Posted by: hjmcmaster | June 7, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The White House should demand that Helen Thomas surrender her Press Pass.

Posted by: bobbo2
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Yes, well she dropped that pass in her brasserie and said, "...you'll have to come and get it".
So far, no volunteers.

Posted by: jblast2000 | June 7, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

It's time for us to follow Helen Thomas' wise words and ship all white people out of Nevada, New Mexico, Southern California and return them to the Hispanic citizenry who have lived there for hundreds of years.

It only makes sense.

Posted by: WillSeattle | June 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

She should be tarred and feathered!

Posted by: houston123 | June 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Good Bye!! Go find a nice quiet, remote place where you can keep on talking, but we don't have to listen to you anymore

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | June 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Good Bye!! Go find a nice quiet, remote place where you can keep on talking, but we don't have to listen to you anymore

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | June 7, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Jews: 1

Postmodern Antisemites: 0

Posted by: gorak | June 7, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Without Helen Thomas, I have little reason to read the Post anymore. *Sigh*

All those calling her an anti-semite really don't know what they're talking about. Look to the white suprecists in rural America to find your anti-semites. An educated, East Coast "liberal" isn't an anti-semite. She's a person who, in the midst of a very frustrating situation, said a hot-headed thing. Who hasn't?

She fully recognizes Israel's right to exist; she just wishes it would exist w/o appropriating other lands that aren't its to own (like it has done flagrantly since 1967) and without occupying millions of people by subjecting them to absolute squalor and denying them essentially all civil liberties. I don't think that's too much to ask.

Helen, you will be missed!

Posted by: albertinamel | June 7, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

@futbolclif. There's a distinct difference between being opposed to Zionism (an ideology) and opposing Judaism (as a religion).

Nowadays, the vast majority of people incorrectly associate the two as one in the same and that is unfair and untrue, especially to the millions of Jews who simply wish to get on with their lives.

Unfortunately, Zionists are masters of deception and manipulation who always talk as though they represent all Jews around the world and this too is false.

As a result, people play right into the hand of the Zionsist end up referring to the word "Jew" when what they mean is "Zionist", which is a more accurate description of the culprits in this entire saga.

Therefore, your charge of anti-semitism is false.

[p.s. as I stated below, Ashkenazi Jews are primarily Eastern European converts to Judiasm who have not genetic connection to the Ancient Hebrews as the Sephardic Jews do. Therefore one can't be an anti-semite when the individual you're talking against is not a semite in the first place!]

Posted by: abdulmismail | June 7, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I know. Her remarks will ultimately be blamed on George Bush.

Really, it is a fallacy that the "nation?" of Palestine ever existed. The territory was only given this name by the Roman Empire to insult the Jews by Rome using an offshoot name of their hated enemy the Philistines.

It is a fact that Israel is the ONLY nation ever created by God and with specific landmark boundaries in Scripture. So, Ms. Thomas (you of your Washington DC myopia --which btw we are all long suffering from --Israel is their homeland.

Posted by: miketc | June 7, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

It is sad that an 89 year old woman who has had a distinguished career in the news business is being forced to retire under such circumstances. She did apologize for her comments and I presume that the person who asked her the question did not realize how many people in the United States are in disagreement with our government's policy which seems to be "nothing that the State of Israel can do would be objectionable in our government's eyes". Most people in the United States (whether they be Christians, Jews or Muslims) disagree with the way Israel seems to think that rules apply to all other countries but not to them. Most of us, sadly, have come to the conclusion that Israel is happy with their "Apartied" treatment of the Palestinians and we do object strongly. We want peace and a two state solution going back to 1967 borders or we want to leave the Israeli's to their own devices without any agreement or help from us.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | June 7, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

This is a sad and embarrassing end to a brilliant and fascinating career. Helen Thomas is one of a kind, someone I've admired for years.

I'll miss seeing her in the press corps footage, asking questions. I'll miss saying hello to her as we would occasionally pass by one another on our way to work in the morning.

I'm a Jew, and I agree that her off the cuff comments were incredibly stupid. I don't know anybody who's ever amounted to much, whom hasn't said something remarkably stupid at one time or another.

I don't harbor any resentment towards her - and I wish all of the bile being tossed to and fro would be replaced with some common sense.

Posted by: phoenix71 | June 7, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

thank you for doing us a favor by retiring. now we may attempt to enjoy unbiased journalism.

Posted by: cph001 | June 7, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

How dare you Helen. Your comments on Israel are disgusting and shameful. Israel is the beacon of hope in the Middle East. It’s the rightful occupier of the land and the Palestinian people should, off course, submit to the master. Why Helen? Why? Its all written in the Bible! Also, I find very suspicious having that woman sit in the front seat of the briefing room at the White House. Isn’t she from Lebanon or Laos? Its all very disturbing to me...

Posted by: jcmrepublik | June 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

So many of you who have posted either a} are showing your own ignorance of dynamics in this centuries-old conflict, or b} are reaching with both arms and legs to blame this on Obama! Is she really being fired for exercising freedom of speech? Absolutely not. Ms. Thompson has had a stellar career in journalism, many deserved accolades and is ending this career on a really sad note because she stepped out of her respected role and let her personal feelings drive her to very unfortunate and unprofessional conduct. I don't agree with that comment at all but as a journalist myself who recognizes her lifelong accomplishments I hope she'll be remembered for more than this. Doubt it, but I hope so anyway.

Posted by: trylogic | June 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"Isn't she allowed an opinion?"

Of course she is. She can voice it all she wants. But those of us who don't like it shouldn't be forced to hear it. Her employer is within its rights to fire her. The US is still free.

Posted by: motherof3 | June 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas was exercising her rights under the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution! Those who would want Helen Thomas to quit over her remarks are ENEMIES DOMESTIC! You are NOT American! You DO NOT share our principles of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness! Benjamin Netanyahu is a complete ass who does not hold a candle to his brother who died fighting against extremism! Americans should NOT kowtow to Jews with a grudge. We have NO REASON to! We fought a war to end extremism! I have spent my 24 years in Germany telling Germans that they where IDIOTS for their collective racism! Now....I see it emerging from my own nation! Perhaps the Jews should go back to Poland and Germany...both nations have become much MORE TOLERANT than Israel and, Germans DO understand the sins of their past. ISRAEL, however, has emerged into what I consider... Modern NAZIS!

Posted by: dncnstewart | June 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

While I deplore Helen Thomas' comments, I am equally saddened by the chipping away at the First Amendment by the very group that espouses the rights under the First Amendment. Sure, her remarks were horrific. But because they were different than mainstream America, we should silence her. I guess if we have a cartoonist who draws a picture of Mohammed in a way that is unsightly to Muslims we should ban that person.
Whatever happended to the words of Jefferson? He wanted ALL thoughts, however onerous to be allowed and truth would come out (paraphrase).

Posted by: diamond2 | June 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

It is clear now that Israel was a mistake. I'm sure the idea sounded reasonable in 1948. The western world "blew it" on that one.

Posted by: Jihm | June 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

How dare you Helen. Your comments on Israel are disgusting and shameful. Israel is the beacon of hope in the Middle East. It’s the rightful occupier of the land and the Palestinian people should, off course, submit to the master. Why Helen? Why? Its all written in the Bible! Also, I find very suspicious having that woman sit in the front seat of the briefing room at the White House. Isn’t she from Lebanon or Laos? Its all very disturbing to me...

Posted by: jcmrepublik | June 7, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

How dare you Helen. Your comments on Israel are disgusting and shameful. Israel is the beacon of hope in the Middle East. It’s the rightful occupier of the land and the Palestinian people should, off course, submit to the master. Why Helen? Why? Its all written in the Bible! Also, I find very suspicious having that woman sit in the front seat of the briefing room at the White House. Isn’t she from Lebanon or Laos? Its all very disturbing to me...

Posted by: jcmrepublik | June 7, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"Wow. The amount of antisemitism on here is amazing. I could probably spend 20 minutes reporting every instance of abuse in the comments. WaPo editors should probably take care of this..."
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Why is criticizing Israel, the way Israel stole Palestine, the heavy fist AIPAC uses on anybody who questions Israel-First, Israel-always correct, no matter what it does or who it does it to, why is that anti-Semitic? There's no room for fair criticism? Even if you don't like it?

I had nothing to do with establishing the equation Jews=Israel, Q'ing Israel=anti-Semitic.

It's worked since the 40's.

It's time to stop. I can see why Jews=Israel is terrified it will.

My take is US politicians have rolled over to AIPAC since the 40's. Thank God President Obama is saying .. long enough.


Posted by: burlough | June 7, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Isn't she allowed an opinion?"

Of course she is. She can voice it all she wants. But those of us who don't like it shouldn't be forced to hear it. Her employer is within its rights to fire her. The US is still free.

Posted by: motherof3 | June 7, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Goodness. "He who is w/o sin (or has never said something that they regret saying--whether they believe it or not) cast the first stone." Amen "my comment":

see what happens when you dare speak against israeli actions. there will be no criticism allowed; and you will suffer consequences.

your 'colleagues' will run for the exit; write approving columns of actions taken and join in on the pile-on.

Here's to Helen! a 90yo woman who scares the h3ll out of the washington dc magpies.

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do unto others as you would have them do unto you; forgive as you have been forgiven...obviously, everyone commenting here, people in Washington & the members of the media who are castigating her are all perfect in every way & should be worshiped for their great wisdom in all matters

Posted by: JM16 | June 7, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas, no matter what other people think of you, you can always find a happy home here at the WP, the home of the anti Semites

Posted by: jblast2000 | June 7, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Israel's attitude and actions towards Palestinians is similar to that of Australians toward Aboringinals and Americans toward Native Americans in the mid to late 1800s and of Afrikaans and English South Africans towards Blacks through the mid 1990s; "Better Dead Than Red (Black).

Posted by: NotJonOsborn | June 7, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Omigosh, the do-gooder church ladies are out tsk-tsking bold remarks--with their chlorine bleach and their mouth-washing soaps. Let's everybody go to Sunday School and pretend nothing is wrong: see no evil, hear no evil, say no evil. That way we can pretend there is no rot in the church roof, the roof that will fall down on the church ladies' little blue-coifed heads.

Posted by: IIntgrty | June 7, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Thomas did not speak the WHOLE truth. Most of the Israeli Jews are Russian and Eastern European Ashkenazi Khazars. It is back to Russia and the Pale of Settlement that is accurate. Just the facts.

Posted by: usnr02 | June 7, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas, the face of liberalism. Old, tired, nasty and ugly.

Posted by: csr99 | June 7, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

She shouldn't have said what she said and obviously regrets it. An act of forgiveness to an 89 years old news veteran would have been graceful. To ridiculer and force her to resign a life long career over a weak moment, without respect for her age, doesn’t make anyone look any better.

Posted by: voice02 | June 7, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

To Helen Thomas and all of you who keep screaming that "the Jews SHOULD get the hell out of Palestine", and "go back to Germany or Poland", enlighten the rest of us how exactly are you going to implement this plan?

Are you going to make somehow Germany and Poland to accept these 6 million Jews?
I have not seen any signs that these two countries want the jews "to come back".

Or may be we should make Spain to accept jews back, after all Spain expelled 0.5 million of them back in 15th century.

Or may be we should make Italy to welcome them, after all it is a historical fact that Romans expelled Jews from their land in the 1st century of AC.

Name just one, only one state in the world, that has not persecuted, expelled, or simply killed jews in the past.

Yes, "The Truth Hurts", just which truths hurts more....

Posted by: senderf | June 7, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Isn't she allowed an opinion? I think Allah is gay and takes it in the rear. Jesus likes to give it to him. Offensive?

Posted by: boise91801 | June 7, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@futbolclif

"Wow. The amount of antisemitism on here is amazing. I could probably spend 20 minutes reporting every instance of abuse in the comments. WaPo editors should probably take care of this..."

Agreed. I am reading the same article on Facebook, and guess what? The naked anti-Semitism is almost absent, or at least heavily tempered. I guess when people have to back up their opinion with an IDENTIFIABLE PHOTO and an IDENTIFIABLE NAME, they are much less likely to express a view they know is completely unacceptable.

Posted by: wavelet | June 7, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

@futbolclif

"Wow. The amount of antisemitism on here is amazing. I could probably spend 20 minutes reporting every instance of abuse in the comments. WaPo editors should probably take care of this..."

Agreed. I am reading the same article on Facebook, and guess what? The naked anti-Semitism is almost absent, or at least heavily tempered. I guess when people have to back up their opinion with an IDENTIFIABLE PHOTO and an IDENTIFIABLE NAME, they are much less likely to express a view they know is completely unacceptable.

Posted by: wavelet | June 7, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

The incoming Jews did not throw them out and steal their homes - The arabs willingly abandoned theier homes expecting to return as conquerers within a year.
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Please read what you posted:

Kind and Pleasant Jews arriving from Germany and Poland didn't throw them out and steal their homes, they could have stayed if they wanted.

No, Arabs got up one morning, decided they'd just abandon them, let Kind and Pleasant Jews move into 'em, and, after fighting a war, return as 'conquerers' within a year.

If this is taught as Hebrew History, it's absurd and an insult to one's intelligence.

Posted by: burlough | June 7, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

@futbolclif

"Wow. The amount of antisemitism on here is amazing. I could probably spend 20 minutes reporting every instance of abuse in the comments. WaPo editors should probably take care of this..."

Agreed. I am reading the same article on Facebook, and guess what? The naked anti-Semitism is almost absent, or at least heavily tempered. I guess when people have to back up their opinion with an IDENTIFIABLE PHOTO and an IDENTIFIABLE NAME, they are much less likely to express a view they know is completely unacceptable.

Posted by: wavelet | June 7, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas knows more about (true) historical events than many of us can dream of.

Ashkenazi Jews are primarily European converts to Judiasm. Sure, they learned Hebrew and studied the Holy Torah but that does not qualify to be genetically associated with the Ancient Hebrews.

The European Zionists migrated to Palestine in order to create a homeland for the Jews and this was partially realised by the 1917 Balfour Declaration. Thereafter, the Zionists took great strides in assisting with the relocation of European Jews to Palestine. They even enlisted the support of the Nazis in 1933, employed terrorist acts and went on to ethnically cleanse 750,000 Palestinians from their homes in 1948.

When Helen Thomas called for Jews to "get out of Palestine", I believe she was referring to the Ashkenazi Jews. The Sephardic Jews were descendants from the Ancient Hebrews but the diaspora didn't exile all Jews. Therefore Helen Thomas has no reason to say it as it is and even less reason to apologise.

Posted by: abdulmismail | June 7, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Helen just said what a lot of Americans were thinking. I have to agree with a lot of comments made today. Everyone has a valid point but the reality is the Palestine are using their bodies to protect themselves and the Jews are using weapons. Why are the Jews afraid of the Palestinian people? They are trying to live in a country that they have lived and shared with the Jews ever since the time of Cain and Abel. The Jews and the Palestine are brothers with different beliefs. Now it is your choice to decide who is Cain and who is Abel.

Posted by: Free-dumb | June 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Helen has worked a lifetime to represent fairness, justice and integrity. And above all honesty and truth in journalism, with little recompense and much criticism. Right on, Helen!

Posted by: hjmcmaster | June 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I understand why Jewish people want Israel. However I don't understand why they feel non-Jewish people are obligated to support their claims. The US Government may bend over backwards for Israel but I really don't think that most US citizens feel the same. It's embarrassing to watch our government rush to make sure they have fulfilled their obligation to bow before their Jewish masters! What a bunch of spineless sissies!

Posted by: sphericalcoordinate | June 7, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I know !!! This is Bush's fault.

Really, it is a fallacy that the "nation" of Palestine ever existed. It did not. The name Palestine was "given" to the region by the Roman Empire to insult the Jews as an offshoot of their hated enemy the Philistines.

Israel is the ONLY nation ever defined and created by God Himself --and with specific landmarks. So, Ms. Thomas, with your mindless Washington, DC myopia, nation of Israel is indeed where "they" came from.

Posted by: miketc | June 7, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The amount of antisemitism on here is amazing. I could probably spend 20 minutes reporting every instance of abuse in the comments. WaPo editors should probably take care of this...

Posted by: futbolclif | June 7, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow. So, winning a war is considered "stealing land?" Really? So let's just go through the last 100 years and un-do all the land won in a war. We can start with all the anti-semitic a**holes that can get the heck out of the U.S. so that we can give the land back to the First Nations that lived here, since the U.S. stole it from them. That would actually make some sense, since the U.S. government's actions against the First Nations were notoriously more deplorable than Israel's actions against Arab-Palestinians. The U.S. really DID steal from the First Nations by breaking treaties, committing genocide, forcing assimilation and loss of language, culture, etc. Should we re-draw all the borders in Africa, while we're at it? The Arab-Palestinians have simply repeatedly lost wars and, therefore, lost land.

Palestinian Jews have lived in Palestine for 1000s of years. Period. The Jews fought a war and built a state in 1948. The neighboring Arab countries promised to help out the Arab-Palestinians fight off those founding the state of Israel (by all methods available, including effectively committing genocide and wiping out the Jewish people). Guess what?--those neighboring Arab brethren reneged on those promises. They set the Palestinian-Arabs up and left them high and dry. The neighboring Arab countries withdrew their support for the Arab-Palestinians during the War of Independence and refused to take in Arab-Palestinian refugess. They still refuse to take them in today. The neighboring Arab brethren simply won't take them. And somehow that is Israel's fault?

No other nation has been offered their own state and then REFUSED it more times than the Arab-Palestinians, because unless an entire people are wiped off the face of the earth then the Arab-Palestinians will not be happy with a state of their own. Is that not absurd to anyone? We see this same senitiment with the flotilla, where Israel tried to get the "aid" materials that were on the ship into Gaza and Hamas REFUSED entry of these supplies out of principle, until a few detainees were released. Hamas was more than willing to sacrifice the welfare of the populace for a few "freedom fighters," out of principle. This is typical for them.

We can argue both sides of self-determination, human rights, policies, and politics all we want, but arguing whether Israel has a right to exist is just simply absurd. It exists. Get over it. Read a history book and try the middleground for awhile. Even Dear Abbey knows that there are two sides to every story.

Posted by: lynneismyname | June 7, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

1. No pictures of Mohammed.

Check.

2. Can't say anything bad about the jews.

Check.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | June 7, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

There is a very fine line between journalistic fact and the personal opinion of a journalist. Ms. Thomas crossed that line as so many radical and liberal journalists/news reports do today and she needed to step down or be fired.

Our freedoms including those of the press are being usurped daily and emperor Obama is working on a bill to further erode our freedoms of speech and we don't need the kind of bias brought to the table by Ms. Thomas to further his cause.

I value my Constitutional freedom of speech and will not allow it to be taken from me. Therefore, emperor Obama and his radical henchmen need to go.....either by impeachment or by being boted out in 2012.

Posted by: imaginemore | June 7, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Let's see...we have an article about Israel, and all the neo-Nazis cockroaches have crawled out of the woodwork.

Helen Thomas in fact DID get her "freedom of speech". And her employer also has the freedom to fire her. As for the Nazis saying she was right, that Jews should "go home" (I am Chinese by the way, just to let you know), try telling (say) a black colleague at work they should "go back to Africa" and see whether you keep your job. The hate I am seeing is nauseating!

Posted by: wavelet | June 7, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Virginia Conservative --

It's good that you understand that it is right to be outraged at impropriety, regardless of political persuasion.

Posted by: jglen490 | June 7, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The Jews need to disband and stop claiming to be Jews. They cannot follow the Old Law that made Jews to begin with. That was all destroyed by Jesus and God using the Romans. Thus, anyone claiming to be a Jew is a fake, thus a liar!
Christians should be ashamed to accept anyone as a Jew and the USA certainly should not be an ally to the Jews. We are supposed to be a nation of 75 percent Christians. God destroyed the Jews. How can it be reasonable for Christians to help rebuild what God destroyed?
But, since 99.9 percent of Christians do not know what the Bible really says and choose not to believe scriptures they choose not to believe, can they really claim to be Christians?
This entire world is going to hell. So, what was wrong with her statement?

Posted by: framyx | June 7, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

ewjazzed - Your ignorance is offensive. If you review history, in 1948 the incoming jewish people BEGGED the locals to stay, keep their homes and jobs, and help them create a new country. The incoming Jews did not throw them out and steal their homes - The arabs willingly abandoned theier homes expecting to return as conquerers within a year. The new country of Israel was attacked immediately by those people who ran off in anger with the support of several Arab countries. It was the Jews in countries like Germany, Poland, Latvia, Turkey and Tunisia that have been forced from their homes and jobs where they were legal citizens for generations. Israel is and needs to be a safe haven for Jews. When the next Holocaust comes, Israel will be the only refuge for the Jewish people. Check the facts - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_exodus_from_Arab_and_Muslim_lands

Posted by: historylesson | June 7, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

What has happened to our tolerance for free speech and a person's right to say what they wish rather than obey the hypocrisy of Washington! Even though I have many Jewish friends, I agree with Helen, and if I disagreed, I would still respect her right to say whatever she wishes.

Posted by: jpmarquart | June 7, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The Jews need to disband and stop claiming to be Jews. They cannot follow the Old Law that made Jews to begin with. That was all destroyed by Jesus and God using the Romans. Thus, anyone claiming to be a Jew is a fake, thus a liar!
Christians should be ashamed to accept anyone as a Jew and the USA certainly should not be an ally to the Jews. We are supposed to be a nation of 75 percent Christians. God destroyed the Jews. How can it be reasonable for Christians to help rebuild what God destroyed?
But, since 99.9 percent of Christians do not know what the Bible really says and choose not to believe scriptures they choose not to believe, can they really claim to be Christians?
This entire world is going to hell. So, what was wrong with her statement?

Posted by: framyx | June 7, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Look at all these comments of hatred. When people are calling her ugly, have they looked at themselves in the mirror lately? It's amazing how fast people and the media look against someone who makes a remark against jews, yet when they do the same thing against any other race it does not cause an uproar.

Posted by: FreeSpeeeech | June 7, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I've heard people post worse comments than Helen in reply to blogs and news articles like this one. Apparently the moderators of these sites were asleep at the wheel and let them go through. People show their true colors when they post anonymously or under a fake name. It's like when people believe it's ok to be rude and behave badly while driving because nobody knows who you are when you are inside a car. Helen, however, has a very high profile. She should have known better but as my mom used to say people tend to get bolder as they get older (or have ability to post anonymously). Kind of a reminder to everyone to THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK OR HIT THE SUBMIT BUTTON.

Posted by: TheNervousCat | June 7, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse


The NeoFascism in America from the left is just another chapter in a long book. Helen Thomas has been part of the assault on tolerance and freedom for years. FDR and Wilson were both Progressives that were racists. Most of the left-wing posts on this site are bigoted, homophobic and intolerant. The uneducated or indoctrinated members of the left are the brownshirts of this generation.

Posted by: 2010Rout | June 7, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

It would have been bad enough had Thomas only made this remark, but she also very much brought her views into the White House press room, going after Gibbs for the administration's measured response to Israel's flotilla raid. Thomas demanded nothing short of outright condemnation...which sounds much more like being an advocate and ideologue than a reporter.

Of course, Thomas' "get the hell out" comment was much more blunt and crude. Is Thomas so ignorant of history that she does not know that Jews have lived in the Middle East for a couple thousand years before Islam was even a religion? Yes, some in Israel immigrated there from Europe, but if leaving Europe to a place that offers more freedom and safety (odd, isn't it, that Jews feel safer in Israel with every neighbor pointing a gun at them than elsewhere in the world?), then what of Thomas' own ancestors? When did they come here, and from whom did they steal the land on which Thomas now lives? By the same logic, maybe Thomas should also "get the hell out." Maybe people in Gaza will welcome her with open arms. Then again, maybe they will welcome her with rockets and small arms fire.

Posted by: blert | June 7, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

To all the vicious harridan's apologists:

Were you so gracious with George Allen?

Lets not forget the ugly anti-semite remarks during the campaign from Webb.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | June 7, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

While Helen Thomas, like any American, is entitled to her opinion and may express that opinion as she chooses, she also has a responsibility as a professional journalist to express that sentiment in an appropriate manner and an appropriate forum.

Even in a free society there are consequences to action. There is also, in this society, freedom of association and, as a result of her words, a freedom to disassociate.

I wish her well in her retirement, but I am glad she has retired.

Posted by: jglen490 | June 7, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who think the US and Israel plotted 9/11 and are the true terrorists, you're right! They are after you to rid the world of delusional crocks like you.

The USA, Israel and many others are great nations protecting our freedoms. Strangely, the world has double standards such as do as I say, not as I do! All of the most boisterous countries will defend themselves at all costs, but when the US or Israel does it, they’re oppressors or killers.

For the rest of us rational people, the US & Israel are the only countries in the world with "stones" large enough to stand up to the real oppressors. The real oppressors and terrorists on this planet are those who HATE & KILL anyone who does not have the same engrained hatred they and their hate mongering followers have.

Interesting how when a dying Egyptian, Iranian, Palestinian, Turkish, Syrian or whoever goes to Israel or comes to the US for the hope of having their life saved with the best of science all under anonymity so nobody knows - - ooohhh how clever. What have any of these people brought to the world other than oil in the ground G-d created or the dubious knowledge of bomb building!! ANSWER? ABSOLUTLY NOTHING!!

Posted by: wcla | June 7, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow. It truly is amazing how tight a grip the jews have on this country.

Posted by: password11 | June 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow. It truly is amazing how tight a grip the jews have on this country.

Posted by: password11 | June 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow. It truly is amazing how tight a grip the jews have on this country.

Posted by: password11 | June 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I've watched Helen over the years and my observation is that she is ahead of her time with that comment, So many people fall for the same un-truth, that because there is a history in the bible with the translated name "Jew" that it applies to this band of modern day pirates, nothing coulud be further from the truth, read Revelation 3-5, / and passages concerning the "son of Man". I would like some of you so-called experts to tell me what is the oldest Jewish symbol on record? It is not the "Star of David" Research will verify it is the sambol used around the world for thousand and thousands of years, the no# 7 X 4 connected to form the swastika? True!

Posted by: hismajistylb | June 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow. It truly is amazing how tight a grip the jews have on this country.

Posted by: password11 | June 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow. It truly is amazing how tight a grip the jews have on this country.

Posted by: password11 | June 7, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Helen, in your retirement please visit Pres. Obama, Reps. Pelosi, Hoyer, Mollohan, Rahall, Sens. McCain, McConnell, Byrd, Boxer, Rockefeller, Reid, Schumer, Specter and others of your ilk. Like you, they do not have an "age" problem - but a psychological problem. Counsel them to fire themselves and retire immmediately for the country's good. All of you appear to exhibit megalomania - a common Washington, DC illness. There is no honor in staying until your medulla oblongata stops or embarrassing yourself when your gargantuan ego permits your left brain to malfunction letting you speak before you think.

Posted by: spartan11 | June 7, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Reading many of the WaPo comment threads I simply assumed that we “tea baggers” were the ONLY senile, out-of-touch, curmudgeons. Seems the lefties have at least one of their own.

Bye-bye Helen (it’s way, way, waaaaay past time!). Don’t let the Press Briefing Room door hit ya’ in your broad, B R O A D butt on the way out!

Oh, and free speech is precisely that. And the consequences of free speech are precisely that also. אתה מבין?

Posted by: sosueme1 | June 7, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Also, note to Helen Thomas. I happen to live in Poland at this very moment. There is a helluva lot of anti-Semitism in this country to this day. For some reason, many Poles in 2010 have a problem with Jewish people. Why that is is anyone's guess, as there are very few Jews left in this country to hate. Then again, Poles are kinda like Arabs and Persians and Egyptians, they tend to dislike everybody, including other Poles.

Also, I have Polish family in the States, and they TOO are incredibly anti-Semitic. They blame "the Jews" for everything. It would be comical if it weren't so sad.

I kid you not. Bottom line is this: the average American (or maybe the average Canadian) is the best friend Jewish folk have ever had. Most North Americans tend to get along with everybody else these days, regardless of what the press may tell you. If you ever think Americans are bigots or racists, try living overseas for a while. You will gain a new appreciation for American tolerance.

Now, I'm speaking for the people. I'm not at all proud of how the US government uses its military to enforce its will around the world. No doubt, the dreaded US military-industrial complex is out of control and possibly uncontrollable. That is something that has to change. Perhaps bankruptcy will force the USA to end it's "Policing of the World" foreign policy. Our only hope for fiscal sanity may be the need to go truly, undeniably broke.

Posted by: GrumpyGoose | June 7, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Look at all these comments of hatred. When people are calling her ugly, have they looked at themselves in the mirror lately? It's amazing how fast people and the media look against someone who makes a remark against jews, yet when they do the same thing against any other race it does not cause an uproar.

Posted by: FreeSpeeeech | June 7, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

We are not here to praise Ms.Thomos, but rather to lend an amen to her retirement.

Her age is acknowledged as is her right to free speech (which hubby would still die for); but she gets no pass for petty and consistent rudeness.

She has purposefully constructed her house of hubris and now that it's become frail, it's time for her to rewrite her memoirs.

Posted by: ruralamericans | June 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Caliphacy Note... "to Helen Thomas" hey lady you some special lady i am praying you have only good from our creator... you know it's not the Jews, it's those polytheist zionist posing as Jews that caused that mess over there... you know something lady i am not a hate monger, i understand very well what you are saying... no really and it's funny because "the Jews already know it's not them on the hit list, it's the zionist and their evil buddies who have to leave Jerusalem ASAP!" no really i am actually a hybrid shia imam "it's a long story" but most of the trouble in the world comes from greedy outsiders who don't care about family honor and religious law Ismael(as) and Ishaq(as) loved each other, i am quite sure by them being brothers they wanted their children to love and honor each other as cousins... but when satin showed the people capitalism and political greed they just forgot about God's laws and started making their own as if they were gods... foolish polytheist, the Israeli government and their buddies just show what's in their hearts... THEY HAVE FORGOT THE TRUE GOD, AND HAVE MADE THEMSELVES AND THEIR VAIN DESIRES THEIR god... THE GOD OF ALL THAT IS GREATEST CURSE ON THEM! ... ... ... BUT TO YOU DEAR LADY I AM TO SAY PEACE IN THIS/THE NEXT LIFE I AM PRAYING FOR YOU, AND GOOD LUCK HELEN.

Posted by: ahmadmali | June 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"The Jews are doing the same thing to America that they did to Russia when they installed the Soviet Regime."

Now I have to say that's about the most lame-brained statement I've seen in quite a while on these WP comments; if Letterman had a top 10 for lame brains, it'd be right up there.

Posted by: capsfan77 | June 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas has spoken the truth.Most of the reactions against her show how difficult it is in the US to digest truth about Israel. Unfortunately the US stands alone the world in defense of Israel's crimes against humanity. Israel and America should be ashamed of their role after the inhuman raid by the Israelis on the Turkish sporsored Flotilla meant for the humanitarian aid for the innocent Palestinians. Israelis are doing to the Palestinians what Hitler had done to the Jews. Both acts are equally condemnabale

Posted by: tamin59 | June 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is an old fool and years ago might have been a young fool. Her ludicrous remarks should not have been taken seriously by anyone.

In real estate wise investors understand the value of location, location, location. One seeks pleasant, practical areas that lead to better lives.

Throughout history, however, many made moves lacking this intelligence and counted on luck. Those who immigrated to the Americas made lucky choices and prospered. Folly, however kept being repeated, as it still does, when people settle too closely to active volcanoes or in flood plains where periodically they are wiped out.

All settlers in Southern California are gambling their lives against the anticipated "Big One," which may find the San Andreas Fault create a new island from the southern tip of the Baja peninsula to north of San Francisco, necessitating a ferry ride from Arizona to Palm Springs for the California survivors.

When Theodor Herzl dreamed of re-establishing the Jewish homeland in the old neighborhood, he didn't take into consideration that the biblical home of the Jews had been degraded, had become surrounded by the combative Muslims who have been at war with the entire non-Muslim world (not to mention intramural wars among its own sects) since the year 600. It was a bad location.

The island of Jamaica would have been so ideal for a transplanted Jewish homeland, with fertile fields and fish-filled waters, fresh water from mountain streams - imagine what a paradise Israel could have built there. But no one thought of that. Religious folk are rarely bright or practical.

During the Holocaust it was the only place the survivors could go to and they are there now - and several cowardly attacks but Muslims have been beaten back and the Israelis have built the only Democracy in the Middle East and any American or world citizen, for that matter, who has a shred of decency and intelligence should rise to protect this gem of a country with their last breath; because if Israel ever falls it will represent not just the fall of the Jews but the fall of Christianity and the last shred of civilization.

Posted by: a3n3d3y | June 7, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who's even the least bit disturbed by Gibbs' need to clarify that her comments "certainly" do not reflect the views "of the administration"?

Who ever said she was speaking for the administration? Or is everything all about them, all the time?
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It has been quite clear from the beginning that Obama and Hillary are anti-semitic and completely in the bag for Hamas and Hezbollah. Obama was (or maybe is) a muslim and Hillary has ALWAYS sided with the Palestinians. Obama's approval rate in Israel is less than 10%, as they know he is pro-Palestinian.

Gibbs knows the only difference between Helen Thomas and Obama, is that Helen admitted her feelings publicly.

Posted by: Realist201 | June 7, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Israel has been violating international law for years and treats the Palestinians like dirt, they should get out of Palestine,the land they stole in the 7 day war. (let us not forget that just before the 7 day war Israel "Accidentally" attacked a US spy ship, killing over 40 Americans.
While I thought Helen Thomas went to far, I do NOT think she was saying there should be another Holocaust, rather they should return to their prior homeland.

Posted by: njohnc1953 | June 7, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I am deeply concerned about the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the degree to which the US is complicit. The Israeli position, in my view, is entirely too extreme. I prefer to authentic efforts at negotiating then honoring an Agreement. It troubles me that a significant U.S. tax dollars ultimately support the inhumane occupation and the deplorable living conditions that exist in Gaza.

Posted by: elenacer1 | June 7, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

...but it is unfair that the Palestinians, not the Germans were forced to give up part of their homeland because of the holocaust.

Posted by: ChillAboutMilitaryHummers | June 7, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Israel has been violating international law for years and treats the Palestinians like dirt, they should get out of Palestine,the land they stole in the 7 day war. (let us not forget that just before the 7 day war Israel "Accidentally" attacked a US spy ship, killing over 40 Americans.
While I thought Helen Thomas went to far, I do NOT think she was saying there should be another Holocaust, rather they should return to their prior homeland.

Posted by: njohnc1953 | June 7, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Deeply regret that Thomas is retiring because of this flap. She had the courage to say what so many of us couldn't find the words for and that is if Israel continues in their obstinate refusal to acknowledge and take a responsible lead in finding a peaceful solution to this problem, then they should get out of Palestine. People want transparency from their government, not just the pablum they are being fed with.

Posted by: gumstick2003 | June 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is too perfect. It's like Mel Gibson; everyone said he wasn't an anti-Semite, just made anti-Semitic movies.
She has shown her true colors.
Everyone is arguing that she has freedom of speech. Of course she does, but that doesn't mean you won't get punished for what you say. If you make sexist and racist comments where you work you will be penalized, if not fired. The job of the press is to (hypothetically) present an unbiased medium for news. She has every right to her opinion, but by expressing it she cost herself her job. She has shown herself to not be unbiased anymore.
Aside from the fact, her comments are ignorant as even if you ignore the Bible there are clear records of Jews having sovereignty in Israel since the Romans (maybe the Arch of Titus is also a Jewish conspiracy). It's obvious Jews were there at some point. The Palestinians have NEVER had a sovereign nation there (unless you count the Ottoman Turks but that wasn't self-autonomy either). In fact, Israel gives them the right to vote in Parliament procedures which is far more than any other Arab state has done for the Palestinians.
And regarding the "Israeli lobbyist theory" that this is "punishment" for messing with the Jews I ask the following: would it be acceptable if she had said in response to Islamic terrorism that Arabs should go back to Mecca? Would it be acceptable to say in regard to the LA riots that black people should go back to Africa? Of course not and no one would argue that she should be stripped of her White House press pass. She dug her own grave and unfortunately for her because of one sheer moment of stupidity she has forever destroyed her reputation.

Posted by: sweetness123 | June 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there's anything wrong with criticizing the state of Israel. And just so we're clear here, there are millions of Jews who don't agree with Israeli policy, and most especially the recent attack on the flotilla.

But to say that Jews should return to Poland and Germany is excessive and hurtful. As others have pointed out, the land of Israel (or Palestine) has been fought over for millennium. The fact is that there's only 1 tiny homeland for the Jewish people in the World, and there are how many Arab countries and lands?

People should speak out at all hurtful injustices in the world--on the part of the Israeli government, Helen Thomas, etc.

Posted by: brooklynreader | June 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse


Good riddance.


Posted by: DagnyT | June 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

No doubt Turkey would love to find a way to deal with apartheid Israel much like Turkey found a way to deal with apartheid Armenians.
Under any circumstances the hypocrisy will succeed in diverting attention away from it's own genocidal history.

Posted by: zozimos | June 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I hope when she dies she will be buried at Arlington with all the other American heroes.

Posted by: bm66535 | June 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. One less stupid ugly liberal dolt on the White House cheering section, mistakenly dubbed the press corps.

Posted by: LarryG62 | June 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

A newspaper columnist, certainly a senior WH correspondent, is expected to have a higher level of integrity than this.

Regarding several nonsense claims here that racism against other groups goes unpunished, here is a short list of non-journalists fired for making racists statements against blacks:

Jimmy The Greek, Steve Blair, John Bisese, Kenneth Brinn, Michael Savage, William Johan Fabel, etc. etc.

Posted by: rvogel1 | June 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I STRONGLY disagree with Helen Thomas's statement about the Jews and their right to exist as a nation. But given the constitutional sanctity of speech in this country; should she be kicked out of her profession for expressing an unpopular opinion? Supposedly we have the strongest speech freedoms in the world, but would this have happened anywhere in Europe today?
There is a ridiculous, antisemitic belief that the Jews somehow "control" the United States. I sincerely hope that this incident doesn't add ammunition to what those ignorant bigots already believe and advocate. In the end it really doesn't matter because people determined to hate really don't need any excuses to be hateful.

Posted by: mscarborough | June 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, she gets punished for telling the truth. Sounds like many of these readers would not be happy until she is killed. Hey-she may not be anti-Semitic at all. She just remembers that Israel was called Palestine for many centuries and since it became called Israel the Palestinians there are treated as second class citizens. Seems like freedom of speech is restricted to not speaking about this issue.

Posted by: box211 | June 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

An episode such as this was certain to elicit insults, slander, and innuendo. You all haven't disappointed!

Posted by: kithara | June 7, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

God Bless the USA!! Long live Israel!

Posted by: jsedelman22 | June 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

thank you Helen. no sense in being politically correct any longer at your age.
i agree with you.
israel has been a mistake from the beginning.
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so sorry for the jews, after all, they are the only ones that have been persecuted in this world.
let's make it better and take land from others to give to the jews. arrogant bastards. it's amazing how israel demands its existence.

no, i am not muslim. i would be embarrassed to be that also.

Posted by: steiner1 | June 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse My guess is you are an ignorant a$$ho&e

Posted by: lildg54 | June 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who's even the least bit disturbed by Gibbs' need to clarify that her comments "certainly" do not reflect the views "of the administration"?

Who ever said she was speaking for the administration? Or is everything all about them, all the time?

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | June 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Every anti-semetic remark above is from a...

Democrat

Posted by: Indpnt1 | June 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

I think they are getting down on her because she used the word "hell." Neither Germany nor Poland seems like a bad place to live. And I've heard that a lot of people living in Israel actually wish they could go back to where they were living before. So really she is just wishing a blessing on them. Again, it must only be the word "hell" that is offending people here. Most Jews understand that it is not where you are living that is important, it is your relation with God, righteous living, peace, and not abiding by the principle that "might makes right" which means if your life is worthwhile.

Posted by: johnnormansp | June 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance wicked witch - i'm sure the purple-lipped bufoon will miss you...

Posted by: civilemik | June 7, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

What a gutsy guy -- the likes of Ed Henry -- to attack an 89-year-old lady--with his pack of sycophants, reflecting the Yassuh boss mentality of the White House Press Corps -- the same types who coddled Nixon, Reagan and W and could see no wrong in Watergate, Iran Contra and Iraq. What a blessed day this is. Go back to your leashes and collars now, Ed and company. That threatening senior citizen is gone now. Try not to think about anything complicated.

Posted by: honoluluartsbeat | June 7, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

I understand what Helen Thomas was trying to say. What a lot of us think and feel. That giving Palestine over after WWII was wrong. That it has created strife in this world at a level unknown to it before.

How do we have the right to take a sovereign nation - even one with such a history - and take it away from it's current owners and GIVE it to a new nation? When it was not ours to give!

All religions have roots there. It is NOT, was NOT ours to decide which should have the right to ownership.

That does not make me antisemitic. That makes me speak the truth that each of us has been afraid to loose from our lips since the 50's!

Perhaps the dialogue has begun to right a wrong - could Helen Thomas, a person who has seen so much, a woman of great intelligence, a person unafraid of the truth, could she be the one to finally bring peace by stating the obvious?

I certainly hope so!

Posted by: Hetty | June 7, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

She's eighty-nine years old people! I don't care or even mind what she says about anything or anybody. Get over it already - there are too many cry babies in this world already.

Posted by: RedDragonLady | June 7, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

This just goes to show that you cannot (if you are any kind of public official) criticize Israel in any way, shape, or form without expecting to get your life/career smeared in return.

Posted by: bromisky | June 7, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Modern day phenomena: Policy and Finance professional 'analysts' may opine and make 'mis-statements' causing global economic meltdowns without consequence or accountability or even job loss.

If a journalist expresses one politically inappropriate opinion, regardless of career accomplishments they are immediately 'swift-boated' into oblivion.

FREE SPEECH should mean people can disagree with policy and in doing so policy would be the stronger.

Posted by: jimjakejohnson | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

"Hopefully, the Gaza Flotilla Massacre incident will unite the Middle East against Apartheid Israel. Turkey and the arab countries along with Iran should be able to find an appropriate way to deal with Appartheid Israel.

So the "incinerate Israel" crowd is now awake and on the blog. After they finish getting rid of "apartheid Israel", maybe they can get rid of "Apartheid Saudi Arabia", "Apartheid Turkey", "Apartheid Yemen", "Apartheid Dubai", "Apartheid Iran", "Apartheid Libya", "Apartheid Algeria", "Apartheid Iraq", "Apartheid Syria", Apartheid Pakistan" and all the other Islamic "Apartheid" countries that persecute women and prohibit Christians from opening churches in their countries.

I don't see too much outrage from the Muslims in the Middle East about the persecution of Christians in their countries. I guess religious persecution is ok if it's Muslims doing the persecuting.

Posted by: tlehman1117 | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Helen is just ticked because she still owes Jesus a piece of silver for a lost bet over the wine/Canaan thing.


I think she was 40 even then.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Resigns over dispute? What dispute? She is a vicious, hate filled bigot.

I suppose there may have been a dispute, since so many of her colleagues AND the entire democrat party share her views.

Maybe the dispute could have been over whether or not this would expose little barry's rabid Jew hating past. Certainly it would draw attention to his anti-semetic, racist friends.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Thomas' rants are a peek behind the curtain at the hegemony that rules the democrat party -- driven by ideological cause at any and all cost.

We pray for the soul of this odoriferous old harridan!

Posted by: ruralamericans | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

This just goes to show that you cannot (if you are any kind of public official) criticize Israel in any way, shape, or form without expecting to get your life/career smeared in return.

Posted by: bromisky | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Israel is a breeding ground for hatred. Since when does America beat up on an old 89 year old woman for a political statement? The entire world is infected with the speak no evil of Israel syndrome. Israel knows that governments around the world loath their state. I am truly afraid that Americans in particular will pay for the sins of Israel When nations must inject so much violence in the name of rightness, could it be that they are not righteous after all. Israel is fond of calling itself a religious state and religion is based on mythology. So be ware when the facts are changed to fit the myth.

Posted by: bones1275 | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Those jews sure do have a grip on Washington.

Posted by: password11 | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Those jews sure do have a grip on Washington.

Posted by: password11 | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Those jews sure do have a grip on Washington.

Posted by: password11 | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Those jews sure do have a grip on Washington.

Posted by: password11 | June 7, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I see comments and reports referring to Helen's career as "distinguished" and "illustrious", etc. I fail to understand what was "distinguished" and "illustrious" about her career. She was a mediocre journalist at best. The only "distinguished" aspect about her career was her age -- which is not her accomplishment. She is no Bob Woodward or Edward R Murrow.

Posted by: ATLRAMA | June 7, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hurrah!! The wicked witch is gone!

Posted by: Tommypie | June 7, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Glad that she is retiring. Enough hate speak from a so called 'distinguished' reporter.
Saw her speak when I was in college-ugh! She was not 'liberal' then , and is not anywhere near 'liberal' now! Just as full of herself as ever! Hammas is a terrorist organization,hell-bent on the destruction of the ONLY democratic nation in the middle east. Maybe one of Ben Ladin's followers will run for office and demand that we turn over some land to them. If so do you thinks we should hand over one of our states and see what happens? How stupid can you be?!!Helen Thomas should go live in Gaza,or Afganistan , or Iran....

Posted by: lsf07 | June 7, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it interesting that almost every time someone begins a comment with "It's interesting", it isn't.

---- -------- ------- -------

"It's interesting how Rush Limbaugh can say that Mexican immigrants should get out of the US and go back to the countries they left, and (almost) everyone applauds. But when Helen Thomas says the Jewish Immigrants taking over Palestine should go back, she gets castigated. Why is Helen Thomas' freedom of speech less valuable than Rush Limbaugh's or the rest of his persuasion?

Posted by: nancybe | June 7, 2010 1:32 PM"

Posted by: bobsewell | June 7, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas did apologize,compare to the Israelis refusing to apologize for all their heinous deeds to the Palestinian children and people. It's obvious she was speaking for her persona and not her newspaper. The Post should have realized that and supported her. Wonderful years of reporting through the Kennedy era. The real shame should be on the pirates and land grabbers with their vigilante laws. This is the Israelis darkest hour. She was bold and honest in stating her opinion.

Posted by: ebart | June 7, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Let the following be warned: when you make a statement of mistake or belief at 90 let the rath come down on you. Gess what a bunch of crap! Gibbs is a gaint idiot himself and ineffective. Helen has nothing to ashamed of and Yes oint the fingers at a 90 year oolf vs Glen Beck, Limbaugh or Palin who make 10 times more offensive, daily. The press wonders why when the truth is spoken it is killed that folks do not trust it? Let it crash along with the rotten cash taking politians. Democracy is now Corporation owned and PC all the way.

Ed Chen, Bloomberg
David Jackson, USA Today
Caren Bohan, Reuters
Ed Henry, CNN
Julie Mason, DC Examiner
Don Gonyea, National Public Radio
Steve Scully, C-SPAN
Doug Mills, The New York Times

Posted by: crrobin | June 7, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

While her comments were certainly insensitive, it is a shame that a person of her accomplished stature cannot, at this point, speak her mind as she sees fit. She has actually been a witness to each and every event involving Israel in the past few decades by sitting in that room. Even if you don't agree with her feelings, she has the right to hold them and and earned the right express them without being penalized.

Regardless, thank you for your service Helen.

Posted by: bayunus | June 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Hurrah!! The wicked witch is gone!

Posted by: Tommypie | June 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Hurrah!! The wicked witch is gone!

Posted by: Tommypie | June 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Hurrah!! The wicked witch is gone!

Posted by: Tommypie | June 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Hurrah!! The wicked witch is gone!

Posted by: Tommypie | June 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

So who will be her replacement in mouthing the anti-Semitic views of hussein and the other d-crat socialists?

Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | June 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

That disgusting Jew hater has finally revealed herself for what she has always been. This is what most of the liberal media would like to say but they dare not. It only proves what most of the thinking public has known.
For SHAME on the Posties and their lemmings!

Posted by: pd2710 | June 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

She has always been a radical liberal. Her questions and remarks lately have been absurd. The poor thing seems to have become senile and should have retired years ago. It is sad to see someone degenerate in front on one's eyes and just be tolerated.

Posted by: joanz3 | June 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the United States circa 2010. Don't even think about speaking your mind. There is only one message today, and it is delivered by the Powers That Be, with the help of their corporate controlled media.

Posted by: bretb | June 7, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Now, if she can just drag down the rest of the cheese-eatin' surrender monkey crowd with her. True peace will only be achieved when we wipe Palestine from the face of the earth.

Posted by: lingering_lead | June 7, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Everyone that lives in the United States of America should leave too because this land belong to the American Indian.

Posted by: pustrong | June 7, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

For the multiple liars talking about Khazars and so forth, this is what the science says:

By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
June 3, 2010 | 6:21 p.m.

Genes set Jews apart, study finds

"Jews really are different from their non-Jewish neighbors," said Dr. Harry Ostrer, a geneticist at the New York University Langone Medical Center, coauthor of the study appearing Thursday in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

The study, which was conducted primarily to further medical knowledge of genetic diseases, rejected a highly controversial idea that Ashkenazi Jews are descended from Khazars in Eastern Europe who converted to Judaism — an idea that has recently been used in an attempt to discredit the idea that Jews belong in Israel because it is their historic homeland.

The study shows that there is "clearly a shared genetic common ancestry among geographically diverse populations consistent with oral tradition and culture …and that traces back to the Middle East," said geneticist Sarah A. Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania, who was not involved in the study. "Jews have assimilated to some extent, but they clearly retain their common ancestry."

http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-jewish-genome-20100604,0,7364243.story?track=rss

Posted by: yowcow | June 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

thank you Helen. no sense in being politically correct any longer at your age.
i agree with you.
israel has been a mistake from the beginning.
ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh so sorry for the jews, after all, they are the only ones that have been persecuted in this world.
let's make it better and take land from others to give to the jews. arrogant bastards. it's amazing how israel demands its existence.

no, i am not muslim. i would be embarrassed to be that also.

Posted by: steiner1 | June 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

askgees said:

The Jews are a blight to the emtire planet. Allow the Arabs to have their way with them....

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The Jews are a light to the emtire planet. Allow them to have their way with the Arabs....

There, FTFY.

Posted by: PhilThijou | June 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

It is called Freedom of Speech.
Agree or disagree, that is your choice but do not deny that it is her right to speak out.

Posted by: bvi2002 | June 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Helen is the true face of liberalism....UGLY!...now throw this bags under her rock....

Posted by: JWx2 | June 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Good bye and good riddance. Helen should have retired years ago.....while she was still senile.

Then again, that's just my "opinion" and MY exercise of free speech.

Posted by: aegis305 | June 7, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

She staying around much too long, basking in the glory of being the dean of the White House press corps. But on the eve of her 90th birthday, she has become a loon. This is an unfortunate condition of many of that age, but the White House tolerated her eratic questions, just as it tolerates others, including Lester Kinsolving. Thomas should have retired when UPI filed for bankruptcy 20 years ago. Now her memory is tainted by these statements, rather than her role as the first woman to cover the White House as a hard news beat rather than a society affair.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | June 7, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Her pictures scare me. Something stirs within my soul when I look at her. And I don't think it's her big-a$$ nose & wrinkles either.

Posted by: PinkElephant | June 7, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

You people who are posting comments in support of Helen Thomas are what's wrong with this country. What ever happened to the concept of being unbiased as the cornerstone of professional journalism? No excuses like she's old and has some antiquated societal views - what, she's a victim now? The rest of us knew it was only a matter of time before the windbag displayed her true colors.

Posted by: hennint | June 7, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Regarding these entities referred to as "other Arab countries" ~ there were no such places until the British and French liberated Arabic speaking areas of the Ottoman Empire from the Turks.

Before the Turks there was also only one Arabic speaking country ~ the then nascent Islamic Caliphate.

Because that history covers about 1300 years generalizations are probably not in order concerning how that area ended up the way it ended up, but up until 1947/48 the Arabs in the region hadn't been making any of the decisions since the arrival of the Seljuks.

The selection of that piece of the Levant to site a new Israel was no different than the decision of the Ottomans to sell Lord Rothschild the Golan Heights as a place to start a Jewish return from the Exile.

You never hear the Arab speaking people in that region complain about that decision ~ even now that they can.

Wonder why?

Posted by: muawiyah | June 7, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

As the kids say...

Peace....in the Middle East

How appropriate!

Don't let the doorknob hit you in the diaper on the way out.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | June 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Now she can spend her time at home yelling at the Jews to get off her lawn.

Posted by: motogp46 | June 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

At least she won't be leaving the press room in a pine box. You just have to look for the good in everything.

Posted by: oracle2world | June 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

No surprise that Helen Thomas is forced into retirement by the Obama puppet and his jewish staff. Any negative truth spoken about Apartheid Israel is considered antisemitic and will not go unpunished. However, It is well known that Apartheid Israel is built on land stolen from the Palestinians with US assistance. It is also well known that the majority of Israeli Jews are from the US and european countries and have no ties or right to land they occupy.

Hopefully, the Gaza Flotilla Massacre incident will unite the Middle East against Apartheid Israel. Turkey and the arab countries along with Iran should be able to find an appropriate way to deal with Appartheid Israel.

Posted by: marge9 | June 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Helen was talking about SETTLERS who RECENTLY EMIGRATED from Eastern Europe to help carve out more slices of the occupied West Bank that Israel can keep in a future 2-state deal.

BOTH the Israelies and Palestinians have encouraged OUTSIDERS to come to Israel/Palestine to boost their numbers and claims to the land.

After the fall of the USSR, Israel has had a policy similar to the "wild west" settlements of the USA where they encourage Jews from other countries to come and "settle" land for themselves. Many of these settlers come from Russia, Ukraine, and yes, Poland.

This has nothing to do with Nazis or WWII.

Posted by: ngarrett | June 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Many of these comments here are disappointingly ignorant of history. The land called "Palestine" is the SAME as the land called "Israel." Helen knows that. That's why she didn't say "Jews should get out of the West Bank" and "return to Israel." She said they should get out of Palestine, and return to Germany, Poland, and the U.S. Such a position is extremely biased: it ignores the fact that many Jews lived in Israel before 1948. It ignores the existence of the historical Israel which existed circa 1200-600 BC. It also ignores that the name "Palestine" originally referred to just the Gaza strip area, but was extended by the Romans as an attempt to suppress Jewish revolts by renaming the province of Judea as "Palestina."

http://people.usd.edu/~clehmann/erp/Palestine/history.htm#135-337

Whether you love or hate Jews, Palestinians, or whatever other group you identify with, at least get your facts straight before commenting.

Posted by: ryoung122 | June 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Truth be told, the Arabs, Persians, Egyptians, et al. consider the Palestinians to be at the bottom rung (if that) of their nutty caste system. They honestly don't give a rat's turban about the Palestinians. They would prefer that the Palestinians suffer eternally, giving them a reason to foment hatred for Israel and the West.

Thing is, if you take away the Palestinian issue, the oppressed people of the Middle East might spend less time obsessing over Israel and the West, and more time wondering why they all live under despotic, tyrannical governments who dine on caviar while they starve and beg in the streets.

The cash-stuffed Middle East could suck it up in a minute, spend a couple billion oil dollars, and give the dispossessed Palestinians a new home instantly. That will never happen, of course, as we all know that the Arabs, Persians, Egyptians, et al. hate each other as much as they hate the Jews. They are a sad lot.

I just hate the fact that America has to prop them all up to feed its oil habit. Too bad we are so short-sighted. It will be our undoing.

Posted by: GrumpyGoose | June 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Some of you are writing that the "Jews are too powerful"; how come the "USA kisses the ass of the Isreal", and "what did this icon say that was so terrible?"

First, Jews represent about 2% if America's population. Less than the blacks, less then hispanics. Most of the Jews who came to this country in the early part of the last century, came with nothing other than the clothes on their backs. They went to work to 1. become Americans, they learned the language, the laws and the ways of this country. 2. They began to build something within the American framework for their families and their adopted country. 3. They CONTRIBUTED to this country's growth and strenght. The USA doesn't kiss the Israelis' butt, they respect the 6 or 7 million Jewish people who stand alone in that part of the world against 100,000,000 Arabs who want to destroy the small island of democracy that the Jews created.

And for Helen Thomas, wanting to send the Jew's back to Poland and Germany: Why would any people want to go back to countries where millions of their ancestors were so brutally murdered? She may not be antisemtic, she's just stipud and or heartless!

Posted by: tjhowardus | June 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is no anti-Semite. Being critical of Israel and Zionism is not anti-Semitism, far from it. Knowing the history of immigration to Palestine and being brave enough to point that out should not result in this level of censorship.
As a member of the press I am appalled at the treatment of our colleague, but what is even more worrisome is that our industry, the PRESS, has become one huge hasbara operation. We ceased being truthful about issues impacting Israel a long time ago.
If we were the journalists we claim to be, someone would be asking why we are having a Jewish Heritage celebration at the White House in the first place when there are so many other ethnicities that outnumber the Jewish population here. If we honor one, we should honor all.
This is really a sad day for all of us, press corps and the country in general.
We might as well let the FTC take over.

Posted by: Fitnah | June 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

God bless her for speaking the truth.

Posted by: obeeone | June 7, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Jews put a P.C. hit out on her.

Posted by: damnsignups | June 7, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Israel controls most of U.S. media, hollywood film industry, major network broadcasters and newspapers. Making negative comments about Israel will result in eternal damnation

Posted by: ker_deboer | June 7, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad she is gone. After a while, it becomes an embarrassment to have a person on the job that is becoming addled. The statement she made is the kind normally made by ignorant individuals. It is too late to expel Israel from Palestine; the UN made it an official state in 1949. The leaders of the day should have known this was going upset Arabs. However, Germany had just exterminated 6 million Jews. What is to say if they were forced to go back to Germany, the same thing would not happen again?

Posted by: saelij | June 7, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

TRUTH HURTS!!!!! OUCH.

Ma'm, I would have saluted you for your brave comments but your apology afterwards reflect that you could not withstand the pressure from JEWISH whitehouse......

There is nothing ANTISEMITE in her comments, infact its truth plain and pure. The jews from US, GERMANY (where they were butchered), POLAND, FRANCE etc were gifted a land of Palestinians by the same nations that killed them. And now the same jews are in whitehouse making decision for AMERICAN's and protecting the STOLEN LAND (ISRAEL) at the cost of US sovergnity.

A free speech is now called antisemitic speech what a hypocrisy.

Posted by: Akbar_Khan | June 7, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

TRUTH HURTS!!!!! OUCH.

Ma'm, I would have saluted you for your brave comments but your apology afterwards reflect that you could not withstand the pressure from JEWISH whitehouse......

There is nothing ANTISEMITE in her comments, infact its truth plain and pure. The jews from US, GERMANY (where they were butchered), POLAND, FRANCE etc were gifted a land of Palestinians by the same nations that killed them. And now the same jews are in whitehouse making decision for AMERICAN's and protecting the STOLEN LAND (ISRAEL) at the cost of US sovergnity.

A free speech is now called antisemitic speech what a hypocrisy.

Posted by: Akbar_Khan | June 7, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

this is the real feeling of many real Jews who do not side by the Zionists as the Zionists do not represent the Jewish religion. Many Jewish Rabbi are ashamed to be linked to the Zionist state.

This is the reality the news..Foxnews and others would not report

Posted by: Kmd1 | June 7, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The worst thing about her is she was a stupid lib who was always saying things that didn't make sence they just let her there because they felt sorry for her.

Posted by: samuellenn | June 7, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

This is just not right.

She spoke what she thought. For that she loses her job, or feels as if she needed to retire?

Seriously? How can a person bad mouth Israel and face such a firestorm? Don't we as a world have better things to work at?

Posted by: DannyP1 | June 7, 2010 1:15 PM

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DannyP1, it isn't her view on the legitimacy of the state of Israel or its paranoid behavior that bothers most of us who are offended by helen thomas' comments.

rather, it was the manner in which she expressed her disapproval of the blockade that got her into hot water with just about all of us. she said that jews should go BACK TO POLAND AND GERMANY.

ever hear of a little thing called the HOLOCAUST? germany and poland were ground zero for the third reich's efforts to purge europe of all persons of the jewish faith. so helen thomas was basically telling jews in israel to "go back to germany and poland to be annihilated as they were in the 1930s and 1940s.

Posted by: potomacfever00 | June 7, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

TRUTH HURTS!!!!! OUCH.

Ma'm, I would have saluted you for your brave comments but your apology afterwards reflect that you could not withstand the pressure from JEWISH whitehouse......

There is nothing ANTISEMITE in her comments, infact its truth plain and pure. The jews from US, GERMANY (where they were butchered), POLAND, FRANCE etc were gifted a land of Palestinians by the same nations that killed them. And now the same jews are in whitehouse making decision for AMERICAN's and protecting the STOLEN LAND (ISRAEL) at the cost of US sovergnity.

A free speech is now called antisemitic speech what a hypocrisy.

Posted by: Akbar_Khan | June 7, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Just another example of the true tolerance liberals have in their hearts. Of course upon introspection she recants - yeah, right!!!

Posted by: Bcamp55 | June 7, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Shame, shame, shame on Historian10--Something good you did yesterday does not permit you to be a racist and a bigot today. The only one who's going home is Helen Thomas.

Posted by: jimds000 | June 7, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Did she jump or was she pushed?
Helen has been around long enough to know that you cannot say anything negative about the Jews and Israel.You ca say whatever you want about anyone else --Blacks, Hispanics, South Africans, Iraquis, the Soviets Obama but don't say anything negative about Israel.
Helen said what many others feel.
Going back to 1947- The UN particullly England and France carved out that land from land previously occupied by the Palestinians-- forced them to vacate and gave the land to Israel and they have been at war ever since. There will never be any peace because the surrounding states feel that Israel has an unfair advantage beacuse they get millions of dollars in aid financial and Military from the US that the Arab States feel that that could never win in the court of Public Opinion.
They have been trying to find a solution to this problen since 1947. The six day war in 1967 made things worse. There have been talks going back to Henry Kesinger, the shuttle Diplomacy of James Baker, The Camp David Accords---Colin Powell tried The Powell Doctrine, Bill Clinton Tried Bush's two state Solution and in 2010 we are still at a stalemate.
Helen Thomas who is 89 and of Lebanese extract has seen it all unfild before her eyes. Her cpmments demonstrates a certain amount of frustration on her part.
Israel can do whatever it wants and get away with it
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The Attack on the USS Liberty twenty years ago killing several US Sailors. The Bulldozing of the Palestinian Settlements, the Blockades of Gaza the list goes on and on---

Posted by: Carprin | June 7, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas has been a crusader for the Progressive Cause to as long as she has held that old press pass.

Recently on a Fox Business show she revealed her true colors as being more liberal, than a Socialist. That only means one thing, Communist!

But the only thing that seems to get people in trouble these days is being an anti-Semite.

It may serve us well to be reminded that it was the National SOCIALIST Workers Party that gave us the Holocaust. Otherwise known as the Nazis.

Helen has been and will always be an ideologue. The only reason she spewed forth her hate-filled gaff (an unintentional revelation of truth) is that she now has an ideological counterpart in the White House.

So she thought it was OK to go ahead and say in pubic what all her ideological friends were saying at their cocktails parties.

Why you can see it playing out on the front page of every newspaper in world right now with one objective: Destroy Israel.

As Charles Krauthammer once said of this Administration, "Watch what they do, not what they say."

Posted by: Successor123 | June 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Its sad day in America when a person as reputable as Ms Thomas can't express the indignation of Israeli occupation and crimes against humanity solely because Zionists overreaching power.

Posted by: bnur | June 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Shame, shame, shame on whoever interviewed Thomas and clearly baited her.

Shame, shame, shame on the White House Correspondents Association for its cowardly disclaimer of a pre-eminent journalist who has opened doors for others and served the public with intelligent and perceptive comment and reporting for decades.

Shame on those who judge with a double standard for free speech.

Shame on everybody except Helen Thomas. She's more than earned the right to be cut a little slack at this point in her career.

Posted by: historian10 | June 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Seeing her at recent press meetings w/ Gibbs and Obama shows she has Dementia. It's obvious they would call on her out of sympathy. I'm an experience caregiver and she has all the signs of dementia. Also, she has terrible osteoperosis and has shrunk about a foot.
As SOON as I heard this, I KNEW she would be asked to let go of her life long profession. For good reason.
However, I predict she will retreat into a deep depression, Alzheimers may set in, and she may be gone within a year.

Posted by: maggieschai | June 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

is it too late to send the teabaggers back to hell?

Posted by: medogsbstfrnd | June 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

The Washington press corp are fish that don't swim unless there is blood in the water. This is thought control.

Posted by: yaj1 | June 7, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

To Urnesto - you want to know what the issue here is?

I am not of Jewish faith or from Israel but have spent time reading World War II history. What happened to millions of Jews, their families, children, properties was brutal. I am still amazed Germany and European people were not penalized more.

The Jews fled to the only part of the world they could live together - they converted poverty and the desert into a beautiful land through sheer hard work.

Posted by: interestingthought | June 7, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

1. I wonder if the same controversy would have erupted had she made the type of incendiary remark about the Palestinians, or Arabs, or Muslims that one hears quite often in otherwise polite conversation in this town.

2. More power to her for realizing that she just couldn't handle the mental rigors of such a demanding profession any more. It's too bad that about half of the US Senate hasn't learned the same lesson.

Posted by: Cossackathon | June 7, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, after reading the first couple of posts I thought I had the "aryan nation" website by mistake...Are you post readers really this bigoted? Remember Jesus was a JEW, and where did he live? Helen will probably get a cabinet post in the BO administration.

Posted by: wagb83 | June 7, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

another career destroyed because of not only telling the truth, but also speaking out against Israeli occupation of Palestine. God have mercy on those who see the occupation for what it is and dare to disagree with the Israeli's. peace!

Posted by: rashidindiego | June 7, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Helen. Why should the Jews be allowed to do to others what was done to them? Helen Thomas is nothing but professional and one of the best journalist to ever come along in my lifetime. Any disrespect comes from individuals who lack education in history or journalistic ethics.

Posted by: akesling | June 7, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

With the retirement of Helen Thomas, America loses a great journalist. Her series on the Garfield assasination set the benchmark for 19th century investigative reporting. Too bad about her mind going soft. Those darn Jews. Move back to Germany, and everywhere else. They cost us a great journalist.

Posted by: duffmeister | June 7, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

It is unfortunate that one of the few people with intellect and a backbone in the press would have to step down for merely making a comment without couth. If she were truly a bigot, I think she could have chosen much stronger words——and wasn't she speaking to a rabbi?

What is more unfortunate is that such an off-handed comment could be blown out of proportion, overlooking the real issue: What exactly is Israel's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? If we're going to talk about real bigotry, let's start with the trade embargo on Gaza, and let someone with a respectable career with over 40 years of experience do her job.

Posted by: achowa | June 7, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The Nazis murdered over 6 million Jews in Germany and Poland during the 3rd Reich. And Helen Thomas wants the Jews to go back to the scene of the Holocaust?

Hitler told the Jews to go back to Palestine. Thomas is telling the Jews to go back to Germany and Poland. Thomas is old enough to remember those times. Her comments were those of a Nazi sympathizer and a Holocaust denier.

They fire people in Germany for making such comments. I am glad to see they fired Thomas for doing it.

Posted by: kellyhaughton | June 7, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey, she looks a little like Danny Thomas and he was a good guy. Founded a children's hospital.

If your ancestral homeland is oppressed it's okay to be angry and speak out in defense of it, unless you're speaking out against Israel, of course, which controls our government, our speech, and our very lives via AIPAC

The hatred of the Arab world led to 9-11 and two expensive, deadly wars. Now why do the Arabs hate us? I guess they just decided to for no reason at all. Maybe they rolled dice. "Hmm, number six - was that Sweden we're supposed to hate?" "Um, I think six is for Bulgaria." "Nahh, six is for the US. We'll hate them for no reason at all."

Posted by: cybervigilante | June 7, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Shame, shame, shame on whoever interviewed Thomas and clearly baited her.

Shame, shame, shame on the White House Correspondents Association for its cowardly disclaimer of a pre-eminent journalist who has opened doors for others and served the public with intelligent and perceptive comment and reporting for decades.

Shame on those who judge with a double standard for free speech.

Shame on everybody except Helen Thomas. She's more than earned the right to be cut a little slack at this point in her career.

Posted by: historian10 | June 7, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, why only Germany and Poland? Why don't they go back to California? Why should rich, spoiled Americans and Europeans be allowed to take away indigenous peoples ancestral home and imprison them in ghettos?? ( I can say this because I don't have a job to lose).
I'm so sick of people getting run out of town for making indelicate remarks about the sacred, can-do-no-wrong apartheid State of Israel. Phooey, as we say in the sacred, can-do -no - wrong double-standardized United States.

Posted by: minniebump | June 7, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Helen, thanks for the courage to speak out. Your words were a little harsh, but Israel has had a free pass for far too long. It's time for the U.S. to divorce that country.

Posted by: dottie_b | June 7, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is entitled to her own opinions, and to express them in a public forum. She, like most of us, needs to indicate whether her comments reflect the official views of the organization she represents, if any, or if they are her personal views.

In light of the comments she made, and her Lebanese background, I think it rather evident that her comment reflects her personal view of Israel and the Jews living there.

Couple of points to other commenters.

- The Jews did not steal Israel. The greater Palestine region was "owned" by the British Empire as a result of the destruction of the Ottoman Empire. They got to decide what to do with it at the end of WWII; and the creation of Israel was viewed at the time as the best solution to the world Jewish situation.

- The Jews were living in the area of modern Israel for at least 5 thousand years. This is inspite of several waves of conquering nations and empires periodically dragging them off as slaves and workers to other areas of the world, and their normal migrations.

- The word, Palestine, is derived from Philistia. Philistia (the land of the Philistines (remember the story of Sampson?) was just the area along the coast that is largely made up of the Gaza Strip today; not the entire land of Israel, or the West Bank.

- Most of the property losses that Palestinians suffered during the creation of Israel were a result of their voluntarily leaving the country when the surrounding Arab nations told them to leave so they could safely annihilate the fledgling Jewish nation. When Israel trounched their armies and air forces, those who left forfeited any right to those properties.

- Admittedly, there have been numerous land grabs by unethical, immoral, and often illegal Jewish people since then; forcing out those who owned and lived in properties for dozens of generations. In that aspect, those Israelis are just as corrupt as the New London city council in Connecticut trying to steal people's property to give to a private developer. If the Supreme Court managed to screw over the rightful owners in the U.S.; then displaced muslims and christians in Israel certainly don't have a chance for a peaceful settlement. But that problem is local, not multi-regional or multi-national.

Posted by: mhoust | June 7, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is entitled to her own opinions, and to express them in a public forum. She, like most of us, needs to indicate whether her comments reflect the official views of the organization she represents, if any, or if they are her personal views.

In light of the comments she made, and her Lebanese background, I think it rather evident that her comment reflects her personal view of Israel and the Jews living there.

Couple of points to other commenters.

- The Jews did not steal Israel. The greater Palestine region was "owned" by the British Empire as a result of the destruction of the Ottoman Empire. They got to decide what to do with it at the end of WWII; and the creation of Israel was viewed at the time as the best solution to the world Jewish situation.

- The Jews were living in the area of modern Israel for at least 5 thousand years. This is inspite of several waves of conquering nations and empires periodically dragging them off as slaves and workers to other areas of the world, and their normal migrations.

- The word, Palestine, is derived from Philistia. Philistia (the land of the Philistines (remember the story of Sampson?) was just the area along the coast that is largely made up of the Gaza Strip today; not the entire land of Israel, or the West Bank.

- Most of the property losses that Palestinians suffered during the creation of Israel were a result of their voluntarily leaving the country when the surrounding Arab nations told them to leave so they could safely annihilate the fledgling Jewish nation. When Israel trounched their armies and air forces, those who left forfeited any right to those properties.

- Admittedly, there have been numerous land grabs by unethical, immoral, and often illegal Jewish people since then; forcing out those who owned and lived in properties for dozens of generations. In that aspect, those Israelis are just as corrupt as the New London city council in Connecticut trying to steal people's property to give to a private developer. If the Supreme Court managed to screw over the rightful owners in the U.S.; then displaced muslims and christians in Israel certainly don't have a chance for a peaceful settlement. But that problem is local, not multi-regional or multi-national.

Posted by: mhoust | June 7, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"In 1947, the British were forced out, primarily for trying to prevent an oppressed people from finding a place which might be safe. Clearly, Europe was not, for Jews."
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So as an oppressed people, Jewish people went to Palestinian land and oppressed them? To say that no other Arab country would want Palestinians is kind of dumb....why would any other Arab country take in masses of Palestinians when they already had their own land? Why wouldn't other Arab countries tell them to fight for their land?

Israelis should take responsibility for what they did even if they do not apologize for it...it still happened and you shouldn't look for kudos. You stole a nation from people who could not defend it....sobeit, it happens all the time.

Posted by: massmedia77 | June 7, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas is entitled to her own opinions, and to express them in a public forum. She, like most of us, needs to indicate whether her comments reflect the official views of the organization she represents, if any, or if they are her personal views.

In light of the comments she made, and her Lebanese background, I think it rather evident that her comment reflects her personal view of Israel and the Jews living there.

Couple of points to other commenters.

- The Jews did not steal Israel. The greater Palestine region was "owned" by the British Empire as a result of the destruction of the Ottoman Empire. They got to decide what to do with it at the end of WWII; and the creation of Israel was viewed at the time as the best solution to the world Jewish situation.

- The Jews were living in the area of modern Israel for at least 5 thousand years. This is inspite of several waves of conquering nations and empires periodically dragging them off as slaves and workers to other areas of the world, and their normal migrations.

- The word, Palestine, is derived from Philistia. Philistia (the land of the Philistines (remember the story of Sampson?) was just the area along the coast that is largely made up of the Gaza Strip today; not the entire land of Israel, or the West Bank.

- Most of the property losses that Palestinians suffered during the creation of Israel were a result of their voluntarily leaving the country when the surrounding Arab nations told them to leave so they could safely annihilate the fledgling Jewish nation. When Israel trounched their armies and air forces, those who left forfeited any right to those properties.

- Admittedly, there have been numerous land grabs by unethical, immoral, and often illegal Jewish people since then; forcing out those who owned and lived in properties for dozens of generations. In that aspect, those Israelis are just as corrupt as the New London city council in Connecticut trying to steal people's property to give to a private developer. If the Supreme Court managed to screw over the rightful owners in the U.S.; then displaced muslims and christians in Israel certainly don't have a chance for a peaceful settlement. But that problem is local, not multi-regional or multi-national.

Posted by: mhoust | June 7, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

A pity that such a trailblazer, a feminist icon, and a strong conscience never afraid to speak truth to power turns out to have been a vicious anti-Semite. Due to her age and social class, perhaps these antique prejudices could be understood, but that cannot excuse her apparent inability to evolve her worldview, nor her total lack of judgment in such careless and hateful speech.

Posted by: iphonegrrl | June 7, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

You atheist people that wonder why we are on the side of Israel need to read the Bible.

Posted by: samuellenn | June 7, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

It's interesting how Rush Limbaugh can say that Mexican immigrants should get out of the US and go back to the countries they left, and (almost) everyone applauds. But when Helen Thomas says the Jewish Immigrants taking over Palestine should go back, she gets castigated. Why is Helen Thomas' freedom of speech less valuable than Rush Limbaugh's or the rest of his persuasion?

Posted by: nancybe | June 7, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

glt1979 ~ what I don't understand is why the Democrats are so tolerant of antisemites.

It's like HItler won the war or something eh!

Posted by: muawiyah | June 7, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas has always been an annoying, smug windbag. Good riddance, Helen.

Posted by: Phillystyle31 | June 7, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Converts to Judaism are the irritant in the ME, not descendants of the patriarch Abraham. It is high time every Israeli citizen was DNA tested, and anyone found who is not descended from Abraham deported to whatever country they arrived from. Helen Thomas expressed what many think but are too timid to say. It is a shame she apologized. Israelis who who board ships in international waters, shoot crew and passengers, and kidnap survivors are no better than Somali pirates. They should be arrested, tried, found guilty, and hanged. Helen Thomas deserves a Nobel Prize for telling the truth to power.

Posted by: cccoughlin | June 7, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

It is worth noting that, as an earlier comment made clear, none of us is without human fault. There is little doubt in my mind that the differences among peoples are more to be found in their beliefs than in the reality of their existence.

Posted by: imacfarlane | June 7, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Send all the Aryans back to India.

Posted by: PhilThijou | June 7, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now that she is retired she'll have time to travel to Auschwitz and Buchenwald to find out why the Jews might not want to return "home" to Poland and Germany. Go sell crazy somewhere else Helen, we're all fuill up here.

Posted by: justoneblacktoe | June 7, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's take a bite of the old irony apple: Helen resigned from her gig at UPI because it was purchased by the business end of the Unification Church - the same church that that the American Jewish Congress claimed had over 125 anti-Semitic references in its "Divine Principles" statement.

Maybe if she had stayed put...

Posted by: EJHill | June 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Reading these comments sheds light on the crappy role religion plays in all these passions. It's so sad to see the knives to all the throats held by hands who's God will disavow them for these behaviors. Then God I grew up with will judge us by our actions and how we displayed the moral code written upon our heart. God can't call you a son of Abraham if you show your heart is uncirumcized(sp?). He will say "I never knew you." Too bad you will all have to die to be knowledgable of this truth. Israel shouldn't be in Palestine, just cause their religious book says so don't make it real. THey lost it fair and square. The bible says Jews are Jesus Killers. Should I go around with that on my brow? People, it's about love and in this case compromise. Israel must compromise.

Posted by: 041kinjVKcb5lY0q | June 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The Great Helen Thomas stated the obvious: The root causes of terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the fact that East European Khazars stole Palestine from its indigenous people, the Palestinian people! To resolve the ME conflict, Thomas exercised her right of free speech and suggested that the Israeli Khazars should go back to where they came from! What is wrong with that? Free speech and credible journalism have lost one of the very few great and honest journalists who, unlike many, told the American people the truth as it is about the issues of the day. Thomas refused to pander to politicians and Israelis! She will be sorely missed by many Americans.

Posted by: editor4tonio | June 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Hi time. She's been given a pass for far too long.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | June 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas should not apologize. She blurted out what is on the minds of millions of people around the world.

Israel is a mistake created by the United Nations. Harry Truman was warned by Secretary of State George Marshall not to support the UN resolution for Israel because it would permanently destabilize the middle east.

The US should have invited all holocaust survivors to come to America as special refugees.

Posted by: mikekittle | June 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now that she is retired she'll have time to travel to Auschwitz and Buchenwald to find out why the Jews might not want to return "home" to Poland and Germany. Go sell crazy somewhere else Helen, we're all fuill up here.

Posted by: justoneblacktoe | June 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell me why the USA has to kiss Israels butt? I don't understand this undying loyalty to Israel.

Posted by: glt1979 | June 7, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

good to see another typical useless liberal told to crawl back under her rock and leave Humans alone...hahahahahaha!

Posted by: JWx2 | June 7, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

It is a sad day when you finely realize that the freedoms your country sends the men and woman of the US forces to fight is just a lie. To think that a woman who worked so hard in her lifetime and who unknowingly inspired millions other woman could be black balled and tossed aside with one opinion. Why? Because she did the one thing you can’t do in America, disagree with a Jew. It’s disgusting to see the power they have over the media. I am ashamed of the way the media in this country is so one sided. Pro Jewish at all cost. Helen Thomas, enjoy your retirement you served us well.

Posted by: hawk1231 | June 7, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

H.L.Mencken is still mentioned highly by those who don't know of his habit of keeping private journals filled to the brim with his rages against "the Jews".

BTW, he died in 1956 when Helen Thomas was 36 years of age.

Both of these people are considered part of "The Washington Press Corps" ~

Posted by: muawiyah | June 7, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

To those who say Israel stole the land from Palestinians. Originally, they bought land. And for sixty or so years, despite rabid Muslim pogroms against them by the Grand Mufti and the Muslim Brotherhood, they flourished. In 1947, the British were forced out, primarily for trying to prevent an oppressed people from finding a place which might be safe. Clearly, Europe was not, for Jews. In 1948. several Arab armies were defeated. Several thousand Palestinians were placed in refugee camps by the Arabs and the U.N. Not Israel. No Arab country offered them homes. None have yet, lo over sixty years later. Given their collective behaviour, who would want them? America houses one Palestinian, Sirhan Sirhan who killed Robert F. Kennedy.

Posted by: sailhardy | June 7, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

This is insane. Please, someone, tell me what the issue is here. It was not bigoted what she said. It was simply an opinion about violence between states. The woman has been an ICON since I was born, has been celebrated for years, and now everyone hates her because she said something about foreign countries?? I don't get any of the anger toward her - and I am as liberal as they come. A person can be liberal without total blind allegiance to Israel. I just don't get the attacks on her at all. She's been an important political voice forever.

Posted by: Urnesto | June 7, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"But the incident does revive the issue of whether it is appropriate for an opinion columnist to have a front row seat in the WH briefing room. That is an issue under the jurisdiction of this board. We are actively seeking input from our association members on this important matter, and we have scheduled a special meeting of the WHCA board on Thursday to decide on the seating issue."

Wow. GET A LIFE White House Correspondents Association Board! If this is the most IMPORTANT issue you have to deal with, then you're all idiots! Sounds like a "Witch Hunt" to me! Something Washington D.C. is particularly GOOD at!

Helen's opinion, regardless of whether or not others approved of it, etc., should not be reason enough to ostracize her from the White House! ANYONE who's been around as long as she has DESERVES her seat in the FRONT ROW at the White House Press Conferences! She wasn't just an "Opinion Columnist", she's an amazing woman who persevered AND survived in a male-dominated career field!

And what are you all so afraid of in having an Opinion Columnist in the *gasp* front row at the White House? The rest of you hide, but you're all FULL of opinions! Your "close-knit world" needs to wake up!

Whatever happened to the First Amendment anyway? It's only applicable when the rest of you want to invoke it for yourselves? To quote the words of Voltaire: “I may disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.”

So what's the message here? If an individuals opinion differs from yours even for a moment, you LOSE; or that membership has its privileges, and your card has now been revoked because you don't agree with us?

So EXACTLY which one of you has been 'gunning' for her front row seat and for how long? Well the wait has paid off! One wrong out-of-turn and she's gone!

*shakes head* You disappoint me.

Posted by: Ladymoonkac | June 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

What Helen Thomas said was certainly distasteful. However, it is also part of the undercurrent that I am hearing from a lot of self described progressives. I simply did not think that I would hear anyone prominent say it explicitly and in public.

At the same time, her comment is the ugly side of a question that I think we all need to be asking: Is peace achievable in the Middle East so long as Israel exists? Similarly, will the United States be subjected to the enmity of the Arab world (and, by extension, the Muslim world) so long as it supports and ensures Israel's right to exist?

Maybe the answer is that peace can come soon through the world's current efforts, or some new formula that we have not tried yet. Or maybe the answer is that peace can come but it will take generations. Or maybe the answer is no, peace and the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East are incompatible. If the last, or even the middle answer, that does not necessarily mean that Israel should not exist. It may mean, however, that Israel and the United States should accept that a state of war and enmity is a permanent fixture in our lives and comport ourselves accordingly.

I think that it is a question that bears examination and discussion.

Posted by: lmmbham | June 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Heaven's sake, the woman is 87 years old. Do you think she might be in the early stages of dementia? Consider the source and let it go.

Posted by: richard36 | June 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

It is about time they got rid of that racist against Jews. Can you imagine how all hell would have broke loose if someone had made a comment that all N####s go back to Africa? Where is the MSM outrage denouncing her and what she stands for. Instead they have her calmly so call retire. All Jews who voted for this racists administration deserve what you get. This is what they are really like. Now, go vote for another one to want you demolished from the face of the earth like Helen Thomas does. She must be buddies with Iranian president like Obama advised her to be. I bet the Democrats pray to Hitler everyday with praise. Maybe now you will see Obama is the second Hitler who is teaching some so called Americans to hate Jews.

Posted by: joanne38 | June 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

To all the dumba**es suggesting HT was right in her comments - do you know anything about the history of Israel/Palestine and the Jews?

Do you realize that over 50% of the Jews living in Israel fled persecution in the Middle East and North Africa before resettling in Palestine? Yes, that's right - the MAJORITY of Jews living in Israel have ZERO ties to Europe, never have, and never will. Feel free to look up the history of the Jews in Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, and Egypt. You might learn something about what persecution really looks like. And, oh, you may discover that there has been a consistant presence of Jews in Israel/Palestine for the past 3500 years.

And for those that did "come from" Germany and Poland 50+ years ago, do you have any clue as to how these Jews ended up in Europe in the first place??? Is has a little something to do with being expelled from THEIR native land, Judea, by occupying forces over the past 2000 years, but according to most ignoramuses, Jews have no connection to the land of Israel.

And FYI, most European Jews would have been happy to stay in their adopted nations, like Germany and Poland, if perhaps they were more tolerated (to put it mildly) by their fellow countrymen.

Get a clue, people! Or at least make an effort to research the history of the region before coming on here and spewing the propaganda you've heard on MSNBC and Al Jazeera.

Posted by: traveler18 | June 7, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

ewjazzed: suggested we should know history yet he or she paints a very skewed picture for our education. Read a bit more. As for today, recognize that Israel fights a foe who cares nothing for peace. Israel can do nothing to satisfy their hunger for Israel's destruction. If you want to throw stones I suggest you look at the Moslem brothers of the Palestinians who help foment strife when they could easily end all this by adopting their brethren - and save a few billion at the same time. If, of course, peace was their aim.

Israel may be our only hope for someone to cut the legs out from under Iran. Obama will give them the White House before defending us.

Posted by: EBurkeDisciple | June 7, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Ms Thomas was as ignorant of History, as many posting here. The Majority of Palestinan Arabs left the area of their own volition, after other Arab states told them they'd be able to return after Israel was destroyed. Didn't happen.
Also, the Israeli's agreed to a Two-State solution at its founding, which the Arabs declined. Again, they thought they'd just destroy Israel, and all would be cool.
Lastly, at its founding, Israel was not inhabited mainly by Europeans. The fact is that the Majority were from Palestine & other Arab countries. Those are the facts, which have unfortunately been ignored, in this era of Revisionist Reality propaganda.

Posted by: burf | June 7, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Helen isn't talking about WORLD WAR 2, she was talking about SETTLERS in the West Bank who JUST RECENTLY came from Eastern Europe to carve out pieces of occupied land.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, large amounts of militant and religious jews emigrated to Israel. The Israeli gov't (just as the Palestinians are doing)has a policy to bring OUTSIDERS to add to their population numbers so that they can claim more land in the eventual 2-state deal. This has nothing to do with Nazis and WWII, it's about Poland, Russia, etc in the 90s and 2000s.

Posted by: ngarrett | June 7, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

It has taken me 20 years to see how our two party system has been manipulated and how our tax dollars are being used for state sponsored terrorsim in the ME. Im going to miss Helen. She was the only one to stand up against the Presidents. He last comment to Obama "When are you getting our boy/girls the hell out the ME." Can't wait for her memories

Posted by: latinop | June 7, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Freedom of the press does not create an obligation to listen. Even though I'm often sympathetic to the side of the debate Helen Thomas ends up on, in recent years she has chosen to express her opinions in an impolitic way, which has become a distraction to the work of reporters.

Give her a show on MSNBC. She can fight what she thinks is the good fight from a platform like that. She's paid her dues and earned some credibility, and that forum might provide a better context for her views. Possibly her age makes her less patient with the inaction and incompetence of political leaders, who've had many decades to resolve problems in a just way.

Posted by: lartfromabove | June 7, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

God bless Helen Thomas. i wonder how many people agree with what she said but know they can't voice their opinion because its not politically correct. But I think there is a tipping point coming on that. And once people in this country start the shift away from supporting Israel, could be big trouble a coming.

Posted by: 9genpk | June 7, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps people should be allowed to vent their feelings at perceived injustices or asked to explain rather than just being piled onto. Is it the ideas or the person you weant to destroy? Destroying people because of their ideas has happened much too often. We seem seem to be doing alot of it oursleves.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | June 7, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Look at all these comments of hatred. When people are calling her ugly, have they looked at themselves in the mirror lately? It's amazing how fast people and the media look against someone who makes a remark against jews, yet when they do the same thing against any other race it does not cause an uproar.

Posted by: FreeSpeeeech | June 7, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Helen isn't talking about WORLD WAR 2, she was talking about SETTLERS in the West Bank who JUST RECENTLY came from Eastern Europe to carve out pieces of occupied land.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, large amounts of militant and religious jews emigrated to Israel. The Israeli gov't (just as the Palestinians are doing)has a policy to bring OUTSIDERS to add to their population numbers so that they can claim more land in the eventual 2-state deal. This has nothing to do with Nazis and WWII.

Posted by: ngarrett | June 7, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The Jews are a blight to the emtire planet. Allow the Arabs to have their way with them....

Posted by: askgees | June 7, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, next time you are at a party and make an incautious remark to another guest, that has not been vetted by twenty lawyers, I certainly hope that guest runs squealing to your employer and gets you fired. So much for free speech or expressing your opinion. You can curse God, slam Jesus, obliterate Obama, Damn the Constitution, but never, never, never say a thing against Israel.

Posted by: cybervigilante | June 7, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

She's not being condemned for suggesting Israel is not a legitimate country. She said the "Jews" should go back to Poland and Germany--the countries that for many living in Israel today--the countries where the "Jews" were systematically rounded up and killed in unspeakable ways. How very cruel and vicious--then she laughed about it. Indefensible.

Posted by: missyb1 | June 7, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Helen's comment is terrible especially given someone of her stature and experience.

An interesting thought - Did Germany or Poland ever offer to resettle back Jews giving them all full citizenship and compensation? Did America which defeated Germany offer full citizenship and compensation to Jews and offer to settle them in America?

Posted by: interestingthought | June 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Helen has been a newslady longer than Israel has been the name of a nation. She covered how Palestine became Israel. It wasn't pleasant. It was brutal. Brutality by the same state that now accuses others of it.
She's seen how AIPAC became the ultimate lobby in the US, so incredibly powerful ... well, look at the numbers of Members who knee-jerked blaming Turkey for harassing peace-loving Israel.
President Obama is right. It's way past time to reconsider why we have a 'special relationship' with Israel. It hasn't done us much good, Israel doesn't consider our request for no new settlements. Or anything else.
Right on, Helen! You're one of the few surviving members of the Downhold Club! (Please, somebody who knows Helen, pass along the Downhold Club. She'll know what it means, it'll make her smile.)

Posted by: burlough | June 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

It always amazes me that when people tell the truth, they get blasted for it. Sorry, Helen. Blame it on dementia.

I agree with you. Israel is nothing but a royal thorn in the side of the world. To hell with Israel.

Posted by: jfern03 | June 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"THE TRUTH HURTS"

Posted by: project3 | June 7, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

pgr88 you owe me lunch for that comment. I had a turkey and ham sandwich with chips that I was enjoying, and thanks to you its over. But that was a funny @$$ statement.

Posted by: access11 | June 7, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The Third (1919–1923) and Fourth Aliyahs (1924–1929) brought an additional 100,000 Jews to Palestine. Finally, the rise of Nazism in the 1930s led to the Fifth Aliyah, with an influx of a quarter of a million Jews. This caused the Arab revolt of 1936–1939 and led the British to cap immigration with the White Paper of 1939. With countries around the world turning away Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust, a clandestine movement known as Aliyah Bet was organized to bring Jews to Palestine. By the end of World War II, the Jewish population of Palestine had increased to 33% of the total population.

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Amazing what a little self-education will do for you

Posted by: massmedia77 | June 7, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

She's truly as ugly on the inside as she is on the outside.

Posted by: jbarnet1 | June 7, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"THE TRUTH HURTS"

Posted by: project3 | June 7, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Her comments may have been a little to blunt for the faint-hearted DC/PC/AIPAC crowd, but she told the truth: Israel, as a strictly "jewish" country has no right to exist on lands taken from the historically legitimate owners (since jewish "history" is based on the old testament, Israel has no claim to historicity). No fan of Ms. Thomas, but this is the price one pays for telling truth to power about Israel and Israelis.

Posted by: jamal49 | June 7, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Beck and the folks at FOX News have said worse and nothing has been done to them. Now Ms. Thomas is being forced out for comments not appreciated by many. Seems like selective freedom of speech to me.

Posted by: willin46 | June 7, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with what she said. However why is it grounds for execution to express an opinion ? Did Jesse Jackson get hung when he said he wanted to grab the President by the B-lls? You media guys are a motley crew.The WCA needs to do a lecture on Fair Weather Friends Doctrine and Practice. Man I am glad I work for a living.

Posted by: 33jayave | June 7, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

So, is there, or is there not, freedom of the press? If someone says something ridiculous (as in this case), then he or she invites an appropriate counter argument. That's fine. But should they essentially be fired for it? This is not yelling "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater. Nor did this woman have any authority over foreign policy decisions. And while I'm at it, if she believes what she said, why did she apologize?

Posted by: ihave4ducks | June 7, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

She's truly as ugly on the inside as she is on the outside.

Posted by: jbarnet1 | June 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

screwjob16 said "Now the old bat can also apologize for all the nasty things she said about George W. Bush.It was fine with the Dims as long as the GOP was the target, hmm??"

That's right screwball. Why don't you shut your pie hole if you don't have anything positive to say?....rescum.

Posted by: vintel7 | June 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Following World War I, the countries of Europe absorbed a million five hundred thousand refugees.

Following the Greek-Turkish War, Greece absorbed a million four hundred thousand refugees thrown out of Turkey.

Following World War II, the countries of Europe had to adjust to 13 million refugees.

Following the India-Pakistan War, the two sides absorbed upwards of 15 million refugees.

But in the wake of the Arab-Israel War, the Arab countries proved themselves totally incapable of absorbing a few hundred thousand refugees, for which they themselves are largely to blame.

From The Drifters, by James Michener

Posted by: GrumpyGoose | June 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Good to see all the looney libs venting here. It's just a shame they don't recognize what happened historically in WW2 and that the UN was instrumental in giving the jews a land.

Also, I find it curious that there has not been demostrations against Egypt, who until recently, had shut the door to the Palestinians as far as entry and egress, just as Israel did. Seems like a double standard.

Every thinking person knows, the role of the palestinians in the middle east is to be a pain is Israels side becuase they all hate Israel. Why haven't any of the palestinian allies given them refuge? Easy answer, then they couldn't be a pain to Israel. So, go ahead an continue your rabble rousing. Just know, when Israel is provoked, I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of their retribution.

Posted by: grcac | June 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Freedom of Speech doesn't apply when you say something derogatory against the Jewish community. Unfortunate, but true. Can someone help me understand why you're labeled anti-Semetic, racist, or bigot when you don't agree with what's happening in Israel? What happened to the right to have your own opinion? I'm sure that there's scores of people in the U.S. that believe Israel is on the wrong side of right but are afraid to say it. I give her kudos for being bold enough to say what plenty of people are thinking, but are afraid to say aloud to anyone.

Posted by: theaveragecynic | June 7, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

This old witch has always been a noisy leftist ever since she was allowed at White House press conferences. Her attempts to embarrass George Bush and other conservative presidents were disgraceful. Why he ever pointed to her and allowed her to open her big mouth is a mystery to me unless it was his sense of fair play which Obama has never allowed to happen. His press conferences are filled with his sycophants in the press who are the ones to ask questions.

It will be a pleasure not to see her face at any more meetings.

Posted by: rmilitello | June 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Did the Rabbi say something to Helen Thomas first to set her off?

I've heard so many hateful things said by both sides with no attempt at rational discourse, it's really disheartening.

The flaming goes on here, too.
Mouthy cowards protected by anonymity.

Posted by: tarurauha | June 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

A 'way too long and now, self-extinguished career.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | June 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

ewjazzed wrote:
"At that time the people who have now become known as Israelis threw the Palestinians out of their homes, pillaged their belongings and left them to wander to a new location."

The only thing I can say is that you need to spend some time reading and comprehending basic history lessons before making such a know-nothing statement.

Posted by: capsfan77 | June 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

The Second Aliyah (1904–1914), began after the Kishinev pogrom; some 40,000 Jews settled in Palestine, but nearly half of them left. Both the first and second waves of migrants were mainly Orthodox Jews, but those in the Second Aliyah included socialist pioneers who established the kibbutz movement. During World War I, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour issued what became known as the Balfour Declaration, which "view[ed] with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people". At the request of Edwin Samuel Montagu and Lord Curzon, a line was also inserted stating "it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country".

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So between 1904-1914, when there was no Jewish state, Jewish people thought it a good idea to come to Palestine, a place that already had people there, and create a Jewish state? And they wonder why these people, the Palestinans, dislike them?

What if all the illegal immigrants moved to one state and then worked to declare themselves a "national home" in the middle of America? I don't think we would like that very much at all.

I don't have anything against Jewish people, but don't look for understanding when the truth is, you overpowered weaker people and took their land from them.

Posted by: massmedia77 | June 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

So according to Helen the Jews should "go home..."

The Jews are home? Hello! You get Israelis from Israel...

Good riddance, Helen Thomas, you've been coddled by the WH for far too long...

Posted by: Phil6 | June 7, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

And you, my friend, Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai are as wrong as she was.

Posted by: larrymarks | June 7, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse


This is just not right.

She spoke what she thought. For that she loses her job, or feels as if she needed to retire?

Seriously? How can a person bad mouth Israel and face such a firestorm? Don't we as a world have better things to work at?

Posted by: DannyP1 | June 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me how stupid people are. Especially the posted comments from the peanut gallery. Number 1: Helen Thomas is 89 years old and is lucky she can find the toilet never mind say the politically correct thing. Number 2: Helen Thomas is so old she should have retired 25 years ago. Is her identity that weak that their is nothing left to her when she leaved her job? This is a tragedy of the American "Outside/In" syndrome where people identify outwardly with their job, socio economic status, parents, talents, anything.....anything but have to take ownership of their own selves and identify inwardly with the person they are. Number 3: as someone said above...
she's right. The Jews SHOULD get the hell out of Palestine. They stole it in '48, and anyone who says otherwise is really just cow-towing to the pro-Israeli lobby.

Posted by: vintel7 | June 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I got the feeling she was annoyed at the correspondent and wanted to say something anti-Israeli to provoke the guy.

She certainly sat on a third rail.


Posted by: NYSTEAMERMAN | June 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse


This is just not right.

She spoke what she thought. For that she loses her job, or feels as if she needed to retire?

Seriously? How can a person bad mouth Israel and face such a firestorm? Don't we as a world have better things to work at?

Posted by: DannyP1 | June 7, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Good God! Why is every shot of her an extreme close-up?!

Havn't we suffered enough?

Posted by: pgr88 | June 7, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Good Riddance. Apologizing for hateful remarks is not the same thing as not having said them and meant them!

What is an opinion monger doing in the front row of white house briefings?

Posted by: larrymarks | June 7, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Monday, June 07, 2010

Comments posted on Washington Post story – Helen Thomas retires.

The silence majority or rather silenced majority is trying to send a message to Israel. The truth has to come out. How long the world will be gagged? Helen Thomas is being crucified for telling the truth. The powerful Jewish/Israel lobby ganged on hapless old woman, who only used her right to freedom of speech, what she thought to be true and what will be endorsed by an overwhelming large silent majority. Helen Thomas's few words should not be discounted. They have power to trigger an avalanche.

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai
Ghulammuhammed3@gmail.com

Posted by: ghulammuhammed3 | June 7, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

linguist64: why do you paint those that are against Israel as left-wing? Lazy thinking?

P.S. I defended Rand Paul. I consider myself neither right nor left, but 'up'.

Posted by: steve1231 | June 7, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

As usual, this was probably taken out of context. Emigrants to Israel, from such nations as Germany and Poland, are very right wing. They are behind the "settlement" expansion that ends up in Palestinian homes being bulldozed, which in turn leads to hatred and terrorism on the part of victims. The rabid right has taken over the Israeli government from the more sensible native-born Israelis and led that nation down the path of destruction with their insane biblical movement to expand the nation to Israel's historical borders in the bible. They are making an immense amount of trouble for that tiny nation and should indeed return to their homelands. If they want to make trouble let them make it at home and not curse Israel with their nuttiness.

Posted by: cybervigilante | June 7, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Another high-profile ancient icon who slipped in their apple sauce.

Out with the old and in with the new, I say.

The 79-year-old geneticist James Watson said in a newspaper interview about Western policies towards African countries that they were wrongly based on an assumption that black people were as clever as their white counterparts when "testing" suggested the contrary. He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade.

These folks are either senilte or have always believed this stuff but just don't care what people think any more. Neither is an excuse for the people around them not holding them to a high standard as public figures.

Posted by: aurum79 | June 7, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Another high-profile ancient icon who slipped in their apple sauce.

Out with the old and in with the new, I say.

The 79-year-old geneticist James Watson said in a newspaper interview about Western policies towards African countries that they were wrongly based on an assumption that black people were as clever as their white counterparts when "testing" suggested the contrary. He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade.

These folks are either senilte or have always believed this stuff but just don't care what people think any more. Neither is an excuse for the people around them not holding them to a high standard as public figures.

Posted by: aurum79 | June 7, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't make any difference which side of the debate you're on, there's a lesson to be learned here.

You can take a lifetime to build a reputation and blow it away in the most offhanded manor. Her obituary will read, "Helen Thomas, whose 50 year career of covering every US President between Eisenhower and Obama ended with charges of her rampant anti-Semitism, died today..."

Posted by: EJHill | June 7, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

BlueThunder613 said: "When you include the word 'Jews', you have crossed the line. Besides, Israel, has and always will be the Jewish homeland."

Shouldn't that be the "Israelite" homeland? But "Jewish", you said "Jewish". You have crossed the line!

Posted by: laboo | June 7, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

While I can't say I totally agree with her statement, I can totally disagree with some of the comments rendered here. Helen Thomas has been around for quite sometime. There is some intellect to be observed from her statements regardless whether or not we want to hear them or even like what she has to say. She, unlike most of the people who commented here, has been around since the US pushed the UN to establish Israel as a Jewish state in 1948. At that time the people who have now become known as Israelis threw the Palestinians out of their homes, pillaged their belongings and left them to wander to a new location outside of the boundaries of Israel. Now perhaps you may be inclined to support that kind of behavior. Lord knows the Europeans who came to the new world did much the same to the American Indians who were residing here. The US Congress even passed an Indian Removal Act in the 1830s. Regardless how you perceive it, it lacks any sense of humanity. And that is the bone of contention which has caused conflict for decades in the Middle East. So Helen's comment if not so taken out of context and considered deplorable, should be understood to recognize her saying they should remember from whence they came. Jews were oppressed in Germany, Poland, and Russia and now they are the oppressors albeit to preserve the purity of a UN sanctioned homeland....similar to the Germans, Poles, and Russians preserving their homeland. There is history here that we ignore because it didn't happen in our live time, however, it shouldn't be ignored. Yes Jews have been oppressed since days before Pharoahs, the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Two wrongs don't make it right. I think it needs to be rethought as to how best to resolve the issues in that region exercising a better understanding of all the people in the region.

Posted by: ewjazzed | June 7, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Another high-profile ancient icon who slipped in their apple sauce.

Out with the old and in with the new, I say.

The 79-year-old geneticist James Watson said in a newspaper interview about Western policies towards African countries that they were wrongly based on an assumption that black people were as clever as their white counterparts when "testing" suggested the contrary. He claimed genes responsible for creating differences in human intelligence could be found within a decade.

These folks are either senilte or have always believed this stuff but just don't care what people think any more. Neither is an excuse for the people around them not holding them to a high standard as public figures.

Posted by: aurum79 | June 7, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Thank the Goddess! Why does the Thomas' generation refuse to retire (or die)? Do they think they're so wonderful we need them in their dotage?

Goodbye, Helen, you old dingbat. Shoulda been canned years ago.
Oh, wait a minute. You were canned years ago. Go home. Time to retire before you drop dead.

Posted by: rickposner | June 7, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Hopefully Odumba will follow suit....

Posted by: WildBill1 | June 7, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Good. She should have been fired before she had the chance to resign.

And it wasn't just any White House "event" where she was spouting this vitriol - it was during a Jewish Heritage celebration and spoken directly to a Rabbi. Of course the WaPo would gloss over this fact since it only adds insult to the injury of her words.

We don't need a person like this representing the media. Her evil opinions are the poison that currently sickens and weakens our nation.

Posted by: kate19 | June 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Just like with their active part in the 9/11 cover-up, by disallowing anyone from protesting the apartheid state of Israel the media is part and parcel to the oppression of free Humanity. That is why the corporate media are failing and begging for a State bailout.

Israel and the U.S. are allowed to have and use lots of nukes, invade, occupy, and oppress whomever, then call anyone who notices a belligerent enemy.

I'm against the Israeli and U.S. lies about Iran... the war drums being beaten amount to TERRORISM. The threat level warning outside my local fire station is TERRORISM.

The People of Earth will destroy those who would dare to Terrorize as such. So stop it, oppressors!


Posted by: artsy | June 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

She needed to retire 25 yrs ago.

Good to see the HATER is gone.

Posted by: johnnyapplewhite123 | June 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

TaluFrell: How dare you compare African-Americans, who are the descendents of people enslaved against their will and brought to America, to European Jews who willing invaded Palestinian land?

Posted by: steve1231 | June 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

It's about time. The old humbug shoulda pulled the plug about 40 years ago.

Remember this: Helen Thomas was a favorite of the liberals. They loved her.

She oozed liberal values.

Now the truth slips out.

Posted by: battleground51 | June 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

It's about time. The old humbug shoulda pulled the plug about 40 years ago.

Remember this: Helen Thomas was a favorite of the liberals. They loved her.

She oozed liberal values.

Now the truth slips out.

Posted by: battleground51 | June 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The silence majority or rather silenced majority is trying to send a message to Israel. The truth has to come out. How long the world will be gagged? Helen Thomas is being crucified for telling the truth. The powerful Jewish/Israel lobby ganged on hapless old woman, who only used her right to freedom of speech, what she thought to be true and what will be endorsed by an overwhelming large silent majority. Helen Thomas's few words should not be discounted. They have power to trigger an avalanche.

Posted by: ghulammuhammed3 | June 7, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

An anti Semite in the press corp and people wonder why the news that is fed to us is NOT unbiased and NOT without agendas.

Posted by: sghdr | June 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The Great Helen Thomas stated the obvious: The root causes of terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the fact that East European Khazars stole Palestine from its indigenous people, the Palestinian people! To resolve the ME conflict, Thomas exercised her right of free speech and suggested that the Israeli Khazars should go back to where they came from! What is wrong with that? Free speech and credible journalism have lost one of the very few great and honest journalists who, unlike many, told the American people the truth as it is about the issues of the day. Thomas refused to pander to politicians and Israelis! She will be sorely missed by many Americans.

Posted by: editor4tonio | June 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

If Jews are "white" like they say they are, how can the middle east be their homeland in the first place? If they are semites, they are not white, if they are white,
Palestine can not be their homeland

Posted by: cj9996 | June 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas was a voice for truth for years. When other reporters swallowed Presidential lies, she stood up.

It just stinks, stinks, stinks, that a foreign nation controls our government and our foreign policy. Send AIPAC packing!

Posted by: cybervigilante | June 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

One can be anit-Israel without being anit-semetic. Ms. Thomas crossed that line.

Posted by: mitlen | June 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

It's about time. The old humbug shoulda pulled the plug about 40 years ago.

Remember this: Helen Thomas was a favorite of the liberals. They loved her.

She oozed liberal values.

Now the truth slips out.

Posted by: battleground51 | June 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Her retirement signals the end to the biased main stream media... They have no ratings, their papers are failing.. America has woken up to the lies and Bias coming from the left who until recently controlled the news...

Goobye Libs!!! We dont believe your lies anymore!


Posted by: 2010Rout | June 7, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

A senile mediocrity since the Kennedy administration.

Good riddance.

Posted by: ronStrong | June 7, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

My sides are splitting at all of the Johnny-come-latelies on the Left. Where were you when the Press excoriated Rand Paul on his comments regarding the Civil Rights act? Where were you when leftist colleges were instituting speech codes? Suddenly, when Israel is attacked and Jews are smeared, you've *magically* become believers in the 1st Amendment. Sorry: too little, too late.

Posted by: linguist64 | June 7, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

So apparently free speech is not allowed if someone actually hears it and blabs about it????

Posted by: breadmaker | June 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

As someone else said "The woman criticizes a foreign country and she loses her job?! This is an outrage to every freedom loving American."

Posted by: steve1231 | June 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas's ancestors hail from Lebanon. So her outburst is understandable defending her ancestors. Besides, her comments should be taken as a minor irritant-- the major issue should be how can Israel live peacefully among its neighbours? As they say it those who live by the sword die by the sword. If I were a Jewish person or a supporter of Israel I would encourage the state of Israel to show magnanimity among its neighbors. Once that happens almost everybody will come to its defense and will live happily thereafter. Otherwise its strategy is lose, lose-- it may be winning a battle her and a battle there but losing the war in the long run. Time will tell if I am correct.

Posted by: ere591 | June 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

5. Running around the country, on AF-1, giving speeches for candidates. Well, he is 0-4, so maybe we should just let him talk?

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness
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You left out the fact every President flys AF-1 to give speeches for support for candidacy. GWB, Clinton, Bush and Reagan all did the same thing while as President.

Posted by: beeker25 | June 7, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

"But the incident does revive the issue of whether it is appropriate for an opinion columnist to have a front row seat in the WH briefing room."

She isn't an "opinion columnist". She made her remarks to an individual, who then publicized them. Huge difference.

Are there any identified "opinion columnists" who currently sit in the front row (or any row)? I think not, so the WHCA is clearly labeling her falsely as such -- particularly by specifying the "front row" -- and are themselves engaging in "opinion journalism".

An equal-opportunity pogrom, no doubt.

Posted by: laboo | June 7, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

That's Washington now. Yesterday, you're beloved, today you're anathema. I in no way shape or form agree with her casual opinion but she is a crotchety 89 year old who probably had a Sophia (Golden Girls) moment.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | June 7, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Helen was far more right than wrong. She is the political Copernicus to the Wash DC/East Coast Usraeli elitedumb.

Posted by: ggiigii | June 7, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Good. But she should have been fired before she had the opportunity to resign.

Oh, and it wasn't just any White House "event" where she was spouting off this vitriol - it was to a Rabbi at a Jewish Heritage gathering. Of course, the WaPo would gloss over this point as it only adds insult to the injury of her remarks.

We don't need evil like her representing the media - she represents the poison that currently sickens our nation.

Posted by: kate19 | June 7, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Thomas made an unfortunate mistake. She has paid the price for it.
Given her long and decent service as a respected White House reporter, she doesn't deserve the vindictive comments that have been heaped upon her now that she has apologized and retired.

Posted by: bernard137 | June 7, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I blame George W. Bush

Posted by: RaiderDan | June 7, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who have forgottena and believe Isreal is the prime villian in this tradegy, they would do well to remember the adage:

If the Palestinians gave up their weapons, the war would be over; If the Isrealis gave up their weapons, they would be dead!

Every time the Jews give up land for peace, they get weapons aimed and fired at them from that land. How can they ever trust an enemy who shouts so loudly that the only peace the Jews will ever get is in the grave?

Posted by: tjhowardus | June 7, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

'Bout time.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Now the old bat can also apologize for all the nasty things she said about George W. Bush.

It was fine with the Dims as long as the GOP was the target, hmm??

Posted by: screwjob16 | June 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The world and the White House press room will be a better place for the absence of this bigoted old hag. How she and her venom have survived this long is beyond comprehension.

And her deep felt apology? That it was caught on tape and could not be dismissed as fantasy.

Helen Thomas you are a disgrace.

Posted by: bandmom22 | June 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Thomas made the right call to retire. Too bad she will be remembered as much for this sad coda as for her long and pioneering career.

Posted by: pirate1 | June 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

To the poster who said we all have made comments we regret. I wonder if it had been Africans, Latin Americans, Mexicans,etc. who were targeted, would there not be outrage too?

Just because one has made ridiculous comments or committed similar actions, does not make it right, allowable for someone else to do so.

Posted by: BlueThunder613 | June 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse


Yep, see what happens when you criticize Israel. Now take that, all you free thinkers, and if you don't have anything nice to say about Israel, then shut up.

Posted by: inkblot | June 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

can't speak truth to power when it comes to Isreal...

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | June 7, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse


Thomas was NOT a member of the WH Press Corps, but seated as a CORRESPONDENT. She should not have been there in the first place. Double standards again of course.

Helen, you fool, you threw yourself under the bus!

Israel is our ONLY democratic ally in the Middle East, and we will stand beside her.


Posted by: DiscerningCitizen | June 7, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Cowards. First of all, Ms. Thomas should remain free to say whatever she believes, and the repercussions filed against her show that she clearly is not.

Second, she's right. The Jews SHOULD get the hell out of Palestine. They stole it in '48, and anyone who says otherwise is really just cow-towing to the pro-Israeli lobby.

Posted by: layne1 | June 7, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

One of the reasons, dear hearts, why the USA doesn't abandon Israel is because Israel's intelligence service provides valuable intel to the US, not just about what's going on in the Mid East but elsewhere as well. This relationship has been going on for a long time and ---- is priceless. Those of you who babble that the US should stop supporting Israel financially and otherwise haven't the foggiest idea what you're talking about nor do you have the remotest idea what's been going on.

That said, it looks like the volcano brewing in Helen Thomas finally let go. Her better days have long been in the past. She won't be missed at all.

Posted by: 1SoCalGal | June 7, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Lamenting Israel's occupation of Palestinian land is no crime. Feeling that way doesn't make you a bigot or anti-Semite. As an oppressed homosexual black man, I feel for the Jews. I just don't think that using a book of fairy-tales entitles you to steal the land of others. Blacks didn't flee back to Africa. We stayed and fought for equality. I believe that Helen only wanted to say that the Jews are behaving badly and they can reclaim their European residency and stop enraging the Arabs. The only other logical course is to focus on living together in peace and equality. Would that kill anyone?

Posted by: rcvinson64 | June 7, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

89 years old and not one strand of blue hair. WOW

Posted by: Atlanta1 | June 7, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps she should retire to Palestine; after all she IS Arafats' twin sister. (Oh by the way, loved the typical tirades against the so-called Zionists. Keep up the good work as there will always be a place for you in the next Reich.)

Posted by: CubsFan | June 7, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Should have retired 20 years ago. Astounding how someone who lived through WWII could make such an utterly asanine statement. Unfortunately her statements represent the position of an awful lot of left leaning Americans.

Posted by: dgb100 | June 7, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

The Darling of the loony left Democrats and Obama is FIRED! This is telling as it happens just before a midterm elections where the Dems are going to get slaughtered.....they can join Helen in Lebanon.

Posted by: Realist201 | June 7, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I didn't even have to read the article to know she must have said, "something against Israel," to be "in trouble." The rule in America is you can never criticize Israel in the press, never. But, perhaps, she is just sick of seeing hundreds of pictures and stories about what Israel has done to the Palestinians. Land confiscated with no recompense, kids starving due to illegal Israeli blockades. Israeli human rights violations. Stories, and pictures, that, of course can never be shown to the American people. Also, what Helen is saying is that Israel keeps trucking in Jews from across the world. Not stopping. The land for their settlements to be taken from the Palestinians. Helen, I always respected you. Now, more so then ever. Thank you for speaking truth to power.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | June 7, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I thought Ms. Thomas would have been asked to retire last week after the POTUS news conference when she admonished him with "....and don't give us that..." or words to that effect. I said to myself, yes she is old enough to be his grandmother, but his position trumps hers in regards to status and respect.

Posted by: jordor | June 7, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting to see how these HYPOCRITICAL LIBERALS are coming to the defense of this BIGOTED, LIBERAL ICON REPORTER, HELEN THOMAS.

If anyone said offensive things about African-Americans, Muslims, Liberal left-wing feminists, radical preachers and such, the hysteria would be overtaking Washington, D C.

I'M GLAD THAT SHE'S MADE THE DECISION TO RETIRE. GOOD RIDDANCE. ANOTHER SMALL-MINDED, IGNORANT LIBERAL HITS THE DUST.

HELEN WHO???

Posted by: barrysal | June 7, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

She didn't just make remarks about Israel. If she restricted her remarks to those concerning Israel policy, it would have been deemed wrong (by those, like me, who support Israel) but not, for the time being, unforgivable. When you include the word "Jews", you have crossed the line.

Besides, Israel, has and always will be the Jewish homeland.

Posted by: BlueThunder613 | June 7, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

It's high time someone tells it like it is.

Too bad she has to be "punished" by the Zionists for exercising her free speech rights in America.

What truly sickens me, however, is she then apologizes for exercising her right to speaking her mind in the land of the "free" and the home of the brave.

Posted by: chamateddy | June 7, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Thomas made the right call to retire. Too bad she will be remembered as much for this sad coda as for her long and pioneering career.

Posted by: pirate1 | June 7, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The US has reams of documentation on Israel's WMD Program, but Obama didn't want to 'speculate' when Helen asked him about WMD's in the Middle East.

In 2005, Mordechai Vanunu, the whistle blower of Israel's WMD program told me:

"President Kennedy tried to stop Israel from building atomic weapons. Kennedy insisted on an open internal inspection.


"When Johnson became president, he made an agreement with Israel that two senators would come every year to inspect. Before the senators would visit, the Israelis would build a wall to block the underground elevators and stairways. From 1963 to ’69, the senators came, but they never knew about the wall that hid the rest of the Dimona from them.

"Nixon stopped the inspections and agreed to ignore the situation. As a result, Israel increased production. In 1986, there were over two hundred bombs. Today, they may have enough plutonium for ten bombs a year."

On 24 April 2004, Uri Avnery wrote:


"Everybody understands that Vanunu has no more secrets. What can a technician know after 18 years in jail, during which technology has advanced with giant steps?


"But gradually it becomes clear what the security establishment is really afraid of. Vanunu is in a position to expose the close partnership with the United States in the development of Israel's nuclear armaments.


"This worries Washington so much, that the man responsible in the State Department for 'arms control', Under-Secretary John Bolton, has come to Israel in person for the occasion. Vanunu, it appears, can cause severe damage to the mighty super-power.


"The Americans, it seems, are very worried. The Israeli security services have to dance to their tune. The world must be prevented by all available means from hearing, from the lips of a credible witness, that the Americans are full partners in Israel's nuclear arms program, while pretending to be the world's sheriff for the prevention of nuclear proliferation."

On 23 May 2010, Israel sent Vanunu back to jail for talking with foreign media in 2004.

View Vanunu video interviews from 2005, 2006 and 2008 and learn all about his Freedom of Speech trial @ WeAreWideAwake:

THE VANUNU SAGA 2005-2010

Posted by: eileenflemingWAWABLOG | June 7, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Controversial? My rear. Thomas' comments were only 'controversial' to those who don't have a conscience. Then again, that would include almost anyone in the zionist world of American mainstream 'journalism.' Good move, Helen. You don't need the reptiles.

Posted by: LucyLou1 | June 7, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

"Her comments demonstrate both that she is a bigoted anti-Semite and is ignorant regarding world history. Jewish people have lived in the area now known as Israel and the West Bank since antiquity."

Native American nations have lived in the area now known as the U.S. since antiquity.

So your point is...?

Posted by: haveaheart | June 7, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

They say that a blurt-out is indication of a person's true feelings. One has to control what they do and say and they are certainly OK with what they think and feel as long as that is politically correct.

Ms. Thomas has the Sinatra syndrome of thinking that achievement gives rights to say anything no matter how controversial.

The First Amendment gives Thomas the right to say and gives me the right to suggest that Ms. Thomas go back to Lebanon where she belongs.

Read Harv: http://theHARVview.blogspot.com

Posted by: HarveyY | June 7, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

"Her comments demonstrate both that she is a bigoted anti-Semite and is ignorant regarding world history. Jewish people have lived in the area now known as Israel and the West Bank since antiquity."

Native American nations have lived in the area now known as the U.S. since antiquity.

So your point is...?

Posted by: haveaheart | June 7, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Helen should have profited from the experience of Rev. Wright. He could have told her that when you get caught in Hopey McChange's cross hairs your shelf life becomes very short, no matter how helpful you have been in the past.
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It wasn't Obama's decision that she retire and it wasn't his decision as to whether she would continue to sit that chair at press conference or attend press conferences at all. Of course, it's not as if the facts mean anything to the professional Obama haters like you, anyway.

Posted by: st50taw | June 7, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

She's only 89?

Posted by: rjma1 | June 7, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

A hail and hearty farewell to the 'ol girl. It's sad to see aging acting like alcohol and allow people to say what they REALLY mean when they REALLY shouldn't be saying anything. Won't miss the 'ol bag a bit. And she should be made to surrender her Press Pass.

Posted by: stanusc82 | June 7, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

She's only 89?

Posted by: rjma1 | June 7, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I think the comment of Helen Thomas reflects frustration at this never, never ending conflict in the middle east. We all are frustrated at the endless news of death and destruction there and would really like to see a sincere effort to reach peace between Israel and the Palestineans.

Posted by: bayv33417 | June 7, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

They say that a blurt-out is indication of a person's true feelings. One has to control what they do and say and they are certainly OK with what they think and feel as long as that is politically correct.

Ms. Thomas has the Sinatra syndrome of thinking that achievement gives rights to say anything no matter how controversial.

The First Amendment gives Thomas the right to say and gives me the right to suggest that Ms. Thomas go back to Lebanon where she belongs.

Read Harv: http://theHARVview.blogspot.com

Posted by: HarveyY | June 7, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Helen said the wrong thing, then did the right thing - retire.

Posted by: maggots | June 7, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@ lonquest


My, but aren't you the angry useful idiot.

How many of you yahoos who are currently praising Ms. Thomas consider the rights of Jews to be non existent since people like you don't even consider them human?

The hypocrisy sticks to you like oil of BP, Obama's Biggest donor, sticks to feathers, doesn't it?

Posted by: suthernboy100 | June 7, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Her picture, in the briefing room, sitting next to King Obonehead is sooo precious.

I lost respect for the WHCA, when they started expressing their opinions about the officeholder, instead of the Office of the President.

Watch the WHCA just grovel in front of the "Boy King" and stand-up smartly for him, whereas with his predecessor, they all sat on the REMF'n rumps, when he entered the room.

In the meatime, while the US economically burns, King Obonehead is:

1. Having Paul McCartney bash the US.
2. Off to Ford's Theater.
3. Going to New York for "Date Night" or vacationing in Chicago, North Carolina, shooting 135 in a golf round, etc.
4. Putting together a "Hollyweird Special" and touting his whopping $250 check for every senior citizen (never mind that Congress STOLE 1/2 Trillion Dollars from the Medicare Trust Account to fund the "Health Care Deformed Act."
5. Running around the country, on AF-1, giving speeches for candidates. Well, he is 0-4, so maybe we should just let him talk?
6. Oil in the Gulf of Mexico, food prices and unemployment, just rising, while our paychecks keep shrinking.
7. Adm Sestak's news goes on the back burner.

Maybe one day, the love-fest at the White House will be over and people can actually report news, instead of human interest stories on how well the animals in the "zoo" are doing.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | June 7, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Offend the zionists and see what happens?

The zionists should get territory in
the UK (who had colonized palestine)
or Germany, if the goy guilt is still
there. Otherwise, Europe's crimes does
not mean that Europe can slice up
Arabia for the jews.

Posted by: Major_Variola_ret | June 7, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I was on another site (CNN) that showed some truly Anti-Semitic opinions, praising Helen's comments, etc. Every Israel related story is truly generating hatred around the world. As an American Jew I'm conflicted with some of the moves Israel makes and there are no easy answers. But to GO BACK "HOME" WHERE MILLIONS WERE MURDERED??? People today just don't appreciate that number....MILLIONS within 4 years!!!

It's not Thomas' comments that make me cringe....rather, it's the support from some truly hateful people.

Posted by: Bob6699 | June 7, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

So much intolerance by those who always scream for tolerance. Interesting....

Criticizing anything regarding Israeli policies, actions and demands is always attacked as antisemitism rather than a right to free speech and free opinions. Bad precedent.... unless of course you are Jewish.

Posted by: thebedazzler | June 7, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me..does this mean that the White House and the White House press corps universally believe that Israel SHOULD CONTINUE TO OCCUPY PALESTINIAN HOMES AND NEIGHBORHOODS? ARE AMERICANS WILLING TO DIE for poor, pathetic , little , defenseless Israel which won't admit its huge nuclear arsenal? Should Americans be allowed to debate this and have all the information without being called anti-semitic? Aren't Palestinians semitic also??clue. yes. She was't asked if Jews should leave Israel..She was asked..Should they leave Palestine?? and for that the foreign lobby which controls our congress.makes sure she is silenced? ..thus proving a point..Many fine Jewish rabbis and others DO NOT APPROVE OF THE COWARD/BULLY NETANYAHU.. He is not good for Israel, hideous for the United States and beyond hideous for humanity... nuff said...please read Rabbi Michael Lerner. www. tikkun.org. He'll be
with a large group memorializing the executed flotilla victims and the IDF prisoner as well on June 13..dc.

Posted by: Precious2 | June 7, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Helen should have profited from the experience of Rev. Wright. He could have told her that when you get caught in Hopey McChange's cross hairs your shelf life becomes very short, no matter how helpful you have been in the past.

Posted by: Marks1153 | June 7, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I also believe that Israel should get out of Palestine. I do not believe that they should go to Germany or Poland. I say where Palestine is now...Israel needs to leave them be...or go without funds from the USA. I, like many Americans, am tired of their (Israel's) problems in the Middle East and us having to fund them...let them all fund themselves. Keep our money here..fix the USA before we send anymore Financial Aid to any other country.

Posted by: dhendrix3 | June 7, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Run WH "reporters", run! Who gets her seat? That's all you guys are wondering now. As for Ed Chen stating that it's a good time to dicuss whether it's appropriate for an opinion columnist to be up front in the press room, have you never seen the big 3 networks "correspondents" in action on-air. You people are digusting. Scared of a little old lady. Don't dare upset AIPAC right?

Posted by: kev32571 | June 7, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

This press corps dinosaur should have been kicked out of the White House decades ago. Helen discovered anti-semitism long before Jimmy Carter became president.

Israel has a right to defend herself, a right to survive. Hardliners in both Israel and Palestine have torpedoed all chances for peace in 62 years.

The world is constantly changing and the government in Israel needs to change, too.

Posted by: alance | June 7, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

and being from canada i fully agree with mrs thomas's comments.Israel was created by stealing land from another country to accomodate the people of poland and germany that unfortunetely were jewish from suffering a genocide. But now the fool and crackpot called hilter is gone and now is the time for the folks of israel to go back home or any other country that will accomodate them.

Posted by: xavier25 | June 7, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

My, but aren't we the angry bunch.

How many of you yahoos who are currently excoriating Ms. Thomas consider the right of corporations to buy elections sacrosanct?

The hypocrisy sticks to you like oil sticks to feathers, doesn't it?

Posted by: lonquest | June 7, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Yep - we're all guilty of opening mouth/inserting foot so if that shoe fits, shut yer hole.

She retired so it's time to move on.

Oh - and Israel should get the frig out of Palestine, i.e., the West Bank and Gaza. We poor far too many of our tax $s into that sliver of sand.

It's okay to slam Palestinians but OMG, just cross someone who doesn't agree with you. So here you go - if anyone has something to say about my opinion, go blow it out your whatsis in E flat. And enjoy your day.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | June 7, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I think that telling Jews to go back to Poland and Germany is a step more hateful than telling blacks in America to go back to Africa. At least she did not use the phrase that was used on the flotilla: "go back to Auschwitz".
I think there were approx. 3 million Jews in Poland pre-1940? I think there were approx 1,000 in 1980. I don't know what the number now is. I left/escaped illegally as a baby in 1948 after the pogrom in Lodz.

Posted by: henryw1 | June 7, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I always felt Helen Thomas was overrated to begin with as a correspondent, even in her so-called prime. Her comments demonstrate both that she is a bigoted anti-Semite and is ignorant regarding world history. Jewish people have lived in the area now known as Israel and the West Bank since antiquity. She has the right to spout bigotry and ignorance under our constitution, as we all do. However, she needs to retire now rather than using her professional position to spout hatred.

Posted by: marrekech1 | June 7, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Helen, for setting the record straight.

You've always been a disgrace to your profession, wearing your opinions so blantantly in your questions.

Now, you're also a disgrace to humanity---and don't blame it on encroaching senility as was tried on your behalf this morning on (naturally) MSNBC. You're far from one of the many worthy older folks who, sadly, fall victim to the vagaries of age.

You've been this same outspoken crass horror for years and years and I, for one, am glad to see that this latest episode will surely be a monument to you and your shameless style of journalism.

Posted by: jayjay9 | June 7, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Okay, here's the deal. To all the people on this board: If you have never, EVER said something inappropriate for your whole life, reply to this message saying so. We'll stick with the honor system on this.

If you somehow have never said anything inappropriate during your life, kudos. If you have, shut up about Helen Thomas. What she said was stupid. We've all done it. So calm down.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | June 7, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Okay -- Helen Thomas' common bigotry is news. But why is mainstream journalism AWOL on serious abuses like THIS:

HOMELAND FUSION CENTER CENSORS NET POLITICAL COMMENTS - YET AGAIN

* Mid-Atlantic States MAGLOCLEN fusion center (includes D.C.) -- "A serial violator of constitutional and human rights," says veteran journalist.

When will the Obama administration get a grip on a rogue bureaucracy?

http://nowpublic.com/world/homeland-fusion-center-censors-net-political-comments-yet-again OR Facebook -- Vic Livingston ("Notes" tab).

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 7, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas should not be expelled. She should be exiled to the back of the room and she should never be allowed to ask a question. She should be shunned.

Posted by: gagalbert | June 7, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

What a disgrace she is, and has always been to journalism. It good to see the mask finally off.

Posted by: hozsheroes | June 7, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

To mycomment's post:

It's not that Helen Thomas criticized Israel. That's certainly permitted under the 1st Amendment. What isn't permitted is her blatantly bigoted statement that expressed her inner anti-Semite. Calling for Jews to go back to Poland/Germany is akin to calling for African Americans to be sent back to Africa...

How is that a defensible position?? I hope I never see that woman's face again. This country, and this White House, doesn't need another bigot around here...

Posted by: TaluFrell | June 7, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

If it was not for Drudge, the MSM would have swept this under the table.

Posted by: JERRYB1 | June 7, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Wonderful that this hateful old "liberal" bigot spoke what remains of her mind, but she's always been this way. This addled old battleaxe needs to go back to Lebanon.

Posted by: NoDonkey | June 7, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

see what happens when you dare speak against israeli actions. there will be no criticism allowed; and you will suffer consequences.

your 'colleagues' will run for the exit; write approving columns of actions taken and join in on the pile-on. (craig crawford...)

Here's to Helen! a 90yo woman who scares the h3ll out of the washington dc magpies.

Posted by: mycomment | June 7, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The White House should demand that Helen Thomas surrender her Press Pass.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 7, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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