In Defense Of Helen Thomas – on apologizing to apologists by Paul Jay

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by Paul Jay
Reality Asserts Itself
7 June, 2010

Helen Thomas was the dean of the White House Press corp. She has a fifty-year history of tough-minded journalism and is one of the very, very few journalists in the mainstream press who has had the guts to question US policy towards Israel. On Monday she was pressured into resigning, “effective immediately”.

On Friday she was asked by a guy who stuck a video camera in her face, for any comments on Israel and she said, “Tell them to get the get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people [the Palestinians] are occupied and it’s their land. It’s not Germany, it’s not Poland.” She was asked where they should go and she answered, “They should go home, to Poland, Germany and America”. The video has been making its way around the Internet.

This was said days after the Israeli attack on the aid flotilla that killed at least nine activists as their boat sailed in international waters.

She later apologized in a short statement on her website “”I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”


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6 thoughts on “In Defense Of Helen Thomas – on apologizing to apologists by Paul Jay

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  4. Helen has served the nation in an exemplary fashion, being a real journalist in a time of hacks and corporate poseurs. At 89, she deserves to say what has been on her mind for decades. She has been able to voice what many Americans have come to believe through long witness. Those who would cast aspersions or accusations of chauvinism should look at themselves first.

  5. Although Ms. Thomas may well have legitimate concerns and criticisms of Israel, her incredible comments (off guard or no) are quite simply indefensible. Instead of giving a reasoned and pointed critique (and there is much to criticize), Ms. Thomas’ remarks led straight to a) delegitimazation of Israel and b) worse yet, that the Jews should “go back home, to Poland and Germany” (which she repeated twice, only adding “America and other places: as an afterthought, albeit a very quick one. Perhaps even Helen realized what she had said—and to those who excuse such sensibilities show their own true colors.

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