Was Helen Thomas fired for speaking out against Israeli act of War and Occupation?_you be the judge?

Helen Thomas Mocks Gibbs Over White House’s Lack Of Condemnation Of Israel’s Act Of War

matsutakneatche — June 01, 2010 — no description available


jillstanek.com 6-7-2010

Weekend question II: Should Helen Thomas be fired? Helen Thomas resigns

UPDATE, 6/7, 12:05p: From the Associated Press, moments ago:
Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas resigned on Monday from her position with Hearst Newspapers, following the wave of criticisim she has faced since her recent declaration that “Jews should get the hell out of Palestine.”
UPDATE, 6/7, 9:25a: Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD, has disinvited Thomas from giving its graduation speech on June 14, and Thomas’s agent, Nine Speakers has dropped her.

[HT: moderator Carder]

6/5, 6:55a: Off topic but of interest to conservatives….

At the May 27 White House Jewish Heritage Celebration, Helen Thomas said this:

Backdrop, according to the New York Daily News
The grande dame of the Washington press corps put her foot in her mouth with an answer at the WH last week, suggesting Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else.”
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The jaw-dropping words from the 89-year-old Hearst Newspapers columnist hit the Internet on YouTube Friday and sparked a firestorm of controversy.

Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress, sharply rebuked her. “Shame on Helen Thomas. She is certainly old enough to remember the Holocaust and the Second World War. She owes an apology to all victims of the Nazis,” Steinberg said.

Thomas posted a lukewarm apology on her personal Web site.

“I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon,” she wrote.

The daughter of Lebanese immigrants who has covered the administrations of 10 Presidents in a career spanning nearly 60 years made her controversial comments at a White House Jewish Heritage Celebration on May 27.
Question: Do you think Hearst Newspapers should fire Helen Thomas?

[Photo via NY Daily News/Getty]

Comments:

“Question: Do you think Hearst Newspapers should fire Helen Thomas?”

Yes, then the US should deport her back to Lebanon..

Posted by: Jasper at June 5, 2010 8:31 AM

no, there is no law against not being a zionist. I dn’t have a strong opinion either way, I don’t live in the middle east or care to, but outside of the american mainstream this isn’t an uncommon view.

many nations voted against the creation of israel, not because they were anti semites but because creating a state of mainly european jewish peoples in the middle of the middle east is and was a very radical idea. it hasn’t been easy going as you can see if you have followed the news lately or ever.

I think yo uwill find the media not all that willing to cover this not because they care about helen thomas but because they don’t want the idea of their not being an israel to be out there.

Posted by: lester at June 5, 2010 9:31 AM

Consequences for being a racist/anti-semite only apply to Republicans and Conservatives. Such behavior is the bread and butter of Helen’s crowd.

Posted by: Gerard Nadal at June 5, 2010 9:35 AM

Palestinians face a daily and relentless form of racism. Using the excuse of fear of terrorism, the Israeli government has marginalized the Palestinians, made it all but absolutely impossible for them to work their regular jobs and educate their children. They steal their water, cut off their electricity, stop the garbage pickup, delay ambulances at checkpoints until the patient gets worse or dies, etc. Yes there is such a thing as terrorism, but the Palestinian people are not all criminal and a whole population should not be treated as criminal. A peaceful way to co-exist must be found, for everyone’s sake. The Holocaust was a most grievous thing, but it is not a license to bully another people.

People have free speech in our country even if they are ‘politically incorrect.’ Just because she blurted out something very unpleasant doesn’t mean she should lose her job. We’d all be fired by that logic.

Posted by: ninek at June 5, 2010 9:51 AM
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Helen Thomas made this statement on her website:

Helen Thomas issued the following statement today: “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.” (June 4, 2010)

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