Helen Thomas: Her Anti-Jewish Bigotry

This diarty is NOT about Ms. Thomas' views on Israel/Palestine.  She has every right to her views.  This concerns the clear bigotry against Jews entwined throughly in her stereotype-laden comments.

For accuracy, she is captured on video telling israeli Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine..." and to "go home to...Poland and Germany..."  (Links:  (1) youtube and (2) rabbiLIVE.com, see details below.)

These comments include three core anti-Jewish themes:

  • Jews as alien intruders
  • Jews not having the rights of others (i.e., choice of where to live)
  • Trivializing the Holocaust (why else mention Poland and Germany?)
For consideration, I share this statement by Lanny Davis (former advisor to Pres. Clinton):

Helen Thomas, who I used to consider a close friend and who I used to respect, has showed herself to be an anti-Semitic bigot. This not about her disagreement about her criticisms of Israel. She has a right to criticize Israel and that is not the same as being an anti-Semite.

However, her statement that  Jews in Israel should leave Israel and go back to Poland or Germany is an ancient and well-known anti-Semitic  stereotype of the Alien Jew not belonging in the "land of Israel" — one that began  2,600 years with the first tragic and violent diaspora of the Jews at the hands of the Romans.

If she had asked all Blacks to go back to Africa, what would White House Correspondents Association position be as to whether she deserved White House press room credentials — much less a privileged honorary seat?

Of course Helen has the right as a private citizen under the First Amendment to speak her mind, even as an anti-Jewish bigot — but not as a member, much less privileged member with a reserved seat, in the WH press corps.

(Video links:  (1) http://www.youtube.com/... (2) http://rabbilive.com/...

Tags: anti-Semitism, anti-jewish bigotry, Helen Thomas, anti-Semitism, anti-jewish bigotry, Helen Thomas (all tags)



amazing how people like her have infiltrated

this "progressive" movement.

by Lakrosse 2010-06-07 11:09AM | 1 recs
RE: Helen Thomas: Her Anti-Jewish Bigotry

Lanny Davis is scum who painted anyone who opposed Lieberman in such derogatory terms that I am not going to even bother reading his crap. Helen Thomas hasnt said anything that AIPAC supporters haven't said on the other side. A lot of them are still thriving in DC. I am not supporting her statement, but it was not a slur. I dont consider it any worse than a politician asking mexicans to go back to their country. I am sure you will find at least one FOX correspondent out there who expressed something similar.


I think people have a right to bash her for her statement, but I do not think she had to resign over it.

by Pravin 2010-06-07 02:43PM | 0 recs
RE: Helen Thomas: Her Anti-Jewish Bigotry

she told the Jews to go back to where they were exterminated. Palestinians were never exterminated anywhere. She's a racist.

by Lakrosse 2010-06-07 03:25PM | 1 recs
RE: Helen Thomas: Her Anti-Jewish Bigotry

I agree with Pravin...


Here statements are inaccurate in that not all Jews came from Poland and Germany; but your statement is hyperbole in that she is not advocating for another holocaust.  And the use of language such as "get out of Palestine" should be avoided at all times.

And no, most people dont have a right to choose where they live.  We are fortunate if we have the right to be able to live where we are born, but I am sure you can think of quite a few people who (you would) have that right be denied to.

by Ravi Verma 2010-06-07 05:26PM | 0 recs
RE: Helen Thomas: Her Anti-Jewish Bigotry

Many have attributed her anti-semitic remarks to senility, when in fact, Helen Thomas has a long history of hostility to Israel and the Jewish people.

Adding insult to injury, she has frequently minimized the terrorist threats to our country, refusing to recognize the evil and danger of Islamic Fascism. She is a vile woman, and we are well rid of her.


by BJJ Fighter 2010-06-11 12:52AM | 1 recs
RE: Helen Thomas: Her Anti-Jewish Bigotry

Three core anti-Jewish themes:

  • Jews as alien intruders

This is silly. The Israelis who illegally settle in the occupied territories are under international law illegal immigrants, and are in fact intruders into land that they have no legal right to be on. Facts are facts.

  • Jews not having the rights of others (i.e., choice of where to live)

This is silly. No one, including Jews, has a right to settle on land conquered and illegally occupied (i.e., the occupied Palestinian Territories). In fact, Israel's contention is that Israeli Jews have rights that others do not: they can choose to live in illegally occupied land.

  • Trivializing the Holocaust (why else mention Poland and Germany?)

Paranoia. What Thomas said was wrong here, and she should have and did apologize. However, don't you think a more likely reason than yours that she mentioned Poland and Germany is that many Israeli Jews are originally from there?

I agree with Jonathan Cook:

Undoubtedly, Ms Thomas’ opinions, as she expressed them in an unguarded moment, were inappropriate and required an apology. It is true, as she says, that Palestine was occupied and the land taken from the Palestinians by Jewish immigrants with no right to it barring a Biblical title deed. But 62 years on from Israel’s creation, most Jewish citizens have no home to go to in Poland and Germany -- or in Iraq and Yemen, for that matter. There is also an uncomfortable echo in her words of the chauvinism underpinning demands from some Jews -- and many Israelis -- that Palestinians should “go home to the 22 Arab states”.

But Ms Thomas did apologise and, after that, a line ought to have been drawn under the affair -- as it surely would have been had she made any other kind of faux pas. . . .




by fairleft 2010-06-10 04:57PM | 0 recs
Jonathan Cook can go pray towards Mecca

unless he remembers what the Balfour Declaration was and how the League of Nations made this international law, so his entire premise is bullshit.


Also, fairleft, given that she said the Jews should "go back to Germany and Poland" instead of to mainland Israel from "Palestine" meant she believes all of Eretz Yisrael is "occupied 'Palestine.'" She is in the same vein as Khomenei, Osama Bin Laden, Hamas, the 9/11, 3/11, and 7/7 terrorists, etc.

by Lakrosse 2010-06-11 04:10AM | 1 recs


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