Funny. The major news outlets did not cover Helen Thomas’ anti-Semitic remarks until she got fired for them. The Washington Post barely touched it. The wire services didn’t have anything on it, not even after Ari Fleischer called for her to be fired on Huffington Post. When I first started looking for it, I could only find it there and on a site called Hollywood News. The New York Daily News had a short piece, but I didn’t find anything else over the weekend.
Apparently, this wasn’t news:
Rabbi: Any comments on Israel?
Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine [laughs]
Rabbi: Oooh. Any better comments on Israel?
Thomas: Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land. It’s not Germany, it’s not Poland.
Rabbi: So where should they go, what should they do?
Thomas: Go home.
Rabbi: Where’s home?
Thomas:Poland, Germany, and America and everywhere else.
It’s a rare person that actually came out and criticized Thomas without pretending that she made her remarks because she’s old or angry. The remarks are sheer Jew-hatred, nothing less. Jews’ millennia-old ties to the land of Israel are utterly discounted by Thomas, who chooses to use the fiction that Israel was a country created specifically by and for Holocaust survivors. The fact that half of Israel’s population is descended from Jews that fled the pogroms in Arab nations that started right after Israel’s independence is ignored. As Soccerdad points out, Thomas is passing along the lies that the Palestinians thrive on, and that the Arab world believes wholeheartedly. These are the lies that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells reporters and is barely challenged in interviews.
But they made no stir on the news media. Not a single major media outlet ran a story on them—until Thomas was fired for them.
As for that “apology”: It wasn’t. Let’s see it again.
â€œI 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.â€
She regretted her comments? Why? Because they were videotaped and went viral on the internet? Do you see an apology in there? No, you don’t, because there isn’t one.
Buh-bye, Helen, you old anti-Semitic crone. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on your way out. And please—don’t write, don’t call, don’t blog. We won’t mind a bit.
My prediction: She won’t go quietly. Watch the bile come out in a larger volume than the BP oil well.