The Helen Thomas Playboy interview

If there were ever any doubt in your mind that Helen Thomas is a Jew-hater, all you have to do is read the Playboy interview and the doubts will disappear.

Since the latest SNN is not yet out, I think I’ll just take bits and pieces from my segment for you.

I know the thought of Helen Thomas in Playboy magazine causes even lifelong atheists to pray to God that the article has no pictures. I’m sorry, fellas. It does. The good news is, she’s not naked. The bad news? Now that I’ve put that thought in your head, it’s going to take you a month to recover enough to have sex again. Some excerpts below:

THOMAS: Well, that immediately evoked the concentration camps. What I meant was they should stay where they are because they’re not being persecuted—not since World War II, not since 1945. If they were, we sure would hear about it. Instead, they initiated the Jackson-Vanik law, which said the U.S. would not trade with Russia unless it allowed unlimited Jewish emigration. But it was not immigration to the United States, which would have been fine with me. It was to go to Palestine and uproot these people, throw them out of their homes, which they have done through several wars. That’s not fair. I want people to understand why the Palestinians are upset. They are incarcerated and living in an open prison. I say to the Israelis, “Get out of people’s homes!” It’s unacceptable to have soldiers knocking on a door at three in the morning and saying, “This is my home.” And forcing people out of homes they’ve lived in for centuries? What is this? How can anybody accept it? I mean, Jewish-only roads? Would anyone tolerate something like that in America? White-only roads?

You mean Israeli-only roads, not Jewish only, right? [Editor’s note: Israel closes certain roads to Palestinians, but roads are open to all Israeli citizens and to other nationals, regardless of religious background.]

THOMAS: Israeli-only roads, okay. But it’s more than semantics because the Palestinians are deprived of owning these roads. This is their land. I’m sorry, but we’re talking about foreigners who came and said, “God gave this land to us.” [Former Israeli prime minister ­Yitzhak] Rabin said, “Where’s the deed?” I mean, come on! Do you know that an Arab Palestinian trying to go home to see his mother has to go through 10 checkpoints and then is held there, while an American tourist can go through right like that? The Palestinian people have to carry their kids to hospitals and are not allowed to drive cars and so forth. What is this? No American Jew would tolerate that sort of treatment here against blacks or anyone else. Why do they allow it over there? And why do they send my American tax dollars to perpetuate it?

And little miss Jew-hater’s best little defense:
PLAYBOY: Do you have a personal antipathy toward Jews themselves?

THOMAS: No. I think they’re wonderful people. They had to have the most depth. They were leaders in civil rights. They’ve always had the heart for others but not for Arabs, for some reason. I’m not anti-Jewish; I’m anti-Zionist. I am anti Israel taking what doesn’t belong to it. If you have a home and you’re kicked out of that home, you don’t come and kick someone else out. Anti-Semite? The Israelis are not even Semites! They’re Europeans, and they’ve come from somewhere else. But even if they were Semites, they would still have no right to usurp other people’s land. There are some Israelis with a conscience and a big heart, but unfortunately they are too few.

You got that? It’s Zionists. We’re clear on that. She has nothing against Jews. Just Zionists. Right? Got it? Good.

Now read this:

PLAYBOY: In the wake of your anti-Israel comments, a blogger from The ­Atlantic argued there’s really no distinction between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. He wrote, “Thomas was fired for saying that the Jews of Israel should move to Europe, where their relatives had been slaughtered in the most devastating act of genocide in history. She believes that once the Jews are evacuated from their ancestral homeland, the world’s only Jewish country should be replaced by what would be the world’s 23rd Arab country. She believes that Palestinians deserve a country of their own but that the Jews are undeserving of a nation-state in their homeland, which has had a continuous Jewish presence for 3,000 years.…”

THOMAS: [Interrupts] Did a Jew write this? [Editor’s note: The writer is Jeffrey Goldberg.]

Uh-huh. Zionists. Not Jews. Zionists.

It’s time for the mantra: Anti-Semites of the world, just die already. Helen Thomas, we’re talking to you.

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One Response to The Helen Thomas Playboy interview

  1. Alex Bensky says:

    Damn, Meryl, I check your website almost every day and then today I see the words “Helen Thomas” and “Playboy” together; you’ll be getting the bill for the immediate and deep therapy I now require.

    I may read the interview if it’s available elsewhere; I haven’t bought the magazine in years. But I wonder if the interviewer pointed out, amidst all her talk of the deprivation of Palestinians, that if the Arabs had accepted the 1947 UN partittion plan the sum total of displaced Arabs would have been: none.

    My guess is neither Thomas nor anyone else who claims to be a well-wisher of the Palestinians ever even thinks to ask if they aren’t to a certain extent the authors of their own plight.

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