Helen Thomas Opens Her Mouth to Change Feet

Published: February 18th 2011
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Helen Thomas obviously loves the spot light

Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas is back in hot water again after again citing historical inaccuracies about the Jews.


During a February 8th appearance on CNN’s Joy Behar program, Thomas, who last May commented to a rabbi video blogger about how Jews “should get the hell out of Palestine”, and go back to Germany and Poland, Thomas stated that for her said the Jews did not have to leave postwar Europe because they weren’t persecuted. But they were taking other people’s land.”


Her comments in May cost her job at the White House. She now works for a newspaper in Virginia.


In this week’s interview on CNN, Thomas said that when she said Jews should go back to Poland and Germany, “I should have said Russia too.”


When asked on Behar’s program if she considers herself anti-Semitic, Thomas, whose parents were Lebanese, said, “Hell no, I’m a Semite.” Of the Jews she said, “They’re not Semites. Most of them are from Europe.”


Asked if she regretted making the remark that ended her career in Washington, she said, “I have regrets that everybody’s misinterpreted it and distorted it,” singling out former George W. Bush White House spokesman Ari Fleischer and Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham Foxman.


“We have organized lobbyists in favor of Israel, you can’t open your mouth,” she said. “If you say one thing about Israel, you’re off limits.”

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