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Helen Thomas Retires After Statement About Jews Going Home to Poland, etc.

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Last week, in a very controversial conversation in which she challenged the treatment of Palestinians by Israelis, and said Israelis should leave Palestine and go home.



Over the weekend, although she apologized, the speakers agency that had represented Helen Thomas dropped her. Right wingers, like Ari Fleisher, former Bush press secretary, called for her to be fired, as huffingtonpost.com reported,

"She should lose her job over this," Fleischer said in an email. "As someone who is Jewish, and as someone who worked with her and used to like her, I find this appalling."

"She is advocating religious cleansing. How can Hearst stand by her? If a journalist, or a columnist, said the same thing about blacks or Hispanics, they would already have lost their jobs."

Today, Monday, Robert Gibbs stated, according to the Washington Post,
"Those remarks were offensive and reprehensible," Gibbs said, noting that Thomas has apologized. Her sentiments "do not reflect certainly most of the people here and certainly not those of the administration."
Thomas, of Lebanese descent, has a reputation of being critical of Israel and recently challenged the Obama administrations response to the Israeli killings on the Gaza headed flotilla.


Her employer, Hearst corporation, issued the following announcement:
Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately.

Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.

Thomas later issued a statement: ''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.''

Thomas will mark her 90th birthday on Aug. 4.

UPDATE:
One commenter suggests she start a blog-- a great idea. And hopefully organizations that valued and still value her long history as a fighter for the truth will invite her to speak for them.

 

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Note that she never said Jews should leave Israel.... by Rob Kall on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 12:23:32 PM
Well, chalk up another conquest of Israel. The ONL... by Fredrick on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 12:38:39 PM
I listened to the statement and it was nothing but... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 1:03:59 PM
Wow Rob, what a photo. I almost expect to hear a W... by Steven G. Erickson on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 1:07:33 PM
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why you never s... by J. Edward Tremlett on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 1:12:19 PM
I hope you come up with your own BLOG and or WEBSI... by elena dumas on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 1:52:55 PM
Is going to be my new personal Holiday, in celebra... by Taylor on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 2:07:36 PM
and go back to europe. Would someone fire me for ... by Starla Immak on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 2:43:04 PM
Criticism of Israel has become synonymous with Ant... by Taylor on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 3:10:26 PM
Starla, you gave me a chuckle. It's a sad day inde... by Nancy S on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 3:17:54 PM
This is horrible. As a Jew, I'm saying that she wa... by Ross Levin on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 2:54:15 PM
it seems.... by Taylor on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 3:03:27 PM
Dear Helen, Thanks for making the most reasonable ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 3:34:01 PM
Since she's retiring, maybe she could loan Obana h... by mrk * on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 5:03:28 PM
This is disgusting, I am sure that the Lobby is da... by Ed Encho on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 6:02:06 PM
Right on Ed. You hit it. I must have just missed t... by Fredrick on Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 at 10:13:47 AM
A typical establishment hack. Don't forget how thi... by Ed Encho on Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010 at 5:09:58 AM
Helen Thomas will not fade away as long as she has... by Robert Arend on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 8:55:19 PM
This is just another example of political correctn... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Monday, Jun 7, 2010 at 11:27:55 PM
I've had a post or two removed, and may be leading... by Dick Thomson on Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 at 7:40:30 AM
This could be the best thing for Helen, and the pe... by marko polo on Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 at 7:13:00 AM
"Front Row at the White House: My Life and Times"w... by J. Edward Tremlett on Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 at 9:45:24 AM
It is a great loss to America,we have lost probabl... by liberalsrock on Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 at 11:23:51 AM
Her only REAL mistake??She apologized........ by katherine magdangal on Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 at 11:53:00 AM
She probably voiced the inner thoughts of the Jewi... by aberamsay on Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010 at 4:12:59 PM