June 7, 2010
Hamas 'hearts' Helen Thomas (Update - Thomas to immediately retire)Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives, National News, Political News and commentaries
Helen Thomas's proclamation (video) during the White House's Jewish Heritage Celebration that Jews "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else" - followed up by her demonstrating her poor grasp of Middle East history with her statement, "Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land ... It's not Germany, not Poland" - clearly didn't win her many friends with Jewish groups.
However she did succeed in winning the heart of anti-Israel Islamic terrorist groups like and Hamas by parroting the revisionist history and line of Hezbollah and Hamas:
Hamas affiliated Al Qassam website on Sunday, June 6th, regarding remarks made by White House correspondent Helen Thomas.While I'm torn between joining the chorus for her being stripped of her WH press credentials or wanting her to be allowed to stick around and continue to a caricature of a press corp that has, for the most part, been over-the-top anti-Israel and pro-Obama, the problem is that there are people out there, that believe her crap and she is spouting the views of the likes of Hezbollah, Hamas, and Iran's President Ahmadinejad.
The website reports "This statement by Thomas Helen reflects the opinion of American majority in USA and all masses who support justice and peace in Palestine an whole world.
"Moreover, her statement serves peace process in Middle East as they like to call it, to a very great extent.
And as Jennifer Rubin aptly notes, the White House remains mum, apparently hoping that Hearst news service will take care of this mess. However, the White House indeed has its own responsibility and is making its own anti-Israel views all the more apparent by its silence - showing that the Obama administration simply doesn't care.
Meanwhile, Rabbi David F. Nesenoff, the man behind the Helen Thomas video, was on Fox Newsthis morning and says there's a Part II to the Thomas video that will be released "in a day or two." I got the impression that it could be more revolting than the first.
Update: Hearst Newspapers reports that Helen Thomas is retiring immediately, following her controversial statements about Israel.
As Daniel Foster points out, the announcement coincides with a chiding release from the White House Correspondents Association, which called Thomas's statements "indefensible" and was to vote on potential disciplinary action against her, a move now made moot by her retirement.
Posted by Richard at June 7, 2010 9:46 AM
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