Jeff Dunetz at YID With LID:
Proving once again that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, former White House Correspondent Helen Thomas told an anti-Arab-Bias workshop in Dearborn Michigan that she absolutely stands by her ugly comments about Jews made earlier this year, that they should return to Germany and Poland and went even further, even adding the anti-Semitic meme that Zionists control U.S. foreign policy and other American institutions.
The Detroit Free Press which report about Thomas’ speech in Dearborn characterized the comments that got her fired as something “which critics have said were anti-Israel,” perpetuating the myth that Thomas was fired for being critical of the Jewish State. Note to the Freep, no one gets fired for being critical of Israel, not even in Israel. Thomas’ comments back in June were anti-Semitic, she told Israeli Jews to go back to Germany and Poland [where they faced the horrors of the Holocaust]
The Detroit Free Press reports on Thomas’ remarks at a workshop that focused, ironically, on anti-Arab bias. She told the group that “Zionists” control US foreign policy and “other institutions,” and that they own Hollywood, Wall Street, Congress, and the White House (via The Blog Prof):
In a speech to about 300 people inside a center in Dearborn, she talked about “the whole question of money involved in politics.”
“Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street are owned by the Zionists. No question, in my opinion,” she said. “They put their money where their mouth is. … We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.” …
In an interview, Thomas, 90, said that criticizing Israel led to her resignation and ostracism in Washington.
“I can call a president of the United States anything in the book, but I can’t touch Israel, which has Jewish-only roads in the West Bank,” Thomas said. “No American would tolerate that — white-only roads.”
That last part would be true … if there were any such thing as “Jewish-only roads” in the West Bank. There are Israeli-only roads, but anyone with an Israeli license plate can use them — including Israeli Arabs, who are a significant minority in Israel. They can also vote, and a handful hold office in the Knesset. How many Jews hold office in Lebanon? Syria? Saudi Arabia? Egypt? Yemen? For that matter, even in non-Arab Iran?
As far as her other comments go, they’re typical of anti-Semites who cast Jews as villains in worldwide conspiracies. No one ever got canned for criticizing Israel, which is hardly immune from criticism as it is; plenty of people openly question our allegiance to the Israelis without going into Protocols of the Elders of Zion territory. Thomas had to resign because she got inept at hiding her bigotry, and now apparently feels much more comfortable letting it show.
Ed Driscoll at Pajamas Media:
Numerous legacy media reporters, after a lifetime of pretending to be objective, have dropped the mask and let it all hang out, such as Dan Rather, Mr. Objectivity himself, now doing fundraisers for far left Nation magazine (which incidentally thinks Helen got a bum rap).
John Hinderaker at Powerline:
The Associated Press actually covered for Thomas by mischaracterizing the comments that got her fired by Hearst:
Her speech followed her resignation from Hearst Newspapers in June, after she told an interviewer that Jews should “get the hell out” of the Palestinian territories and go to Germany, Poland or the United States.
The AP just volunteered that part about the “Palestinian territories.” If you listen to Thomas saying the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine,” it is obvious that she is using “Palestine” in the Arab sense to mean Israel. If she had merely meant that Jews should get out of the West Bank, she would have said they should go home to Israel.
The AP reports that Thomas received a standing ovation at the “Images and Perceptions of Arab Americans” conference. Yesterday was a big day for her; she was also “the guest of honor at the Arab American National Museum, where a sculpture of her was unveiled during a private reception.”
Jim Treacher at Daily Caller: