No one should have been surprised that Helen Thomas, the antisemitic octogenarian of American journalism, said what was really on her mind when the rabbi David Nesenoff stuck a video camera in her face on the White House grounds late last month.
Her comments – that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Poland and Germany – brought Thomas’s 67-year career to an abrupt end. On Monday, she announced her retirement from the Hearst news service amid condemnation from the White House and her fellow reporters.
“It’s hard to hear the words ‘the Jews of Germany and Poland’ and not think of anything but the millions and millions of Jews who were incarcerated, enslaved, tortured, starved and exterminated in the Holocaust,” wrote Rachel Sklar at Mediaite, concluding: “Which means that, sad as I am, Helen Thomas can no longer be a hero to me.”
Yet how different was it, really, from Thomas’s statement of last week (it would be hard to call it a question) that the Israeli military’s attack on the Gaza-bound flotilla was “a deliberate massacre“?… Seguir leyendo »