8. Helen Thomas: Israeli Jews Should Go Home to Poland and Germany
A seven decade career in journalism imploded in June 2010 when “progressive” darling Helen Thomas revealed her enthusiastically anti-Semitic side to a Long Island rabbi.
“Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land…not German and not Poland.”
“So, where should they go?”
“Go home. Poland, Germany.”
“So, you think the Jews should go back to Poland and Germany?”
“And America and everywhere else.”
Thomas knew the camera was rolling, but she didn’t care. It wasn’t senility or a momentary lapse in judgment; it was unfiltered honesty. She was so accustomed to her insular left-wing echo chamber that she never considered there might be repercussions for voicing her bigoted ideas about ethnically cleansing the Jews from Israel.
While nationwide outrage forced Thomas into a long overdue “early” retirement from the White House Press Corps, she’s not persona non grata in all circles. The Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan plans to honor the fallen matriarch of the leftist media with a commissioned sculpture of her likeness. The museum director said it would be “unfair to scratch a whole history … because of a statement she made.”
Thomas’ “courageous, bold, honest and free opinion” was also saluted by Hezbollah.