The April Issue of Playboy, which hits the newsstands today, features disgraced journalist Helen Thomas. I know what you are thinking: suicide, or perhaps staring at the sun for about an hour to make yourself blind to ensure that you never gaze upon those nightmare-inducing pictures. But calm down, I assure you that at age 85 Hugh Hefner still knows what is pleasing to the eyes as witnessed by his latest fiancée. Relax: Thomas was simply this month’s Playboy interview.
Ms. Thomas’ Playboy appearance is just as disgusting (albeit in a different way) as if she did do a pictorial. It is totally clear that the former Dean of the White House press corps does not understand why she has become a pariah and that her hurtful words (and many of those made since) were not just anti-Israel but crossed the Rubicon into the world of Anti-semitism.
Thomas trades on the stereotype that Jews control world, or as she said in a December rant:
“We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that. Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where there mouth is…We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.
As if Thomas was reading directly from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, she was saying those rich Jews control the world.
Thomas toned that sentiment down a tad in the Playboy piece, when asked if she had a personal antipathy toward Jews themselves she set out to deny the Jewish connection with the Holy Land and to brand Jews as Arab-hating racists:
I think they’re wonderful people. They had to have the most depth. They were leaders in civil rights. They’ve always had the heart for others but not for Arabs, for some reason. I’m not anti-Jewish; I’m anti-Zionist. I am anti-Israel taking what doesn’t belong to it. If you have a home and you’re kicked out of that home, you don’t come and kick someone else out. Anti-Semite? The Israelis are not even Semites! They’re Europeans, and they’ve come from somewhere else. But even if they were Semites, they would still have no right to usurp other people’s land.
Thomas is ignoring the fact that Jews have lived in what is now Israel without interruption since the biblical Joshua won that little skirmish in Jericho almost 3,600 years ago. She is also forgetting that there were more Jews kicked out of Arab lands who moved into Israel than Arabs who left the Holy Land in 1948. Beyond the numbers, Semite means descendant of the biblical son of Noah, Shem. Abraham, the father of the Jews was a Semite. Does Ms. Thomas feel (as fellow Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan does) that today’s Jews are impostors and have nothing to do with the Jews of the Bible?
Later in the interview, when confronted with an article that says there is no difference between Antisemitism and Anti-Israel (a position I do not agree with,) Thomas’ first reaction was to ask derisively “Was the writer Jewish?” as if Jews are unable to be fair.
She goes on to say
Why do they think they’re so deserving? The slaughter of Jews stopped with World War II….. But they were liberated since then. And yet they carry on the victimization. American people do not know that the Israeli lobbyists have intimidated them into believing every Jew is a persecuted victim forever—while they are victimizing Palestinians.
The Jews are “deserving” because it has been their homeland for thousands of years, and it was occupied by foreign powers since the year 76 C.E. Then she starts on the Israeli (nice way to say Jewish) lobbyists. She believes that those whiny Jews are still “kvetching” about the Holocaust. First of all, Jews have been praying for a modern Jewish state ever since the last one was destroyed. As for the victimization, Jews have never asked to be victims or, as Tevya said in right after a pogrom destroyed his daughter’s wedding in Fiddler on the Roof, “Lord I know we are the chosen people, but once in a while, pick someone else.”