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By Debbie Menon

Helen Thomas always asks the right questions!  That is why she is known as a “top US journalist.”

A long career: “You’re only as good as your last story,” says journalist Helen Thomas, who has been covering stories in and around Washington D.C. since 1942.


Helen Thomas, 89, began her long career with the wire service United Press International in 1943, and started covering the White House in 1960, according to a biography posted on her website. She became a columnist for Hearst in 2000. She (born August 4, 1920) is an American news service reporter, a Hearst News papers columnist, member of the White House Press Corps and author. She served for fifty-seven years as a correspondent and, later, White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI). Thomas covered 10 U.S. Presidents.

Last week, during a briefing with White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, Thomas’ criticized the American reaction to the deadly Israeli raid of a humanitarian aid convoy, saying that “our initial reaction to this flotilla massacre, deliberate massacre, an international crime, was pitiful.”

“What do you mean you ‘regret’ when something should be so strongly condemned? And if any other nation in the world had done it, we would have been up in arms. What is this sacrosanct, iron-clad relationship, where a country that deliberately kills people?” Thomas had said.

In a recently uploaded Youtube video, Thomas can be heard saying that Israel “should get the hell out of Palestine,” adding that the land was Palestinian, “not German, it’s not Polish.”


When asked where then the Jews should go, the senior White House correspondent said they should “Go home…. To Poland, Germany…and America and everywhere else.”

“Thomas’ comments are contemptible, “B’nai B’rith International President Dennis W. Glick said in a statement, adding that Thomas’s “distortion of historical reality is astonishing. Her call for Jews to return to Poland and Germany—site of the Nazi genocide, the worst genocide in modern history—is beyond offensive.”

Glick added that he felt “Thomas seems to have been schooled by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a belief that Jews appeared in Israel after the Holocaust,” while ignoring “historical facts that Jews have called the Land of Israel home for more than 3,000 years, long before any other group made a home in the land.”

“These vile comments, unfortunately, are the culmination of Thomas’ ongoing anti-Israel sentiments that she kept thinly veiled over the years,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.

“There should be no place for her in a news organization. Her comments go beyond commentary and land well in the camp that will stop at nothing to delegitimize Israel.”

Thomas, in response, posted the following statement on her website, “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians,” Thomas wrote on her website. “They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”

Apologies aren’t enough for some.

The director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham H. Foxman, said Sunday that Thomas’ apology didn’t go far enough.

Nothing surprising here

A predictable response from  B’nai Brith, the White House and the Jewish Anti-Defamation League Director Foxman, all three equally insensitive and based on fallacious reason.

Just because someone has claimed a land for three thousand years does not make it theirs.

Another variation on the “land without a people, a people without a land” bull!

It might be impractical for all of those people who were born in Palestine in the past sixty years to go back to Poland and lay claim to the old house in the Warsaw Ghetto, but it is also just as unreasonable to expect a new “holocaust” and genocide to offset and compensate for whatever “holocaust” and genocide they think was perpetrated against them and their ancestors.

It is simply a question of learning to get along with neighbors and others with whom they live among and alongside with honesty and respect.

They became unwanted and unwelcome guests in Babylon, Egypt, Palestine, Germany, Russia, Poland and just about everywhere else in the world they have ever settled in three thousand years, and now the world is witness to what they have done and continue to do with impunity to poor defenseless Palestinians in Palestine everyday. You’d think they would learn.

They did not become known as the “wandering Jew” without cause.  It’s time they faced up to the facts and begin mending their ways.  The world is getting fed up.

“Why do they hate us so?” they ask?

“Mirror mirror on the wall, who are the most obnoxious and disliked people of us all?”

Mr. Interlocutor, look into the mirror and repeat the question!

Doctor, heal thyself!

Helen Thomas always asks the right questions!  That is why she is known as a “top US journalist.”

“I was a journalist in waiting, but I didn’t want to be chasing fires and monitoring police calls,” she writes in her third book, “Front Row at the White House.”

Well, she went out with a flash and a bang, kicking with her boots and, as Tun Dr. Mahathir remarked recently, “essentially, we may have lost the skirmish, but we have won the battle on principle, and they have shown their true colors.”

Bravo! Helen Thomas.  Best wishes for a long and happy retirement.

Debbie Menon:  A long time advocate for the rights of Palestinians in the occupied territories, is a freelance writer based in Dubai. Her articles have been featured in several print and online publications. She can be reached at:  debbiemenon@gmail.com.

20 Comments

  1. rexw on the 08. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Helen Thomas may have slightly overdone it on her last comment before resigning but she was stating nothing more than the many thousands of others would have liked to have said as she has done many times before.

    The questions no one seems to want to ask in the US. Weak-knee’d journalists working for Jewish publishers. Empty suits just warming the chair, serving little purpose.

    The sooner a few of the White House sycophants, posing as journalists, asked some relevant questions of that weak administration, the better.

    Then we might find out why all the pussyfooting with the hated Israel and why the timid Obama after 18 months in power, (this word used very loosely indeed) has achieved nothing in the middle east, has not forced Israel to pull in its horns, and takes no actions where strong action is warranted and accepts the humiliation daily from a selfish, warlike and hated state.

    At least in the days of Helen Thomas, if a question was worth asking it stood a chance of being asked by her.

    These days, like the administration they pander to, it has become a skill how not to ask the piercing question, the relevant and obvious question so that their Jewish owned papers owners never have to bother with spiking them.

    Won’t be the same until we get some real journalists who have some guts. Unlikely though, in the current US climate.

  2. Earlaiman on the 08. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    “You’re only as good as your last story,” she said.

    And her last storyy was very, very good….she is very, very good!

    They ganged her… mugged and gang-raped her in a dark alley on the way home from criticizing them, and she made them drop their shorts and show their real colors, and their shorty little “weapons.”

    She went down, but she went down kicking, scratching and fighting, and I bet she enjoyed every f*cking moment of it!

    Thanks to what they have done to a grand old lady!

    She was a lady, a real lady, and a scraper.

    Now, she can go home, her head up high and enjoy what remains of her long and productive life, and do some grandmother things for a while, before she goes on to her next and greatest publisher.

    God Bless you, Madam Press of the US, and remember what that old rascal Richard Nixon had to say when he “retired” the first time,”Well, the Press won’t have Richard Nixon to kick around anymore.”

    Well, these White House Press b*st*rds won’t have Madam Press of the US to kick around anymore, either.

    Ya done good, babe, and you deserve a rest. Have a good what remains of your life… You’ve earned it!

    Assalamualaikum….

    Eaqrlaiman

  3. SHE HAD MORE CLASS IN HER LITTLE FINGER THAN THE WHOLE LOT OF THOSE JACKALS IN THE WHORE HOUSE EVER DREAMT OF HAVING on the 08. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Helen Thomas is a personal friend. She had more class in her pinkie fingers than did the whole beltway murder machine ever dreamt of having.

    Not only did she out-class them in every way, she was a ‘gentle lady’ and for Gibbs to back stab her after her departure, shows what a piece of sh*t he is! I’m sure glad I haven’t had to work for backstabbers like that since my last job.

    This woman could teach these clowns some civility, and indeed she tried, but to no avail, for she was indeed CASTING HER PEARLS BEFORE ZIO-SWINE!

  4. Robert H. Stiver on the 08. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    An excellent (“wish I were that good”) commentary by Debbie Menon.

    I’m disappointed that Ms. Thomas apologized. She had/has nothing to apologize about.

    My most infuriating moments in this frustrating diversion from the real crimes of piracy, murder and kidnapping perpetrated on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in the past week came last night on CNN’s HLN. The odious Ari Fleishcher was trotted out to denounce Helen, and among his bombast was something like “Telling the Jews to return to Europe is as bad as if someone told U.S. blacks to return to Africa.” I then read a Thomas-bashing article in the Zionist-agent WashPost, and I wrote a comment — which was not posted… — to this effect: “Ari Fleischer [uh, is that a semitic name? or European?] used an analogy of Jews —> Europe = American blacks —> Africa.” Wrong analogy, Ari: the blacks didn’t come to the US as invaders, ethnic cleansers, and occupiers as did the Zionist Jews who went from Europe to Palestine. Ari, you should have opined that talk of sending the Jews back to Europe would be like an American Indian advocating that all European colonists of his/her land return to Europe. And who could argue with that?”

  5. Tim on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    I don’t get it. She said they could go to Germany or Poland, which are very friendly to Jews and Israel now.
    If they don’t want to go there, they can go to the United States or anywhere else.
    How is this bad?

  6. Tim on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    “…It might be impractical for all of those people who were born in Palestine in the past sixty years to go back to Poland and lay claim to the old house in the Warsaw Ghetto…”

    No less practical than going back to Palestine and laying claim to the old house there after 2,000 years.

  7. imp on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    You have to wonder about the courage of people who require twenty-nine operatives to assassinate a lone unarmed and unguarded victim, and who regard relief boats as a threat to national security.

    Now they’re using the prestige of the White House to pick on an eighty-nine year old woman. What next, assembling an elite IDF commando squad to kick a small dog?

  8. Raphael on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    I would be willing to wager that the ratings on the daily White House circle-jerk also known as the press conference will drop. The only reason I ever watched it was to hear the liars try to stammer in response to Helen’s pointed questions…always hilarious!

  9. Avery on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    anti-GENTILISM preceeded “antisemitism”. Anti-GENTILISM is the cause of so-called “antisemitism”. HUMANITY did not invent “antisemitism” and then wait thousands of years for judaism to appear, just so everybody could “hate” it for absolutely no reason. Judaism codified anti-GENTILISM, their hatred of ALL NON-jews, and the only SANE reaction of any NON-jew is self defense, which the “Tribe” calls antisemitism. Judaism consciously chose to separate itself from the Family Of Man, labeling ALL non-Jews GOYIM, GENTILE, SHISKA, and infusing Judaism’s very soul with venom toward ALL NON-jews.

  10. m. tunney on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    I cannot help but have a lot of admiration for Helen Thomas who is an outstanding journalist. She is a fine reporter and her axing by all of her employers is proof to me that what she said in her last interview was spot on. Why else such a drastic response to a five sentence comment? In any event this is a glorious end to a very fine career. She went out with a bang even though the press is trying to make it into a non-event. For what I can see she’ll be always remembered as a star, the contemporary female Ed Murrow. Maybe she and Dan Rather ought to start their own news agency. He too spoke out of turn and was axed on the spot.

  11. greg on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Now the white house press corps is 100% bull**it.
    Not only does Israel and its minions want to murder ans steal land with inpunity, but no one, e.g. Helen, is allowed to be even annoyed by it.
    What a bunch- I’m, ashamed to inhabit the same planet with them.

  12. G Street on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Another McCarthyite mugging of someone who had the audacity to speak out. America used to say of speech we didn’t like, “I might not agree with you but I defend your right to say it.” Another pillar of democracy taken down to promote the supremacy of the New World Order.

  13. Bob on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Robert H. Stiver.

    How do we know she apologized? If I can get a password to her website, I can add anything on her web page?
    What is FBI, or CIA or whatever organization hacked her website and placed the apologies on the web page.

    It is sad that we are no longer a nation with constitutional value, bell of right etc etc…

    May good bless you Mrs. Thomas

  14. Bob on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    To; Robert H. Stiver.

    How do we know she apologized? If I can get a password to her website, I can add anything on her web page?
    What is FBI, or CIA or whatever organization hacked her website and placed the apologies on the web page.

    It is sad that we are no longer a nation with constitutional value, bell of right etc etc…

    May good bless you Mrs. Thomas

  15. Junious Ricardo Stanton on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    The real reason they pushed Helen Thomas out the door was because she dared crticize Israel. Unlike the rest of the sock puppets in the MSM she has courage. On the YouTube video she tells the whole world in no uncertain terms the people who call themselves “Jews” really come from Central Asia who subsequently were forced to move deeper into Russia, Poland and Germany. The last thing the Khazars want is the world to know they are fakes and phonies who have no historical or ethnic claims to the land. Helen Thomas is persona non grata because she calls it like is; Israel is a rogue state that sees itself above international law.

  16. GA on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Very good to see people waking up to the lies being spewed by the zionist controlled media and its minions…Helen is a true patriot and will be missed by US….remember folks, these zionist claim Palestine, even though they are mearly a bunch of converted european from russia..shows ya how well they can and how much they love to lie to US, dont it?

  17. Easterling on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    REALITY IS ANTI-SEMETIC

    BiBi Netanyahoo’s father surname Mililovsky (Lithawanian)

    Ariel Sharon born Scheinermann

    Golda Meir born Mobovitch

    Mark Regev born Freiberg

    Rahm Emanuel’s father Auerbach

    George Soros born Gyorgy Schwartz (Hungarian)

    Ayn Rand born Rosenbaum

    Jack Ruby (YES that Jack Ruby) born Rubenstein

    Noticing a pattern here????

    I could go on for hours but why bother?

    REMEMBER RACHEL CORRIE

    REMEMBER THE CREW OF THE USS LIBERTY

  18. SOS on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    But if an official says “nuke Iran, Iraq, Mecca etc etc” he is lauded to the skies.

    This country has no real journalists because it has few real constituents/audience.

    Instead of bemoaning, bitching and complaining about the loss of Helen Thomas- get your passive, cowardly, lazy asses on the phone and CALL the WH to protest her leaving. CALL the WH Press Corp and confront their corruption PERSONALLY. WRITE her editors and DEMAND her reinstatement. CALL Larry King and INSIST she be allowed to speak her side of the story…

    SUPPORT her in some REAL way- not just an easy whine on an obscure comment board. YOU do something YOURSELF to assist her -and by extension-freedom and justice in the country. DOnt pass it on to the next guy with a shrug and a whimper “oh how bad its gotten…”

    GROW UP and ACT UP!

  19. Mr. E on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    ISRAEL as a state didnt exist before WWII, so back off.. Jews have been in the region for millenia BUT only after WWII did the winning powers, US, UK and RUSSIA, give the displaced jews abducted by the nazis a place of their own called ISRAEL. Lets cut the BS, lets read more and spend less time swallowing the plethora of “entertainment” and distracting crap on tv. The holocaust didnt teach us that the Jews are special or unique or forever to be the eternal victims. If Israel is a peaceful state then Charles Manson is a saint, they both follow the same drive, kill innocent people.

  20. B. Benhamid on the 09. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Helen Thomas is unique and has her heart in the right place.
    Now she will have enough time to write a book and expose the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
    The very best to you always, and may the Most Merciful grant you many more healthy years.

    Tahyiati

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