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Should Helen Thomas be removed from the White House Press Room?

Veteran journalist Helen Thomas, who recently made controversial comments about Israel and Palestine, agreed Sunday not to appear as commencement speaker at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda.

Thomas, 89, who has covered the White House for decades, provoked criticism by her response in an impromptu video interview that was posted online. In a brief comment, she said Israelis should "get the hell" out of Palestine and go to places including Poland, Germany and the United States. Read the full article.


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No, of course not, any more than she should have been kicked out 75 years ago if she similarly criticized the Third Reich for Gazauschwitz, ooops, I mean Auschwitz.

Posted by: Garak | June 7, 2010 10:07 AM

I forgive her...only because she is so good looking. Not!

Posted by: kennedycommonsense | June 7, 2010 10:38 AM

lets semd her back to Lebanon--Lou Burke

Posted by: mslsburke | June 7, 2010 10:49 AM

It is one thing to want to keep focus on graduating high school students. Ms. Thomas's comments are not to my liking, but to disallow a veteran journalist from asking questions and reporting (and even expressing controversial opinions) is about as un-American as you can get. The best way to support the First Amendment and Constitution is to allow the free exchange of ideas and comments -- even if (or especially if) you do not agree with them.

Posted by: karenesq | June 7, 2010 10:58 AM

Let me see if I have this straight... an opinion is only valid if it is politically correct. Her statement was not a hateful one, calling for the destruction of Israel. In fact, it was rather accurate. Hate mongering is to be condemned, but expression of honest opinion is a bedrock of this country.

Posted by: Denny_98 | June 7, 2010 11:17 AM

Since Ms. Thomas said that the Jews who moved from Poland, Germany, and America need to go back to their native countries because they were using "occupied territory" it is only fair that she return to her Lebanon roots and abandon the "occupied territory" of DC that was taken from the Native Americans who were here when the Europeans showed up and "occupied" it. The Europeans drew the boundaries of the Middle East after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1919, including Palestine, Iraq, Trans-Jordan, Syria and did the same with America.
So long, Helen of Lebanon. We will miss your charming ways.

Posted by: adamsdc | June 7, 2010 11:44 AM

While she has a right to her opinion, a woman of her stature should keep her clearly racist comments to herself. I think it's time for her to retire.

Posted by: mtravali | June 7, 2010 11:52 AM

Thomas's views on Israel are despicable, but nasty opinions shouldn't lead to a barring from the White House Press Room. The real question of her qualifications is not so much her opinions, as what is the extent of her readership?

Posted by: andym108 | June 7, 2010 12:07 PM

MS Thomas Spoke the truth. If I was to say all the European people should leave United states and give the land back to the indians would that be a true statement. Yes that would be a true and fact base statement. American people hate the truth and they can,t deal with the truth. Guess when Israel became a state.(1948)

Posted by: kwillis556 | June 7, 2010 12:18 PM

I always believed that you don't get to be old being stupid. Oh well that one's out the window. Jimmy the Greek was sent into oblivion for comments that were less racist...where is the justice??? Send her home...reporters need to keep their racist,ignorant thoughts to themselves.

Posted by: sheepdog2 | June 7, 2010 12:18 PM

What Hitler did to the Jews that were living in Europe was terrible. What Israel is doing to the Palestinians in equally terrible. They confiscated their land and kept them captive for over 60 years. Jews and Arabs had lived peacefully in the area before the outsiders moved in. I agree with Helen’s remarks and we should quit borrowing three billion dollars a year from China to give to Israel. They have nothing to offer us, whereas the Arabs have the oil.

Posted by: George65 | June 7, 2010 12:39 PM

Why is she still working anyway? She is WAY past retirement age!

Posted by: kwhitw | June 7, 2010 12:45 PM

Her remark is equal to someone like David Duke saying American Blacks should be sent back to Africa. No one at the White House wants him in attendance at a press conference either, but maybe George65 can invite him to speak at his high school.

Posted by: marjorieg123 | June 7, 2010 12:53 PM

No she should not be removed. This is her opinion. Are opinions no longer valid, but must be politically correct?

Posted by: howellr | June 7, 2010 1:00 PM

Love Ms. Thomas. If I had to give up a 'freedom' - it would be "Freedom of speech" - most people can't use it and those that do say things we don't want to hear. She used her right to express herself, and now it's become something we don't want to hear. She should not have resigned. Freedom of speech = Fear of repercussion.

Posted by: vlong2 | June 7, 2010 1:03 PM

I'm no fan of Helen's but removing her is totally rediculous. For once she is right. The Jews should get the hell out of Palestine. The U.S. needs to stop coddling Isreal. They have long been a thorn in everyones side and equally at fault with the trouble in that region. But, if anyone says even one negative about Isreal - the wrath of all jews is brought upon that person. Why? Simply because the Jews possess dis-proportional power & juice in the form of $$$$$$$. Sit tight Helen - show some hutspa on this one!

Posted by: rbk525 | June 7, 2010 1:16 PM

If a white male known to do drugs would have said it, would he have been required to leave his radio show? It is simply because she is a woman and she is right. Sorry, I appreciate what the Jews went through and it was horrible, but they are doing the same thing to the Palestinians. Period.

Posted by: mringle3 | June 7, 2010 1:17 PM

MARJORIEG123: Your comments are an insult to American Blacks. They are the descendents of people that were forcefully enslaved and brought here against their will. The European Israeli's willfully invaded Palestine.

A better analogy would be to say that it would be like telling the Dutch to get the h@ll out of New Amsterdam.

Posted by: steve1231 | June 7, 2010 1:47 PM

We need intelligent public discussions on the MIddle East that lead to credible solutions. But this will not happen in the current system of government where greed and power obstruct rational behavior, with the corrupting influence of the Jewish lobby being one of many obstructions to rational thought in the U. S. We should not be anti-anything, but rather guided by the compassion and wisdom that enables fair solutions. Mrs. Thomas's comments speak to one issue in a complex series of events that effect this challenge.

The issue of manipulating human demographics to attain power over another group is not new, but it is something that needs to be addressed in an age where human populations are pushing against the upper limits of human carrying capacity. Should people that behave rationally in light of current environmental and social constraints be overwhelmed by those seeking power by promoting increased birth rates and manipulating the intricacies of immigration/emigration?

Mrs. Thomas is speaking truth to power when she elevates this issue to a prominent position in the awareness of the American psyche. To see her derided for mentioning this issue only demonstrates the impoverished state of democracy and human cultural intelligence in the United States.

It is better to take moment and consider her comments and provide the context needed to understand the current situation and for seeking much needed rational solutions.

Posted by: DesertCrier | June 7, 2010 1:57 PM

Is she senile or just plain mean? As a Christian, I recognize all Jewish people as children of our God. Israel belongs to the Jews. It is biblical. We seem to want to hold Israel to a higher set of standards than the rest of the world. For instance, should Mexico stop simply invading our nation and their people working here illegally, and begin firing missiles into Brownsville, El Paso, South Padre, etc., along with sending suicide bombers to our shopping centers and churches to blow us up. Would you want to speculate as to our reaction? It would be swift and it would be ugly. The Muslims of the world hate Jews and Christians alike. They seem to want to eradicate us collectively from the face of the earth. We are repulsive to their faith and god. She said they should go back to Germany and Poland! If he were alive, where would Sammy Davis go? Isn’t that a stereotype? What is amazing is that you never hear of a Jew being a terrorist, a radical, or even breaking the law. They don’t produce and sell drugs, torpedo boats, kidnap and behead journalists, or cause dissenters to permanently “disappear”. They simply want to live and let live. In my opinion, the world would be a better place if we all lived and acted more like them. From a Christian to my Jewish brothers and sisters: Shalom! May Israel live forever.

Posted by: Fallguy1 | June 7, 2010 3:04 PM

Of course Helen Thomas should not have resigned and her resignation should not have been accepted, either. Unlike most people who are calling for her to leave the country or are calling her senile, I do not interpret her words literally but I believe I understand her concept. It seems clear to me that Jews are not loyal to the country where they are born but to the land they claim was given to them directly by God. Would any American Jew fight for the U. S. if, God forbid, should we go insane and declare war on Israel? Or, without being so drastic, would they agree with any government daring to criticize anything Israel does? The Jews who moved into Israel in 1948 were born in other countries, had the tradition of those countries and, of course, had their own religion. Once the war was over, it would have made much more sense for them to go back to where they came from instead of becoming the rulers of the land that the Palestines had never left. But, of course, if they had done so, they would not have received the generous assistance of the U. S. and of the millions of Jews who live in other countries. In my opinion, the creation of the State of Israel was a mistake, and I hope I will not be asked to leave the country for having this opinion. Until not long ago, I thought that we lived in a country where free speech reigned.

Posted by: freespirit1942 | June 7, 2010 3:41 PM

The outcry against Ms Thomas much of it from individuals and their supporters who are currently engaged in maintaining a Warsaw ghetto for Palestinians with a view to compelling them to move to other locations is characteristic of the shallowness and hypocrisy which we have tolerated in evaluating the entire Israeli tragedy.

Posted by: Oide | June 7, 2010 3:47 PM

While I believe Ms. Thomas' comments display a lack of appreciation for the horror the Jewish people suffered in the European countries she suggests are their "homes", it is undeniably true that Israel is an occupying power - in the West Bank, in Gaza (although it denies this), and in Israel itself. The fact that World War II era European Jewish refugees had no where else to go except Israel, and the fact that the Palestinian people whose land the Zionists seized were in no way guilty of the Holocaust almost defines "tragedy."

All this aside, Ms Thomas has a right to express her views and the fact that her views are unpopular - or at least not pc - is no justification at all for driving her into "retirement". This outcome does not reflect well on Israel's supporters and tends to validate the view that nothing perceived as "anti-Israel" can be spoken in the U.S. media without swift punishment.

She should be allowed to speak at the high school graduation. It would be a an excellent lesson in First Amendment rights for impressionable young students.

Posted by: Shenandoah3 | June 7, 2010 4:17 PM

helen thomas was correct in her statement of the Palestinian people living in occupation. that is totally unacceptable in today's world. i do not agree the Israelis/Jewish people should return to Poland/Germany. the world was correct and honorable to stand against Nazism. the world being led by the united states must be correct and honorable to stand not by words, but deeds against this continuing occupation of the Palestinian people.

Posted by: ebonie4real | June 7, 2010 4:58 PM

Helen is covered by the constitutionto express her opinions. Would there be so many problems if she said a negative comment about the Palestinians? What the Zionists are doing to the Palestinians is unlawful and disgusting. They know what it is like to be treated in this way and yet they allow the Palestinians to live in deplorable conditions because of Israel. Why are we giving this country aid to continue the occupation of Palestine is beyond me. We should be giving the millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians and Hamas. The israelis are commiting horrible acts toward a people, that just want to live in the lands that they have always lived in.
She is entitled to her opinion and I applaud her for her courage. Her comments were not anti sematic and racist but anti zionist.

Posted by: ms25 | June 7, 2010 5:31 PM

Why are we always doomed to repeat the same mistakes? Does no one remember? The Holocaust, the greatest crime in human memory, happened because thugs took away the right to free speech and assembly. No excuse to limit discourse can be allowed. Read the Constitution. The greatest document in human history. I feel for all of the people in that region.

Posted by: jwise1 | June 7, 2010 7:30 PM

She has been a columnist for 10 years now. For that reson alone she has no business in the front row of the WH Press Corp.

Much like it's a farce to say the SCOTUS only interprets the Constitution, it's a joke to think the Press aren't lap-dog sycophants for all things liberal and Pregressive. What is NOT reported is a crime and constitutes malpractice.

Free speech does not guarantee freedom from dissent. We do not have to agreee with you.

Posted by: theduck6 | June 9, 2010 7:45 AM

Helen's remarks could be taken two ways. Either she meant;

1. "all" of Palestine (i.e. as it was in 1948) before the Zionist take over or

2. the occupied territories which is the West Bank and Gaza (which many people aren't aware are 'not' part of Israel).

I think her views came about as a result of decades of frustration of Israel's consistent violations of international law and settlement building for which President after President blindly supported. She's way past retirement age so she probably thought "why not"? After all, no other journalist rebukes Israel for its blatant disregard for international opinion. For that, I say "good on her".

Plus, why is it that 750,000 Palestinians can be ethnically cleansed in 1948 by Jewish terrorist organisations (Irgun and Lehi) and the Haganah and another 450,000 Palestinians forcibly removed from Palestine in order to make room for European, Russian and American Jews? The latter now live in comparative luxury as a result of a crime against humanity but the former live in squalor in refugee camps dotted around the Arab world. Those of you who unequivocally support Israel have absolutely no humanity.

Posted by: abdulmismail | June 9, 2010 10:20 AM

Jews should not be required to leave Palestine. Ms. Thomas failed to realize that Holocaust survivors were murdered in Poland, for example.
However, at least some Zionists have been engaged in ethnic cleansing of Arabs from Palestine since the 19th century.
There should be only one state in what was the British Mandate. The present state of Israel should be dissolved into one state comprising the whole territory of the British Mandate, with East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank. All residents must have equal rights. Jews who accept equal rights for Arabs should remain in Palestine, which must include the entire former British Mandate.
In the interim, Israel should completely withdraw from East Jerusalem, Gaza (meaning the lifting of the blockade), and the West Bank. All Jewish settlements in those 3 territories need to be evacuated.
Israel also needs to grant equal rights to Arabs within its pre-1967 borders. Arabs within pre-1967 Israel are subject to expropriation of the their land and are discouraged from service in the Israel Defense Force, which service carries with it many benefits.
The establishment of a free, multi-ethnic Palestine must include full compensation for damage to Arab property, health, and life by Israel.
The United States needs immediately to cease all aid to Israel until these conditions are met.
Anti-Semitism is the justification for the existence of the Jewish state. Anti-Semitism was principally European. Arabs have been paying for it since the beginning of Zionism in the 19th century.

Posted by: grantrshafer | June 9, 2010 12:48 PM

Thank you, those who posted thoughtful, reasoned responses. Criticism of Israel always carries with it the risk of being condemned as an anti-Semite which it is NOT but serves as a deterrent to expressing reasonable opinions. Mr Fallguy: To use the Bible to justify Israel's actions is ridiculous to all who do not take the words of the Bible literally. To accuse all Muslims of hating Jews and Christians is racist (and unChristian)and to absolve all Jews of all crimes and acts of terrorism (i.e. by the Irgun and Haganah to say nothing of invading ships on the high seas--the USS Liberty and the recent Mavi Marmara) is just plain ignorant!! As does Helen, you are free to express your opinions but please read something about the history of this conflict before doing so or you look like a fool!

Posted by: elenainez | June 9, 2010 2:36 PM

Her comments were obviously borne out of frustration and was spot on. Palestinians are paying for European sins against the Jewish people and sadly this time it's the Jewish people who are the oppressors of another. After more than 60 years, the Palestinians still seek justice and Israel is never made to answer or pay for it's crimes and/or violations of international laws. Sometimes, even journalists say 'enough is enough' either you make peace or you go back to where to came from.

Posted by: mrahaman | June 9, 2010 5:55 PM

Anyone who dares to critize Israel is a racist and an ANTI-SEMITE?? Not only is this attack on Thomas racism, it's terrorism.

Posted by: af0691 | June 9, 2010 6:47 PM

wE WILL DESTROY OURSELVES BY ALLOWING ANY COUNTRY TO TREAT ANY PEOPLE INHUMANELY. OUR UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS ALLOWED ISRAEL TO USE UNBELIEVABLE FORCE AND COMMIT ATROCITIES AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS WHO ARE SUFFERING AND IN NEED OF THEIR DAILY BREAD AND WATER. IF THE FIGHT THE OCCUPIERS, THEY ARE CALLED TERRORISTS. THE ISRAELIS BOMBED OUR USS LIBERTY SHIP IN 1967 OUR GOVERNMENT LOOKED THE OTHER WAY, THEY SEND COMMANDOS TO BOARD A HUMANITARIAN SHIP IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS AND OUR GOV'T CONTINUES TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY, THEY KILL AMERICANS PEACE WORKERS AND WE DO NOTHING. BUT WE CONTINUE TO SUPPLY THEM WITH WEAPONS AND MONEY TO BE THE WORST BULLIES THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN.... I ASK why? WHAT COMPELS OUR PRESIDENTS TO GO ALONG WITH CRIMINAL ACTS...WHICH WOULD BE CONSIDERED ACTS OF WAR FOR ANY OTHER COUNTRY..I SAY BRAVA TO HELEN AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!! THE TRUTH SHOULD SET US FREE BUT MAYBE NOT WHEN THE MEDIA IS CONTROLLED BY PEOPLE WHO WILL SUPPORT ANY WRONGS FOM ISRAEL...AND ALWAYS BEND THE TRUTH.

Posted by: JEANNINEALICK | June 9, 2010 8:33 PM

Is the US a sovereign nation or does Israel dictate who can work in the press now? Do the people run the country, or do corporations who bribe corrupt government puppets? Do lobby/bribery dollars matter more than votes? Do we have the right to free speech? Is giving $3bn a year to Israel with no strings attached even after they killed Americans on the Liberty, killed Rachel Corrie, killed numerous reporters and photographers, and defy hundreds of UN resolutions, AND have nuclear weapons when Iran and Iraq want a nuclear free zone? PUT HELEN BACK, SHE IS A PATRIOT. ANYONE WHO DOESN'T WANT HER SHOULD BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY.

Posted by: mscir | June 9, 2010 9:11 PM

Everyone must understand the power of Isarel and anyone who disregards it must be punished severely. The only purpose of US government and american public is and should be unconditional support to Israel. This is not a choiece but the unequivocal command of god to all believers. This is not a choice but our fate, our obligation to god. Liberal nonsense like free speech can not be tolerated in such a vital issue.

Posted by: nickpopovitz | June 9, 2010 9:57 PM

As JFK put it in his speech on "secret societies & the press" in April 27, 1961, "And that is why our press was protected by the first amendment, the only business in America specifically protected by the constitution,","to lead, mould, and educate and sometimes even anger public opinion". For a full transcript, go to "http://www.freezone.de/jfk-speech.htm". For the video, go to "www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS7l6i4w11U". JFK was perhaps the last real president we ever had - no wonder he was so violently silenced, with so much hatred, & for everyone to watch.

Posted by: diktat37203 | June 9, 2010 10:05 PM

Helen Thomas is entitled to her opinion, or we lost the freedom of speech ??.
When most hardline Israelis, including their Rabbis, call for killing or deporting all Palastinians from their home land, who raises his objection in the American pro-Israel media ???.
Helen did not advocate the killing of anybody, and did not insult the Jews at large.
I'll say to the Fallguy, please read the history of Palastine and the Middle East. If you only listen to the pro-Israel fanatics, you will become ignorant, and misinformed. Since when, some version of the old testiment bacame a real eastae document ??
The Palastinians lived in Palastine for thousands of years. Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together in peace for over 1500 years, until the Zionist movement decided to create the state if Israel in 1948. With the help of England & France they moved from Europe to Palastine, and used extrem terror to kill hundred of thousand of Palastinians, confiscate their homes and villages, and build settlements. and this practice of terror continues till today. I don't say the Jews are doing this. becaues most Jews are good, and respect human right, but only the extremist zionist Jews who don't hesitate to do to others, what Hitler did to them.
Since the creation of Israel in 1948, This racist state has waged wars after wars againt its Arab neighbors, killing tens of thousands, occupying their land, assasinating leaders who stand against Israel. The latest crime was against peace activist carrying madical supplies, and food to 1.5 million people in Gaza, who Israel is starving them to death. Israeli comandos attacked them in international water, killed 9, and injured 30 of them.
Throughout history, no one protected Jews other than Muslims and Arabs. Remember at the end of the Islamic sevilizatin in Spain, when the Spanish army massacred Muslims and Jews !! The Muslims took the Jews with them to Morocco, protected them, and treated them as brothers and sisters.
If the Israelis want to live in peace, they have to stop their racist behavior. If they treat the Palastinians as equal, then they will be peace.
Please read history.

Posted by: mhnaji | June 9, 2010 10:13 PM

81% of opinion poll indicates Helen should not be fired.
18% say she should.
In a democracy, the majority rules.
Long live the majority!

Posted by: hiwaycruzer | June 9, 2010 10:40 PM

Fallguy1 you are delusional, hopefully Sammy Davis and Jesus will help you out. You need to rethink who the original terrorists really were, I think some of it started in the late '40's. CUT OFF THE 3 BILLION TO ISRAEL IF THEY ARE NOT GOING TO FOLLOW A 2 STATE SOLUTION-see how they like that.

Posted by: zuluwarrior1 | June 9, 2010 10:44 PM

Goodbye freedom of speech in the USA. America is now a JudeoChristian multinational theocracy - with a population sedated on junk food, drugs and gossip. Turn off your TVs and reclaim your country. Oh, sorry, I forgot, The Simpsons is on ....

Posted by: Nexuseditor19 | June 9, 2010 11:15 PM

I wonder if she'd still have a job if instead of saying:

"The Israelis should get the hell out of Palestine", she had said:

"The Palestinians should get the hell out of Gaza"

If you ever wonder who's in charge, just ask yourself who you can't criticize.

Posted by: SteveDeak | June 10, 2010 12:25 AM

Both Palestinias and Isralies have the right to live in Palestine, and where the want to live. But the Isralie Government oppresses this right to Palestiniens by locking them up in a guetto (Gaza) and preventing them from accessing their basic needs to survive like food and medicine, leaving them on the brink of starvation. And we are talking about innocent civilians here, young men and women, babies and children. What if it was your son, or daughter, who was in need of medicine and died because your govenerment wouldnt let them have the medicine they needed to survive? That has been the case for hundreds of thousands of Palastinians. I think what helen meant was for Isralies to get out of Occupied Palastinian territory-which is in every way fair and politically correct. How would you like it if your neighbore bolted your door down and forced you and your family out of your own house tha has been in your family for 400 years, and has his cousins family move in while you sat their watching on the street in desparation with your family?

Posted by: Maryam111 | June 10, 2010 1:15 AM

Why do 'certain' people think it is OK to bash CHRISTIANS no matter what denomination How can we uphold our Constitution when OHB and the media try to reinterprete. Our founders knew what the European, UK laws were and the restrictions on their religion. They chose to settle in America to get away from this power.

Posted by: teddi-bear1 | June 10, 2010 1:49 AM

Helen Thomas was a national treasure and was the only member of the corrupt press corp to ask hard questions, everyone else played milquetoast softball.She had earned the right to voice an opinion because of her seniority and her patriotic service to this country in trying to ensure transparency in what now has become a military dictatorship and fascist corporatocracy. And the stupid sheeple just don't get it. They no longer live in a democracy and they are the losers. All the good guys have been silenced, from Bill Moyers to Dan Rather, now Thomas and Amy Goodman is the only one left. She was of proud Arab heritage and has every right to voice an opinion of the barbaric and illegal occupation of the Zionazis occupying another people's land. We will miss Helen because her absence will remind us that we no longer live in a democracy.

Posted by: mystic9121 | June 10, 2010 1:58 AM

Helen Thomas said her own personal opinion , which is a right for every human being on this earth ; it's never a crime
I find her so sensible & logic in what she had said & directly said to a well known person , who managed to publish this " edited video clip ; only this part of accusation " to the whole world

Please bear it with me , If Europe had done pain to Jewish community , why should another nation be sued for that ; pay back this suffering ??
If any European kills any one in a car crash , no one else " from Africa , Aia , America , .. " will be sued instead , the case will never be brought against some one else , or it would be !
So I couldn't understand how come that Europe in order to repair their mistakes towards Jewish community, had given all the Jewish the right for a state in the 1940s in another continent ; a land who belongs to others " Palestinians " ?? ,whom have been living there & having their own life established ??

Giving something that is not yours ?? , what kind of law is being established here or simply the better asked question should be " what kind of law was simply breeched here ?? "

Every occupied country had fought for their freedom & they were never termed terrorists, even Americans when they broke off UK

So when she said " get the hell out of there " , that was a very considerate & logic thought , no doubt that we still remember those events expressing human right abuse towards African occupied countries in South Africa , Indians , …etc

So her considerate statement must be fought for , an occupying state Israel " to different Palestinian states ( like Sieged Gaza " which nourishes the real fact that peace must be fought for in return & not any other claim

Which she simply emphasized later on

What had been done with the increase of settlements on different occupied Palestinian land is a disaster & will never ever help peace ?? , simply pushing Palestinians out of their lands , which is another recent human crime

Simply , to all those who need to understand her fair statement can , but to those who thing Palestinians like other Arabs are just crap will never do ; like other previous thoughts & believes towards Indians , African man , ..etc

Racism isn't being anti-Semitic , racism is being & feeling superb , which is established by introducing & emphasizing different thoughts & believes of being superior to other nations & other human beings , who in fact deserve the same equal rights of freedom , education , peace , love , …. etc

Posted by: queen_utopia1 | June 10, 2010 4:39 AM

Americans are not any more free to tell they point of view if it contrast with the zionist.

Posted by: AntizionfreeAmerica | June 10, 2010 5:54 AM

I am led to believe that "freedom of speech" is NOT for those that sympathize or are compassionate for those that are crucified . . . history repeats itself - over and over.

Posted by: laudi | June 10, 2010 7:51 AM

If the Israelis are so unhappy with the Palestinians, why don't they send them back to Palestine???????

Posted by: mianta1 | June 10, 2010 8:49 AM

We pride our selves that we live in the land of the free, man should be able to speak his mind with no fear!!!till when we have to be scared of speaking up?? or one should always be politicaly correct???we should be able to hear other opinions, but it does not mean that we have to agree with them.
As President Obama recognized in his historic address in Cairo on June 4, 2009, the Palestinian people - Muslims and Christians - have endured the pain of dislocation for more than 60 years. "Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations - large and small - that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: The situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable ..."
should he be kicked out of the White House too??

Posted by: salim2nd | June 10, 2010 8:53 AM

Israel is no more in possession of occupied territory then the US is an occupier of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, which used to belong to Mexico before the US vs. Mexican war. If you want to play poker you don’t get to ask for your money back when you lose!

Posted by: marjorieg123 | June 10, 2010 10:19 AM

All colonial powers, including the USA and its horrible wars against the Native peoples of North and Central America, Asia, Africa and so on and and its wars wherever there is oil, or riches to be stolen and, to the point Helen tried to make, have much to be ashamed of.

Human greed is surpassed only by the excuses we use to plunder. Israel is no different than any other colonial power and the people of Palestine are defending themselves the only way they can; two points that David Ben Gurion honestly made over 60 years ago as he stole the land from the Palestinians.

Posted by: SteveWiseman | June 10, 2010 10:22 AM

I thought that there is freedom of speach in the U.S . What I notice is that Israel is the only untouchable subject in the US ,we can critisize the President but never Israel .With the media not telling the truth about the horor and criminal behavior of Israel we are creating more ennemy to the US .

Posted by: haniao2004 | June 10, 2010 10:39 AM

I surely cannot believe these foolish pro-Israel talking heads. They surely cannot believe their own lies...
example:

Everyone must understand the power of Isarel and anyone who disregards it must be punished severely. The only purpose of US government and american public is and should be unconditional support to Israel. This is not a choiece but the unequivocal command of god to all believers. This is not a choice but our fate, our obligation to god. Liberal nonsense like free speech can not be tolerated in such a vital issue.
Posted by: nickpopovitz | June 9, 2010 9:57 PM

I mean reaLLY PEOPLE, WHAT KIND OF IDIOT REALLY BELIEVES THIS TYPE OF DRIVEL.
i FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT IF HELEN THOMAS LOOKED ANYTHING LIKE SARAH PALIN, SHE WOULD BE IN CHARGE ALREADY hA hA

NICKPOPOVITS IS TRULY AN ARSE, OR MAYBE REALLY A VERY FUNNY GUY ! WHO CAN TELL THE SHEEP FROM THE WOLVES NOWADAYS.

Posted by: lightninrods | June 10, 2010 10:54 AM

Many Americans have not forgotten Israel's attack on the USS Liberty in international waters which killed many American sailors and wounded dozens more. They used unmarked jets to do this. You can criticize just about anything in America except Israel. It is almost on the level of German citizens who tried to criticize the Nazi's just before World War II. Like an abused child that grows up to become an abuser, Israel has gone from being the victims of German extermination camps to subjecting the Palestinians to a similar but more prolonged fate.

Posted by: ErnestR | June 10, 2010 11:04 AM

When Salman Rushdi wrote a cheap book, insulting Prophet Mohammad & 1.5 billion Muslims, the entire world stood up in arms to protect him in the name of freedom of speech.
When a Danish cartoonist published some derogatory and hateful images of Prophet Mohammad and insulting the entire Muslim world, every media and poltician in Europe and USA defended him, and condemned those Muslims who protested the insult to their prophet. we accused them of being uncivilized, who don't understand the freedom of speech.
What happened now ??? someone dared to criticize Israel, even what she said is historically correect. She forgot one thing: In our democracy, you have freedom of speech if you want to criticize or even insul the president of the USA, its flag, or even God himself, but you are a terrorist if you say anything negative about Israel.

Posted by: mhnaji | June 10, 2010 12:42 PM

You have to be forgiving to people like Helen Thomas because she's old enough to still remember when the place was called Palistine.

Posted by: Davol | June 10, 2010 1:31 PM

ZIONIST TREASON GOVERNS AMERICA!!

Posted by: deonm | June 10, 2010 1:56 PM

Please stop comparing what Europeans did to the American Indians as they are living here with dignity, self-respect, freedom and rights. Palestinians in Gaza are not!

Posted by: irenedc | June 10, 2010 4:17 PM

Please stop comparing what Europeans did to the American Indians as they are living here with dignity, self-respect, freedom and rights. Palestinians in Gaza are not!

Posted by: irenedc | June 10, 2010 4:19 PM

People shot in the head, eyes and brain parts destroyed, the elderly beaten, small children and infants caused to suffer and die, parents to grieve - none of this has caused a hint of anger. In fact, most of it has been considered of too little importance even to report. Instead, media reports are filled with outrage at "anti-Israel" words spoken by 89-year-old Helen Thomas...?
http://www.counterpunch.org/weir06092010.html

Posted by: KoboDoc | June 10, 2010 5:36 PM

Having just returned form a long stay in Europe, I was appalled by what I saw on the television at the airport upon landing back in the U.S. It was a newscaster stating that Helen Thomas had resigned after making her "anti-Semetic comments" regarding the Palestinian situation. "What an unfortunate ending to such an illustrious career." I have noticed for a long time that the news on U.S. televisions is very one-sided, not giving us a picture of both sides of an issue as occurs in many western European countries. We Americans don't realize how biased our news is.

I am appalled that Helen Thomas was asked to resign after making a statement which expressed her political views. Under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. case law, this is the MOST protected speech, and it was her PERSONAL opinion, not one contained in any of her journalism which has always been objective. Is she not allowed to be a person in her time off?

If we Americans are not careful, "political correctness" will annul our constitutional freedoms. I, for one, am trying to understand why it is all right for Israel to flout the United States and the rest of the world by killing people on a boat in international waters, take property from people with no reimbursement, and basically obtain a country because they were mistreated. I think what happened to the Jews in WWII was unconscionable, but the Jews were not the only ones killed in the concentration camps. Any non-Ayrian was. All those other people were not given a country because of the mistreatment. The Jews went in and took houses and property away from the people living in Palestine, put them on the street, destroyed court records showing property ownership. and gave them nothing. Now, Israel and the rest of the world cannot understand why there are so many hard feelings among the Palestinians. How is that fair?

The Jews have done an excellent job of recounting the injustices that were done to them, but it appears they are doing the same things, and no one is supposed to say anything because it is politically incorrect. Wake up, America, before it is too late!

Posted by: cparisnow | June 10, 2010 6:07 PM

Ms. Thomas spoke the truth and all Christians should know it is the truth. If they do not they have not read their Bible.

To Ms. Thomas: May God Bless You!

Posted by: cerozeroyou | June 10, 2010 6:42 PM

Ms. Thomas should not be removed. She has earned the right to sit with the press and her comment showed she is knowledgeable about where Israelis have come from - all over the world!

Posted by: melinda4994 | June 10, 2010 8:30 PM

Helen Thomas for president is very appropriate for one that speaks up for America, instead of our alledged pro-american politicians who are too unwilling, and too powerless to represent this country, and its constitution. To permit the discrimination of Palestinians by those in Washington, D.C., along with permission for Israel to continue their years long genocide of the Palestinians can only make one wonder when did the United States of America, as a Christian nation, die?

Posted by: amindisaterriblethingtoclose | June 10, 2010 8:49 PM

No, she should not! Most certainly not be removed!! Nazism was in no doubt horrible and their actions truly deplorable. AT THE TIME and during WWII, the Jews were very oppressed and needed a place to call home and a safe haven, the Palestinians did not mind having them as guests and by account of many Jews who moved to Palestine in the 30s and 20s prior to the creation of Israel, you can see that they were not treated unfairly by the Palestinians. However, they started wanting a Jewish only state!!!! and that alienated the majority of the population of Palestine and since then, things have never been the same. What Israel is now doing to the Palestinians is just as equally horrible as what the Nazis did to them. The world's silence back then on what happened to them is inexcusable; however, can not now be undone!! The world's silence today on what is happening to the Palestinians is absolutely deplorable and shameful! Helen Thomas said Israel should get the hell out of Palestine and not the Jews, her apology afterwords was very sincere in my opinion. I also believe that a one secular state solution, with all who have made the Holy Land their home staying there no matter where they had come from before, and the Palestinian refugees having the right of return, as the only fair solution to all. Who cares if the Jews are no longer the majority, they needed a place where they would be safe from the Nazis and with Nazism gone! they should remain in Palestine and share it with all who love it and consider it holy. Holy is blood free, nothing tainted with blood of children and innocents can maintain its holiness! Viva Palestine for all Palestinians of all faiths and systems of belief.

Posted by: Seeker-o | June 10, 2010 10:08 PM

It was Germany, not any Mideastern nation, that had
harmed the Jews and owed them (more than could
possibly be paid.) The land for a Jewish homeland
ought to have come from Germany. Too late to fix it
now, but the Israeli government needs to start
behaving decently toward Palestinians.

Posted by: dana937 | June 10, 2010 11:16 PM

it is unbelievable that you have deleted my comment?!!!!!!!!!!!!
thank u

Posted by: ammarghasan | June 11, 2010 7:48 AM

The Israelis just don't get it, "the longer you hate someone, the more you resemble them" The ruthless nature they assassinated the unarmed (as the most recent footage shows kicking then shooting someone on the ground) displays ruthless cowardice, not strength.
It's a characteristic similar to how the Nazis started their trample.
But they think their the chosen few, I think Hitler did too. I personally support "Peace on Earth"

Posted by: jrehill | June 11, 2010 8:36 AM

Helen Thomas is a great american lady. She is the Role Model of this era of the American National History.

What she said is up only to the American and International human conscience to judge her.

Sheikh Fouad Sleem
Alexandria, VA

Posted by: fsleem | June 11, 2010 10:23 AM

as a Jew from Russian roots,I can never go with the removal of Helen from White House Press Room as she was saying her opinion in a country claims that it's the unique defender of freedom and Freedom of expression, but USA proved to be the first country to suppress freedom of expression how can i enforce woman to resign because she expressed an opinion an issue, more frightening she's journalist, so please USA's government don't ever ask other nations to apply democracy and freedom,although she tells the truth but we Jews don't want to believe the reality, we rapped this country unduly,we have been tortured but we punish people who haven't any hand in our suffering, please publish my comment to ensure the credibility of the site

Posted by: hsolimanfromAshdod | June 11, 2010 4:43 PM

First of all, Danny Schechter who is Jewish recognized that Helen was provoked on purpose by someone who is allegedly a rabbi and claims to believe in Tikkun Ha Olam (Hebrew for healing the world), but had a racist video of Mexican Americans. Helen didn't reference all of Israel. She referenced occupied land. The settlers shouldn't be there. I disagree with the comments about going to Germany or Poland, but she was provoked, obviously, after the flotilla incident because some right wing elements wanted her out. It's very clear. And you know what? People say all kinds of stuff about Arabs and Arab-Americans and nothing happens to them. I have seen it way too many times, you know? I bet if we polled American Jews many of them would be divided on whether she would be removed. The so-called rabbi has his own agenda. People in Israel often say Palestinians should leave all the lands, and no one in the US condemns it, Lieberman says Arab-Israelis should have a loyalty test and no one says anything. Turks get killed and Obama waffles and can't condemn it, but when Helen says something in anger, Obama comes out and says something. Let's be fair. It's not just at all to fire her. I support Helen Thomas. America is too vindictive unless you are racist against Arabs.

Posted by: basilios | June 12, 2010 1:46 AM

Surprisingly!! If a comment is made against Arabs or other nationalities or religions, it is not a form of racism nor antisemitism. Only if it is directed against Israel even if they (the Israelis) commit crimes against international laws and against humanity. Voltaire has said "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." It's a shame that more than two and a half centuries later, and in the land of the free, some group prevents others from practicing their freedom of speech. It all ends with the first amendment.

Posted by: ABN2 | June 12, 2010 4:23 AM

Every time someone says something unfavorable about Israel s/he should be punished!!???!!! Israel is untouchable???? Not only they control our politicians here, but they also take billions of our hard earned money every year in donations. They are the cause of every problem in the world. If it wasn't for them, our troops will be same here at home. We're only in Iraq because the Israelies think Iraq posts a threat on their existence....
"I killed most of the Jews and only left some, to show the world why I killed them" Adolf Hitler ... I'm starting to believe him

Posted by: johntrevino | June 12, 2010 2:59 PM

Helen Thomas was the only person with sufficient backbone to ask Richard Nixon the questions that the rest of the spineless press corps were scared to ask. Sad commentary on the First Amendment.

Posted by: washpost46 | June 12, 2010 5:03 PM

If you are sincere about your polling and have the courage, you may want to include an additional questionnaire in the poll and see what happens:

A. Are jews the cause of Helen Thomas's removal?
b. Are Jews the cause of Middle East problems and Palestinian suffering?
C. Are jews the cause of U.S. invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and resulting war, death and destruction?
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

Posted by: butrogali | June 12, 2010 5:04 PM

It is amazing how freedom of speech is flourishing and is encouraged in America as long as you do not criticize Israel. You are immediately labeled a terrible anti-Semite and the full wrath of the Zionist lobby and power is immediately launched against you. All American politicians would not hesitate to say the nastiest thing about each other and about other countries but do not dare to say anything negative about the Zionist state. The creation of this racist state by ethnic cleansing has been terrible for everyone including the Jewish people.

Posted by: FALFALFAL | June 12, 2010 10:03 PM

I applaud "hsolimanfromAshdod" " a Jew from Russian roots" for being a fair decent human being. I think and hope that many decent Jews like him exist. Hopefully they will self-identify as they post their comments.

Posted by: FALFALFAL | June 12, 2010 10:24 PM

I completely agree with Garak -

"No, of course not, any more than she should have been kicked out 75 years ago if she similarly criticized the Third Reich for Gazauschwitz, ooops, I mean Auschwitz.

Posted by: Garak | June 7, 2010 10:07 AM"

Posted by: soubie | June 12, 2010 11:15 PM

I would like to challenge everyone in America to research the owners and major players in our corporate media. I think you would not be surprised to learn the majority consider themselves Jewish. Another thing I would like to comment on is that "Jew, Muslim, Christian" are points of view, or religion. Religion is the major factor here. Helen had the legal and universal right to speak her mind. Obviously, many of you agree. At what point do humans understand their humanness? Male, female, black, white, brown, yellow....are you a HUMAN?? Don't we all deserve the same rights? Religion, Nationalities, or any other divisive factor is a false view. We all breathe, we all eat, etc. What makes any of us different from the other? The Thomas scandal is just another way to divide us meanwhile the gulf goes down in flames and Israel is getting off with a major international offensive, Iran is being threatened with extinction, and every day our world is threatened with global warming. You are being mislead and distracted from the issue. Mother, save us from ourselves.....

Posted by: dbombe | June 12, 2010 11:56 PM

At one point during the Iraqi war the media caught Blaire and Bush whisperring to bomb ALJAZERA TV Station because AlJazera embaressed them , I think they should do the same with HELEN send a B52 to bomb her house .

Posted by: fouadkaawach1 | June 13, 2010 5:01 AM

I'm really glad to see that a reporter can spur such provoking thoughts. Are we allowed to only say what's on your mind if everyone agrees with it? Obviously, if you don't agree with what is said - then you have a different "opinion"... So, what makes any one opinion right or wrong? This is what makes America so wonderful, please don't stop voicing your own thoughts. We are not all the same and that is really our strength. If we were the same our growth would be minimal. It's when somebody thinks that they are above the law is when they become intolerant of anyone's opinion but their own. Don't let that happen in America. We've seen that problem before and hopefully not again and not here. We are all God made humans and will not live forever. If we didn't have adversaries we would never reach our own potential. Continue to voice your opinions and if you disagree, please then voice your opinion and let the circle continue. If you ever want to be heard then let others speak too. I think this is the definition of "Free Speech", as opposed to "Censored Speech".

Posted by: MyOpinion18 | June 13, 2010 10:47 AM

What happened to freedom of speech, or it does not apply when it comes to Israel

Posted by: k_saab_90210 | June 13, 2010 5:55 PM

Helen Thomas was pointing out an outrageous truth - that a Jew from anywhere – Germany, Poland, US, etc. – can move to Israel and claim citizenship, a home and land, while Palestinians are not allowed to live or return to where their families lived for generations or to reclaim homes that were stolen from them. They are evicted from their homes and property with impunity which is then given to Jews.

As for Ms Thomas' choice of Germany, Poland and the US - WWII and the holocaust are long past. Israel exploits the memory of the holocaust to cover up what it has been perpetrating on the Palestinian people for all those years. Today, more Jews are moving to Germany than to Israel and there is a vital Jewish community in Poland. Most "settlers" in Palestine are from the US. Indeed, as Ms Thomas said, they should go elsewhere, to Israel, for instance, not to Palestine, not to stolen land.

Posted by: JRS18 | June 14, 2010 12:29 AM

She is being mistreated like the French Newspaper Editor who was forced to resign when he quoted Ex-Prident De-Gaulle telling Israel leaders at that time, that taking Palastine lands, is wrong and you will call them terorits when they fight for their lands in the future.
Apparently when the Editor contacted French Foreign Office, they (French Foreign Office) replied that they do not know anything about.

Posted by: soudsalim1950 | June 14, 2010 4:23 AM

I just dont know what to say. I told you before we have to use our minds and leave out all biases and subjective judgements.
as a jew or muslim or christian or any religion or what ever, we have to think clearly and deeply regarding the root causes of events and developments, and what made Helen Thomas says what she has said about Israel as an occupying state.

I think the term "brainwashing" is a precise one to describe many of us. we see what people establish on the ground, weather their right or not, as a fact of life that we all must submit to and believe in, like attacking one's home, kicking him out, and takeover his house and then the house after 50 years is yours. this is now a fact on the ground.
my question: is it yours????????????????
i mean the house!!!!

if its yours, then "end of stroy" this is the rule of the jungle or even more. in the jungle, animals dont attack except for their physiological and survival needs to borrow Maslow's termonology.

but in our jungle, we destroy and kill thousands of people using "never seen before" desrtucitve weapons releasing such flame in the sky and down on Gaza some two years ago by the Israel F16 and heavy tanks and weapons.

this is the fact on the ground that we have been brain washed into these days.
this fact need to be invstigated away from the media by having humane creatures visit the place and revisit the history not the made up histroy, but the real histroy to find out the true or the near true of the situation. now the good news as a jew, many people and even jewish people in america and in the west and all over the world are trying to wake up for the true finding out about the true victim and the true oppressor.
so iam not disapointed. if i were, i would never write what i wrote here.

thanks WP

Posted by: yahyamelhem | June 14, 2010 7:01 AM

I listened to Helen Thomas's interview with these controversial comments. While somewhat blunt they were not vituperative. Nor were they anti-Jew. They were anti-colonialism and they did recognize the racism of Isreal. They implied the real nature of the Isreali aggressiveness to include ethnic cleansing. Isreal needs to good look in the mirror. They moved into a land that was occupied by another people and dismissed them and their validity. Remember it was the Zionists who said "A peopleless land, for a landless people!" They moved in with vile hatred for the people living there.

I find it interesting that Isreal fought for several decades for return of monies and property stolen from them by the Nazis. What makes them exempt from the same debt they owe the Palestinians!

Posted by: tamarque | June 14, 2010 7:41 AM

land of the brave??????land of the free??????????????????and helen thomas was fired after 50 years????shame on you america!

Posted by: himmler | June 14, 2010 8:59 AM

It was a matter of time before someone was bound to blow up considering the action or inaction of the US Government after the blatant attack on the humanitarian aid flotilla. If Iran has done that the US would be the first to attack. The US & Israel seem to be above the law and that's why Israel gets away with murder. I can't believe how brainwashed the population is not to see anything wrong wih the US position vis-a-vis Israel; otherwise they would revolt against the billions of dollars in aid to Israel when American children go to school hungry.

Bravo Helen! You have the guts to say what many people think or feel.

The bigots should listen to and read the views of many peace-loving Jews around the world. If you heard the interview witht h capital of the Turkish ship, you would have heard how Israeli soldiers went to the kitchen to get all the knives trying to prove they were the innocent victims.

The US has become more Zionist than many Jews - thanks to AIPAC and their hold on US politicians.

Posted by: jolinez | June 14, 2010 1:29 PM

Israel is a high tech mafia-style genocidal terrorist organization disguised as a state. It is totally illegitimate since no one asked the original inhabitants whether they wanted it. Imperial Britain (in the form of a drunken Lord Balfour) promised a land it did not own to a people who have clearly proven not to deserve it (the Zionists). Let's hope for the peaceful dismantlement of this abomination they call Isra-hell, er I mean Israel. Jews have an unquestionable right to live wherever they like but this rogue entity must be go.

Posted by: odovacar | June 14, 2010 2:13 PM

I AM QUIET AFRAID THAT IF ISRAEL WILL KEEP ON ITS PRESENT PATH OF HATE AND RACISM ...HITLER WILL HAVE MORE AND MORE FOLLOWERS ...HE WILL BE JUDGED LESS MONSTER AND MORE HERO..!!

Posted by: himmler | June 14, 2010 2:23 PM

BRAVO AF 0691...I SALUTE YOUR COURAGE AND HONESTY...IN THE NEAR FUTURE HOLOCAUST WILL BE CONSIDEREDV AS A MINOR FELONY...?

Posted by: himmler | June 14, 2010 2:54 PM

Thank you WaPost for the poll. After more than 24,000 voters offered their opinion, it is clear that Ms. Thomas has far more support outside of the elite media and those small factions organized to try and influence media. I wonder if the percentage of comments on this site reflect the support for Ms. Thomas as indicated in the poll.

Or perhaps, the percentage of comments deriding Ms. Thomas is skewed toward the active participation of organized groups who write letters and even contact the editors to submit threats: veiled, implied and direct.

Ms. Thomas asked the questions her colleagues failed to ask on many occasions. She addressed issues her colleagues failed to address on many occasions. And now, even with the taide of media support waning, we see journalists waving goodbye to Ms. Thomas with glee as they rush to fill her chair.

Meanwhile, they haven't noticed the listing vessel upon which they've sailed for so long. Ms. Thomas is coming home to the public she dutifully served for 57 years. She will soon wave goodbye to a sinking ship filled with her former elitist colleagues who would drown if the ship weren't stuck in the mud of ignorance and apathy.

Posted by: MikeGreen | June 14, 2010 3:33 PM

Thank You, Helen, for saying what NONE DARE SAY in Washington:
Anything Honest about America’s Unholy fealty to THE Region’s Terrorist State

Israel’s Ruling Criminal Zionist Element is, by far, America’s Greatest Threat.
Its insidious take over of OUR Government has cost America Trillions of dollars and countless lives in fighting THEIR wars against a justifiably resentful Islamic world; the true cause of recent Islamic Resentment.

I wandered throughout the Islamic World for 10-11 months in 1973, traveled with the Bedouin, stayed in their homes,tents etc.
Contrary to U.S. Media Bias, I experienced only kindness and hospitality.

The question I was most frequently asked was “Why do Americans suddenly hate us” (Re: Our killing them upon AIPAC’s orders etc. They gave Americans more credit than to let Murderous Zionist Criminals dictate our policy and run our “News” that shapes lazy minds into "expert" & useful bigots.

Helen’s Courage and Integrity are far out of place in Washington’s cesspool of Cowardice and Fealty toward their, apparently, omnipotent, Zionist Masters.

It is in the best interest of Americans of ALL faiths especially our loyal and ethical Jewish-Americans (Not our grasping and treacherous” Zionists) to eliminate our corrupt “Dual” citizen status and Imprison AIPAC’s nest of Spies.

LIBERATE AMERICA FIRST for an Equitable Mid East Policy necessary for peace.
“Israel” is no Ally
Best wishes and Congratulations,Helen
Gray

Posted by: sgrayschmidt | June 15, 2010 2:52 PM

There is no way to compare black americans
who were brought to USA against there will with the ZIONISTS who went to Palestine willingly to PRACTICE killing and cleansing of the PAlESTINIANS..occupying palestinian land , forcing palestinians to flee their country. This lady in the White House (supposed to be WHITE)..knew the truth..she knew that the big lie by the zionists about palestine that it was a land without people!! suddenly the blind fellows discovered that there is a palestinian people!!Over 62 years of occupatin of PALESTINE which became Israel by decision of the united nations..the assumed Israelis did not find anything that relates them to Palestine!!I believe the lady is absolutely right,Israel is an odd country in the region,all surrounding countries are homogenious except Israel..Besides, the world discovers every day the big lie of Israel being a Democratic country..and by time the whole world discovers that Israel is a country built on the skulls and the bodies of innocent Palestinians..and that Israeli leadership is a gang of killers,racists and theives!

Posted by: zeiad | June 15, 2010 11:35 PM

If right of speech is one of the pillars of Western Democracy then why such a hue & cry on Helen's statement. That, too, a truth based.

Posted by: sabahatkhan_58 | June 16, 2010 3:23 AM

Helen Thomas you say the fact
Helen Thomas thank you

Posted by: xp9191 | June 17, 2010 6:12 AM

I see fallguy1's comment(from several days ago). I already suspected the real reason that so many people support Israel so much is a religious reason. In that comment I read, fallguy1 admits that reason bald-facedly.

Look in the Bible at Joshua 6,8, 10, & 13, and Judges 2:2. If you believe what all that says, at face value, and its simple implications about the character of God, then likely you would not object to anything the present-day Jews do to Palestinians.

The only reason such a believer would object to Nazis is that Nazis don't happen to be Jews. Jews could behave exactly like Nazis but it would be allowed just because they are "Jews", God's chosen people, the people authorized by God to pillage and murder.

As for me I think that part of the Bible is mainly a human rationalization to excuse murderous behavior. Similarly, today there are people who rationalize that if the United States or Israel does something, it must be right, just because we're "Jews" or "Christians" or "America" and the other people aren't. It is a simple "us versus them" mentality.

What I suggest instead is a "blind" study in which behaviors are discussed and evaluated BEFORE you know the identities of the participants!

I think there are "God's Chosen Behaviors", rather than "God's Chosen People".

Posted by: jrlmail | June 19, 2010 2:18 AM

The shaeful Arab Helen Thomas' racism & ethnic cleansing views, at at time that most Palestinian Arabs are not "natives", they're actually immigrants from Syria & other surrounding Arab lands. mostly their immigration occured in the years between 1880 and 1948.

Let's remember that it was the Mufti that founded the Arab Israeli conflict in in 1929 by his genocide campaign to ´Kill all Jews,´ nothing has changed since.

The Islamic Mufti influenced Arabs' racism by his Islamic radicalism!!!

The Arab world Keep on branding everything Israel does for defense as "racist" Because racist sepremacist (almost all of) Arabia & racist Palestine don't even allow Jews to live in their "pure-arab" apartheid land.

And what is Arab terror on Jews all about if not raw anti-Jewish racism?

And what is the motivation behind all the bloody cruelty upon its people by Hamas / Hezbollah to cause civilians to die in order to blame Israel for it, Is it not bigotry?

Try to conduct a poll in ALL OF ARABIA about Jews...

Most Israeli Jews are "brown." BTW! And Arabs are often treated far better than Jews, look at all court cases!

On a side note:
We should never forget what Arab Palestinian (PLO, Arafat) Muslims did to Lebanese in Damour. All the while they keep on talking about Sabra Shatilah

Posted by: DaisyRamirez | June 19, 2010 1:50 PM

Why to remove her..?..!

She Just Said the right and wise thing.

Posted by: zdshannak | June 21, 2010 7:29 AM

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