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Sundown: Helen Thomas Retires

Plus internal flotilla probe on the way, and more

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Helen Thomas, 1976.(Wikipedia)

• Helen Thomas, 89, the White House press corps legend who recently said the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine,” has retired, effective immediately. [Tablet Magazine]

• Prime Minister Netanyahu will soon announce an internal panel to probe the flotilla raid. Respected international and martime law jurists, including two observers not from Israel—one, likely, from the United States—will be asked to participate. [Haaretz]

• Iran’s Red Crescent announced plans to send aid ships to Gaza, starting by the end of the week. Uh-oh. [JTA]

• An Israeli human rights organization has requested that the U.S. Justice Department investigate American backers of the Gaza Flotilla, including the Free Gaza movement. [Arutz Sheva]

• Miguel Cotto, who soundly defeated Jewish boxer Yuri Foreman Saturday night, is himself kosher, at least according to his Orthodox Union tattoo. Wha? Read on. [Fanhouse]

• The Big Jewcy begins today. This is, as its name suggests, a big deal. [Jewcy]

The Pixies cancelled an Israeli appearance due to “events beyond all our control.” Say what you want about the comparative political earnestness of a band like U2: Bono et al would never say events were beyond all their control.

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jon says:

Does anyone else resent Abe Foxman telling you who is an acceptable antisemite and who is not? Thomas=not acceptable but Malek=acceptable.

To me, neither are.

michael says:

Michael’s Published Comments On…
What Helen Thomas missed; Her remarks revealed how little she knew about the Jews and Israel – By Richard Cohen in today’s washington ppost

snmir1 wrote:
it appears that members of the washington press corp and many of our politicians have known of ms thomas’ pro-arab/anti-semetic/anti-zionist views for years and tolerated them.
“Ah, another teachable moment!

“This one comes to us from Helen Thomas, the longtime White House reporter and columnist who announced her retirement on Monday. Thomas, of Lebanese ancestry and almost 90, has never been shy about her anti-Israel views, for which, as far as I’m concerned, she is wrong and to which she is entitled. Then the other day, she performed a notable public service by revealing how very little she knew. Asked at a White House event if she had any comments about Israel, Thomas said, ‘Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. . . . Go home. Poland. Germany. And America and everywhere else.'” What Helen Thomas missed (Richard Thomas, Washington Post)

so why now is she and are her views no long tolerated? can it be that the world’s press corp and our politicians now have cover for their rush to judgement against israel? did they or at least some covertly share and once-again act on their pro-arab/anti-semetic/anti-zionist views in condemning israel. that as the facts surrounding law week’s events are examined and digested not only will we all take to heart the YouTube hit “We Con the World”, but we will realize that their supposed secretly-held views and prior acts (or at least toleration of such acts by others) resulted in the deaths of those 9 members of the gaza flotilla? that, had hamas not known that the press corp and politicians shared their views, it would not even have attempted the sting?

yes, indeed, Ms. Thomas: “… another teachable moment!”
6/7/2010 10:53:37 PM

rivka says:

To Michael: your comment is unconvincing and borderline incoherent. And your grammar sucks. You must not be Jewish, Jews know how to spell.

Thomas did not come out with valid criticism, or a well-reasoned argument, but with hate speech. Anyone with an ounce of common sense would realize that, despite being protected by the First Amendment, any such public utterance would destroy whatever credibility they might have had.

It’s arduous to seek out knowledgeable folks on this subject, however you sound like you understand what you’re speaking about! Thanks


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Sundown: Helen Thomas Retires

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