It’s truly amazing that a person as bigoted, not to mention ill-informed, as Helen Thomas occupied a place of honor among the White House press corps for so long. She continues to be lionized by a motley crew of anti-Semites and Israel-haters, who will no doubt turn cartwheels over her latest embarrassment, an interview with Playboy that has been excerpted in the Sacramento Bee. Among her greatest hits:
On the situation in Palestine: “Everybody knows my feelings that the Palestinians have been shortchanged in every way. Sure, the Israelis have a right to exist – but where they were born, not to come and take someone else’s home. I’ve had it up to here with the violations against the Palestinians…[The Palestinians] are incarcerated and living in an open prison. I say to the Israelis, ‘Get out of people’s homes!’ It’s unacceptable to have soldiers knocking on a door at three in the morning and saying, ‘This is my home.’ And forcing people out of homes they’ve lived in for centuries? What is this? How can anybody accept it? I mean, Jewish-only roads? [She later corrected herself to say Israeli-only roads.] Would anyone tolerate something like that in America? White-only roads?”
I love that. “Israelis have a right to exist”–mighty noble of you there, Helen–“but where they were born…” You mean like in Iraq? Syria? Libya? Or any of the other Arab countries that a million Jews were expelled from in the decades following the establishment of Israel? I wonder whether Helen Thomas has ever said a word about those people, or even knows they exist.
On Palestinian violence against the Israelis: “Of course I don’t condone any violence against anyone. But who wouldn’t fight for their country? What would any American do if their land was being taken? Remember Pearl Harbor. The Palestinian violence is to protect what little remains of Palestine. The suicide bombers act out of despair and desperation. Three generations of Palestinians have been forced out of their homes – by Israelis – and into refugee camps.”
Yes, Palestinian terrorism–the bombing of pizza parlors, discos, bar mitvahs–is just like the American response to Pearl Harbor. And her mention of the refugee camps makes for an interesting contrast. After a million Jews were expelled by various countries, Israel opened its doors and made them citizens, provided homes and jobs, and protected them. After hundreds of thousands of Palestinians left their homes in 1948, having been told by the invading Arab nations that they should do so in order to give Egypt, et. al., a clear path to destroy the Jews, what did their brethren do? Put them in refugee camps (that was Arab doing, Helen, not Israeli), and proceeded to use them for propaganda purposes generation after generation. If the Arab nations that have given lip service to the Palestinians for all these years actually cared about them, there would not be a single Palestinian living in a refugee camp.
On Jews: “I think they’re wonderful people. [Some of here best friends…–DSF] 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 can’t imagine why Jews don’t “have a heart” for Arabs. It couldn’t have anything to do with more than a millenia of being treated as dhimmis, could it? Or the widespread Arab sympathy for the Nazis in World War II? Or the Arab attempt to defy the United Nations and destroy Israel in its infancy? Or the deaths of thousands of Israelis at the hands of terrorists over the years? Or the daily demonization of Jews as the offspring of monkeys and pigs in the Arab media and schools? It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with any of that, could it?
The fact is that there are lots of Jews who “have a heart” for Arabs. There are a bizarre number of Jews both in the U.S. and in Israel who would advocate moving the whole country to Antarctica if the Arab League suggested it.
On Jewish persecution and victimization: “The slaughter of Jews stopped with World War II…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…Why do they inflict the same pain on people who did nothing to them?”
On that “did nothing to them,” see the previous comment. As for the paranoia about the “Israel lobby,” and the supposed belief among Americans that “every Jew is a persecuted victim forever,” all I can say is, prove it. There’s no evidence for a nonsensical statement like that. It’s simply raving.
On the Jews’ influence and power: “[The Jews are] using their power, and they have power in every direction…Power over the White House, power over Congress…Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies, which are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control…It isn’t the two percent. It’s real power when you own the White House, when you own these other places in terms of your political persuasion. Of course they have power. [To the interviewer] You don’t deny that. You’re Jewish, aren’t you?”
And at this point we’re no longer simply in the realm of prejudice, but of Protocols of the Elders of Zion, tinfoil hat moonbattery.
This is a “journalist” who has been referred to by the Christian Century
‘s James Wall
as a victim of Israeli propaganda, by Paul Findley
of the Council of National Interest as a “fearless, decent seeker-of-truth,” lauded as an “obstacle to the Zionist juggernaut” by IPMN favorite Alison Weir
of If America Knew, repeatedly trumpeted by Veterans Today and its sewer-dwelling allies, and generally treated as a martyr by the Israel-hating sector of the fever-swamp left. They will no doubt be lining up to excuse this latest descent into bigotry.