A leftist group participating in Move Over AIPIC, an anti-Israeli lobby conference that will be held in Washington DC next month, has distanced itself from the decision to invite Helen Thomas to attend the event. Jewish Voice for Peace said over the weekend that it was not part of the decision to extend an invitation to the retired journalist who created controversy when she said Jews in Israel should go to Europe, and that it believed her participation would be inappropriate.
“We were not responsible for the invitation to Helen Thomas, but we welcome her decision to withdraw from the event given the tenor of her recent comments,” Rebecca Vilkomerson, the head of JVP, said. Thomas declined to take part in the conference after the decision to invite her was criticized by other participants.
Political scientists John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, who will be the keynote speakers at Move Over AIPAC, have not responded to Emails or phone calls regarding Thomas’s invitation.