Helen Thomas retires after Israel remark

US journalist had said Jewish should "get the hell out of Palestine."

June 7, 2010 20:10
Helen Thomas

helen thomas 311. (photo credit: Rabbi David F. Nesenoff)

WASHINGTON — A longtime Washington journalist retired on Monday, after making a comment that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine."

Helen Thomas's employer, Hearst News Service, announced the resignation.

An open letter to Helen Thomas

The 89-year-old Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, leaves amid a brewing controversy over remarks she made about Israel and Palestinians.

Thomas, known for her confrontational questioning, apologized for comments that were captured on video and have spread widely on the Internet. On the May 27 video, Thomas suggested that Jews should go to Germany, Poland or the US.

The Hearst announcement came shortly after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs called her remarks "offensive and reprehensible."

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