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(photo credit: Rabbi David F. Nesenoff)
WASHINGTON – Hearst News Service journalist Helen Thomas has resigned
comments on Jews and Israel many deemed offensive, her employer
An open letter to Helen Thomas
“Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel
and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated
Internet,” the news organization said in a statement on the 89-year-old
columnist, who for decades served as a wire service reporter and had a
honor in the White House newsroom because of her long tenure.
earlier, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs had criticized her
“I think those remarks were offensive and reprehensible,” he
said during a press briefing.
“Obviously those remarks do not reflect,
certainly, the opinion of I assume most of the people in here, and certainly not
of the administration.” The White House Correspondents Association also
described her comments as “indefensible” in a rare statement, quoted by The
“Many in our profession who have known Helen for years
were saddened by the comments, which were especially unfortunate in light of her
role as a trail blazer on the White House beat,” it read.
On Friday, after
the controversy broke, Thomas apologize for her statements, but that didn’t
satisfy critics at several Jewish organizations who called for her suspension
and even ouster.
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“Helen Thomas has showed herself to be a bigot and her
‘apology’ fails to address the anti-Semitism of her comments,” said Jerry
Silverman, president of The Jewish Federations of North America, in a statement.
“She has no place in the White House briefing room and should at the very least
Thomas, who became a White House-based columnist for Hearst after
decades as a UPI wire reporter, was recently caught on film saying of Israeli
Jews, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine” and that they should “go
home” to Poland, Germany, America and elsewhere.
She had been asked by
Rabbi David Nesenoff what she thought about Israel, at the Jewish American
Heritage Month reception held at the White House at the end of last month, and
the interview was later posted on his Web site, www.rabbilive.com.
apology she posted Friday, she wrote, “I deeply regret my comments I made last
week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians.” She added, “They do not
reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when
all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day
The Hearst Corporation didn’t respond to multiple requests for
comment from The Jerusalem Post
Thomas could not be
But the veteran correspondent was quoted in The Washington Post
earlier Monday as saying, “I’m very sorry for my remarks. I think I crossed the
line. I made a mistake.”
Since the interview began appearing on YouTube, Thomas
has also been dropped by her speaker’s bureau as well as disinvited from giving
the commencement address at an area high school.
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