Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Why Helen Thomas's Anti-Jew Remarks Were So Bad

Some people wonder why the recent remark about Jews by Helen Thomas got her fired - excuse me, made her decide to "resign" - from Hearst Newspapers this week. In late May, she said that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go "home" to Poland and Germany. Heather Horn at Atlantic Wire compiled some reasons why the Thomas comment was so vile, and why she deserves the scorn that is still being heaped upon her. One of those reasons: Helen Thomas's argument, if you can call it an argument, centers on the pernicious belief that Jews are strangers in a place called "Palestine." Palestine, of course, is the name that was given by the Romans to the Land of Israel precisely in order to sever the connection between the Jews and their homeland. Helen Thomas, and people like her, are thus soldiers in a (Roman-inspired) war against history. This particular war is not as offensive to most people as the war against the memory of the Shoah [Holocaust], but it is rooted in the same grotesque motivation: To deny to Jews the truth of their own history. Full Article... In the UK, Dan Kennedy wrote this for the Guardian: Her comments – that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and "go home" to Poland and Germany – brought Thomas's 67-year career to an abrupt end. On Monday, she announced her retirement from the Hearst news service amid condemnation from the White House and her fellow reporters. "It's hard to hear the words 'the Jews of Germany and Poland' and not think of anything but the millions and millions of Jews who were incarcerated, enslaved, tortured, starved and exterminated in the Holocaust," wrote Rachel Sklar at Mediaite, concluding: "Which means that, sad as I am, Helen Thomas can no longer be a hero to me."