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The Helen Thomas Distraction

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Let’s see now. A little over a week ago, IDF commandos hijacked a Turkish flotilla carrying humanitarian aid to Gaza. In doing so,Israel violated international law and killed at least 9 unarmed civilians. For this, Israel earned the condemnation of most of the world but only vague and tepid expressions of regret from the Emmanuel – oops, I mean the Obama – administration.

Then, Zionist propagandists – oops again, I mean journalists in the corporate media – discovered a piece of video in which Helen Thomas, dean of the White House press corps, made remarks critical of Israel. Everybody knows that any remark that criticizes Israel or Israeli government policy is by definition anti-Semitic and must be condemned and the speaker shunned by all decent folk and driven from public life. Ideally, they would have all their property seized and be made homeless and indigent.

Perfect. Within the U.S. the focus is taken off of Israel’s crimes and put on the ill chosen remarks of an 89 year old woman who conveniently is of Lebanese (dirty Arab) descent. Mission accomplished.

OK, my turn to examine critically exactly what Thomas said and determine for myself whether she should be praised or condemned.

Here is how the BBC reports her actual comments and the dust up that followed:

Thomas’s remarks were made in a video interview with the website RabbiLive.com, when she was asked whether she had any “comments on Israel”.

“Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,” she said.

“Remember these people are occupied and it’s their land, not Germany and not Poland.

“They can go home, Poland, Germany, and America and everywhere else,” she added.

Please note, the BBC reports she was responding to a question about whether she had any “comments on Israel”. Her reply seems to include a suggestion that Israel – the nation of Israel and its government – should “get the hell out of Palestine”. But where and what is Palestine?

If she meant that Israel should stop occupying the Palestinian territories, I have no problem with what she said. If she meant that Israeli settlers should leave their settlements in those occupied territories, again, I have no objection.

If, on the other, more sinister hand, Helen Thomas is advocating the evacuation or forced removal of Jewish residents of what is now the State of Israel, well that would just be completely nuts and I would join the chorus of condemnation.

I suspect Thomas meant the former and not the latter, but that having made the offending (not offensive) remarks she either jumped or was pushed into a retirement that cannot be truthfully described as early.

Congrats to all of Israel’s reflexive apologists in the corporate media. You have proved once again that the Government of The State of Israel is at least as infallible as former (conscripted) Hitler youth league member Joseph Alois Ratzinger.

All those anti-Semites at Haaretz must be wrong.

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June 9th, 2010 at 11:16 am

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