The ouster of veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, after an anti-Zionist comment Sunday, is yet another demonstration of the politically foul and utterly conformist milieu of official Washington. Hearst Newspapers announced the “resignation” of Thomas Monday a day after her comments were widely publicized in the media.
Thomas, an 89-year old veteran reporter, made the statements May 27 when approached by Rabbi David Nesenoff, who was visiting the White House for a ceremony honoring Jewish Heritage Month. Asked what she thought of Israel, Thomas said, “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied, and it’s their land. It’s not German. It’s not Poland.” Asked where to go, she added, “They could go home…Poland. Germany. And America. And everywhere else. Why push people out of there who have lived there for centuries?”