1. When Helen Thomas suggested that Israel’s Jews
“go back to Germany and Poland” “go home” to “Germany and Poland” – I suppose we should be grateful she didn’t quite say “go back to the gas ovens” – that wasn’t an “anti-Zionist” comment, that was a racist comment directed at Jews.
2. Helen Thomas is of Lebanese ancestry. That doesn’t excuse her racism, but it does give it a context, just like anti-German racism still common among Jews (and the anti-Arab racism becoming more common among Jews) and the anti-Turkish racism still common among Greeks and Armenians. The attempts to link it to her supposed liberalism are nonsensical.
3. On the other hand, her personal stake makes it more outrageous for her not to have known either that there has been a continuous Jewish presence in Israel since it was an Israelite presence, or that the majority of contemporary Jewish Israelis are not European but Middle Eastern, driven out of Egypt, Syria, Iraq (where the Jewish populations pre-dated the 7th-C Arabization of those countries), Yemen, and Iran. (Oh yes, and Lebanon.)
4. Having said what she said, she couldn’t function as a journalist, even as an opinion journalist.
5. I’m waiting for Glenn Beck and Pat Buchanan to get the same pariah treatment.