Good riddance to this superannuated leftist gasbag. Former mayor of NYC, Ed Koch, delivers a just and fitting verdict:
Helen Thomas, 89, who is of Lebanese descent, claims to be a professional journalist. As such, she is subject to professional standards. Her statement that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to "Poland and Germany" is clear evidence that she is no longer in control of her emotions and cognitive powers and that she cannot carry out the impartial obligations of a journalist. She has disgraced herself.
Jews have lived in the area known in modern times as the British Mandate of Palestine, for thousands of years and up to the present time. Indeed, Israelite civilization goes back to the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as well as to King David and King Solomon. We Jews spring from the loins of those patriarchs. The State of Israel sits where the Jewish Kingdoms of Judea and Israel reigned thousands of years ago.
Referring to the Israeli boarding of the Mavi Marmara, she spoke wildly of a “deliberate massacre, an international crime,” and said the U.S. response was “pitiful.” See here. Thomas is a fool of no consequence, but what is truly troubling is to observe leftist collaboration with Islamists. An amazing phenomenon. I take a stab at analysis in The Converse Callicles Principle: Weakness Does not Justify.
Addendum (8 June): From Helen of Oy!:
Anti-Semitism: With the state of Israel facing an existential threat, journalism's grand dame advocates ethnic cleansing as a Mideast solution. Liberal intolerance has come out of the closet.
The "retirement" of Helen Thomas comes as no surprise. Neither did the remarks that prompted it. She's expressed such sentiments before, and her brethren in the White House press corps, which salivates over any politically incorrect utterance from the right, let her get away with it.
She got away with it for the same reason those on the left from Bill Maher to Keith Olbermann get away with similar over-the-top sentiments. It depends on whose political ox is being gored. Tea Partyers who oppose the policies of the first black president are racists. Genuine bigots on the left are celebrated. (emphasis added)
Once again the leftist double standard in action.