Why Is a Jewish Leader Helping to Build a Monument for Helen “Time-For-Ethnic-Cleansing-of-Israel” Thomas?


On Friday May 27, at the White House Jewish Heritage Celebration, Helen Thomas, the “Dean” of the White House Press Corps, answered a journalist’s request for an opinion on Israel:

“Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land…not German and not Poland.”

“So, where should they go?”

“Go home. Poland, Germany.”

“So, you think the Jews should go back to Poland and Germany?”

“And America and everywhere else.”

Helen’s comments drew the just ire of Jewish leaders throughout the country.  Richard Nodel, president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metro Detroit responded to Thomas by saying:

“I think her comments represent the vilest form of blatant anti-Semitism.  Did she mean we should go back to the gas chambers? The concentrations camps of Germany and Poland?”

No doubt inspired by their desire to show sensitivity to the Jewish community, the Arab American National Museum is planning to honor Thomas with a statue. I mean, that’s what you do when you are opposed to anti-Semitism, you take up a collection for someone who hates Israel.  Helen Thomas, who is Lebanese, is a member of the Museum’s advisory board.  The Museum is having trouble raising enough money for her statue.  Fortunately, erecting statues in honor of rabid anti-Semites still appears to be distasteful to many Americans.

Anan Ameri, the Museum’s director, has found two points that might sweep aside the obstacles to raising the final ten thousand dollars needed for Thomas’s monument; pretend that she didn’t mean that Jews occupy Arab land, and tout the fact that she was a great model for independent women who want to work in a man’s world.  These are curious positions to be lauded by the head of a Muslim Museum.

“Ameri said he does not think Thomas herself believes in what she said.  ‘She did good things during her career and contributed a lot and opened doors for women in this country.’”

Myths are at the base of the entire War on Israel, starting with the myth of Israel as the “occupier” of what are rightly Arab lands, so it makes sense that a statue honoring the “martyr” of the Arab’s cause in the Middle East, who sacrificed her career for “telling the truth” about Israel, should stand on more myths.  What is shocking, is that the same Jewish leader, Richard Nodel, who first condemned Thomas’s comments, recently contributed money to Helen’s cause.  Of course he expresses hope that:

“the support for this memorial is there despite her anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views and not because of them.”

The bronze effigy of Helen Thomas raises some important questions.  Would the Arab Museum be so eager to honor the journalist if she hadn’t verbalized the Arab myth?  If she had, for example, stated that Hamas should relax its extremist grip in life in Gaza, would the Arab Museum still wish to honor her feminism and legendary career?

More importantly, how is it possible for the leader of an important Jewish Community organization to pretend that one can separate Helen Thomas’s career from her opinions about Israel, opinions he previously referred to as

“vile and blatantly anti-Semitic?”

Both the Arab Center and the Jewish Community Center are located near Dearborn, Michigan, home to the largest Muslim population in the United States.  Perhaps sacrificing Israel is the price for improving relations between the Muslims and Jews in Dearborn.

Since 1948, every international condemnation of Israel, every rocket launched from land given to Arabs in the hope of purchasing peace, every Israeli murdered by terrorists, have been rooted in the lie that Thomas chose to reiterate, a lie she did not chose to retract.

It is fitting that an Arab Museum  decided to build a tangible memorial of this lie. The lie is the defining element of their political existence in the world.  What is incomprehensible is that a Jewish leader with the scantest knowledge of history can justify his adulation for a woman he claims did “good things for society” while paving the way for the next Holocaust of seven million people.

Ideas have consequences.

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