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Helen Thomas Quits in Wake of Israel Controversy

06/07/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Helen Thomas quit her job with Hearst in the wake of mounting outrage over her assertion that Israeli Jews should "return" to Poland, Germany and the United States.

"Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately," said a statement issued Monday by the Hearst Corp. "Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet."

Helen Thomas, Israel and a graduation speech that won't happen

Update: JTA is reporting that Thomas has retired, effective immediately.

Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, MD, a prosperous Washington suburb, had a graduation speaker all lined up for the June 14 event. But then the proposed speaker was caught on camera saying Israels should “get the hell out of Palestine” and maybe just go back where they came from – presumably places like Germany and Poland.

That was Helen Thomas, the Hearst Newspapers columnist and a member of the White House press corps for 60 years.  Her comments produced the predictable reaction, with some Jewish groups calling for Hearst to give her the ax because of her  blatant bias against the Jewish state and some Jewish Republicans trying to lay the controversy in the lap of the Obama administration.

Journalist Thomas apologizes for anti-Israel remarks

06/06/2010

(JTA) -- Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas has issued an apology for saying that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine."

Thomas said Jews living in Israel should "go back home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else," during videotaped remarks to Rabbi David Nesenoff of RabbiLive.com on the sidelines of the White House Jewish heritage event on May 27.

The videotape of Thomas's remarks had over 900,000 views as of Sunday morning.

Celebrating Jewish American Heritage with President Obama and Sandy Koufax

06/03/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

My recent visit to the White House was a moving experience, and not simply because it was the White House, though one has to be pretty cynical not to be moved by that alone. I was there with a group of about 150 others, including Hall-of-Famer, Sandy Koufax, who were invited by President and Mrs. Obama to join them in the first-ever White House celebration of Jewish American Heritage month.

Rabbi Brad Hirschfield

Jewish Groups Want Stronger U.S. Defense of Israel, Obama Not Obliging

06/02/2010
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration appears to be rebuffing calls from some Jewish groups for the United States to be more assertive and public in defending Israel regarding the flotilla incident.

The bluntest appeal for a more pronounced pro-Israel posture came from Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's national director, who is in Israel meeting with the Israeli leadership.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi: A Messenger for Israel

06/02/2010

Israel’s disputes with its neighbors have a long history — but there’s also a less tangible, but no less important front line: the media. Public opinion in the United States is an important area of concern for Israel, especially considering Israel has not always been great with its own public relations. Fortunately, there are a number of American-based groups that help make the case for Israel, and one of the best is The Israel Project (TIP).

Jennifer Mizrahi

Stop the presses: McCain blames Obama for Gaza flotilla incident

Politico is reporting this morning  that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who lost his 2008 presidential race to President Barack Obama, is blaming the victor for the Gaza flotilla mess.

Some In The Media Had The Flotilla Figured Out

No humanitarian aid to Shalit, and no story either.

06/01/2010
Associate Editor

Even before the facts were clear about the battle between Israeli commandos and the pro-Hamas flotilla, we were told by The New York Times website, and dozens of other online media, that Israel was being “condemned.” Indeed it was.

U.S. Delegation Heading to Palestine Investment Confab

06/01/2010

(JTA) — President Obama is sending a delegation to the Palestine Investment Conference to take place Wednesday through Friday in Bethlehem.
George Mitchell, Obama’s special envoy for Middle East peace, will lead the delegation, according to the White House.

Israel Grapples With Fallout of Flotilla Violence

05/31/2010
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- With nations around the world condemning Israel for the deaths of nine people aboard a Gaza-bound ship, israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a planned visit to the White House.

Netanyahu was scheduled to meet Tuesday with President Obama following a weekend visit to Canada, which included a working meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The visit would have been Netanyahu's first meeting with Obama since a late March meeting at the White House in which the administration was accused of snubbing the Israeli leader.

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