Helen Thomas

Congressmen Threaten PA Aid Over Helen Thomas Award

04/10/2012

In a letter to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, two congressmen said a medal awarded to veteran journalist Helen Thomas could hurt U.S. assistance to the PA.

Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia, and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) in their April 6 letter noted that the Foreign Affairs Committee passed legislation last year setting conditions on U.S. assistance to the PA, and that recognition of someone like Helen Thomas goes against those conditions.

No Peace Talks Yet, But Parties Are Exchanging Letters (And Salt)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to meet a delegation next week headed by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to accept a letter in which the Palestinians spell out their conditions for resuscitating the comatose peace process.

Netanyahu is then expected to pen his own letter spelling out his expectations from such talks.  

But don’t expect any breakthroughs.

Helen Thomas bows out of anti-AIPAC conference, and is Code Pink 'shrill?'

 Some followups on my pre-Passover blog on the upcoming "Move Over AIPAC" meetings planned to coincide with the lobby group's annual policy conference in Washington:

A Code Pink supporter wrote that “I object to using the word "shrill" to characterize women activists. It's old school sexism and I think you can do better.”

Helen Thomas Cancels Participation in Anti-AIPAC Confab

04/21/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Helen Thomas has cancelled her participation in a pro-Palestinian conference aiming to counter AIPAC's annual gathering.

Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer are scheduled to speak at "Move Over AIPAC" in Washington from May 21 to 24, coinciding with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference. The program is being run by a coalition of about 100 leftist and pro-Palestinian groups, led by Code Pink and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

'Move over AIPAC': Preaching to the extremist choir?

JTA is reporting that plans are underway for a “pro-Palestinian conference aiming to counter AIPAC's annual gathering” in late May, featuring retired journalist Helen Thomas, Code Pink and scholars/ AIPAC critics Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer.

I'm guessing AIPAC officials aren't losing much sleep over the planned “Move Over, AIPAC” conference.

Thomas, Walt-Mearsheimer to Address ‘Move Over AIPAC’ Conference

04/17/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Helen Thomas, Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer are scheduled to speak at a pro-Palestinian conference aiming to counter AIPAC's annual gathering.

A coalition of about 100 leftist and pro-Palestinian groups, led by Code Pink and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, will run "Move Over AIPAC" in Washington from May 21 to 24, coinciding with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference.

Helen Thomas Tells Playboy She Was ‘Fed Up’ With Israel

03/20/2011

(JTA) -- An unrepentant Helen Thomas said in an interview with Playboy magazine that she knew exactly what she was doing when she said on camera that Jews "should get the hell out of Palestine."

"I knew I’d hit the third rail," she said in an interview published in the April issue of Playboy. "You cannot say anything about Israel in this country. But I’ve lived with this cause for many years. Everybody knows my feelings that the Palestinians have been shortchanged in every way.

Helen Thomas: Jews Were Not Persecuted in Europe After War, Should Have Stayed There

02/18/2011

(JTA) – Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas said the Jews did not have to leave postwar Europe because they weren’t persecuted.

In an interview Wednesday on CNN’s “Joy Behar” program, Thomas told Behar that once World War II ended, the Jews “didn’t have to go anywhere really, because they weren’t being persecuted anymore. But they were taking other people’s land.”

Journalists Retire Award Named for Helen Thomas

01/16/2011

(JTA) -- The Society of Professional Journalists retired a lifetime achievement award named for Helen Thomas.

The SPJ board on Jan. 14 accepted the recommendation issued by its executive committee on Jan. 8, based on anti-Zionist remarks made by long-time journalist Thomas.

“While we support Helen Thomas’ right to speak her opinion, we condemn her statements in December as offensive and inappropriate,” the executive committee said at the time.

No More Helen Thomas Award?

Journalists’ group considers changing name of its Lifetime Achievement honor, after the 90-year-old’s latest remarks about Zionists ‘owning’ American institutions.

01/04/2011
JTA

Helen Thomas’ decision to take her disparagement of Zionists from off the cuff (last May) to on the record (last month) has led a journalists’ group to consider dropping her name from a lifetime achievement award.

The Society of Professional Journalists is revisiting its decision last summer not to change the name of its Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award after Thomas, 90, told an Arab-American group in Dearborn, Mich., last month that Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street “are owned by the Zionists.”

Jews “put their money where their mouth is,” Helen Thomas said recently.
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