"THEY SHOULD GET THE HELL OUT OF PALESTINE AND GO BACK TO WHERE THEY CAME FROM"
by Rick Congress
The remarks by Helen Thomas, who is Lebanese-American, while intemperate and tactless, ring true. They are not outrageous, but factually correct and morally correct. The Jewish Israelis (20% of Israeli citizens are Arab Palestinians, but they have, at best, a second class citizenship) ARE outside invaders from the Western world (USA, UK, Russia, Poland, etc). This colonialist population came with the mindset of arrogant Westerners to displace the "primitive" Arabs and create a European/American society in which they would be the bosses.
And they DID come from somewhere else. Over the last 2000 years the Jewish people and their culture has become rooted in European and American society. Israelis are IN the Mideast but are not and don't want to be OF the Mideast. The Zionist project began in Europe with Hertzl's idea of an exclusively Jewish state. The founders who went to Palestine 40 or 50 years before World War Two, like Ben Gurion and his colegues, came from Germany and Poland other parts of Europe.
What would happen to someone like Thomas who made a public statement deemed offensive to Arabs? or Palestinians? Yes, you are right. Nothing.
-------------------------------------------------(excerpted from Reuters)
Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas, who has covered every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy, announced her retirement Monday.
The departure of Thomas, 89, as a Hearst Newspapers columnist was announced after she was captured on video saying Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine" and suggesting they go "home" to Germany, Poland or the United States.
The comments drew widespread condemnation, including from the White House.
Thomas, long considered the dean of the White House press corps, apologized for her statements, recorded in an impromptu interview dated May 27 and posted on a website (excerpted from Reuters)