By Tom Quiner

Jew hatred is alive and well.

Helen Thomas, renowned liberal reporter for Hearst Newspapers, made the following statement:  “I think the Jews should get the hell out of Palestine” and go back to Germany and Poland.

Back to Germany, the home of the Holocaust.

Back to Poland, the home of Auschwitz.

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Ms. Thomas’ views very much reflect those of the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:  Israel has no right to a homeland and no right to exist. Perhaps she even agrees with President Ahmadinejad that the Holocaust never occurred.

The reaction to a comment as outrageous as Ms. Thomas’ was surprisingly muted.  She was was not fired on the spot, as she should have been. Rather, she was allowed to “retire” three days later.

Her ugly public diatribe against Israel was precipitated by last week’s raid on a Palestine flotilla where nine people were killed.

The International community has been unified in their outrage against Israel.

The American main stream media has been unified in their outrage against Israel.

Liberals everywhere have been particularly vocal in expressing their outrage against America’s most important ally in the Middle East, Israel.

Is all of this outrage really warranted?

No, at least not toward Israel.  After all, the terrorist group, Hamas (as classified by the European Union, the U.S., Canada, and Japan) has lobbed in excess of 10,000 bombs toward Israeli cities.  So Israel, along with Egypt, initiated a blockade in order to keep weapons away from Hamas.  In other words, even Egypt views Hamas as a threat.

A blockade is an act of self-defense.   The U.S. blockaded Cuba in 1962 to keep Soviet weapons away from our shores.  It is a peaceful way to prevent military escalation.

Now you may think that needed supplies, food, medicines were being denied Palestines because of this blockade.  No, they weren’t, only weapons.  Supplies are delivered daily.  These supplies include 48,000 tons of food this year.

Maybe these supplies weren’t enough, right?  Maybe that’s why the IHH (Insani Yardim Vakfi) launched this flotilla.  Maybe the Palestines needed more food and clothing and medicine.  But if this is true, all the IHH had to do was follow Israel’s instructions to dock and be inspected for weapons.

If this was truly a humanitarian mission, isn’t this a no-brainer?

The IHH refused because they evidently sought a confrontation.  An activist on board the ship said “either we reach Gaza or we will achieve martyrdom.”  The IHH has a history of aiding radical Islamic groups including Hamas and al-Qaeda.

The goal of the flotilla was a confrontation that would make Israel look bad.  A video at The Israeli Project shows “activists” on board the flotilla preparing weapons prior to boarding by Israeli soldiers.

They attacked the soldiers immediately upon boarding.  Remember:  they had a choice to avoid confrontation by allowing an inspection.  They refused, because that was clearly not their goal.

It is interesting to note that Israel shares the same foundational values as the United States.  And yet the Left despises them.  For that matter, the Left despises U.S. foundational values of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as defined by our Founding Fathers.

Perhaps that explains the knee-jerk reaction of the Left against Israel.

Helen Thomas only said what her liberal allies in the media were thinking.  But she said it with less discretion.

Is anti-semitism a thing of the past?  Tragically, the answer is no.


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  1. maxine bechtel on June 9, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Thanks to Tom Quiner for that complete and factual report! Isn’t it sad that MOST of Big Media refuses to give the WHOLE story, but would rather side with those of Israel’s enemies who desire to see Israel wiped off the face of Planet Earth! Sadder yet, too many otherwise intelligent people swallow everything Big Media dishes out as gospel truth! Most of them don’t believe the Holy Bible, which reiterates throughout its pages that God gave the land to Israel forever! He promises to “bless those who bless Israel, and to curse those who curse Israel”!

    Maxine Bechtel

  2. Paul Joslin on July 6, 2010 at 11:29 am

    OK. I have visited Israel. I went with positive opinions and came away with negative. Let’s first deal with the false assertion that Israel is a democracy when it’s obviously a veiled theocracy. Evidence? Start with its flag and its currency. Enough said. And the stupid black hats or beanies. What viable religion needs a dress code that offends others?
    Then take a look at its religiously based Sabbath laws. An elevator button can’t be used on Sunday because it takes work to push it? To pay your Sunday evening dinner bill (of course, nothing freshly prepared that day) go to the card table in the kitchen and pay the Arab. Now, the most egregious of all – the claim that Jews and they alone have title to land simply because they base their claim on the Old Testament. And can run current residents off into the hinterlands! Because they cannot present a written deed! Executed after 1947 of course.
    Of course none of this excuses the blatant behavior of Arabs, especially the ultra rich of Saudi Arabia who could, if they wished take all the inhabitants of Gaza and settle them in dandy homes there and give them meaningful employment. Or, if they prefer, pour some money into Gaza and give the people there a decent life. Fat chance, that we, supplying them with their unearned riches would ever ask them to do such things. Or that we, high and mighty Christian folk, would shut off the oil in demand for meaningful cultural freedoms for women.
    OK. Israel can exist. But for my support it needs a dramatic change in it’s ways regardless of Hamas. Maybe even because of them.

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