Helen Thomas: Jews Didn’t Have to Leave Europe Following Holocaust


helen-thomasThe Jews did not have to leave Germany and Poland following the Holocaust since they were not being persecuted anymore, former White House correspondent Helen Thomas said in an interview on Thursday, adding that the Jews had no right to take other people’s land.

Thomas, 90, stepped down from her job as a columnist for Hearst News Service in June of last year after a rabbi and independent filmmaker videotaped her outside the White House calling on Israelis to get “out of Palestine.”

She gave up her front row seat in the White House press room, where she had aimed often pointed questions at 10 presidents, going back to Eisenhower.

Speaking of the controversial comments in an interview with CNN’s Joy Behar on Thursday, Thomas said she did not regret her comments, saying that the Jews did not have to go anywhere after the Holocaust.

“There hasn’t been persecution since that, since World War II. You don’t take other people’s land,” Thomas said in reference to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

When Behar asked Thomas if she realized that her comment regarding sending the Jews back to Poland and Germany were insensitive in view of the past the Jews share with those countries, the former correspondent said: “I also said Russia.”

“Well Russia, they had their share of anti-Semitic pogroms,” the CNN interviewer said, to which Thomas answered: “They also had 25 million who died in World War II…. More than that.”

“They didn’t have to go anywhere really, because they weren’t being persecuted anymore but they were taking other people’s land,” Thomas said, adding of the perceived insensitivity of her comments by saying: “Count how many Palestinians are in jails now, taken from their homes, a million refugees, is that sensitive?”

Responding to Behar’s question whether or not she considered herself to be anti-Semitic, Thomas said: “Hell no! I’m a Semite…of Arab background,” and saying of the Jews: “They’re not Semites. I mean, most of them are from Europe.”

Thomas also referred to the widespread uproar which her comments caused, saying she “didn’t realize it would ring that many bells, because they’ve [the Jews] been free ever since.”

When asked by Behar how would she revise her comments in view of the reactions they garnered, Thomas said: “Why do they have to go anywhere? They aren’t being persecuted! They don’t have the right to take other people’s land. Under international law occupied land should not be annexed,” Thomas said.

The former White House correspondent did, however, say she did not accurately gauge the backlash to her comments, saying that there was a change they got “me in trouble, but everything is distorted. But I don’t care. ”

“We have organized lobbyists in favor of Israel, you can’t open your mouth. I can call the president of the United States anything in the book, but you say one thing about Israel and you’re off limits,” Thomas said.

“I have regrets that everyone misinterpreted it and distorted it, and you have the Ari Fleshcer and the Abe Foxman distorting everything, so I certainly knew that and I should of kept my mouth shut, probably.”

{Haaretz/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. This lady is such a reshanta. At 100 years old all she’s worried about is whether the jews had to leave europe after 6 million of them werre killed?
    Sick sick woman

  2. I’m not even being sarcastic here. At her age, perhaps she suffers from dementia. That doesn’t take away her evil mouth and heart, but Alzheimer’s intensifies who a person was her whole life.
    How she got as far as she did I’ll never know.
    Besides which, she looks like the wicked witch of the west, and acts like her too.
    When she’s taken from this world, we are allowed to say, “binfol oivecha tismach.”
    Good Shabbos to all.

  3. I’m curious as to why Matzav cuts off the face of Sarah Palin but shows the face of Helen Thomas? Remeber: “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder”!!!

  4. What a louse of a human being!
    And wait a minute..Not that Israel doesn’t belong to us, or that we have to defend ourselves. You win the war…you captured land..it’s yours. Same as with every other country..mrs.!miss…whatever you are.
    And now in defense of all the property that was stolen from us in every corner of the world where jews went to their extermination, huh…??? Just nicely settled in and took everything we ever owned…worked for…righfully ours!Huh, Miss crooked nose, what do you say about that? The meager return of a few dollars to compensate for our losses, what a joke.
    You ugly piece of nothing…crawl back into your hole…!

  5. Ashkenazi Jews are NOT from Europe
    Sephardic Jews are NOT from Spain

    Saying Jews are from anywhere but

    We possess some of the physical features of our hosts because we allow converts in our midst and for 2,000 years we have been persecuted! Its no different then the black community in the Americas.. Look at their skin color and features and compare that to where they are originally from in Africa. No one says blacks arent from Africa even though their skin color is light. This is just pure hatred of Jews and a poor attempt to negate the legitimacy of the Jewish people!

  6. Maybe if there is a mass murder in your own bedroom, you should consider moving to a new home either, huh Helen? Curse your indigence.

  7. Maybe if there is a mass murder in your own bedroom, you should consider not moving to a new home either, huh Helen? Curse your indigence.

  8. Reshaim love to distort history but facts remain she is WRONG. Jews were still persecuted in Europe AFTER WWII. There was even a pogrom in POland as late as 1946. They had to leave Europe.

  9. What a dillusional old woman! None of her comments are historically based (true). Besides being non-sensical; “They’re not Semites. I mean, most of them are from Europe.” – this sounds so unintelligent, and all the moreso comig from a woman in her [past]ranks.