Helen Thomas: Jews didn’t have to leave Europe following Holocaust
The 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.
…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.”