Wiesenthal Center Statement on Helen Thomas Controversy

Jun 07, 2010, 19:12 ET from Simon Wiesenthal Center

LOS ANGELES, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  In response to Helen Thomas' remarks that Jews should leave Palestine and go "home" to Germany, Poland and elsewhere, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said:

"Helen Thomas, the 'dean' of the White House Press Corps, did the right thing by retiring immediately following her shocking, bigoted and inappropriate remarks. It is important to remember that the Jews are not in Palestine.  They are in the State of Israel where they belong and where their ancestors have lived for 2,000 years," Rabbi Hier said, adding, "How long would any veteran American journalist last if they told blacks to 'go back to the plantations' or 'to Africa?'"

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