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Helen Thomas: I Won't Take It Back

Thomas refuses to temper comments about Israel

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 17, 2011 10:20 AM CST
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(Newser) – Helen Thomas doesn’t care who she offended when she said Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine." In an interview with Joy Behar last night, Thomas stood by her remarks, and even reiterated the sentiment. "They didn't have to go anywhere" after World War II, she said. "They weren't being persecuted anymore but they were taking other people's land." When Behar pressed her to at least take back her comment that the Jews should "go home" to Poland and Germany, Thomas replied. "Everything is distorted, but I don’t care. Hell no."

“We have organized lobbyists in favor of Israel. You can’t open your mouth,” Thomas complained. “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. … I certainly knew that and I should have kept my mouth shut, probably.”

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