Here's the story: Helen Thomas, super-important White House reporter for about a billion years, thought her clout allowed her to make some arguably distasteful comments about that hotbed of hummus (and controversy) - Israel.
She was asked, “Any comments on Israel?”
“Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,” she responded.
The interviewer then asked “Any better comments on Israel?” To which Thomas said, “Remember, these people are occupied and it’s their land. It’s not German’s. It’s not Poland’s.”
Thomas was then asked where the Jews in Israel should go and what they should do? Thomas responded, “They should go home” which the White House reporter identified as “Poland, Germany . . . and America and everywhere else.”
Now, Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary, and others say Thomas is now that easy-to-toss-but-hard-to-prove term, an anti-Semite. The evidence, as delivered by Lanny Davis, White House Counsel for President Bill Clinton:
“Helen Thomas, who I used to consider a close friend and who I used to respect, has showed herself to be an anti-Semitic bigot,” said Davis. “This is not about her disagreement about her criticisms of Israel. She has a right to criticize Israel and that is not the same as being an anti-Semite.”
Davis added, “If she had asked all Blacks to go back to Africa, what would White House Correspondents Association position be as to whether she deserved White House press room credentials - much less a privileged honorary seat?”
Aha. So that's the question. Is saying Jews need to leave Israel and "go back where they came from" the same as saying that Blacks should leave the U.S. and go "back to Africa?" Your thoughts?