By now the fallout from the recent Helen Thomas scandal is starting to settle. For those of you who haven't yet heard, Ms. Thomas is a senior journalist in Washington For decades she has covered presidential press conferences and sat in the front row, enjoying a status as the "dean" of the press corp. As a traditional leftist she has naturally been anti-Israel and never shy about showing her bias but recently remarks she made regarding Israel showed up in a video that went viral over the Internet and brought an end to her career. In short, she told a rabbi who was interviewing her that Israeli Jews should go "home" back to Germany, Poland, America or wherever they came from.
Many articles have focused on the obvious, like how you can't expect six million people to simply pack up and leave a country because a group of terrorists want the land they're on. Others have sagely noted that the reason so many Jews left Poland and Germany in the first place was because they were chased out by the Holocaust and post-war pogroms. All of these views miss the point.
The point is that Helen Thomas simply does not know where Jews come from. We come from Israel. We were, in the words of British Prime Minster Benjanim Disraeli, serving as priests in Solomon's Temple when the northern Europeans were running around dressed in animal hide loin clothes and hunting their supper with primitive tools. What is more, despite explusion after explusion, there was never a time in history from the moment our ancestors crossed the Yarden River that there has been no Jewish presence in Israel. We do not speak in our prayers of "going" to Israel but "returning" to it for a good reason. If we were in Poland and Germany it was because that was where the tides of time and misfortune washed us up, not because we originated there and then decided to leave.
What's more, has Ms. Thomas not heard of Sephardi Jews? Is she a double racist, assuming that all Jews are of European ancestry simply because the liberal Democrat syncophants she rubs shoulders with generally tend to be? Should she not have also mentioned Morocco, Iraq and Iran in her little diatribe?
However, he real Jew-hating element of this episode remains underreported. Ms. Thomas, we are told, has retired from her profession as a result of her comments and for the lefist media this is considered fitting punishment. No human rights tribunal trial, no constant pillorying. She called it quits, and now let's leave her alone.
Could one imagine the left's reaction if a Fox new reporter had said something similar and been allowed to retirn? Could you imagine the outrage against the network? How dare you let him slip into the night untouched? Fire him! Blacklist him!
This is the subtle Jew-hating of the left. Ms Thomas will collect her pension, her career will remain one long success unsullied by the words "and then she was fired" in personal history and when no one is listening she'll tell her friends she was right and they'll nod but remind her not to say it in public.