On behalf of all of my readers who share my position, I am writing to express my outrage at the anti-Semitic comments that your correspondent Helen Thomas made to Rabbilive.com on May 27th.
Helen Thomas has long been a virulent anti-Semite who harbors anti-Israel sentiments. She routinely asks questions of White House Press Secretaries which challenges them to criticize Israel. She certainly is not a fair-minded reporter. Her bias against the State of Israel and the Jewish people reflects poorly on her employer Hearst Newspapers. Unfortunately, Hearst Newspapers is represented in the White House by a correspondent who has such such an animus for one side in the Arab-Israeli conflict.
However, Thomas has exceeded all boundaries by asserting in rather a vindictive matter that the "Jews should go back to Europe" among other bigoted diatribes. Thomas may have apologized for her comments but they are not sincere given her history in expressing such views.
You know very well that if Thomas made those same comments about African-American people telling them to go back to Africa, there would be calls from every corner in the globe for you to immediately fire Helen Thomas. And, you would have no other alternative but to dismiss Helen Thomas from her duties as White House Correspondent.
Why should the comments that she made against Jews be treated any differently? Why are diatribes against Jews treated with kid gloves rather than an ironclad fist?
If Helen Thomas remains in her position as White House Correspondent, it will demonstrate that Hearst Newspapers tolerates antisemitism which will be an unfortunate proposition.
I urge you to take prompt action and fire Helen Thomas if only to demonstrate unequivocally that Hearst Newspapers is wholeheartedly opposed to the expressed anti-Semitic statements.
The readership of Kauffmans Commentary which spans throughout the United States, Israel, and Europe, is awaiting your response on this matter.
Thank you for your time.
Ed. of Kauffmans Commentary