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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rabbi who filmed Thomas Receives Death Threats

Rabbi David Nessenoff of, now famous for filming Helen Thomas's anti-Semitic rant which abruptly ended her career, is reporting that he has received death threats and hate mail from people who blame him for Thomas's demise.

This is the classic modus operandi from the anti-Semites. They blame the Jews for everything under the sun rather than blaming themselves for their own inequities.

Even though Thomas brought upon her own demise for stating that the "Jews should go back to Europe," her supporters instead resort to attacking the Rabbi who could not have predicted that Thomas was going to make such an outlandish statement when he innocently asked her what she thought about Jews on Jewish Heritage Civilization Day.

One person who emailed Nessenoff stated "We're going to kill the Jews; watch your back.'"

Others have called for another Holocaust and threatened the Rabbi's family.

While most people in the U.S. have roundly condemned Helen Thomas's comments, those who have stood by her only highlight the fact that anti-Semitism is alive and well in the United States as it is in Europe.

We therefore can not become complacent in thinking that Thomas is the only renown person in Washington who would  assert such despicable views if given the opportunity. It would not even be a stretch to state that Thomas's views are consistent with the perspective of a considerable amount of Americans.

In fact, this latest comment from Thomas is not the first time she has spewed anti-Semitic remarks. In 2002,  she thanked Gd for Hezbollah and she also claimed that Israel is responsible for "99 percent of terrorism." (Hezbollah has issued a statement praising Helen Thomas for being "bold and courageous" in calling for the Jews to go back to Europe)

Rabbi Nessenoff did us a service by eliciting the removal of one of the most vicious anti-Semites working in the press corps. He should be applauded not condemned. We need more people like Rabbi Nessenoff.

The truth is that Helen Thomas should have been removed a long time ago.

Better late than never.