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Helen Thomas Biography: comments on Jews that led to resignation
In an reply to a question, 'Any Comment on Israel?' posed to her on Jewish American Heritage Month Celebration on May 27, She said, 'tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.'
HELEN THOMAS, 89 year-old journalist who occupy front row in White House briefing room and has covered every administration since Eisenhower’s, is a embroiled in Israel related comments on Jews. 
 
In an reply to a question, “Any Comment on Israel?” posed to her on Jewish American Heritage Month Celebration on May 27, She said, “tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.”
 
She further said, “The Palestinians are 'occupied' and that the Jews should ‘Go Home’—to Germany, Poland, America and everywhere else.”
 
What anybody could expect other than really perfect criticism from across the community. The speaker’s agency representing Thomas has dropped her; the high school canceled her commencement speech. The members of White House Correspondent Association are meeting on Monday to hash out a response.

The realization of mistake committed is there, Thomas wrote on her website, “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle-East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.”

It is not the end debate and criticism is on, she is all set to resign. Every one from one camp or the other is asking fro her resignation. Sarah Palin criticized her directly questioning her credibility.

Helen Thomas was born in Winchester, Kentucky. Her parents were Lebanese immigrants from Tripoli. She was raised as a Christian in Greek Orthodox Church. She graduated in 1942 from Wayne University.

She started her career as copy-girl, and joined United Press International in 1943.
Later in the decade, and in the early fifties, she wrote their "Names in the News" column, for which she interviewed numerous Washington celebrities.

In 1960, Thomas began covering then President-elect John F. Kennedy, and later following him to the White House.

In 2000, she resigned from UPI, after 57 year of service. She joined the Hearst Newspaper as a columnist, writing on national affairs and the White House.
 
 
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