Defiant Helen Thomas defends remarks that led to exit

Striking a defiant tone,
journalist Helen Thomas, 90, said today she absolutely stands by her
controversial comments about Israel made earlier this year that led to
her resignation. But she stoked additional controversy with new remarks,
claiming that “Zionists” control U.S. foreign policy and other American
institutions. The local Jewish community strongly condemned her

can call a president of the United States anything in the book but I
can’t touch Israel, which has Jewish-only roads in the West Bank,”
Thomas said. “No American would tolerate that — white-only roads.”

Thomas, who grew up in Detroit
the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, was in Dearborn today for an Arab
Detroit workshop on anti-Arab bias. The Free Press asked her about her
comments, which critics have said were anti-Israel.

“I paid the price for that,” said Thomas, a longtime White House correspondent. “But it was worth it, to speak the truth.”

“The Zionists have to understand that’s their country, too. Palestinians were there long before any European Zionists.”

Thomas claimed that “You can not say anything (critical) about Israel in this country.”

In a speech that drew a standing ovation, Thomas talked about “the whole question of money involved in politics.”

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