Helen Thomas wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of her being the first female reporter at the White House with her family members. Helen covered ten Presidents in the White House. Soon she got tired of challenging the male journalists at the association’s helm who dismissed or ignored her altogether. Finally, she took the courage and start asking ‘politically incorrect’ questions to several Presidents. She even convinced President John F. Kennedy to boycott the WHCA annual dinner if no woman journalist was invited.
Helen Thomas never shied away from asking questions which no other correspondents would dare to ask due to fear of pro-Israel Jewish lobby groups. The AIPAC, ADL and AJC never liked her views on Israel. She was against Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She slammed Israel for attacking Lebanon in Summer 2006. Finally, Zionist Rabbi David Nesenoff, who was at the White House for a Jewish heritage celebration on May 28, 2010 – got the ‘smoking gun‘ Israel Lobby had been looking for decades to shut-down Helen’s right to freedom of speech.
In response to the cunning Rabbi David Nesenoff seeking her advice for the Israelis, Helen Thomas replied: “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember these people are occupied and it’s their land”. She was then asked where the Israelis go, to which she replied: “They should go home to Poland, Germany… America and everywhere else”
“You cannot say anything about Israel in this country (the US). But I’ve lived with this cause for many years. Everybody knows my feelings that the Palestinians have been shortchanged in every way. Sure, the Israelis have a right to exist – but where they were born, not to come and take someone else’s home. I’ve had it up to here with the violations against the Palestinians. Why shouldn’t I say it?”, Helen told David Hochman who interviewed for the Playboy.
Christine Tatum, former national President of the Society of Professional Journalist, slammed the WHCA for refusing Helen to celebrate her career’s Golden Jubilee at the White House. Her article published in the Arab American News, can be read