Helen Thomas tells Jews “get the hell out of Palestine”

08Jun10

Helen Thomas, a Lebanese immigrant, author and former news service reporter, Hearst Newspapers columnist, and member of the White House Press Corps, has covered the administrations of ten presidents in a career spanning nearly sixty years.

Helen Thomas issued the following statement today:  “I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt 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.

Thomas was born in Winchester, Kentucky. Her parents, Mary (née Rowady) and George Thomas, were Lebanese immigrants from Tripoli, Lebanon; her father’s surname had originally been “Antonious”. Thomas was raised as a Christian in the Greek Orthodox church. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and attended Wayne University (now Wayne State University), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1942.