June 5, 2010 | Comments Off
By now must of you have seen this lovely clip:
For now I’m going to glide by the creepiness of telling Jews to go back to Germany and the incredible historical ignorance of saying that Israel is the Palestinians’ homeland. I must wonder, has she or any of the people who share this sentiment ever read the Bible? Even if one does not subscribe to the belief that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, and even if you acknowledge that there are certain parts of the Bible that are myth, I am not aware of any tradition that holds the that the Jewish people living in what is now called Israel part of the Bible has ever been considered a myth. But let’s just set aside the fact that the Jewish people occupied “Palestine” several millennia before the birth of Mohammed for now, and instead focus on her “apology”:
“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.”
I have to give the woman credit. She skipped past the “my words were taken out of context” line of bs that most people give when caught on camera expressing their true feelings, preferring instead to dig deeper into the realm of complete farce.
You see, this: “They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East.”
Is not even in the same ballpark as: “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine . . . go home.”
Those are completely contradictory statements. In the youtube clip, Helen Thomas minces no words. She tells the Jews to get out of Israel, oh, excuse me, Palestine. Clear the place out. Don’t come back. Then she backtracks a week later and pretends that she just wants peace.
But let’s parse this even more. She says that she believes peace will come “only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance.” Nothing in that statement implies that she has retracted her statement that the Jews should leave the area. She says peace will come when both sides develop mutual tolerance. She’s a shifty little one, because in her world the Jews can show their tolerance . . . by getting the hell out of Palestine.
I may have to give her even more credit. She hasn’t backtracked, and her apology is a completely genuine statement. She certainly does regret making her comments, because she just revealed to the entire world that she’s an anti-Semitic lunatic.