There are many calls for Helen Thomas to be fired. I disagree.
Thomas is a good, working example not only of media bias, but how the race card is played in the information war against Israel.
The Islamist-Leftist Coalition repeatedly seeks to delegitimize Israel by claiming that Israelis are Europeans who should go back home. This racial component is key to portraying Israelis as European racists and denying the legitimacy of Israel through coalitions with "people of color."
But the portrayal of Israel as a European implant is false.
In the immediate aftermath of Israel's War of Independence (after the Arabs rejected the U.N. partition plan which would have created the first Palestinian state ever), approximately 850,000 Jews fled or were expelled from Arab and other Muslim countries, with the majority going to Israel.
What happened in 1947-1949 was an exchange of populations, with roughly equal numbers of non-Jewish Arabs leaving what now is Israel and the West Bank, and Jews leaving Arab and Muslim countries to go to Israel.
Those Jewish refugees from Muslim countries, and their descendants, now account for roughly half of Israel's population.
Israel also went to great lengths to rescue the Ethiopian and Yemeni Jewish communities, among others. I have embedded video of Operation Solomon below, because the beauty of that event contrasts so nicely with the ugliness and ignorance of Thomas' comments.
Most of Israel's Jewish population also has known no other home. As of 2008, 76.4% of Israelis were Jewish, of whom 67.1% were born in Israel, 22.6% in Europe or America, 5.9% Africa, and 4.2% in Asia.Not much I can add to that. Hellin plays an EXTREMELY useful role. I want her to keep playing that role as long as she draws breath, which I hope will be a long while.
Keep Helen Thomas right where she is. And keep her talking.
Helen Thomas' greatest accomplishment as a journalist is to have exposed the true, ugly face of Israel's critics.