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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

An open letter to Helen Thomas

In response to her suggestions that Jews 'get the hell out of Palestine' and 'return to Germany and Poland,' Yoram Dori, an adviser to Israel's President Shimon Peres, writes an open letter to Helen Thomas to tell her a bit about his family (Hat Tip: Instapundit).
Dear Ms. Thomas, I read on numerous Web sites the remarks attributed to you (and I did not see any denial) that we, the Jews must “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Germany or Poland. I am convinced that you are aware of the events which took place during the years 1939-1945 but, to be certain, I think it appropriate to tell you a little about my parents and their families.

My mother was sent to Palestine from Germany in 1933 with the rise of the Nazis to power by her farseeing parents. The British blockade, which prevented Jews fleeing the Nazi horrors from entering, made it difficult for her and only the pretext of coming on a tourist visit enabled her to enter and remain alive. Her older sister, Sarah, her husband and three children aged 12, 10 and seven did not succeed in finding a way of coming toPalestine and were sent by the Nazis to Poland and from there, their journey to the Auschwitz gas chambers, was short. I understand that it is there that you wish to send me.

My father, who lived in Austria, also showed resourcefulness and immediately on the German invasion and sailed to Palestine. On the way – again the British blockade – he was forced to throw his passport into the sea so that, heaven forbid, they would not send him back to Austria, another country you wished I was moving to. His older brother and his wife, who did not go with him, were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

My parents, who, as mentioned, with lifesaving initiative, fled from Europe before they were murdered, arrived in a desolated and barren country, worked in orchards, barely supported themselves and, by the way, were happy with their lot. In 1947 upon hearingof the UN resolution on the partitioning of the country, they danced in the streets, even though most of the area of Israel was torn from its sovereignty. For brands who survived the fire, it was enough.

The Palestinians and Arab countries, who gained most of the area, refused to accept the UN resolution and began a war to annihilate us. Only three years had passed since the liberation of Auschwitz and again we – the Jews – faced the danger of annihilation. To our joy, 600,000 Jews were victorious over millions of armed Arabs. It appears that justice has power and strength of its own.
Continue reading here. Call it a letter from Israel's almost-sane Left.


At 3:52 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

He's a leftist and I think he's a Stupid Jew. He's an Otto Weininger who wants to take the rest of Israel down with him. No thanks. I don't believe for a moment that more territorial concessions will lead to peace. He mentions all the ones Israel made that didn't bring about peace and he wants to make more of them? He differs with Helen Thomas only in the degree not in the end result. Fortunately, most Israeli Jews understand the J-Logic of Israel's disappearing "peace camp" is not going to make that happen in the future. Shimon Peres' adviser doesn't get it.

At 4:06 PM, Blogger yzernik said...

The problem with this kind of response is that it does nothing to dispute the argument that Helen made. It is only an attempt to gain pity.

The correct response to Helen is that Israel is the home of the Jews, and that Jews only lived in Germany and Poland in exile. And the holocaust proved that exile is not a viable option anymore.

At 4:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sane, but not good enough. It's still the Mesozionist mode of appealing to our past suffering. The Marxists respond: "But why do you think your past suffering gives you rights to another nation's land?"

The Neozionist says: "This IS our land, and none other's. We ARE the indigenous people here, and the so-called Palestinians are actually invaders, Arabs from Arabia."

It's not about Helen Thomas. It's time for Zionists to realize that Thomas' rant is your daily bread-and-butter for DailyKKKos, Huffingglue Post, Guardian's Comment Is Fetid, CounterPuke, Countercurrents and Kommon Dreams (to name just a few). She said publicly what the Marxofascist, Islamofascist-loving Left confines to their forums.

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Thermblog said...

It's whiny and the rules are, "no whining for Jews."

I prefer:

So you're of Arab descent but living on land taken by force from American Natives, telling Jews that the place you came from is for Arabs only. Jews may have no homeland. Arabs may live on Arab land or anywhere else.

Please confirm I understood you correctly.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger nomatter said...

A great letter, however Helen Thomas does not need to be educated. Helen Thomas knows her history. Nothing or no one can prove otherwise. We know what drives her supposed lack of historical recall for that alone is the fuel that drives the insanity of Antisemitism.

Who I squarely blame are the powers that be who have pushed and lied for a Palestinian state as we can see at all costs to Israel and the Jewish people. They are the ones who created the revision of history for the average guy on the street.

When a President stands up at a State of the Union or on foreign soil and speaks of the daily humiliation of the Palestinians, this only adds more fuel. When he tells only half of a not so truthful story, we still scratch our heads wondering how Antisemitism gets it's fuel.

When a denier of the Holocaust is told before the world by a US President (post 9-11, War on Terror) that Abbas is a "man of peace," whose U.S FUNDED army marches to the NAZI GOOSESTEP...
how is it possible to wonder why people like Thomas and others think Jews are occupiers of Palestine?? After all, a simple google search will tell you how many times that President spoke of the DAILY HUMILIATION OF OCCUPATION.

Many pro-Israel activists are upset because Yahoo weather app now divides Jerusalem to East and West. "Oh, such an antisemitic bunch those Yahoo programmers." Really. When U.S occupiers of the oval office refrain from signing the embassy act which screams JERUSALEM IS -->NOT THE UNDIVIDED CAPITAL OF ISRAEL (and our conservative commentators, editorialists and others in the hierarchy of conservatism stay silent) what the hell can we expect?

Who fans the flames?

A little news flash. Not once in 8 years did Fox news condemn the failure of signing the embassy act or ask once why that president refused to send a representative to the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem.

The irony/humor is all our friends now rant that Jerusalem should remain undivided.

Helen Thomas has proven long ago she is an Antisemite. We now have an obvious hostile Antisemite in the WH. That one has caused the voiceless to once again speak.

At 5:08 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I don´t think Helen Thomas´track record reflects that she is really calling Israels right of existance into question. People of her age have the right to make mistakes sometimes.
I think Helen Thomas is just fed up with this conflict that seems to last forever with no solution in sight.
It is frustrating to see that Israel isn´t moving towards any solution with the palestinians as they did with Rabin in the 90s. Now with Nathanjahu and Lieberman elected by the majority of Israelis it seems all Israel wants to do is build settlements, isolate itself from former allies like Turkey and escalate the situation in Gaza.
It´s also frustrating to see how easily the country with the supposedly best intelligence service in the world isn´t able to stop a couple of ships professionally without getting itself trapped in a cheap and fabricated PR-desaster.

The whole situation seems so unproductive and hopeless, I often wonder if the Netanjahu government has an actual target-oriented plan for their people, for a peacfull future for the region, for the people of Gaza, for dealing with Hamas and Fatah.
One day someone has to come up with a solution which neither will be to extract all Palestinians nor all Israelis from the region so why not start today?

At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


There are no "Palestinians." They are Arabs--Arabs of Palestine, just as there are Arabs of Morocco and Arabs of Iraq. Arabs are indigenous to Arabia, and are settler-colonists elsewhere. No, I'm not calling for all Arabs to go home to Arabia. What I'm saying is, however, that they have absolutely no cause for grievance when the Jews, the indigenous people of Palestine, do come back home.

The Left says there will be no peace without justice, and that justice involves kicking all the invaders out of Palestine. I actually agree, only I have a different view as to who's the invader and who is indigenous. We Jews are indigenous to this land, and peace will come by implementing the justice of kicking all Arab invaders out of our land. Pre-1967 Israel, Judea, Samaria and Gaza. All of it. The Arab nation will have to content itself with the "little" it has. We do not owe the Arab enemy a thing. Not a thing.


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