When Helen Thomas suggested that Israel’s Jews “go back to Germany and Poland” – I suppose we should be grateful she didn’t quite say “go back to the gas ovens” – that wasn’t an “anti-Zionist” comment, that was a racist comment directed at Jews.
Here’s the actual quote from Thomas:
Q: Any comments about Israel? We’re asking everyone today.
Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine
Thomas: Remember, these people are occupied, and it’s their land. It’s not German, it’s not Poland.
Q: So where should they go?
Thomas: They can go home.
Q: Where is there home?
Thomas: Poland. Germany.
Q: They should just go back to Poland?
Thomas: And America and everywhere else.
Personally, I thought that was obnoxious enough on its own- sounded to me exactly like the nativists here in the states who loudly proclaim anyone of Hispanic descent can “go back to Mexico.”
But the question is why Mark Kleiman and so many others feel the need to embellish? She clearly was talking about actions of the state of Israel, and clearly was not suggesting they “go back to the gas ovens.” Unless, of course, Kleiman remembers some gas ovens in America during WWII that I am unaware of. And there are, to my knowledge, no such ovens operating in America, Germany, or Poland, today. To read Mark, you’d think she was screaming “JEWS BACK TO AUSCHWITZ.” She wasn’t- she was spouting some pretty boilerplate rhetoric about Israel occupying Palestinian land.
In the reality based community, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. That seems fair.