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12/4/2010

Helen Thomas: You Know What the Real Problem is? Anti-Muslim Sentiment. And the Joooos!

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 3:40 pm



[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.  Also if you don’t know the “Jooo” meme, read here.]

Hey, remember when Helen Thomas said the Jews should be driven out of Israel, and then apologized.  Well, she is back at it again:

“I can call a president of the United States anything in the book but I can’t touch Israel, which has Jewish-only roads in the West Bank,” Thomas said. “No American would tolerate that — white-only roads.”

By the way, that is a complete canard.  Even the Washington Post has been taken in by it (and corrected themselves when the truth was exposed), but it is.  But the hypocrisy on display is stunning.  There isn’t a word denouncing Saudi Arabia for its discrimination against non-Muslims—including having areas of the country forbidden to Christians.  And for that matter she was fired for declaring that she wanted all of Israel to be a Jew-free zone.  She isn’t really opposed to segregation, she just doesn’t like it when it favors Jews (and such segregation didn’t exist, contrary to her lies).

Thomas claimed that “You can not say anything (critical) about Israel in this country.”

Of course she was speaking from prison where she had been locked up for the crime of saying something anti-Semitic, right?  No, of course not.  So, so much for the claim she can’t say it.  These kinds of statements always smack of fascism, since what they are really complaining about is that you are exercising your free speech to shun such speech.

She goes on:

“We are owned by propagandists against the Arabs. There’s no question about that. Congress, the White House, and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where there mouth is…We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.”

But the real problem, according to her, is bias against Muslims and/or Arabs.  Indeed, this speech was made at “an Arab Detroit workshop on anti-Arab bias[,]” and she made herself known on that subject:

“We all know the Arabs are much maligned. They are automatically terrorists. I was called the Hizballah at the White House, Hamas, and everything else. But I never bowed to those kinds of slurs because I know who I am. I’m an American.”

At the end of her speech, Thomas spoke about bias against Arabs and then recalled the words of a rabbi at Martin Luther King’s 1963 civil rights march on Washington D.C., when he made his, I have a dream speech. Thomas said that the rabbi, who survived Nazi concentration camps, told the crowd “the greatest sin of all in the Nazi era was silence.”

“And so we have to speak up for our rights, even at price, even at a cost.”

Of course this Arabic audience was appalled by her anti-Semitism and hypocrisy, and responded appropriately, right?

Yes, that is a rhetorical question.  The Detroit Free press tells us that the “speech… drew a standing ovation.”  Indeed despite her previous eliminationist rhetoric that

[t]onight, Thomas attended the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, where a bust of her was unveiled. And she is to speak at a high school in Dearborn on Friday.

But to its credit Wayne State University has finally corrected a bit of bad irony:

Wayne State University is yanking an award named for journalist Helen Thomas, citing remarks she made criticizing Israel during a conference in Dearborn.

In a brief statement e-mailed to reporters Friday, the university said it “strongly condemns the anti-Semitic remarks made by Helen Thomas.”

Better late than never, I suppose.

Which of course brought condemnation from National Arab American Journalists Association (NAAJA) coordinator Ray Hanania has denounced this as a blow to free speech and diversity.  At his twitter account he wrote that “Wayne State University casts doubt on its diversity and commitment to professionalism after vicious attack against Helen Thomas.”  Meanwhile, on behalf of NAAJA they released a statement asserting that somehow taking this award away from was a violation of free speech, in that same fascistic way that somehow free speech requires me to shut up about your bad speech.  He has a history of pretending that all of this is lies and slander.

Of course irrational anti-Muslim bias is real.  But I couldn’t think of a better illustration of how we have overblown that concern, while downplaying the very serious concern about the rising anti-Semitism in our society, particularly coming from the Muslim-American community, a fact that is borne out by statistics.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

22 Responses to “Helen Thomas: You Know What the Real Problem is? Anti-Muslim Sentiment. And the Joooos!”

  1. Of course the “mooslims” have done nothing to earn the disdain.

    Jim (844377)

  2. Why would anyone pay any attention to this “has been”?

    AD-RtR/OS! (434c01)

  3. She didn’t do a good job. The “Kill the Jooos” handbook specifically states that any anti-Semitic essay or speech much include a reference to killing Gentile children for Passover. See Rule 11 on page 69. So even though she quoted from the updated version of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and used the recommended trope of quoting a rabbi out of context, we need to deduct at least ten points from her score.

    It’s rather sad that there’s nothing really worthwhile in Dearborn, because, as it now stands, there’s no use in me boycotting Dearborn.

    kishnevi (d52176)

  4. This creature is just one example of the reason I’m not all that enthusiastic about research into extending life.

    Think of all the evil-doers and incompetents in this world who have gotten and held on to power through cunning, and kept it long past their ‘use by’ dates – continuing to destroy as they go along. ugh.

    <blockquote>”..and not until your whole generation has lain down and died will the dead weight of you be off our backs!”
    ~Dr. Prentice, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”~

    ShyAsrai (921609)

  5. Life can be very hard on those who have little or no physical beauty.

    I can not imangine being so ugly that I would embrace a racist and sexist ideology such as Islam as the only way to get laid.

    Good luck Helen. There must be one woman hating child molesting follower of the Koran for a sweet girl like you.

    highpckets (d42ce5)

  6. Life has become so secure and “safe”, that the defective genes never get vacumned from the gene-pool before they can propogate.

    AD-RtR/OS! (434c01)

  7. In her time Helen has been a relentless propagandist for liberals, Baathists and Al Qaida.

    A real scumbag.

    Luckily, her time is about to end.

    Dave Surls (4cc655)

  8. Helen Thomas tells the truth no one wants to read, especially the ZioNazis and their Neoconservative lackeys. The US government and media accept ISSraeli policies because the ISSraelis share our hatred for Arabs, especially those who stand for their rights and dignity. Someone has to point that wickedness and hypocrisy and I admire Helen’s courage in doing so. She is an awesome person and will be remembered as such when truth finally prevails and ISSrael finally atones for the horrors it brought.

    4Truth (0692b1)

  9. Helen Thomas tells the truth no one wants to read, especially the ZioNazis and their Neoconservative lackeys. The US government and media accept ISSraeli policies because the ISSraelis share our hatred for Arabs, especially those who stand for their rights and dignity. Someone has to point that wickedness and hypocrisy and I admire Helen’s courage in doing so. She is an awesome person and will be remembered as such when truth finally prevails and ISSrael finally atones for the horrors it brought.

    4Truth (0692b1)

  10. I appreciate the work you are doing, Aaron, but you are really screwing up the whole “Joooos!” thing. I think that you will find that there must be no less than SEVEN os after the J for it to comply with the official IMAO International JOOOOOOOOOOO! Conspiracy™ Guidelines. Please conform with standard usage in the future. Thank you.

    David

    David, infamous sockpuppet (725724)

  11. “Helen Thomas tells the truth…”

    Ha ha ha

    Dave Surls (4cc655)


  12. They put their money where there mouth is…


    Anyone else besides me see the problem with this statement as-written?

    Anyone?

    Anyone?

    “…their mouth is…”

    When journalists, and other professional writers don’t even get their grammar correct, you’ve got a serious — and I DO MEAN SERIOUS — educamacationalisticcy problem on your hands.

    IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society (9eeb86)

  13. I can only pray that she’s the first, and loveliest of the virgins offered to terrorists in the afterlife.

    ukuleledave (ab2451)


  14. Think of all the evil-doers and incompetents in this world who have gotten and held on to power through cunning, and kept it long past their ‘use by’ dates – continuing to destroy as they go along

    I think the word you’re searching for here is “Boomers”.

    IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society (9eeb86)

  15. Helen’s photograph has an honored spot in my crawl space; it keeps the termites away.

    Old Coot (f73cf0)

  16. You ZioNazis may laugh about her appearance but she’s not the one whose grandchildren will be embarrassed and ashamed one hundred years from now. She’s not the one licking ISSrael’s boots and cheering as it ethnically cleanses Palestine. She’s not the one who’ll take it hard when the Oppressed finally overcomes the Oppressor. Long live Helen!

    4Truth (0692b1)

  17. __________________________________________________

    I post the following as a tribute to the fine, upstanding, big-hearted, humane, wonderful journalist Helen Thomas.

    Muslimhope.com:

    Assassinations Ordered By Mohammed

    Mohammed did not just fight defensively, and he did not just honorably engage people in open battle. He also ordered many assassinations. Here is a list taken from the collections of authoritative Sunni hadiths and the early Muslim historian al-Tabari.

    Assassination of Ka’b bin Ashraf

    Reason given: Sahih Muslim vol.3 no.4436 p.990-991 says that Ka’b b. Ashraf “has maligned Allah, the Exalted, and His Messenger.”

    Assassination of Abu Rafi’

    Reason given: Bukhari vol.5 book 59 no.371 p.251 says, “Abu Rafi’ used to hurt Allah’s Apostle and help his enemies against him. He lived in his castle in the land of Hijaz.” So this was probably for military reasons. Tabari says, “The reason for his being killed was, it is said, that he used to take the part of Ka’b b. al-Ashraf against the Messenger of God.”

    Assassination of People Not Under Muslim Rule

    Al-Harith ibn Suwayd ibn Samit was another opponent murdered at Muhammad’s instigation. This set off something of a chain reaction.

    One Abu Afak, annoyed at the incident, composed a satire defending the ancestors of those who were disaffected at the Prophet which prompted him to respond “Who will deal with this rascal for me?” at which another of his companions, Salim ibn `Umayr, went forth and slaughtered him. (Ibn Ishaq, Sirat Rasulullah, p.675).

    In reply to this `Asma bint Marwan, another resident of Medina disenchanted with Islam, composed a satire charging her fellow townsmen of the Aus and Khazraj…

    When Muhammad heard this he said “Who will rid me of Marwan’s daughter?” at which `Umayr ibn `Adiy al-Khatmi immediately crept into her house and murdered her. On his return he confirmed that he had killed her at which Muhammad was greatly pleased and said to him “You have greatly helped God and his Apostle, O `Umayr!” (op. cit., p.676).

    One women of the Banu Quraizah was executed. Abu Dawud vol.2 no.2665 Footnote 2017 p.739 explains this by saying “she used to abuse the Prophet (may peace be upon him). Hence she was killed.”

    Attempted Assassination of Abu Sufyan

    Reason: None is explicitly given, but Abu Sufyan was the commander of the forces of Mecca.

    When the men whom the Prophet had sent to ‘Adal and al-Qarah were killed at al-Raji’ and the news reached the Messenger of God, he sent ‘Amr b. Umayyah al-Damri and one of the Ansar to Mecca, ordering them to kill Abu Sufyan…

    Assassination of al-Aswad (= Dhu al-Khimar ‘Abhalah b. Ka’b)

    Reason given: Claimed he was a prophet.

    Mohammed ordered the assassination of al-Aswad al-Tabari vol.9 p.167 Al-Aswad was assassinated because he claimed that he was a prophet, after coming out of the Khubban cave. He was killed a day or two before Mohammed’s death.

    Assassination of Khalid b. Sufyan

    Reason given: al-Tabari vol.9 p.121 says that Mohammed said word had reached him that Khalid b. Sufyan was gathering a force to attack Mohammed.

    “The Messenger of God called me and said, ‘It has reached me that Khalid b. Sufyan b. Nubayh al-Hudhali is gathering a force to attack me. He is either in Nakhlah or ‘Uranah, so go to him and kill him.’” al-Tabari vol.9 p.121

    Mohammed Ordered Torture to Find Where a Man Buried His Treasure

    This was not an assassination, but was still very heinous. According to Ibn Ishaq: Kinanah b. al-Rabi’ b. Abi al-Huqayq who had the treasure of the Banu al-Nadir, was brought to the Messenger of God, who questioned him, but he denied knowing where it [the treasure] was.

    Then the Messenger of God was brought a Jew who said to him, “I have seen Kinanah walk around this ruin every morning.” The Messenger of God said to Kinanah: “What do you say? If we find it in your possession, I will kill you.”

    “All right he answered.”

    The Messenger of God commanded that the ruin should be dug up, and some of the treasure was extracted from it. Then he asked him for the rest of it. Kinanah refused to surrender it, so the Messenger of God gave orders concerning him to al-Zubayr b. al-‘Awwam, saying, “Torture him until you root out what he has.”

    Asalam alakum, Helen.

    __________________________________________________

    Mark (3e3a7c)

  18. each time see helen
    colonel not help but think of
    arafat in drag

    ColonelHaiku (c51653)

  19. Twoofers are always so amusing. FIRE NEVER MELTS STEEL !!!!! ZOMFG the JOOOOOOOOOOOOOS !!!!

    JD (0d2ffc)

  20. Why is everyone paying attention to this senile woman?

    Kevin M (298030)

  21. Helen Thomas is of Arab (Lebanese) descent, like Danny Thomas. First generation — she was born in America but her parents were immigrants and changed their name at Ellis Island.

    nk (db4a41)

  22. That vile, old hobgoblin is a piece of wicked work. Seriously, doesn’t she live in a gingerbread house and lure small children there so she can eat them?

    Vivian Louise (05aded)


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