On May 27, 2010, Rabbi David F. Nesenoff interviewed Helen on the White House Lawn on American Jewish Heritage Celebration Day. When asked what comments Helen had on Israel, Helen replied, “Tell them to get the Hell out of Palestine.”
Nesenoff asked, “ooh! Any better comments?”
Helen replied, “Remember, these people are occupied, and it’s their land not Germany, not Poland.”
Nesenoff asked, “So where should they go?”
Thomas said, “They can go home.”
Nesenoff: “Where’s home?”
Thomas: “Poland, Germany.”
Nesenoff: “So you think Jews should go back to Poland and Germany?”
Thomas: “And America and everywhere else.”
Rabbi Nesenoff published the interview on June 3, 2010, on RabbiLive.com and on YouTube.
Here is the video of the interview:
Since the remarks were printed, Many Israel supporters have been clamoring for Thomas’ firing.
Thomas apologized last week on her web site saying, “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.”
Despite the apology, demands for Thomas’ firing continued unabated. Thomas, who will be 90 years old in August, obviously could not weather the political storm.