PLO bestows journalism award on Helen Thomas (JERUSALEM POST) By JTA 04/03/12)
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NEW YORK (JTA) - Longtime White House reporter Helen Thomas received
a prize in journalism from a representative of Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas.
Thomas, 91, who was forced into retirement two years ago after making
controversial remarks about Jews and Israel, was recognized for her
journalism career and commitment to the Palestinian cause. Hanan
Ashrawi, a member of the Executive Committee of the PLO, presented
Thomas with the award on behalf of Abbas, who is also head of the PLO.
According to the Washington PLO office’s statement, Thomas was
recognized for “all of her actions supporting Palestine in the West.”
Ambassadors, journalists, human rights activists and American Arab
leaders were among those who attended the ceremony at the home of
Maen Rashid Ereikat, president of the Commission General of the PLO
Considered the dean of the White House press corps, Thomas became
embroiled in controversy when she said in a 2010 interview with the
blog RabbiLive.com that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine.
Go home, Poland, Germany and America and everywhere else.”
She was slammed by both sides of the political spectrum. Later that
year Thomas, who was a correspondent since the presidency of John F.
Kennedy, stood by her original comments and accused Jewish lobbyists
and politicians of distorting her remarks. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 04/03/12)
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