An interesting revelation about what Helen Thomas's attackers really believe
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 08:12PM
[Alison Weir

CounterPunch has just published my article about Helen Thomas, and we've also posted an annotated version with links, photos and videos on our news site as well.

It's interesting to see the misreporting on Thomas's words. For example, nowhere did she say the word "Jews."

Another point also tells more about her critics than about her.

When one actually views the video, it appears that Thomas is referring to Israeli settlers. (Truthfully, the correct word should be colonists, but I'll use the commonly employed euphemism).

Her words are: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Remember, these people are occupied. And it’s their land…”

The reference to "occupied" would normally suggest the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinian Occupied Territories.  However, her attackers almost universally seem to have taken her words as referring to all of Israel.

In other words, in a sort of Freudian slip, her attackers acknowledge that all of the land of Palestine is occupied.


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