HELEN THOMAS AND THE RITES OF RETURN

Israel has been in an uproar about the comments made by Helen Thomas. The reality is Israel has been doing exactly what was inferred in those comments…. sending Jews back to where they came from. The following is written by one of those Jews, Jared Malsin. He was the English editor for the Ma’an News Agency, deported to the USA for telling the truth! A crime unforgivable in the Holy Land.


Jared ‘dug up’ the video presented to demonstrate the hypocrisy displayed by Israel. They would much rather such truths remain buried….


HELEN THOMAS AND THE RIGHT OF RETURN

By Jared Malsin

The furor over Helen Thomas’ remarks reminded me of this lecture Amira Hass gave in New York two years ago.

I wasn’t personally at the lecture, but I had a long talk with Hass in my office in Bethlehem that spring, a few weeks before she left on her speaking tour, and she expressed to me some of the main ideas contained in it.

In the talk Hass recalls an anecdote about a foreign solidarity activist who makes an ill-considered comment about Israeli Jews going back to Europe.

What she eloquently manages to do is capture the intersection between Israel’s Law of Return and the Palestinian right of return. She talks about the tension between the desire for Jewish concrete return after the Holocaust (returning to communities in European communities in Europe that no longer existed) and the abstract Zionist “return” to a place most Jews had never been, Palestine.

What Hass recognizes and I also believe is that this history and this politics is intimately bound up with the history (past and present) of Palestinian dispossession. And it is this latter, ongoing expulsion that is still unresolved.



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  1. June 15, 2010 at 01:08

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  2. Howard T. Lewis III said,

    June 15, 2010 at 01:21

    Helen Thomas is Babraham Lincoln incarnate. Ms. Thomas, please teach us more. Some of these web people are smart folks with street savvy.

  3. Bill said,

    June 15, 2010 at 02:20

    Thank you Helen Thomas for being the lone voice in our Corp. Media willing to take on Israels inhuman treatment of those in Gaza and all of Palestine.

  4. brian said,

    June 15, 2010 at 10:31

    does this mean helen will now UNretire?

  5. brian said,

    June 15, 2010 at 10:32

    The irony is that Helen was more a true american than those who attacked her, who are israeli firsters

  6. Ken Tillotson said,

    June 15, 2010 at 10:41

    Unless and until more people like Helen Thomas step up to the plate, and tell the truth about Israel, the citizens of Gaza and indeed most of the world will continually and relentlessly be trodden upon by the fascist and Zionist state known as Israel. The holocaust was the worst thing to ever happen to Jews, but the creation of the state of Israel is a close second. I salute you Helen.


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