Helen Thomas: stuff your slanders where they belong

Wacko former White House correspondent Helen Thomas made a speech in Detroit the other day in which she said, among other things,

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.

She defended herself against charges of antisemitism by saying that she herself was a ‘Semite’. Yes, she really said that!

But that’s not what I wanted to talk about. She also said this:

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 … No American would tolerate that — white-only roads.

Time to take this particular slander and stuff it where it belongs.

There are no ‘Jewish only roads’. Here is the actual story:

There was a little problem in Judea and Samaria that Arab terrorists were doing drive-by shootings on the roads. No big thing, just a murder or two every few weeks. So Israel built ‘bypass roads’ that connected to settlements but did not have off-ramps at Arab villages. Sometimes these roads had walls alongside them to stop bullets and to prevent terrorists from lying in wait with Molotov cocktails.

Nobody checks the religion or ethnicity of drivers on these roads.

Route 443 is the main highway which connects Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and continues to the Palestinian Arab city of Ramallah.  Between 2000 and 2001, six Israelis were murdered in four separate attacks against vehicles on 443. There have been countless incidents of firebombs and rocks thrown at motorists on the road, including a Molotov cocktail thrown in March of this year. After the murders, the IDF closed off the access roads to the Palestinian Arab villages along the route. Can you blame them?

Last December, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the access roads had to be reopened, although they allowed the army to take unspecified security measures. The Court felt that the complete closure was a hardship for the Palestinians. Many Israeli Jews protested, and the Shurat haDin Law Center filed a petition opposing it. The Supreme Court rejected the petition.

Yes, Helen, it’s all about racism and apartheid.

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