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Hezbollah lauds Helen Thomas
Lebanese group stands by disgraced White House correspondent; praises criticism of 'racist' Israel

Hezbollah on Wednesday saluted veteran US reporter Helen Thomas's "courage" for her controversial comments against Israel, which sparked a furor and forced her to retire.

 

"Respected American journalist Helen Thomas's answer shows ... a courageous, bold, honest and free opinion which expresses what people across the globe believe: that Israel is a racist state of murderers and thugs," Hezbollah MP Hussein Moussawi said in a statement.

 

Thomas, who is of Lebanese descent, retired on Monday after coming under fire for her controversial remarks about Israel.

 

Asked at a May 27 "Jewish Heritage Celebration" whether she had any comments on Israel, Thomas replied: "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine.

 

"Remember these people are occupied and it's their land, not German and not Poland," 89-year-old Thomas said. "They can go home, Poland, Germany, and America and everywhere else."

 

Thomas, the longest-serving reporter in the White House press corps, has since apologized for her comments.

 

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