PLO bestows journalism award on Helen Thomas
US reporter, forced into retirement after controversial remarks about Jews, hailed for "supporting Palestine in the West."
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.
The lady that claimed Jews should leave Israel and return to Germany and Poland.
Suspended for infractions
Isn't she a zombie by now?
No way do I agree with her remarks on Israel, or most of what she has said in the last 12 years.
But her earlier career at UPI was decent, and she did ask some tough questions at times when they needed to be asked.
Congressmen to Abbas: Medal awarded to Helen Thomas may damage U.S. assistance to PA
Veteran journalist, who was forced to resign after commenting that ‘Jews should go back to Germany,' received a medal from PA President Mahmoud Abbas in Washington earlier this month.
By [*******#434141]Barak Ravid[/COLOR]
The award given ti controversial journalist Helen Thomas by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sparked anger not only in Israel, but in the U.S. Congress as well. Two senior Congressmen sent Abbas a letter denouncing the award and hinting that such a move may hurt U.S. assistance to the PA.
The Congressmen – Republican Steve Chabot, Chairman of the Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee, and Democrat Eliot Engel, senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – wrote in the letter that "last year, the Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted an amendment entitled the Preparing the Palestinian People for Peace Act. This legislation conditioned U.S. assistance on whether the PA was actively preparing its people for peace through compromise with messages of tolerance, understanding, and reconciliation."
Chabot and Engel also emphasized to Abbas that Thomas' remarks are part of a pattern. "Unfortunately, the recognition of stridently, and sometimes even violently anti-*Israeli individuals and themes has become all too common by the Palestinian Authority," they wrote.
The PA yet again engaging in a good faith effort toward Israel.