ADL: Helen Thomas Apology 'Does Not Go Far Enough'

New York, NY, June 6, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today responded to the statement posted by White House correspondent Helen Thomas on her personal Web site, saying it "does not go far enough" following the outcry over a widely circulated video of her saying Israeli Jews should go back to Poland and Germany so Palestinians could have their homeland.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

Helen Thomas's statement of regret does not go far enough. Her remarks were outrageous, offensive and inappropriate, especially since she uttered them on a day the White House had set aside to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of American Jews during Jewish American Heritage Month.

Her suggestion that Israelis should go back to Poland and Germany is bigoted and shows a profound ignorance of history. We believe Thomas needs to make a more forceful and sincere apology for the pain her remarks have caused.

On June 7, 2010, Helen Thomas announced her retirement as a White House columnist for Hearst, effective immediately.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.