The Palestinian Authority honored journalist Helen Thomas Sunday, with dozens of diplomats and journalists gathering for dinner at the residence of Palestinian envoy Maen Areikat in Washington, D.C.
The PA released a statement saying it wanted to recognize Thomas for her “long career in the field of journalism, during which she defended the Palestinian position every step of the way.”
In 2010 Thomas resigned her position at Hearst Newspapers and lost her prominent seat in the White House Briefing Room after saying Israeli Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and “go home” to Germany, Poland and the United States.
In an interview with CNN earlier this year Thomas, 91, addressed the controversy. “I should have said Russia, too,” an unrepentant Thomas said.
“I have regrets that everybody has misinterpreted it, and distorted it,” she added. “You have [former White House Press Secretary] Ari Fleischer and [President of the Anti-Defamation League] Abe Foxman distorting everything.”
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