“I can call the President of the USA anything in the book, but I can’t touch Israel”. That is a quote from veteran journalist Helen Thomas.
Helen was a White House correspondent during the administrations of JFK, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and a two-term Clinton presidency.
The following brief article is taken from the Press TV website.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Renowned American author and veteran journalist Helen Thomas is set to head a mass protest during Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the United States.
Netanyahu is expected to travel to Washington for the annual policy meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in May 21-24.
Over 50 major peace groups are now organizing a gathering to protest against the Israeli lobby shaping US foreign policy.
Thomas, whose contentious comments about Israelis led to her departure from the White House press corps last year, is one of the main critics set to address the massive anti-Israeli rally.
Soon after making the comments, Thomas was forced to retire from Hearst Newspapers.
She later defended her remarks in an interview with Kansas City paper, saying that “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.”
Helen Thomas has covered every president since John F. Kennedy and was the first woman reporter to become a member of the White House Correspondents Association.
The “Move Over AIPAC” project intends to bring activists and concerned citizens from around the country to learn about the extraordinary influence AIPAC has on the US policy.
According to official data, Israel receives about USD 3 billion from the US in direct each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America’s foreign aid budget. Source: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/175272.html
(Pic on the left) Aug. 23, 1962 — President John F. Kennedy delivers a message to the Amvets Convention in New York. Helen Thomas (right) takes notes in the corner, as Kennedy stresses the need to maintain a strong military force to prevent strife. Two months later, the Cuban Missile Crisis began.
Source of Kennedy and Thomas pic: http://newsfeed.time.com/2010/06/08/pictures-helen-thomass-white-house-years/president-kennedy-speaking-on-telephone/#ixzz1JoJcnpEt