I found your apologetic Helen Thomas editorial (“The Power of Words,” July 26) to be off the mark. It is not just “others” who said her hostility to Israel and Jews was there all along. She said it. Thomas made that clear in her March 2011 Playboy interview in which she claimed to
believe in the “Jewish power” issue since the 1940s when she first arrived in Washington. She also asserted the “Jewish conspiracy” in America is “not a secret. It’s very open.”

Thomas may have been a good journalist, doggedly asking pointed questions to government officials. But to me those qualities were overridden by her longstanding hatred of Israel and Zionism and her public trafficking in the worst anti-Jewish stereotypes. Helen Thomas was also a pointed, persistent and fearless bigot. She will not be missed.

Jerry Levin

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