Her journalism career in America may be over, but if 89-year-old Helen Thomas still has the energy, there is an enormous audience willing to hang on her every word in the Middle East.
Thomas was compelled to resign as White House correspondent and columnist for the Hearst newspaper group after she told an interviewer the the Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine." When Rabbi David Nesenoff of Rabbi LIVE asked Thomas where the Jews should go, she callously suggested they return to Germany and Poland, where millions of Jews were massacred during World War II.
Thomas has won mild support from the more left-leaning sectors of the US news media, but among terrorist organizations in the Middle East, she has become an icon.
"Respected American journalist Helen Thomas's answer shows ... a courageous, bold, honest and free opinion which expresses what people across the globe believe: that Israel is a racist state of murderers and thugs," said Hussein Moussawi, a Hizballah terrorist who serves in Lebanon's parliament.
Hamas has also come out in support of Thomas, who is of Lebanese descent.
Meanwhile, Rabbi Nesenoff has been receiving death threats for uncovering the true face of Helen Thomas.
Nesenoff wrote on RabbiLIVE.com that since interviewing Thomas, he has received thousands of pieces of hate mail, some of them calling for the murder of him and his family. Others have said the affair highlights the need for a new Holocaust against the Jews.