WHAT do journalist Helen Thomas, director Oliver Stone and social networks Facebook and Twitter have in common? They all star in Los Angeles based Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Top Ten Anti-Semitic Quotes of 2010. Surprisingly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad didn’t make the infamous list.
First place goes to former UPI Senior White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who was fired from her position over the statements. Seven months ago Thomas was quoted as saying that “Jews should get the hell out of Palestine. They should go home to Poland, Germany, America and everywhere else.”
In spite of harsh criticism Thomas refused to back down from her statements, and this month issued yet another anti-Semitic statement: “Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street are owned by Zionists. They put their money where their mouth is.”
Oliver Stone managed to get the second spot thanks to three statements: The first – “Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply. He’s the product of a series of actions. It’s cause and effect.” The second – “Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewish people, there is a greater focus on the Holocaust than on Russian suffering because of the Jewish domination of the media.” Stone later apologized for his statements.
In another questionable statement, Stone addressed what is seen as Jewish control over major US government circles. “There’s a major lobby in the United States, they are hard workers. They stay on top of every comment, the most powerful lobby in Washington. Israel has f-cked up US foreign policy for years.”
Ranked in the next spots on the top-ten list were: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahatir Mohammad who spoke of the “Jewish problem in European countries”, Palestinian Deputy Information Minister Al-Mutawakil Taha who claimed that “Jews have no historical or religious ties to the Temple Mount or the Western Wall”, and Senior German Central Bank Executive Thilo Sarrazin who pointed out that “All Jews have a certain gene that makes them different”.
The bottom of the list includes EU’s Chief Trade Negotiator Karel de Gucht, former CNN correspondent Rick Sanchez, Lithuanian Interior Ministry advisor Dr Petras Stankeras and Christina Patterson a newspaper journalist with UK’s The Independent.
The final place in the Top Ten list was awarded to internet news site talkbackers and the social networks such as Facebook and Twitter which are filled to the brim will calls in the style of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as well as seditious, hate filled and murderous statements against Jews throughout the globe.