The longest serving White House reporter has suddenly retired following an comment on Israel.
Helen Thomas said 'Israelis should get "the hell out of Palestine"', and suggested they went to Germany, Poland or the US.
BBC News - US reporter Helen Thomas quits over Israel comments
Thomas has been a reporter for 67 years and has worked as a reporter in the White House since the days of Eisenhower.
On May 27, 2010, outside a White House Jewish heritage event, Rabbi David Nesenoff asked if Thomas had any comments on Israel. Thomas replied, "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine," and added that the people are under occupation. Asked where they should go she replied that "they should go home" to Poland, Germany, America and "everywhere else". Thomas subsequently issued an apology on her personal web site. On June 6, Thomas's agency, Nine Speakers, Inc., announced that they had dropped her as a client, due to her remarks. Craig Crawford, who co-authored "Listen up, Mr. President", said that he "will no longer be working with Helen on our book projects". Other fallout from Thomas' statements include a rebuke from the White House and cancellation of a commencement speech she was to give at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland. On June 7, 2010, Thomas tendered her immediate resignation from Hearst Newspapers and entered into retirement.