Pulling a Rabbi from the Hate

Last month, Rabbi David Nesenoff recorded Helen Thomas — a stalwart in the White House Press Corps since Teddy Roosevelt told her she looks like the things he shoots at in Africa — saying that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine.”

Somehow the fallout for what Thomas said has become Nesenoff’s fault:

The New York rabbi who videotaped veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas telling Jews to “get the hell out of Palestine” says he has received numerous death threats and thousands of pieces of hate mail in the days since Thomas’ abrupt retirement.

Rabbi David Nesenoff said he is facing an “overload” of threatening e-mails calling for a renewed Holocaust and targeting his family — a barrage of hate he said he planned to report to the police on Wednesday.

“This ticker tape keeps coming in,” Nesenoff told FoxNews.com. “We got one specific one saying, ‘We’re going to kill the Jews; watch your back.'”

Nesenoff has posted many of the beyond hateful emails and comments on his website. Who knew people loved Helen Thomas that much, eh?

In this case, the defense of Helen Thomas serves as little more than a witness for the prosecution.

Update: Naturally, all this hate and vitriol warranted being awarded Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World.” Helen Thomas’ anti-semitism and/or the people making the death threats? No, the Rabbi — naturally.