Rabbi Who Exposed Helen Thomas Numerous Death Threats


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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 said he was shocked not only by Thomas’ original remarks — which he called anti-Semitic — but by the wave of insults and threats he has received since his videotape brought about her public shaming and the end of her 50-year career at the White House.

“This is something that I thought was a couple of people here or there, [but] it’s mainstream and it’s frightening,” the Long Island rabbi said. “[Thomas] is just a little cherry on top of this huge, huge sundae of hate in America.”

Nesenoff approached Thomas with a camera on May 27 following a celebration of Jewish heritage at the White House. Asked for a comment on Israel, Thomas called Jews occupiers and said they should “go home” to Germany, Poland and the U.S.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs called her remarks “offensive and reprehensible” on Monday, and her employer, Hearst Corporation, sent out a notice announcing that the longtime dean of the Washington press corps was retiring “effective immediately.”

Thomas apologized for her remarks last week after the video surfaced online and was posted to several prominent blogs.

“I deeply regret my comments,” she said in a statement, claiming they “do not reflect my heartfelt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance.”

But even as Thomas backed off from her remarks, e-mailers have continued to assail Nesenoff, who has begun posting dozens of malicious letters and YouTube comments on his website, RabbiLive.com.

“We received a lot of positive reaction, beautiful letters … from all over the United States,” he said, but they have been outweighed by the attacks that have flooded in.

(Source: Fox News)


  1. Ain Chadash Tachat Hashemesh!
    Wake up Yidden, this should not come as a surprise!
    The “goldena” medina has become very tarnished.

  2. the hate mail and death threats are symbolic that the anti-Semites are alive but wish to remain undercovers. Kudos to this brave Rabbi for exposing them and may G-d protect him and his family and all of klal Yisroel from Esav and his agents.

  3. Caroline Glick (columnist from the Jerusalem Post) pointed out that the present Israeli administration doesn’t realize that war tactics have changed. It’s now thru the media.

    I agree entirely. Therefore, after I viewed some of infamous videos of Helen Thomas Y”S, and there were many. I posted “our” take on things. I got some vicious email.

    However, I answered each one individually explaining in a non confrontational way about the attitude of the Jews.

    Non of them sent me back another vicious email in response.

    Basically, I feel that if we are silent, it can be taken as tacit agreement chas veshalom.

  4. This is a letter I sent in response to a vicious anti semite:

    From your language I can see what kind of person you are. I won’t sully myself by reciprocating. However.I will say this..

    The One Above has protected us throughout the millenia from people of your ilk. True 6 million were killed in the holocaust never the less, our nation has survived and will outlast all of our enemies, as history testifies. We know that our survival is against nature.

    We do not delude ourselves into believing that people love us. Even the ones who pretend to.

    Us observant Jews believe in the Torah (Old Testament). That is why we chose to live in the Holy Land despite the fact that we are surrounded by millions of Arabs who make every effort to annihilate us at every opportunity.

    Have you ever wondered why 98% of Arabs missles missed their targets?

    Every Jew knows that our having survived in the world and in Israel in particular is only because G-d protects us day and night.

    For your information, Arabs oppose Western Culture. So don’t think you are safe. At this very moment there are countless Arabs planning to carry out another 9-11 in the name of Islamic Jihad.

  5. #7 posts; “President Obama is as much a Muslim as you are.”;;;;;;;

    Is that why he played down his Muslim name during the campaign only to so proudly shove it down our throats at the innaguration screaming to the world Barrack HUSSEIN Obama?

    Is that why as soon as he took office he gave The Tarribists in Gaza 800 million dollars, and just yesterday gacve them another 400 million?

    Is that why he invited Netenyahu to the Whitehouse and then snubbed him letting him sit there for 3 hours after he walked out when no president had EVER done that to anyone and this one decided to single out the head of the JEWISH state?

    Is that why ordered Israel not to build in their capital of Jerusalem?

    Is that why he won’t even USE the word terrorism or talk about the war on terror?

    No how could he be any kind of supporter of the Islamics with all that going for him?

  6. TO: #7 Moose613 –
    Obama may not actually be a practicing moslim, but with moslim relatives, having lived for years in a moslim country, and having gone to a moslim school, there is no doubt that he is VERY sympathetic to the moslem cause and to the moslem world.
    HaSh*m wants us to know that we have no one to count on but Him. We should have figured that out on our own, but since we haven’t, he has sent us an “anti-Israel” president (the “acceptible” term for an anti-Semite) to help us wake up.