The board of directors of the Society of Professional Journalists has voted to retire a lifetime achievement award named for veteran journalist Helen Thomas, the Associated Press reported. Thomas has recently made a series of statements that expressed Jew-hatred.
The decision by the board of the the SPJ was made Friday.
The Detroit News reported the move follows a decision by Wayne State University to nix its Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity in the Media Award, for similar reasons.
The 90-year-old Thomas grew up in Detroit. She retired as a columnist for Hearst Newspapers in 2010, after telling an interviewer that Israelis should "get the hell out of Palestine
" and "go home" to Germany, Poland, the U.S "and everywhere else."
Speaking in Dearborn, Michigan last month, she suggested that "Zionists" control Congress, Wall Street and Hollywood.