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.