The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) offered condolences on the death of Helen Thomas, saying she will be “fondly remembered by the American Muslim community.”
Thomas, who died on Saturday at the age of 92, was the first female member of the White House press corps. She covered the White House from 1960 until 2010, when she resigned after making anti-Semitic remarks.
“We offer sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Helen Thomas, whose pioneering work helped shape the profession of journalism,” CAIR said in a statement Sunday.
“She will be fondly remembered by the American Muslim community and by all those who value a free press and transparent governance,” they said.
At a White House celebration for American Jewish Heritage Month, Thomas was asked by RabbiLive.com if she had any “comments on Israel.”
“Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine,” Thomas said. “Remember, these people are occupied, and it’s their land.”