In this May 27, 2010 file photo, Helen Thomas listens to President Barack Obama during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Controversial remarks about Israel by veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas drew sharp criticism from the Obama administration on Monday, as well as the cancellation of a high school graduation speech she was to deliver. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at his daily briefing with reporters about President Barack Obama's reaction to Thomas' remarks. Gibbs called them "offensive and reprehensible." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
DETROIT (AP) -- Longtime journalist Helen Thomas blasted her Detroit alma mater for pulling an award named for her because of comments she made that the university called anti-Semitic.
The Wayne State University alumna told the Detroit Free Press for a story Monday that the school "made a mockery of the First Amendment" by ending the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award.
The university cited comments Thomas made while speaking last week in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. She said the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street are owned by "Zionists."
Thomas resigned in June as a Hearst Newspaper columnist after she said Israelis should get "out of Palestine."
Thomas was born to Lebanese immigrants in Kentucky and raised in Detroit. She worked much of her career as a United Press International reporter.