YNet's Giulio Meotti likes to cut and paste
Italian columnist Giulio Meotti's book, "A Second Shoah," earned abundant praise from
a Who's Who of neoconservatism, from Victor Davis Hanson to Norman
Podhoretz to John Bolton. George Weigel, the right-wing Catholic
intellectual, hailed Meotti as a modern-day Truman Capote, while the
pro-Israel travel writer Michael Totten described the book, which
contends that Israelis are victims of an ongoing Holocaust, as "very
moving." "We must be grateful to Giulio Meotti for his magisterial
work," wrote self-described Muslim apostate Ibn Warraq in the National
This week, Marc Tracy at Tablet revealed
several instances of plagiarism by Meotti, who is a columnist for YNet
and the pro-Berlusconi Italian daily, Il Foglio. According to Tracy, the
plagiarism occurred in a recent piece by Meotti who wrote contrasting
Israel's supposedly flawless record on gay rights with the record of the
barbaric Arabs, who are portrayed through the increasingly popular
pro-Israel tactic of pinkwashing as
not culturally enlightened enough to enjoy their liberation. In the
column, Meotti lifted entire paragraphs from writings by two fellow
pro-Israel cadres, Jamie Kirchick and Brett Stephens.
Meotti's penchant for plagiarism was not limited to a single column,
however. Google a paragraph at random from any column and you are likely
to find that he has lifted much of it, if not the whole thing, from
someone else. Here are some examples (thanks to Michael Moynihan for
pointing a few of these out):
On April 30, 2012, Meotti authored a column attacking advocates of the BDS campaign as anti-Semites and neo-Nazis. Meotti wrote:
"Will the European Union, many of whose prominent members either
participated or acquiesced in the destruction of European Jewry 70 years
ago, put a stop to this obscurantist conspiracy of the grandchildren of
those Max Weinreich called 'Hitler's Professors' to expel the
Israelites (again) from the family of nations?"
On January 3, 2003, Edward Alexander wrote in a column attacking BDS supporters:
"More importantly, will the European Union, many of whose prominent
members either participated or acquiesced in the destruction of European
Jewry 60 years ago, put a stop to the conspiracy of these spiritual
descendants of those Max Weinreich famously called 'Hitler's
Professors,' to expel the Jews (once again) from the family of nations?"
On May 12, 2012, in a piece assailing Islam as a genocidal religion of violence and hatred, Meotti wrote:
"Islam's supersessionary doctrine catalyzes destruction, oppression and
hemorrhaging of Christians in eastern lands. While there were moments of
laxity in applying this domination, Islam did not recoil from razing
churches in ancient Damascus and slaughtering Christians in the
Sub-Saharan plateau, inflicting atrocities in Aleppo or Mesopotamia."
Back in April, 2004, Mordechai Nisan wrote a remarkably similar column for the Jerusalem Post. It included the following passage:
"Islam's supersessionary religious doctrine catalyzed relentless
destruction, oppression, and abuse of Christians in eastern lands. While
there were moments of laxity and civility in applying the robust
strictures of domination, Islam did not recoil from razing churches in
ancient Damascus and slaughtering Christians in Mesopotamia, inflicting
atrocities in Aleppo and exterminating Armenians in their homeland."
In an April 1, 2012 column attacking mainline Protestant church
efforts to divest from Israeli companies -- surprisingly the churches
were portrayed as hotbeds of Jew hatred -- Meotti wrote:
"The Episcopal Church has two million members and 7,200 churches in the
US and is part of the 77-million member Anglican Communion. Because of
the relative wealth of its members, and its connections to the Church of
England throughout the world, the Episcopal Church is in a strategic
position to influence attitudes toward Israel on both a national and
Over five years earlier, in a September 6, 2006 piece for the pro-Israel media monitoring organization CAMERA, Dexter Van Zile wrote:
"The Episcopal Church has approximately 2 million members and 7,200
churches in the U.S. and is part of the 77-million member Anglican
Communion. Because of its presence in the U.S., the relative wealth of
its members, and its connections to Anglicans throughout the world, the
Episcopal Church is in a strategic position to influence attitudes
toward Israel on both a national and global scale."
In an exceptionally bizarre attempt at hasbara, on May 3, 2012,
Meotti asserted Israel's cultural superiority by contrasting its alleged
treatment of the handicapped with that of Arab societies. Meotti wrote:
"The Weizmann Institute had led to the development of promising new
therapies for acute spinal cord injuries. Indeed, the late actor
Christopher Reeve described Israel as the 'world center' for research."
This passage was lifted straight from a 2007 press release by the US-based Israel advocacy group, Israel 21c. The press release read:
"Research by a professor at the Weizmann Institute has led to the
development of promising new therapies for acute spinal cord injuries.
The late actor Christopher Reeve described Israel as the 'world-center'
for research on paralysis treatment."
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