Cecilie Surasky and I contacted JTA warning them that they’d allowed themselves to be “had” by the ZOA, which claimed in a press release that a Haaretz article from 2002 included a quotation from Tutu saying: “Israel is like Hitler and apartheid.” Though the press release JTA quoted from doesn’t appear to be at the ZOA site, another press release from April, 2002 repeats this charge:
The Israeli daily Ha’aretz (April 29, 2002), reporting Tutu’s remarks at a recent conference in Boston, quoted him as saying: “Israel is like Hitler and apartheid”…
As far as I can tell, the Haaretz article is not available online. UPDATE: Joachim Martillo has discovered an online source for the Haaretz article at the Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA) site. IMRA is a Debka-like pro-Israel media propaganda site. IMRA has attached its own (illiterate) sub-title to the article which probably provides the source from which Mort Klein manufactured his fake quotation: “Archbishop Tutu: Americans scared of very Power Jewish lobby, compares Israel to Hitler.”
But the original Tutu speech IS available and he says no such thing. As I wrote last night, not even close.
I think it’s rather pathetic that all JTA could muster by way of explanation was this:
A news release from the Zionist Organization of America, which condemned Tutu’s remarks, cited a report from Ha’aretz that quoted Tutu as saying that “Israel is like Hitler and apartheid.” A transcript of the speech available online does not include the Hitler quote.
First, it’s simply not possible that Haaretz could’ve “quoted” Tutu saying that because he didn’t say it. Second, this is not a “Hitler quote” since it is not a quote and doesn’t exist except in the perfervid mind of the Jewish right-wing propaganda machine. So let’s call this for what it is: a fraud. An entirely made-up smear of Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Why JTA couldn’t have spoken more forthrightly is a mystery. Doesn’t it owe Tutu an apology?
And where did this fraud emanate from? The ZOA first manufactured the quotation for an April, 2002 press release. David Horowitz (of course) repeated it in Frontpagemagazine in February, 2003. Charles Jacob of the David Project repeated it here in August, 2007. The popular rightist Powerline blog also repeated it here in November, 2006. The National Christian Leadership Conference for Israel repeated it here. This smear is like a deadly virus. Not deadly in the sense that it destroys one’s body or property. But deadly nevertheless in that it attempts to destroy a reputation and credibility of a political opponent. Mort Klein manufactured the virus in his hate lab. But all those who spread the virus deserve a share of blame and their credibility must also be questioned.
I have no problem with those who disagree with Archbishop Tutu and argue with his views or ideas which he actually says. But I have a great problem with ideologues so desperate to nail their victim that they’d resort to trickery like this. I lay this at Mort Klein’s doorstep. How JTA or any other Jewish media outlet can take anything he says for truth is beyond me. Caveat emptor!