Should they change JTA’s name to Pump & Dump Telegraphic Agency? JTA has a very short piece about the University of St. Thomas cancelling Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s speech at the school because a Minneapolis JCRC flack told them he was anti-Israel. But here’s the eyebrow raising quote from the story:
The uproar apparently was linked to a speech Tutu made in Boston in 2002. According to a news release from the Zionist Organization of America, Tutu said that “Israel is like Hitler and apartheid.”
I don’t have a copy of the ZOA press release in front of me. But the plain fact of the matter is that this “quote” is an utter fabrication. Tutu has never said that, not even close. Muzzlewatch, Rootless Cosmopolitan, and this blog have all in the past 36 hours published what Tutu actually said regarding Hitler in a speech about the Israeli Occupation. Would it have taken much research for the JTA writer to have actually checked to see whether Tutu actually said the words put into his mouth by the odious ZOA liars?
Once again, for those who missed it yesterday, here’s what Tutu said in his 2002 speech:
But you know as well as I do that, somehow, the Israeli government is placed on a pedestal [in the U.S.], and to criticize it is to be immediately dubbed anti-Semitic, as if the Palestinians were not Semitic. I am not even anti-white, despite the madness of that group. And how did it come about that Israel was collaborating with the apartheid government on security measures?
People are scared in this country [the U.S.] to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful – very powerful. Well, so what? This is God’s world. For goodness sake, this is God’s world! We live in a moral universe. The apartheid government was very powerful, but today it no longer exists. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet, Milosovic, and Idi Amin were all powerful, but in the end they bit the dust.
Injustice and oppression will never prevail. Those who are powerful have to remember the litmus test that God gives to the powerful: What is your treatment of the poor, the hungry, the voiceless? And on the basis of that, God passes judgment.
We should put out a clarion call to the government of the people of Israel, to the Palestinian people and say: peace is possible, peace based on justice is possible. We will do all we can to assist you to achieve this peace, because it is God’s dream, and you will be able to live amicably together as sisters and brothers.
So as we’ve seen in the Nadia Abu El Haj and Khalil Gibran Academy campaigns, right-wing Jews have placed quotations around words they CLAIM their opponents to have spoken. And no doubt this is what they believe their opponents believe. But it isn’t what they actually said. And that is called lying, duplicity and fraud.
I just wrote an e mail to JTA’s managing editor, Ami Eden, asking him why I should have to tell him and his reporters not to trust the lies emanating from the offices of ZOA. Anyone with any experience working in this community knows that. Why would JTA allow itself to become a mouthpiece of Mort Klein?