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Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Columns by Giulio Meotti have attracted a good deal of interest among readers of this blog.  

This is not a primarily political blog.  It's about science and animals, but I have noticed that every time I include articles about politics - particularly those dealing with the Middle East - they get a very high number of 'clicks'.   Giulio Meotti's columns have attracted a good deal of interest here.

Giulio Meotti is a writer and journalist who has been valiantly expressing views that shine a light on some very dark corners in issues that the mainstream media prefers to ignore or play down.  Those issues frequently involve people in powerful positions, particularly in the Church and in the European Union. 

Mr Meotti has also done extensive research in the Jewish-Muslim conflict, where historical and legal facts have been utterly distorted by a confluence of world interests - interest that are very disparate except for one common sentiment, anti-Semitism - and one common goal, the destruction of Israel and the Jews.

Thus we see a meeting point for such disparate groups such as Neo-Nazis,  right wing sympathizers, left and ultra-left groups, the Vatican and Protestant churches, Muslim governments and Muslim clerics, terrorists, human rights groups, conspiracy theorists, European countries, the US government,  the Russian government, the United Nations, intellectuals and entertainers, Afro-American activists (a few absurdly making the Nazi salute!), the Afro-American Nation of Islam, anti-communists and anti-capitalists, young students and old hippies - and to top it all, the suicidal and self-hating Jewish left.  What brings all of them together is their hate for Israel and the Jews.

The recent case of the political split in Ukraine showcases the insanity of this two-thousand year old world obsession with the Jews and Israel.  Activists on both the pro-Ukranian and the pro-Russian sides were blaming the Jews for the situation.  

Two thousand years ago the Romans razed Jerusalem and destroyed the Jewish Temple.  They changed the name of the country from Judea to Palestine, hoping to erase all memory of Jews.  These days the Iranian government utters regular threats of complete obliteration of Israel.  In between the Romans and the Iranians there were millions of Jews tortured, dispossessed, expelled, and murdered.  But the thirst for Jewish blood has not been satiated.  It continues to this day.  Just look at the headlines.

Meotti Interview: J'Accuse: The Vatican Against Israel

Interview with Giulio Meotti by Rachel Sylvestsky from A7 Israel National News.
Arutz Sheva interviews its well-known columnist on his book accusing the Vatican of blatant anti-Zionism, acting as an ally of the PLO.
Italian journalist and author, Giulio Meotti, writes for Il Foglio and Arutz Sheva. His Arutz Sheva columns have appeared on FrontpageGatestone and other major sites and he is quoted extensively, including in the Iranian press. His first book, "A New Shoah", published by Encounter, brought Israeli victims of terror back from anonymity, leading to the realization of how much the world lost due to their barbaric murders.     

Arutz Sheva interviewed Meotti about his new book, "The Vatican Against Israel: J'Accuse", which takes its title from Emil Zola's brave attack on the 19th century French sanctioned anti-Semitism that influenced the infamous Dreyfus Case. The thoroughly-research evidenced in Meotti's book exposes the real relationship between the Vatican and Jews today, and the fearless conclusions the author presents  place him squarely in the same category as Emil Zola.
 To quote Norman Podhoretz on "J'Accuse":
This new book by Giulio Meotti shows once again that if there were a contemporary list of ‛Righteous Gentiles’ whose heroism consists of fighting with all their intellectual and moral might both against the remnants of the old anti-Semitism and the newer mutation that disguises itself as anti- Zionism, his name would surely be very near the top.”
Question: Why did you write the book?

Meotti: I wanted to investigate a mystery. For over 100 years, and half a century after the Holocaust, the Vatican has been hostile to the creation of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East with its capital as Jerusalem.
For the sixty years after the Jewish State gained independence in 1948, the Catholic Church adopted a policy fitting to Israel’s Arab-Islamic enemies: total non-recognition of Jewish statehood and peoplehood.
Despite acceptance by every Western nation, Israel was not accorded formal diplomatic recognition by the Vatican until 1993. Think about it: the Church  formally recognized Israel’s existence two decades after Israel’s great foe, Egypt’s Sadat, signed a peace treaty with the Jewish State.
Apparently, the Vatican considered only the State of Israel undeserving of its recognition. Why? To answer that question I wrote this book.

Question: What are the reasons that you found?
Meotti: Throughout Christian history, Catholicism had long viewed Judaism as a pariah faith, and the Jews as a group destined to wander the earth for their complicity in the death of Jesus. Jews were called Antichrists, avaricious beings, blasphemers, cheats, circumcisers, cowards, crucifiers, deiciders, desecrators of the Host, devils.
The Second Vatican Council partially revoked this horrible anti-Semitic doctrine in 1965. But since then, the Vatican's rapprochement with the Jewish people took place at two levels, which the Vatican kept carefully separate: the theological level and the political level. Each advance on the first plane was counterbalanced by a deeper regression on the second, as if the two movements were synchronized.
Indeed, the closer the Vatican seems to draw toward reconciliation and dialogue with Judaism, the louder grows the clamor supporting the Arab cause against Israel.
For example, when in 2000 the pontiff John Paul II ascended to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Judaism’s most holy site and under Israeli rule, he wasn’t welcomed by any Israeli official, but by representatives of the Palestinian Authority, and the holy complex was bedecked in Arab flags. It was an implicit recognition of Muslim hegemony.
Photo above:  Pope John Paul II met twelve times with terrorist Yassir Arafat, who had either killed or ordered the murder of thousands of civilians.  Both had a very warm relationship and common interests.

Question: But didn't the Vatican recognized the State of Israel in 1993?

Meotti: The diplomatic relations between Israel and the Vatican created the illusion of normalcy. Despite the formal agreement, the Vatican is still ‘at war’ with the State of Israel when it deals with military self-defense, global anti-Semitism, Jewish attachment to the land, Islamic rejectionism, support for Arab irredentism, a retrograde Catholic anti-Zionist theology, and a strategic terrorist campaign against Israeli civilians.

Question: What are the major points of the book?

The book shows how the Vatican glided smoothly from classic anti-Semitism to its new form, anti-Zionism. It proves that the Christological themes of Palestinianism were based on the Judeophobic schemas of Catholic crucifixion; that the Arab Churches, supported by the Vatican, transfigured Palestinian terrorism into a Jesus-like image of martyrdom.
It shows, among other things, that during the last fifty years, the Vatican authorities obfuscated the reality of a Jewish State as democracy under siege by calling it “occupation”; that the Vatican has been able to impose a narrative in which “peace” is contingent on Israeli concessions and efforts to dismantle the Jewish State; that the Vatican took part in international conferences in which Zionism was associated with racism; that a Middle Eastern version of liberation theology, supported by high profile Catholic clergy, presented the Palestinian Arabs as “the true Israel”, oppressed by a malevolent occupation government of theologically cursed Jews.
The State of Israel was abandoned by the Vatican during its darkest periods, such as the Second Intifada of the suicide bombers, the wars in Lebanon and Gaza, the Church of Bethlehem’s siege, Iran’s Holocaust denial. Since the First Intifada, the Palestinian Liberation Organization found an ally in the Vatican in its war against Israel.
Contrary to what is generally believed, the latest Vatican synods have demonized the “unchosen” Jewish people. The Vatican has abused the Holocaust memory and used it as a weapon against Israel.   The list is very long and this is just part of it.
Question: do you think that the Vatican slanders the Israelis as a whole?

Meotti: Yes. L’Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican, on April 2, 2002 in an article on the front page, came to the point of accusing the Jewish state of carrying out a campaign of “extermination.” This is a blood libel.

Question: Can you provide us some examples of the Vatican's new anti-Semitism?

Meotti: Here are a few:
October 2010, Vatican synod of the Middle East bishops in Rome: the clerics proclaim that there is no “promised land” nor “chosen people”.
April 2002, Palestinian terrorists entered Bethlehem’ Jesus Nativity Church: the Catholic authorities became the world wide leaders of an unprecedented campaign of verbal assault against the State of Israel. The Vatican, from the NGOs to the Pope to the Osservatore Romano, sanctioned the terrorists’ right to use the church as a shelter and turned Israel into the aggressor.
2009, Cast Lead Operation: Pope Benedict condemned the “massive violence” in Gaza only after Israel bombed the terrorists’ installations, not before when rockets were fired against Israeli civilians. Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican Council for Justice, called Gaza “a concentration camp”.
July 2005: Pope Benedict condemned a litany of terrorist atrocities, avoiding mentioning the 57 Israelis killed in that year of Second Intifada. In this pro-Palestinian Vatican mantra, epitomized by humanitarian Catholic organizations such as Caritas and Pax Christi, Arabs are the innocent “victims” of Israeli occupation.
The corollary is that the Palestinian Arabs are a priori exculpated from any responsibility for their plight, especially terrorism against civilians, including the use of suicide bombers and rockets.
Photo on the right:  Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - who was the financial mastermind of the Munich Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes - chatting with Pope Francis.

Question: What do you expect for the future?

Meotti: The Christian West has authority and power concerning Israel’s existence and survival. It must act now to condemn the appeasement of Israel’s enemies and to recognize that Israel’s existence is a gift to the Gentile community of nations.  A century ago Europe was the center of Jewish life. More than 80 percent of world Jewry lived there. The Holocaust pulverized that Jewish existence and the Vatican almost stood silent. In the near future, the same percentage of world Jewry will live in the State of Israel. 

That is why the Vatican’s stance on the Jewish State is the only measure of whether the Church is really serious about atoning for its sins against the Jewish people.
Question: What is the most telling conclusion of your book?

Meotti: After centuries of anti-Semitism spawned by the Church, the Vatican had the religious, moral and political obligation to help make the world a safer place for Jews. I believe the Catholic Church has failed, tragically so. That is why I wrote my own 'J'accuse'.
Tags: anti-semitic, anti-Zionist, Vatic
Source -

Book Review - The Vatican against Israel by Giulio Meotti

Orwellian falsification of history now embedded in our culture - Victims seen as Nazis, perpetrators as freedom fighters -
Giulio Meotti column on France, their Muslims, and the Jews

Giulio Meotti archive at Arutz Sheva Israel National News

Giulio Meotti's blog


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