Italian journalist Giulio Meotti is the author of A New Shoah: The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism, a book of which I was unaware until I saw this interview of Meotti by Michael Totten at Pajamas Media. The book looks like a major contribution to the public record of Israel’s long, and continuing, struggle to exist. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
The most important difference between Israel and the other Western countries lies in the young men and women killed for what they are: Israelis living as free human beings in their historical homeland.
The Jewish state is the only member of the United Nations condemned to death. Its existence is the only one widely considered temporary by a large number of countries in the world. In 2003 I decided to investigate the great black hole that in the last fifteen years has snuffed out thousands of lives, Jews killed because they are Jews. …
MJT: What was it like spending years speaking to the families of the victims of terrorism? It must have taken quite an emotional toll.
Giulio Meotti: Depression and anguish, loneliness and droop. When you confront so much pain for so many years it affects your soul and your spirit, probably forever. But I’m also happy that the book may help some people understand the situation in the Middle East more clearly and that I’ve rescued an incredible treasure of pain and hope. This book stands against disinformation, injustice, hatred, prejudice, amnesia, and bereavement.
MJT: What do your Italian colleagues in the media think of your views on Israel? Only my most extreme colleagues in America give me a hard time because supporting Israel is the normal default position in the United States.
Giulio Meotti: They react with indifference or hatred.