By Gilad Atzmon
Two days ago, I revealed that Ludwig Watzal, a supposedly pro Palestinian German writer, attempted to defame me and my work by doctoring my words and fabricating quotes.
Some of my supporters who follow Watzal’s work approached Watzal and asked him for clarification.
Watzal’s initial response was to dismiss their questions.
“This is all trash written by a Zionist agent,” Watzal answered.
So again, I have been labeled a ‘Zionist agent,’ just for pointing at the depth of duplicity in the midst of the Palestinian Solidarity Movement.
But then Watzal was shown screen shots from my book The Wandering Who? that proved that he had completely invented my words. The German disinformation merchant changed his tune.
Watzal had to admit that he had lifted the quotes from no other than ethnic cleanser advocate, Prof. Alan Dershowitz’. You may ask why a Palestinian ‘solidarity’ activist would turn to Dershowitz as an ‘authority.’ You would expect Watzal to know that Prof. Noam Chomsky described Dershowitz as ‘a remarkable liar and slanderer.’
But our story doesn’t end there. Watzal managed to dig an even deeper hole. Watzal wrote to a respected solidarity activist who had questioned his fraudulent accusations that:
“In Social Science, It's legitimate to quote another author like I did.”
Watzal is correct. In social science as in all scholarly work, one may certainly quote others. But one is also required to reference the origin of any quote. Failing to do so is generally called plagiarism.
Watzal managed to fail three times in a row.
1. Watzal plagiarised Dershowitz by failing to credit Dershowitz as the source of his quote. Instead, he presented the ‘quotes’ as if they were the product of his own research.
2. Watzal published doctored and fabricated quotes without checking them.
3. The cover up. Watzal obviously knew that his quotes weren’t the product of his own study. He could easily have asked for time to check his work and eventually retract it but Watzal decided, instead, to spin and slander in the most disgusting and fraudulent manner.
In an Athenian universe, any of the above would be enough to strip Watzal of his academic titles.
This is not the first time I have come across a lack of integrity within the Palestinian solidarity movement. And the question I ask myself is what is it about the Palestinians and their plight that attracts these fraudulent characters? Whether we find an answer to this or not, we can certainly see why the solidarity movement has led nowhere. It was set to lead us astray.