The following are excerpts from an article by columnist, Yasmeen Gamry, in response to a Haaretz article titled "The first marathon runner wasn't Greek, he was Jewish"
"To find an entity like Israel taking credit for setting up the first "athletic marathon" and introducing the first runner is considered a crime against the Greek civilization"
"Dr. Gamal El-Shazly, Professor of Hebrew and Director of the Center for Oriental Studies -Cairo University, denounced what was published by Haaretz, saying "these lies and allegations have no basis in truth, throughout history, Israel tries to imitate others and take credit by convincing themselves that they are God's chosen people, whereas they do not offer any creative work that is mentioned in history"
"History documents the intellectual and cultural thefts that Israel has taken credit for....in the past they imitated the ancient Near East literature, in the Middle Ages they imitated the Arab-Islamic literature of Al-Andalus, and currently they are imitating the Western cultures, they always imitate powerful civilizations and attribute the achievements to themselves" (Mar.26, 2014)
Link to Haaretz article here