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    The Jewish (or Israel Lobby) is a Misnomer! Tutu appearance canceled amid Jewish concern 10/03/2007 Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) A speech by Archbishop
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      The Jewish (or Israel Lobby) is a Misnomer!


      Tutu appearance canceled amid Jewish concern
      10/03/2007
      Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)


      A speech by Archbishop Desmond Tutu was canceled after local Jews
      expressed concern about his views on Israel.

      The spring visit to Minnesota's University of St. Thomas was
      canceled because local Jewish groups were upset by comparisons Tutu
      had made between Israel and Hitler, according to a report in City
      Pages, a Minneapolis alternative weekly.

      University officials reportedly canceled the appearance after
      consulting with a spokesperson for the Jewish Community Relations
      Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and with several rabbis on the
      faculty.

      The uproar apparently was linked to a speech Tutu made in Boston
      in 2002. A news release from the Zionist Organization of America,
      which condemned Tutu's remarks, cited a report from Ha'aretz that
      quoted Tutu as saying that "Israel is like Hitler and apartheid." A
      transcript of the speech available online does not include the Hitler
      quote.

      Here is the url for the (April 29, 2002) Ha'aretz Tutu article that
      the ZOA references:
      http://www.kokhavivpublications.com/2002/israel/04/0204290916.html .

      I believe that Tutu was implicitly comparing the power of the
      Apartheid government with that of Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet,
      Milosevic, and Idi Amin.
      He was trying to argue that in the end the power of the Jewish lobby
      would not make much difference.

      He brought up the Apartheid government specifically because it was not
      appropriate to compare the Jewish lobby directly with Hitler,
      Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet, Milosevic, or Idi Amin.

      Tutu's approach to the comparison was correct, for the Jewish (or
      Israel) lobby is most appropriately compared and contrasted with the
      Roman Catholic Inquisition (originally called the Holy Office of the
      Inquisition, then the Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, and
      nowadays the Congregations for the Doctrine of the Faith).

      Please note that Richard Silverstein and Cecile Surasky cover the Tutu
      issue in more detail at
      http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2007/10/05/zoa-anatomy-of-a-smear/
      and http://www.muzzlewatch.com/?p=257 .

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