Tutu Canceled Amid Jewish Concern
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Tutu appearance canceled amid Jewish concern
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
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
Here is the url for the (April 29, 2002) Ha'aretz Tutu article that
the ZOA references:
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
and http://www.muzzlewatch.com/?p=257 .
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