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Bishop Tutu Is No Saint When it Comes To Jews
Hudson New York ^ | 12/20/2010 | Alan M. Dershowitz

Posted on 12/21/2010 8:13:15 AM PST by HearMe

Among the world's most respected figures is South Africa's Bishop Desmond Tutu. His recognizable face—with its ever present grin—has become a symbol of reconciliation and goodness. But it masks a long history of ugly hatred toward the Jewish people, the Jewish religion and the Jewish state. Bishop Desmond Tutu is no mere anti-Zionist (though Martin Luther King long ago recognized that anti- Zionism often serves as a cover for deeper anti-Jewish bigotry). He has minimized the suffering of those killed in the Holocaust. He has attacked the "Jewish"--not Israeli--"lobby" as too "powerful" and "scar[y]." He has invoked classic anti-Semitic stereotypes and tropes about Jewish "arrogance", "power" and money. He has characterized Jews a "peculiar people," and has accused "the Jews" of causing many of the world's problems. He once even accused the Jewish state of acting in an "unChristian" way.

Were he not a Nobel laureate, his long history of bigotry against the Jewish people would have landed him in the dustbin of history, along with a dishonor roll of otherwise successful people, whose reputations have been tainted by their anti-Semitism such as Henry Ford, Charles Lindbergh, Patrick Buchanan and Mel Gibson. But his Nobel Prize should not shield him from accountability for his long history of anti-Jewish bigotry, any more than it should for Yassir Arafat, Jimmy Carter and Jose Saramago.

Let the record speak for itself, so that history may judge Tutu on the basis of his own words—words that he has often repeated and that others repeat, because Tutu is a role model for so many people around the world. Here are some of Tutu's hateful words, most of them carefully documented in a recent petition by prominent South Africans to terminate him as a "patron" of the two South African Holocaust Centers, because he uses his status with these fine institutions as legitimization for his anti-Jewish rhetoric.

He has minimized the suffering of those murdered in the Holocaust by asserting that "the gas chambers" made for "a neater death" than did Apartheid. In other words, the Palestinians, who in his view are the victims of "Israeli Apartheid," have suffered more than the victims of the Nazi Holocaust. He has complained of "the Jewish Monopoly of the Holocaust," and has demanded that its victims must "forgive the Nazis for the Holocaust," while refusing to forgive the "Jewish people" for "persecute[ing] others."

Tutu has asserted that Zionism has "very many parallels with racism," thus echoing the notorious and discredited "Zionism equals racism" resolution passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations and subsequently rescinded. He has accused the Jews of Israel of doing "things that even Apartheid South Africa had not done." He has said that "the Jews thought they had a monopoly of God: Jesus was angry that they could shut out other human beings." He has said that Jews have been "fighting against" and being "opposed to" his God. He has "compared the features of the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem to the features of the apartheid system in South Africa." He has complained that "the Jewish people with their traditions, religion and long history of persecution sometimes appear to have caused a refugee problem among others." He has implied that Israel might someday consider as an option "to perpetrate genocide and exterminate all Palestinians."

He has complained that Americans "are scared…to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful—very powerful." He has accused Jews—not Israelis—of exhibiting "an arrogance—the arrogance of power because Jews are a powerful lobby in this land and all kinds of people woo their support."

"You know as well as I do that, somehow, the Israeli government is placed on a pedestal [in the U.S.] and to criticize it is to be immediately dubbed anti-Semitic, as if Palestinians were not Semitic."

He has compared Israel to Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Soviet Union and Apartheid South Africa, saying that they too were once "very powerful" but they "bit the dust," as will "unjust" Israel.

He has denied that Israel is a "civilized democracy" and has singled out Israel—one of the world's most open democracies—as a nation guilty of "censorship of their media." He has urged the Capetown Opera to refuse to perform Porgy and Bess in Tel Aviv and has called for a total cultural boycott of Jewish Israel, while encouraging performers to visit the most repressive regimes in the world.

He has claimed that his God sides with Palestinians, whom he compares to the Israelites under bondage in Egypt, and has sought to explain, if not justify, how Israeli actions lead directly to suicide bombings and other forms of terrorism.

He has been far more vocal about Israel's imperfections than about the genocides in Rwanda, Darfur and Cambodia. He repeatedly condemns Israel's occupation of the West Bank without mentioning the many other occupations in the world today. While attacking Israel for its "collective punishment" of Palestinians—which he claims is worse than what Apartheid South Africa did—he himself has called for the collective punishment of Jewish academics and businesses in Israel by demanding boycotts of all Jewish (but not Muslim or Christian) Israelis. (This call for an anti-Jewish boycott finds its roots in the Nazi "Kauft Nicht beim Juden" campaign of the 1930's.) When confronted with his double standard against Jews, he has justified it on phony theological grounds: "Whether Jews like it or not, they are a peculiar people. They can't ever hope to be judged by the same standards which are used for other people." There is a name for non-Jews who hold Jews to a double standard: It is called anti-Semitism.

Tutu has acknowledged having been frequently accused of being anti-Semitic," to which he has offered two responses: "Tough luck;" and "my dentist's name is Dr. Cohen."

I am confident that President Obama was not aware of Tutu's sordid history of anti-Jewish rhetoric and actions when he awarded him the Medal of Freedom in the White House in 2009. The sad reality is that Bishop Tutu's beneficent look is the new face of the oldest of bigotries.

The decent people of South Africa have become aware of Tutu's bigotry, because they have seen and heard it up close. It is time for the rest of the world to recognize that the Bishop is no saint. When it comes to Jews, he is an unrepentant sinner.

Though he is now retired, he still has the opportunity to repent and to end the sordid history of applying an unacceptable double standard to the Jewish state, the Jewish people and the Jewish religion.

TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: hater; israel; jewish; tutu

1 posted on 12/21/2010 8:13:17 AM PST by HearMe
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To: HearMe

The above is about a foreign black anti Semite.

Lets give equal time to our own domestic White, Internationally beloved anti Semite.

What does Jimmy Carter have to say today?

Former US president Jimmy Carter on Monday told Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo he is happy Brazil recognized Palestinian statehood, adding, “We cannot count on the United States alone to bring peace, since it agrees with almost everything Israel does,”

2 posted on 12/21/2010 8:17:04 AM PST by HearMe
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To: HearMe

Wow Mr Dershowitz, I can’t imagine ever spending that much time thinking about Tutu.

3 posted on 12/21/2010 8:17:23 AM PST by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: HearMe
I prefer the alternative title for this opinion that appears in the premium section of the Jerusalem Post:

Bishop Tutu's sordid history of Jew-hatred

4 posted on 12/21/2010 8:22:41 AM PST by HearMe
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To: HearMe

He was a terrorist that put tires around his “enemies” and set them on fire.. he was not an INNOCENT martyr when he went to jail.. He is a hero to the left.. so why would anyone expect this “clergyman “ to support the jews?

5 posted on 12/21/2010 8:30:55 AM PST by RnMomof7 (Gal 4:16 asks "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?")
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To: HearMe

(though Martin Luther King long ago recognized that anti- Zionism often serves as a cover for deeper anti-Jewish bigotry)

Quoting MLK only adds to this article’s BS level.

6 posted on 12/21/2010 8:36:57 AM PST by Elwood P. Doud (America, you voted for a negro socialist with an Islamic name - so why act surprised?)
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To: HearMe
Jimmy Carter has always been a barely disguised Unreconstructed Confederate. That's what his daddy was, his daddy before him.

It's probably one of the main reasons he was a loner on a nuclear sub ~ simply couldn't afford to let anyone know he didn't feel American!

This statement of his about the United States is spoken as if he were a foreigner.

7 posted on 12/21/2010 8:40:49 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: HearMe

“Colored” Commies are what they are.

Got “Necklacing”?

8 posted on 12/21/2010 8:45:21 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: nolongerademocrat

Time well spent.

9 posted on 12/21/2010 8:57:57 AM PST by agere_contra (...what if we won't eat the dog food?)
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To: RnMomof7

Tutu put tires around his enemies and burned them?

10 posted on 12/21/2010 8:59:39 AM PST by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: HearMe

Perhaps someone less revolting than (the author) Alan Dershowitz should be doing the complaining.

11 posted on 12/21/2010 9:02:34 AM PST by Hacksaw (“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy” — H.L. Mencken)
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To: muawiyah
This statement of his about the United States is spoken as if he were a foreigner.

That is actually the reason I felt compelled to link Carter to this opinion about Tutu.

To remember that this despicable "American" was once the President of the United States elicits rage in me. Sadness too. Because like with Obama, I could not persuade others in 1976 of what was obvious to me about this pos.

It brings a feeling of nausea to contemplate that some day he will be honored by my Nation as a former President with an American flag draping his coffin.

But looking at that event through a glass half full lens, at least the good news on that insulting day to America will be that the POS is finally dead.

12 posted on 12/21/2010 9:28:02 AM PST by HearMe
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To: HearMe

Tutu has never been a saint. He would have been likely to side with the mau maus had he resided in Kenya at the time.

He has been the communists’ favorite tool that proved most helpful in the destruction of South Africa.

13 posted on 12/21/2010 9:30:15 AM PST by IbJensen ("How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think"-A. Hitler)
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To: HearMe

>Among the world’s most respected figures is South Africa’s Bishop Desmond Tutu.<

Respected by whom?

They asked Ronald Reagan what he thought of Bishop Tutu after having had a meeting with him.

RR’s reply: So so.

14 posted on 12/21/2010 9:53:23 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: HearMe

Gee. You mean that racist, murderous, bigamous thug hates Jews? Whodathunkit.

15 posted on 12/21/2010 11:04:43 AM PST by pabianice
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To: HearMe

Hey, no complaining! You can’t support the ousting of the ethnic European’s that created that nation and then complain when the native people gain power and decide to bite the hand that fed them.

16 posted on 12/21/2010 11:24:55 AM PST by The Toll
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To: 353FMG
>> Among the world’s most respected figures is South Africa’s Bishop Desmond Tutu.<<
>> Respected by whom? <<

Agreed. He seems to be a "legendary world authority" only in the minds of the mainstream media. Exactly why would the rest of us care what the former episcopilian archbishop of Cape Town has to say? He is no position of power and when he was a "religious authority", it was a rather obscure position (there are 2.4 million Anglicans in South Africa, out of an estimated population of 45 million total). Does the media issue breathtaking regular updates about the former coptic orthodox archbishop of Egypt has to say about world events?

Desmond Tutu is a media creation, like Colin Powell.

17 posted on 12/21/2010 11:58:26 AM PST by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: GladesGuru
Got “Necklacing”?

"Archbishop Desmond Tutu once famously saved a near victim of necklacing when he rushed into a large gathered crowd and threw his arms around a man accused of being a police informant, who was about to be killed. Tutu's actions, which were caught on film, caused the crowd to release the man."

Have you ever done anything like that?

For the record, Alan Dershowitz is no saint either.

18 posted on 12/21/2010 12:05:09 PM PST by x
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To: HearMe

Wonder if Dersh will vote for Obama again in ‘12?

19 posted on 12/21/2010 3:53:07 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Vayo'mer Mosheh '''Asurah-na' ve'er'eh 'et-hamar'eh hagadol hazeh; maddua` lo yiv`ar haseneh.")
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To: x

“Have you ever done anything like that?”

I live in America, not some Turd World excuse for a nation, so I never threw my arms around a potential necklacing victim - all I did was spend roughly 1/3 Megabuck on Constitutional issues.

Might I ask how much your obviously enlightenedself has spent on things other than yourself?

PS In America, one can be armed. Therefore, I would have had a better method of dealing with a mob bent on murder/torture.

20 posted on 12/22/2010 2:05:22 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: GladesGuru
Your comment implied that Archbishop Tutu was in favor of necklacing.

I showed that he risked his life to save someone who was about to be "necklaced"

And your response to that?

Well, it wasn't much of a response at all.

21 posted on 12/22/2010 3:03:18 PM PST by x
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