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Tutu Banned Over Concern for Jews

The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has cancelled an appearance by Archbishop Desmond Tutu out of fear of offending the local Jewish community. Tutu has made several anti-Israel and anti-Zionist remarks in the past, and he’s been a proponent … Read More

By / October 3, 2007

The University of St. Thomas in Minnesota has cancelled an appearance by Archbishop Desmond Tutu out of fear of offending the local Jewish community. Tutu has made several anti-Israel and anti-Zionist remarks in the past, and he’s been a proponent of divestment from Israel. During one speech in support of divestment Tutu said:

My heart aches. I say why are our memories so short. Have our Jewish sisters and brothers forgotten their humiliation? Have they forgotten the collective punishment, the home demolitions, in their own history so soon? Have they turned their backs on their profound and noble religious traditions? Have they forgotten that God cares deeply about the downtrodden?

About the cancellation, Doug Hennes, St, Thomas’s vice president for university and government relations said:

We had heard some things he said that some people judged to be anti-Semitic and against Israeli policy. We're not saying he's anti-Semitic. But he's compared the state of Israel to Hitler and our feeling was that making moral equivalencies like that are hurtful to some members of the Jewish community.

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