December 25, 2008

An end of year question for Desmond Tutu

"So where is Desmond Tutu when my people call out for freedom? Where are you for Sudan, Bishop Tutu?" asks Simon Deng.

He's been too busy [ridiculously] calling out Israel as an "apartheid state."

The State of Israel is not an apartheid state. I know because I write this from Jerusalem where I have seen Arab mothers peacefully strolling with their families -- even though I also drove on Israeli roads protected by walls and fences from Arab bullets and stones. I know Arabs go to Israeli schools, and get the best medical care in the world. I know they vote and have elected representatives to the Israeli Parliament. I see street signs in Arabic, an official language here.

None of this was true for blacks under Apartheid in Tutu's South Africa. I also know countries that do deserve the apartheid label: My country, Sudan, is on the top of the list, but so are Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. What has happened to my people in Sudan is a thousand times worse than Apartheid in South Africa. And no matter how the Palestinians suffer, they suffer nothing compared to my people. Nothing. And most of the suffering is the fault of their leaders.

Read the whole thing.

Posted by Hube at December 25, 2008 05:30 PM | TrackBack

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See, it doesn't count when black Africans enslave, oppress or murder each other, only when evil white colonialists do it. In Tutu's defense, he has been highly critical of Robert Mugabe, and also of his own country's continued support for the Zimbabwean dictator. From BBC: "(Mugabe) has, I mean, mutated into something that is quite unbelievable," Tutu said late Tuesday. "He has really turned into a kind of Frankenstein for his people."

Posted by: G Rex at December 26, 2008 11:02 AM

And by the way, Tutu has also been highly vocal in calling for UN intervention in the Sudan, but Russia and China have blocked any action in the Security Council. (I met Bishop Tutu back in the 80s when he visited Washington Cathedral, and I respect him greatly. He may be wrong to call Israel an apartheid state, but I felt bound to defend him.)

Posted by: G Rex at December 26, 2008 11:17 AM

Thanks for setting the record straight (on Tutu and the Sudan, at least), Rex.

Posted by: Hube at December 26, 2008 11:48 AM