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October 19, 2007

The Tutu Affair and Accusations of Undue Jewish Influence

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Mark Rotenberg, general counsel and adjunct law professor at the University of Minnesota, wrote a perceptive piece for the Minneapolis Star Tribune over the decision to reinvite Archbishop Desmond Tutu to speak at the University of St. Thomas. Tutu was initially disinvited to speak after he made offensive remarks about Israel.

Rotenberg observes that many automatically assumed that the initial decision to disinvite the Archbishop was due to pressure from Jewish groups, but the President of the university, Dennis Dease, denied this. Commenting further upon the increasingly popular belief that pro-Israel Jews wield disproportionate power over the public debate on Israel, Rotenberg remarks:

That an esteemed Catholic university leader would feel compelled to make such a public denial is sad testimony to an upsurge of sinister theories about Jewish power in America today. The truth is that university campuses are awash with anti-Israel sentiment. Harsh critics of Israel -- including diverse Israeli and American Jewish voices -- are commonplace in academic settings. Their books receive broad popular attention in the United States, and their perspectives dominate international forums. It takes no courage to be an Israel basher and no effort to find anti-Israel literature and speakers on college campuses, in the media and on the Web. Those who bewail secret Jewish influences in American politics are not describing reality, but are dabbling in a dangerous cesspool of prejudice.

Posted by SS at October 19, 2007 10:01 AM

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The problem with all of these reports is that you make Tutu seem anti-Semitic because he hates Israel. He is anti-Semitic because he hates JEWS...he has said some vicious things about the Jewish people including:

People are scared in this country [the US], to say wrong is wrong because the Jewish lobby is powerful - very powerful. Well, so what? For goodness sake, this is God’s world! We live in a moral universe. The apartheid government was very powerful, but today it no longer exists. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Pinochet, Milosevic, and Idi Amin were all powerful, but in the end they bit the dust (Source:Monday April 29, 2002, The Guardian UK)

The Israeli daily Ha’aretz (April 29, 2002), reporting Tutu’s remarks at a recent conference in Boston, quoted him as saying: “Israel is like Hitler and apartheid”: “I’ve been deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South Africa

Tutu accused Jews 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,”(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Daily News Bulletin, Nov. 29, 1984)

Tutu “urged Israelis to forgive the Nazis for the Holocaust” (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 31, 1989), a statement which the Simon Wiesenthal Center called “a gratuitous insult to Jews and victims of Nazism everywhere.” During the visit, Tutu remarked, “If I’m accused of being anti-Semitic, tough luck,” and in response to questions about his anti-Jewish bias, Tutu replied, “My dentist’s name is Dr. Cohen.” (Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Response magazine, January 1990)

Speaking in a Connecticut church in 1984, Tutu said that “the Jews thought they had a monopoly on God; Jesus was angry that they could shut out other human beings.” In the same speech, he compared the features of the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem to the features of the apartheid system in South Africa. (Hartford Courant, Oct. 29, 1984)

Posted by: Yidwithlid [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 21, 2007 11:28 PM

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