Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Desmond Tutu Labeled Anti-Semite, Banned from Speaking

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. He is respected by people all over the world, but not in St. Paul, Minnesota. Tutu was invited to speak by the University of St. Thomas' Justice and Peace Studies program. When the local Jewish Community Relations Council objected, he was disinvited.

Tutu has quite rightly equated Israel's occupation of Palestine with South African apartheid. Now he is being punished. The Zionist Organization of America has pressured colleges to make Tutu persona non grata on their campuses.

Please write to the university president, Fr. Dennis Dease, and the Executive Director of the local JCRC, Steve Hunegs, and tell them how you feel about censorship of critics of Israel.

Hat tip to Norman Finkelstein for this news.