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I mean, what would Desmond Tutu know about apartheid anyway?

He’s compared the situation in Palestine today to those suffered by blacks under apartheid in South Africa.

But comically, Murdoch’s Australian newspaper – always a wonderful defender of the underdog as long as they have solid business or media contacts – thinks Tutu should shut up about Palestine. It’s not like he has any clue what he’s talking about:

Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu played an outstanding role in opposing apartheid in South Africa and helping reconcile the nation after majority rule. But such experience in his own country does not qualify him to meddle in other complex conflicts. In praising the Greens-controlled Marrickville Council in Sydney’s inner west for its boycotts, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, the Nobel laureate has lent unwarranted credibility to an absurd, unjust policy. His interference promotes the falsehood that life in Israel is akin to South Africa under apartheid. In reality, the 20 per cent of non-Jewish Israeli citizens, including 1.1 million Muslims, enjoy the same voting, property and employment rights as the Jewish majority, with whom they live side by side. Such equality was unheard of for the black majority under apartheid in South Africa and few Muslim women enjoy the same freedoms elsewhere in the Middle East.

The Australian opposes construction of settlements on the West Bank that take further Palestinian land. But until the Palestinians, including the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hamas that controls Gaza, recognise Israel’s right to exist and stop seeking its destruction, it is unreasonable to expect concessions. In recent decades, serious attempts by Israel to find a peaceful two-state solution have been rebuffed, often with hostility. In 2000, then-PLO leader Yasser Arafat, unwilling to be seen to give up the fight with Israel, foolishly rejected an offer by Ehud Barak to set up an independent state in Gaza and 95 per cent of the West Bank, and territory from Israel proper to compensate for the remaining 5 per cent. An even more generous offer, including much of East Jerusalem, was made by Ehud Olmert in 2008 and rejected by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Recently, Mr Abbas claimed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promise of “a far-reaching compromise” if the Palestinians recognised Israel’s right to exist was a “declaration of war”.

The Marrickville campaign, which was opposed by all political leaders including senator Bob Brown and which would have cost ratepayers dearly, was thankfully dumped. On the ABC’s Q&A on Monday, Greens senator-elect Lee Rhiannon made a fool of herself talking up the boycotts and claiming Palestinians were subject to apartheid. Archbishop Tutu should be wise to such nonsense.

7 comments ↪
  • Andrew

    I love that "right to exist" stuff! It goes so well with the "wipe Israel off the map" and "why pick on Israel?" guff. Lee Rhiannon barely got a word in on Q & A with the pugnacious, boorish Austen Tayshus yelling and posturing.

  • efj

    This utter bullshit would have been written by Sheridan.
    A dense pack of lies.
    The old chestnut broiught out again about the Barak offer. There was no offer.
    (Check out Tanya Reinhart's Israel/Palestine for details.)
    Ditto with Olmert 2008.
    These fuckers are beneath comtempt.

  • Zacq

    'In reality, the 20 per cent of non-Jewish Israeli citizens, including 1.1 million Muslims, enjoy the same voting, property and employment rights as the Jewish majority, with whom they live side by side'.
    How hurtful for the Australia to so carelessly publish this mistruth. As long as B'tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel are seen as 'extremist radical really really bad, Obama-like' organisations, then of course the pro-settlement crowd can continue to publish such careless material. It could be argued that even the right in Israel are openly aware of the plight of Arab Israelis.

  • Kevin C Herbert

    Alexander Gutman (aka Austen Tayshus) is a gutless blow hard. Following my one-off criticism of his appalling, racist stage act, he looked up my phone number & kept ringing me late at night threatening he was "going to send his people round to deal with me". Eventually I got his unlisted home number plus his mobile, called him & suggested we meet. He went to water, started apologising like the coward he (Gutman) really is. His Austen Tayshus persona hides a guy with serious personal issues.

    As for the Oz's editorial, for me it marked the lowest point in its 47 year history. Confected disinformation of which Goebells would been proud.

  • paul walter

    Good others are also sick of the lying of the Murdoch press. Theolder you get the woprse it gets and you imagine if you had a dollar for every lie they told. I''ll keep faith, am angry at these perversely obstructionist bastards, also.
    As for Austentayshus, what was the ABC thinking ? My theory is they wanted Rhiannon and McGeough sidelined and pressure was brought to bear to have disruptive cretins like
    Pyne and Gutman there running interference, to kill off any hope of rational or informative debate.
    Can the ABC fall any lower, you wonder sadly..

  • Billy Walker

    You're all only upset because you're not recognising The Australian as satire.

    If only Alexander Gutman could reach the comedy high notes of Greg Sheridan and his wacky comedy crew.

  • “The Jews took Israel from the Arabs after the Arabs had lived there for a thousand years. Israel, like South Africa, is an apartheid state ~ Hendrik Verwoerd

    No doubt if Verwoerd and South African Apartheid were still alive, The Australian would editorialise along similar lines…

    [Prime Minister Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd] played an outstanding role in [implementing] apartheid in South Africa and helping [stabilise] the nation [before] majority rule. But such experience in his own country does not qualify him to meddle in other complex conflicts.