Bishop Desmond Tutu

What Tutu said . . .

Dr. Katy Sian writing in www.leftfutures.org, ‘. . . When Bishop Desmond Tutu, a man who dedicated all his energy into fighting and opposing racial segregation in South Africa, compares Israel to the apartheid state, he is not being antisemitic but rather testifying to the brutal realities of Palestinian life under Israeli rule. Perhaps members whose antipathy towards Corbyn appears to know no bounds should at least temper their criticism and take seriously the comments of Tutu, rather than regurgitating the cheap, crass, and xenophobic statements to be found splashed across the Daily Mail (and alas the Guardian) . . .

In these accounts we have seen various commentators complaining that Anti-Zionists do not seem to challenge violence or cruelties committed by other regimes. I do not think one could accuse Corbyn of being parsimonious in his condemnations of unjust, violent, and cruel regimes- unlike our former Prime Minister, Corbyn has not taken million dollar consultancy fees from some of the biggest violators of human rights, nor is it the case like our current Prime Minister that he has been supportive of the rulers of Riyadh.

As a party member I feel a strong sense of responsibility when my country is involved in aiding and abetting the violation and dispossession of a people for nearly 70 years. This is not simply an emotional (or antisemitic) response, but rather a pragmatic one. I feel I have greater authority to say ‘not in my name’ to my representatives and will continue to condemn Zionism in all its forms, as I do racism, antisemitism, and Islamophobia. I will not engage in a whataboutery and ask how many of those who are able to detect antisemitism in the Labour Party continue to support Islamophobic legislation repeatedly.

Nor will I be cowed by the representatives and fellow travellers of the Likudists in determining what constitutes antisemitism and what constitutes Anti-Zionism . . . ‘ click here.