Desmond Tutu Banned from Minnesota University
Archbishop Desmond Tutu was barred from speaking at the University of St Thomas in Minnesota because of statements regarded as anti-Semitic. The Nobel Peace Prize winner has been an open critic of Israeli human rights practices.
St. Thomas administratorsâ€”concerned that Tutuâ€™s appearance might offend local Jewsâ€”told organizers that a visit from the archbishop was out of the question.
â€śWe had heard some things he said that some people judged to be anti-Semitic and against Israeli policy,â€ť said Doug Hennes, St. Thomasâ€™s vice president for university and government relations. â€śWeâ€™re not saying heâ€™s anti-Semitic. But heâ€™s compared the state of Israel to Hitler and our feeling was that making moral equivalencies like that are hurtful to some members of the Jewish community.â€ť
â€śI told (the vice president) that Iâ€™d run across some statements that were of concern to me,â€ť says Julie Swiler, a spokeswoman for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.. â€śIn a 2002 speech in Boston, he made some comments that were especially hurtful.â€ť
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