I have written previously about Desmond Tutu and his unjustified and indeed unjustifiable hatred towards Israel. Tutu continues to hold Israel solely accountable for the Middle East's problems, he minimises the Holocaust and throws it in the face of those who fight and die to preserve their place in their ancient homeland against perpetually belligerent neighbours.
Tutu has reached a new low by throwing his weight behind the latest vile smear campaign of the South African Boycott Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel. This campaign calls for the release of Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail. This campaign, as with many of their others, aims to bastardise the memory of Apartheid, and in doing so minimises the suffering of South Africans of colour during that terrible period in our history!
Lets review why this man is in an Israeli jail in the first place:
Marwan Barghouti was arrested by the IDF in April 2002. He was at the time, head of the Fatah supreme committee in the West Bank and leader of the military wing of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, which between September 2000 - April 2002 carried out thousands of terror attacks against Israel, including suicide bombings.
The following are some of the more heinous terror attacks for which Marwan Barghouti is responsible:
Jun 12, 2001 - The murder of a Greek Orthodox monk on the road to Ma'ale Adumim.
Jan 17, 2002 - The shooting attack during a bat mitzva celebration at a banquet hall in Hadera, Israel. Six Israelis were killed in this attack, 26 were injured.
Jan 22, 2002 - The shooting spree on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem. Two Israelis were killed, 37 wounded.
Feb 25, 2002 - The shooting attack in the Jerusalem residential neighborhood of Neve Ya'acov. One Israeli policewoman was killed, 9 Israelis were wounded.
Feb 27, 2002 - The murder of an Israeli at a coffee factory in the Atarot industrial zone of Jerusalem.
Feb 27, 2002 - The suicide attack perpetrated by Daryan Abu Aysha at the Maccabim checkpoint in which two policeman were injured.
March 5, 2002 - The shooting spree at the Tel Aviv Seafood restaurant. Three Israelis were killed, 31 wounded.
March 27, 2002 - Caught smuggling weapons and bombs in an ambulance into his Terror stronghold in Ramallah, West Bank.
Marwan Barghouti, is NOT a political prisoner, he is a terrorist who wilfully targeted and murdered innocent civilians. He did NOT target military posts, he targeted people at their most vulnerable, in coffee shops, family celebrations, on buses and on shopping streets. The fact that Palestinians hold a man of this ilk up as a hero is one thing, that so called "people of conscience" like Tutu hold these terrorists in that light is another.
Desmond Tutu has No role to play in the Israeli1Arab conflict and this proves it more than anything else. His support of Palestinian violence serves to encourage it and pushes peace further away! Don't let his "title" sway you. There is NOTHING saintly about this man when it comes to Israel.
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