Archbishop Desmond Tutu (file photo)
Multiple sources report that Desmond Tutu has characterized yesterday’s act by Israeli authorities as a “massacre” (emphasis mine):
South African Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has condemned the killing of Palestinians by Israeli troops as a massacre.
The retired Anglican archbishop, 86, issued a statement from his Cape Town home on Tuesday about the killing of Palestinian protesters.
“I am deeply distressed and broken hearted by the massacre perpetrated by the State of Israel in Gaza yesterday,” said the statement. “I pray to God to open the eyes and hearts of all citizens of the Holy Land — and of political and religious leaders across the world — to assist them to recognize our common humanity and membership of God’s family. People who recognize the humanity in others do not author or perpetrate massacres.”
Tutu, who has been treated for prostate cancer and has been hospitalized several times for infections, occasionally issues statements on issues he believes are important. Last year he criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Tutu said that “God was weeping” at Trump’s decision.
“People who recognize the humanity in others do not author or perpetrate massacres.”
Israeli military attacks crowd (left), Ivanka Trump smiles (right)
Numerous sources report that the Israeli military terrorized Palestinian protesters today (emphasis mine):
RIGHT NOW Palestinian officials say at least 52 people have been killed in the latest round of protests.
• At least 1,700 Palestinian demonstrators were also wounded on Monday along the border fence with Gaza, the Health Ministry reported, as the mass protests that began on March 30 and that had already left dozens dead erupted anew.
• The protests took place as the United States Embassy was formally relocated to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, on the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel, amid formality and celebration that created an almost surreal contrast to the violence raging barely 40 miles away.
By 7 p.m., 52 Palestinians, including several teenagers, were dead and at least 1,700 were injured in Gaza, the Health Ministry said. Israeli soldiers and snipers used barrages of tear gas as well as live gunfire to keep protesters from entering Israeli territory.
Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ivanka Trump, and others celebrated this “glorious day”.
As another participant has observed here, when the East German military shot and killed people attempting to cross the Berlin Wall, America was “horrified”.
When gunmen kill dozens of civilians, we rightly call it terrorism. Today’s murder of 52 protesters is no different.
Today is a dark day for America, and darker still for Israel. There is nothing “glorious” about today. Every American should be ashamed. Our president, his daughter, and his Collaborators join Stasi, Stalin, Duterte, and the other villains of history.
Shame on us for allowing this to happen. Shame on anybody who defends this behavior.