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ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu has responded to a Capetonian who has stated publicly that she will turn her back on her Jewish roots because of the policies of the Israeli government.
In a letter to the Cape Times, journalist Moira Levy had
said because of Israel’s recent “violent racial repression”, she had cut ties with her past, legacy and family roots “and, painful as it is turned my back on being a Jew”.
Levy questioned Israel’s deporting of Africans. “Israel has declared that the threat they allegedly pose is to the racial purity of the Jewish state. As a Jew and a white South African I have to ask myself if I can continue to be associated with people who’ve learnt from history only the ability to repeat the same horrific mistakes.”
In response, Tutu wrote that he had been moved by Levy’s “anguish… However, please don’t blame your faith for the policies of the people in power.
“When our family behaved wrongly, we did not turn our backs on them, but tried to convince them to steer a fairer course.” Some of the most outspoken apartheid critics, and of Israel, were Jewish. “These compatriots have a unique understanding of discrimination
.” – Staff Reporter