Support for Palestine is just: Tutu

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iol news pic GAZ05_MIDEAST-GAZA-_0815_11 REUTERS Unexploded shells that have been disarmed, which Palestinians say were fired by Israeli troops during the Israeli offensive, are placed by worshippers near themselves as they perform Friday prayers next to the remains of a mosque which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israel air strike during the offensive, on the second day of a five-day ceasefire in the central Gaza Strip. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Cape Town - The pursuit of justice for the people of Palestine is a righteous cause that the people of Israel should support, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Friday.

“Recent weeks had witnessed unprecedented action by members of civil society across the world against the injustice of Israel's disproportionately brutal response to the firing of missiles from Palestine,” he said in a statement.

“The turnout at demonstrations across the world last Saturday was arguably the largest active outcry by citizens around a single cause ever in the history of the world.”

Tutu appealed directly to the people of Israel in an article published by the Israeli news organisation, Haaretz.

Tens of thousands of people supporting Palestine marched to Parliament in Cape Town on Saturday in one of the biggest rallies the city has seen in 20 years.

Tutu said his plea to the people of Israel was to see beyond the moment of anger and to see a world in which Israel and Palestine could co-exist.

“The State of Israel is behaving as if there is no tomorrow.

“Its people will not live the peaceful and secure lives they crave ­ and are entitled to ­ as long as their leaders perpetuate conditions that sustain the conflict.”

According to Agence France-Presse, 1962 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side have died in attacks since July 8.


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