Commentary Magazine


Does Archbishop Tutu Endorse Holocaust Conspiracies?

Desmond Tutu, the outspoken South African Nobel laureate, has long lent his voice to the most virulent criticism of Israel and its policies. Many of the fiercest critics of Israel, however, bend over backwards to deny any animosity toward Jews. Indeed, they could claim they’ve even supped with Noam Chomsky before.

Tutu, however, seems to have let his animosity toward Israel sully him and tarnish the Nobel Prize he wields as a symbol of supposed moral authority. He is a long-time endorser of the Free Gaza movement, the organization which brought us the Gaza “flotilla” and any number of other protests and marches. Greta Berlin, the American co-founder of Free Gaza, recently tweeted, “Zionists operated the concentration camps and helped murder millions of innocent Jews.” Free Gaza has also, according to the Jerusalem Post, claimed that the Jews supported Hitler.

Over at The American Interest, Walter Russell Mead links to the Free Gaza movement’s list of endorsers, among them Noam Chomsky, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the city of Tromsø, Norway. Tutu’s endorsement is notable, however, given his Nobel Peace Prize. Tutu should not lend his name to hate and vile anti-Semitic conspiracies. That he continues to do so, and does not disassociate himself from the Free Gaza organization, suggests that he joins the multitude of Nobel Peace Prize embarrassments and exposes himself to be not a man of peace, but rather a man consumed with hate.