That would be The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town and recipient of a handful of more or less prestigious accolades … you know, the Nobel Peace Prize, the Gandhi Peace Prize, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, et cetera. Suffice it to say that he’s kind of a big deal.
He’s also very excited about our student government’s attempt—to the tune of a 16-4 vote—to divest the school’s money from “companies that enable and profit from the injustice of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and violation of Palestinian human rights.”
Tutu is so excited, in fact, that he wrote us a letter. His view is, in sum:
… that, despite what detractors may allege, you are doing the right thing. You are doing the moral thing. You are doing that which is incumbent on you as humans who believe that all people have dignity and rights, and that all those being denied their dignity and rights deserve the solidarity of their fellow human beings.
In the full body of the letter, numerous parallels are drawn between the current status quo in the Palestinian Territory and South Africa as it once existed under Apartheid, the latter of which Tutu labored against in years-long vocal activism. The nub and gist being that Tutu’s support carries quite a bit of weight, regardless of where on the spectrum you might stand.
Tags:archbishop desmond tutu, Israeli occupation, Occupied Palestinian Territory, UC Berkeley divestment bill
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