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Allan Wolman
Allan Wolman

An Open Letter Written in 2014

An Open Letter to Archbishop Tutu

Dear Arch,

You mention the collective gathering around the world being the largest outcry around a single cause in the history of the world. Some might disagree, however the gatherings that you refer to were in protest “against the injustice of Israel’s disproportionately brutal response to the firing of missiles from Palestine.” Dear Arch when a murderer aims his gun at his victim and the gun misfires does that exonerate him from what his intention was? In the eyes of the law attempted murder carries the same penalty as murder – the intention was to kill!

Dear Arch your mention of the different faiths attending the demo in Cape Town last week chanting opposition to occupation, indignity at checkpoints and violence. Sir, Israel’s evacuation of Gaza in 2005 was to end the occupation, first Gaza then the West Bank. What happened?

Why checkpoints or the separation fence? (resulting in saving many thousands of lives) – you may remember the intifada and the murder of thousands of innocent Jewish women and children – but then history has proved just how cheap Jewish life really is.

Your protest at the indignity meted out to Palestinians at the checkpoints, why dear Arch stop there? Is that the only place that Palestinians experience indignity? No doubt you will be the first to agree that indignity is far better than death. If you were to ask those (forgotten) Palestinians in Syria if they would rather endure the inconvenience of checkpoints than the horrors just recently visited on them in Damascus you know what their answer would be. But Dear Arch you fail humanity when you make no mention of those Palestinians, all half a million of them in Syria facing a fate that they have no control over, unlike the Palestinians in Gaza who could stop their suffering in a heartbeat.

Dear Arch you fail humanity by ignoring those (forgotten) Palestinians not only those being slaughtered in Syria but in Lebanon, where another half a million are living under a system of indignity far worse than the apartheid system you fought so valiantly against here at home. Both Jordan and Lebanon refuse Palestinian refugees from the Syrian carnage entry, why sir no call from you in protest to this human catastrophe?

Dear Arch you say violence begets violence and hatred, too true – Israeli’s have not known one single violent free day in its sixty-five years of existence. Who would know better than you how many times Israel has stretched out her hand in friendship and peace only to be attacked with hatred and violence. But Sir you continue to condemn Israel. You condemn a country who treats over a quarter of a million Palestinians including those you have forgotten about, who have sworn to annihilate her, in her first world hospitals annually, you condemn Israel when she sends humanitarian aid to Gaza even when attacked with deadly rockets that you down play as if they were Guy Fawkes crackers.

Dear Arch at the UN General Assembly in 2012 the Israeli PM made a public appeal to Muhammad Abbas to meet him on the steps of that building where he stated in front of the whole world that he was prepared to make very painful concessions. There was no response from Abbas!

Dear Arch whilst you “condemn those in Palestine for firing missiles and rockets” who are “those in Palestine?” Are they not the elected leaders or just a few rag tag troublemakers? Yet you talk about the “injustice of Israel’s disproportionately brutal response to the firing of missiles from Palestine.” – Again Dear Arch is firing of rockets with intent to kill and kill only civilians less proportionate? Dear Arch as a man of God you should be endowed with a greater sense of fairness than you display. Your Christian values on which most of the civilized worlds legal systems are moulded, preaches truth and fairness, yet you don’t seem to echo these great values when looking at Israel?

Dear Arch you have hardly ever missed an opportunity to vilify Israel. Be it for an opera company’s visit or a football tournament you rise to the occasion most vociferously. Yet when your African sisters are mutilated and raped in their thousands in the DRC, or the genocide in Darfur, one hears hardly a whisper. This past year almost 200,000 Syrians, including many (forgotten) Palestinians were slaughtered, yet your iconic voice is muted. Is it only when it’s Israel having the gall to respond to intimidation that your saintly presence is felt?

Dear Arch as a man of great intuition please would you consider why Hamas – the de facto government in Gaza would instigate an attack on a regional super power that it had no hope of inflicting any kind of military advantage? An honest appraisal of their intent was firstly to kill Israeli’s but given past conflicts and the worldwide fallout previously experienced, here was an opportunity to garner world sympathy that was waning, by intimidating a retaliatory response from Israel with the full knowledge that innocent civilians would pay the price. The tragic scenes coming out of Gaza, every injured child that the TV cameras focus on are a resounding victory for Hamas, dead children are their currency to buy world sympathy, and as a man of God if you can’t see this, I despair!

Dear Arch as you say – “goodness will prevail” indeed when the Palestinians accept Israel as a neighbor and to quote Golda Meir when they “learn to love their children more than they hate the Jews.” But sir instead of supporting the BDS strategy and instead of vilifying Israel a far more profitable endeavor would for you to be the catalyst for a genuine dialogue – we have seen the Kerry initiative fail – but you sir, a man of God imbued with the high principles of your office could make the world of difference. If you were to successfully persuade Hamas and other Palestinian factions to do what Jordan and Egypt did years ago, recognize Israel as a Jewish State, the only Jewish State as small as she is, that sir would be one of the defining moments of your most illustrious career – acceptance by the Palestinians of the Jewish state will open all doors to peace and reconciliation and that could well be within your power!

About the Author
Allan is a member of the South African (SA) Israel Media Team - lobby group that challenges negative reporting about Israel. The SA mainstream press is amongst the most hostile and biased press concerning Israel and supports BDS as is the ANC government of that country. He has been a contributor to combatting the false and sometime fabricated reporting on Israel and has had many letters to the editors published.
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