Obama’s Other Anti-Semitic Guru

Edward Alexander is the author of Irving Howe: Socialist, Critic, Jew (Indiana University Press, 1998), and The State of the Jews: A Critical Appraisal (Transaction Publishers, 2012).


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Tutu has repeatedly declared that (as he once told a Jewish Theological Seminary audience) “whether Jews like it or not, they are a peculiar people. They can’t ever hope to be judged by the same standards which are used for other people.”7 Certainly Tutu has never judged Jews by the standards he uses for other people. Although South African and American Jews were more, not less, critical of apartheid than the majority of their countrymen, Tutu in 1987 threatened that “in the future, South African Jews will be punished if Israel continues dealing with South Africa.”8 Israel’s trade with South Africa was about seven percent of America’s, less than a tenth of Japan’s, Germany’s, or England’s. But Tutu never threatened South African or American citizens of Japanese, German, or English extraction with punishment. Citizens of Arab nations supplied 99 percent of the one resource without which apartheid South Africa could not have existed: oil. Tutu made countless inflammatory remarks about Israel’s weapons sales to South Africa (mainly of naval patrol boats) but said almost nothing about South Africa’s main Western arms supplier, France, which built two of South Africa’s three nuclear reactors—the third being American. He was also silent about Jordan’s sale of tanks and missiles to the apartheid regime.

Tutu’s insistence on applying a double standard to Jews may explain an otherwise mysterious feature of his anti-Israel rhetoric. He once asked Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, Eliahu Lankin, “how it was possible that the Jews, who had suffered so much persecution, could oppress other people.”9 On another occasion, he expressed dismay “that Israel, with the kind of history … her people have experienced, should make refugees [actually she didn’t] of others.”10 In other words, Jews, according to Tutu, have a duty to behave particularly well because Jews have suffered so much persecution. The mad corollary of this proposition is that the descendants of those who have not been persecuted do not have a special duty to behave well, and the descendants of the persecutors can be excused altogether for behavior it would be hard to excuse in other people. This may explain not only Tutu’s decision to pray for the Nazis while berating the descendants of their victims, but also his long and ardent devotion to the PLO, whose leader, Yasser Arafat, was both the biological relative and spiritual descendant of Haj Amin el-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem who actively collaborated with Hitler in the destruction of European Jewry.

Rabbinical tradition, however, provides a simpler explanation of Tutu’s eagerness to “forgive” the Nazis while excoriating the descendants of their victims: “Whoever is merciful to the cruel,” the rabbis warn, “will end by being indifferent to the innocent.” President Obama himself may wish to ponder this warning in his future relations with the archbishop.

Notes:

[1] New York Times (27 December 1989).

[2] G. Shimoni, “South African Jews and Apartheid,” American Jewish Year Book (New York, 1988), 51.

[3] Hartford Courant, 29 October 1984.

[4] Shimoni, 51.

[5] New York City Tribune (27 November 1984).

[6] Ha’aretz, 29 April 2002.

[7] Religious News Service, 28 November 1984.

[8] Courrier Austral Parliamentair, February 1987.

[9] Jerusalem Post, 11 November 1989.

[10] Religious News Service, 28 November 1984.

Edward Alexander’s most recent book is The Jewish Wars (Transaction Publishers, 2010).

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  • clive

    A complete unreconstructed antisemite, A dangerous fool. And you are known by the company you keep.

    • Armando

      No, Clive! he's not a fool, this man is the incarnation of EVIL!

  • jacob

    Another sample of the supreme wisdom of thr ANNOITED ONE …!!!

    Did anyone bothered asking him what did this imbecile do to deserve the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR of all things ??

    Unfortunately, most people getting it, got it posthumously, as othwerwise, what should be in order is to send it to OBAMA and tell him to shove it…

    What a piece of work did the DEMOCRAPS, 98% of African Americans and 80% of Jews rammed down our throats ! ! !

    • Lori

      Jacob:Why Does everyone call Obama The Annoited One,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, He Looks At Himself In the Mirror and Glamors about Being called The Annoited! Silently He Goes and Uses His God to Form His Wanted One World Government! A Silent serpent is what I call Him and The Media calls Him The Annoited One! What Side are they really On? His Smile Gives Him Away as He parades! He Is Like A Child that when He demands His Wants the Group Bows to His Screams! Wright made A fool out of Our Country By Saying GOD DAME America! He should Have been Dragged to the Back Of His Church Someone Should Have pulled His Pants Down and Put A Rod to him! Jacob Do Not Give Obama such A ego Trip! His Ego or Egg O Needs to be dumped Or ate. So Do Not Participate in calling Him The Annoited One! Democraps Well! I Like that Name better for him!Democrats Need to realize how much He has crapped on the Party!

      • cjk

        Are you kidding? True Demonrats couldn't be any happier with this chump.

  • Cuban Refugee

    Add one more to the list of acquaintances, cronies, and unsavory characters with whom Obama surrounds himself who are Muslim-sympathizers, anti-Semitic, America haters, anti-capitalists, radical Marxists, globalists, or just your run-of-the-mill terrorists. Tell me who you're with, and I'll tell you who you are. Is there anyone within a one-mile radius of this guy who loves this country? The most polarizing president in the history of our nation has certainly fulfilled one of his campaign promises: transparency. We have seen the wolf under the sheep's clothing as surely as if we used a powerful airport scanner.

    • Christie!

      COMMON' CF, DON'T HOLD BACK!!! Tell us how you REALLY feel about this guy!!! BRAVO, APPLAUSE, HIGH FIVE, FIST BUMP, BUTT BUMP, BALL SPIKE ….. and any other gesture that signifies solidarity on this issue!

  • PhillipGaley

    To my eye, desirous only to die after a pleasant life, the personae of Desmond Tutu and Martin Niemöller bear forward in eerie similarity, . . .

    • cjk

      Dumbass stupid equivalence.

  • sebyandrew

    We are all supposed to pretend as if these are not only leaders, but great leaders at that and worthy of awards.

  • stern

    Uh oh, big mistake, Front Page Mag! Us mere mortals are not allowed to criticize the all-holy Desmond Tutu. Similarly, we are not allowed to point out what a bigot and racist the man is. Desmond Tutu is the self-anointed father of apartheid fighters. That means he is allowed to say whatever he wants without recrimination. It will all be ignored because after all, the man SUFFERED!! Big time. In his big house in Cape Town, with the world's dignitaries beating a path to his door, he suffered.

    In short, you must be racist, because you paid enough attention to his sayings and doings to call him out.

  • FRITZ

    Mr. Tutu if ISrael is so bad,why black Africans even Muslims flee to Israel and don´t want to stay in Arabic countries?

  • Andres de Alamaya

    Paradoxically, when it comes to Africans, Jews tend to act as good Christians are supposed to act; but then it was a Jew who tried to teach the Christians in the first place. Being realistic, the heathens who converted to Christianity learned from Jesus what the Jews have yet to learn – which is that when you turn the other cheek you get yourself crucified.
    In America they could have learned something from the Leo Frank case in 1913-1915. Leo, a young Jew from the north, managed a pencil factory in Atlanta. A girl in the plant was murdered. A black man, Jim Conley, who in all likelihood committed the murder as later evidence indicated, gave false testimony, lied through his teeth, and Frank was sentenced to death. After 12 days of reviewing the evidence, Governor Slaton commuted the sentence to life imprisonment. But a lynch mob broke into the jail and hanged Frank. CONTINUED

  • Andres de Alamaya

    In the 1950s and 1960s Jews played a disproportionate role to their small number in America in The Civil Rights Movement. Two of them gave their lives for the cause. The murders Andrew Goodman, a 20-year-old Jewish anthropology student from New York; and Michael Schwerner, a 24-year-old Jewish CORE organizer and former social worker also from New York, symbolized the risks of participating in the Civil Rights Movement in the South during what became known as "Freedom Summer", dedicated to voter registration.
    Jews and Arabs are ethnically related. Their contemporary difference is that Arabs become suicide bombers and Jews in America have become suicide voters. Perhaps they’ll learn by November.

  • AntiFascist18

    The more I look at guys like Obama, Tutu, and Jeremiah Wright, and the longer the Black community in America is silent about them, the more – and forgive me Abe Lincoln – I wish Bobby Lee and the Confederates had won the Civil War.

    • Jacobite

      Hey, to a black, Jews and Europeans are just a buncha white guys. Brits used to say that the wogs started at Calais, too. Althought the racial differences are all permanent, the perceived degree of difference is relative.

    • ziontruth

      Blacks, Catholics and Jews are all afflicted with the same Stockholm syndrome that ties them to the DemoMarxist Party. Blacks vote for their plantation owners, Catholics for the murderers of their babies and Jews for their concentration camp guards.

      People need to make the choice: Either you're on the side that fights for the destruction of Marxism and the ridding of the world of this great evil (100,000,000 dead in its name and counting), or you're on the side that fills the useful-idiot role for them, to serve until the day they no longer need you and then you can be discarded. (Which is, ironically, the case with the Marxists and the Muslims regarding each other.)

  • flyingtiger

    There is also a local political angle. Tutu has visited Chicgao so many times, it should be considered his second home. At a press conference, he even chastized reporters for critizing mayor richard michael Daley. How dare we critize the man who illegally destroyed Miegs Field, killing at least two people and possible more; and the man who bankrupted a properious city for his corrupt buddies.
    Is this why he got the congressional medal?

  • Yankeegirl

    As a former Episcopalian, I detest Bishop Tutu. Talk about affirmative action in action! He is a second-rate clergyman of what has become a failing denomination. Any young person seeking a "career" as a priest in this cult should think again. Their Gospel is not of the scriptures but is of this world, with a redistributionist philosophy that mirrors that of "Rev" Jeremiah Wright. I did not know of Tutu's trash talk re: Israel and the Jews until I read the article above. It explains some of the things I have read coming out of the mouth of the so-called Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori who wants our money to go to the UN's Millenium Development Goals.

  • apeterstone

    It was not the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was the Congressional Medal of Freedom – which he didn't deserve.

    When will the 'annointed one' give Rev Wright the Congressional Medal of Freedom.

  • Gene Stevens

    The Congressional Medal of Honor is only given to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The above article should have said that President Obama awarded Bishop Tutu the Presidential Medal of Freedom. That is a major error that needs to be corrected.

  • Michael

    I like this:"In the 1950s and 1960s Jews played a disproportionate role to their small number in America in The Civil Rights Movement. Two of them gave their lives for the cause. The murders Andrew Goodman, a 20-year-old Jewish anthropology student from New York; and Michael Schwerner, a 24-year-old Jewish CORE organizer and former social worker also from New York, symbolized the risks of participating in the Civil Rights Movement in the South during what became known as "Freedom Summer", dedicated to voter registration.
    Jews and Arabs are ethnically related. Their contemporary difference is that Arabs become suicide bombers and Jews in America have become suicide voters. Perhaps they’ll learn by November."

  • sharpsrifle

    I always knew there was a reason to despise Tutu beyond his obvious socialism.

  • Micha Broadman

    Tutu did not recieve the Congressional Medal of Honor (there actually is no such honor…our brave members of the military who receive this often misnamed honor, get the "Medal of Honor" and it can only be awarded to a member of the US military). Tutu received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award that is the highest award that the US can bestow upon a private citizen (members of the military, are however, not excluded). The Presidential Medal of Freedom, has about as much value as the Nobel Peace Prize, won by such luminaries as Obama, the tyrant terrorist Arafat and indeed Tutu, among others of rather dubious credentials.

  • David

    The Left (Communists, Socialists, Greens and trade unions) are as anti-Semite as madman A-nejad in Iran, Palestinians, Hezbollah and other backward and fanatic Muslims. We will see the real Barack Hussein Obama ( I think he is far worse than Jimmy Carter) when he leaves office. Desmond Tutu is a despicable man and he has another pal not better than him and he is Nelson Mandela and nobody talks about him. Political correctness or liberal white guilt? I call it cowardice.

    I'm an Iranian citizen and I support Israel, USA, democracy and despise Islam.

  • bubba4

    Medal of Freedom, Medal of Honor, it doesn't make a difference. The point is that Desmond Tutu is a anti-semite and by association Obama is an anti-semite.

    Everyone's an anti-semite. I think every race should get a special word for hating it. I think Horowitz and FPM are anti-mutt. It's always about purity to them, and fighting for a foreign state that they can at any point go become a citizen of. This raises serious doubts as to their allegiance to America.

    How do you like that spin? Well it could get far worse if I continue down the FPM cultic world-bend method. I swear, FPM could write an article about how Mother Theresa was a Marxist pig who helped people to forward Communist World Domination (who also had Muslim friends…wink) and by the end of the article you guys would be screaming for her body to be exhumed so you could prove that Hitler's power ring was hidden in her stomach.

    Look, I know the red phone rang this morning and told you guys that today was going to be about how Obama is anti-Israel, but this is really a guilt by association hatchet job that like all articles on FPM places Israel beyond criticism and twists the thoughts and feelings of others so you can paint another black man as an anti-semite and Obama's "guru".

    Which one of the Black Panthers in the 60's was Horowitz's guru? It doesn't have to be real…I'm just saying pick one, the article writes itself.

    • MixMChess

      Bubba, you can think Horowitz is hypocrite, anti-mutt or just plain crazy. That doesn't make Desmond Tutu and less antisemitic.

      • bubba4

        Desmond Tutu doesn't hate the jews. He's black and he's compares what is happening to Israel to what happened in South Africa. That's enough. Which was my point.

  • bubba4

    No, well done to you sir. "Nasty Joos"?

    Pathetic. The Jews have to take their lumps like the rest of us. You can't make any criticism of even a story about criticism of jews into jew hate. That makes you and extremist and a fool and it takes away from fighting anti-semitism where it is actually a problem.

    • MixMChess

      "The Jews have to take their lumps like the rest of us."

      I think Jews take plenty of lumps just like everyone else.

      • bubba4

        tell it to stern

    • stern

      bubba, way to miss the point I was making. Tutu has made it perfectly obvious how he feels, by what he says and by what he does. He is clearly anti-Semitic. You have chosen to ignore everything he has said and everything he has done, in order to make your point. And in telling us that we have to "take our lumps", you show what a bigot you are. Aren't six million dead enough "lumps" for you? How about pogroms, the Spanish Inquisition, ongoing terrorism etc. etc.

      The only thing you're spot on about is your choice of screen name, bubba.

      • bubba4

        lol…bubba means brother…

        Look, you're only showing how this works. In a nutshell…

        FPM: Tutu is an antisemite

        Me: Yeah yeah everyone's an antisemite…this is a typical smear article…here are the mechanics of it.

        Stern: You're saying "nasty joos" (you're an anti-semite)

        Me: You're proving my point

        Stern: Anti-semite bigot, holocaust forgetter or something…

        So here we are Stern…I guess you wanted to be the example jew. Ruffle your feathers a bit and it's "what about the 6 million dead jews". Way to go…you're a credit to your people.

        You can't except criticism, even about an FPM smear article. WHICH WAS MY POINT. Those are the "lumps" you couldn't accept and went to the default position of saying I was smearing jews. I don't care what race or creed you are. It simply doesn't matter to me in the slightest.

        FPM shamelessly cries victimhood whenever it wants to and apparently now, so do you. This article had one purpose…and it's in the title.

        • stern

          brother, you refuse to answer the points in the article. These are words that came out of Tutu's mouth, on more than one occasion. He has proved himself to be anti-Semitic, by his words and by his actions. You don't disprove this, you don't refute it. All you do is tell us we're too sensitive and we must take our "lumps" without getting our feelings hurt.
          Problem is, brother, we've learned through bitter experience that when the bigots start talking, it doesn't take long before we start dying. If it bothers you that I take exception to this, then, brother, you can lump it.

          Clearly, you don't like Jews who fight back. Well, brother, better get used to it, 'cause we ain't going away.

          • bubba4

            Oh I see Stern. I didn't offer a properly articulated refudiation of the "evidence" of the article…that's what made it unfair to the jews. The whole article is made up of assertions, pulling partially from real life events and quoting (quite chopped up) from speeches and appearances or whatever for which there are no transcripts available or links. So that makes it tough to follow up on some things if I was inclined to write you a term paper. Which I wasn't…so I condemned the dishonestly and style of the article….and gave an example of how the guns can be turned around.

            I've always said religious people can't do transcendence…it's too much to give up…but if some bishop or preacher or whatever wants to try to "forgive" the Nazis…whatever. Again, without any reference for this, I have to say the writer is being less than genuine. I don't think Desmond Tutu hates the jews. I think if you use the word "aparthied" and "Israel" in the same paragraph then FPM will make you a hater of jews.

          • stern

            I think I get it Bubba. Somewhere along the way, somebody called you an anti-Semite. Of course, you were horrified. You don't hate the Jews, you just don't think they should have the same rights as anyone else – to live without being threatened, to lobby without being labelled anti-American, to hold a viewpoint that's different from yours without being called bigots.

            So now, you go out of your way to discredit anyone who calls anyone else an anti-Semite. I've just spent 5 minutes on google, on a search for "Desmond Tutu" + "Yad Vashem" and there's no shortage of evidence to back up the claims in this article. Nobody asked you to do a term paper. However, before you comment, at least take the time to make sure your comments are valid.

          • bubba4

            There's no reason to go hunting for reasons when I told you it was about FPM calling people anti-semites and they they dredged up this story because one of the mandates this week was paint Obama as against Israel. We're on FPM. This comment section is about the article…on FPM.

            Tutu gave a speech in 2002…some of which is chopped to bits above….
            As I said before, if you think the Jews aren't 100% in the right where the god/land issues are concerned, then to some you're an anti-semite. I don't see where he hates the jews. So there…my first post said again.

            You just should have left "nasty joos" out of your first post. Instead of addressing my article critique to tried the same tool on me that I was saying is weak and wrong.

  • Stonefellowi

    I like Andres' comment about Jews being suicide voters. Many American Jews have adopted the false religion of liberals, and cannot conceive of voting for any party except the Democrats. If there was an alternative socialistic party, these people might vote for that. Part of this stems from the years of oppression of Jews by the country club WASP aspect of the Republican Party. But that is history, and the worm has turned. Because the Democrats can rely on a large portion of Jews to lock-step vote for them, the Democratic Party in the last 10 years has ignored the Jews. Being anti-Israel is the PC way of being a Jew hater. However, the suicide voters who are Jewish still cannot see through their liberal bias. Some are waking up. I am Jewish and vote for the best candidate, who is usually Republican. Unfortunately, some of my relatives, including one brother, are lock-step Democrats. They do not want to test their bias with the truth.
    May God help us.

  • Stonefellowi

    I like Andres' comment about Jews being suicide voters. Many American Jews have adopted the false religion of liberals, and cannot conceive of voting for any party except the Democrats. If there was an alternative socialistic party, these people might vote for that. Part of this stems from the years of oppression of Jews by the country club WASP aspect of the Republican Party. But that is history, and the worm has turned. Because the Democrats can rely on a large portion of Jews to lock-step vote for them, the Democratic Party in the last 10 years has ignored the Jews. Being anti-Israel is the PC way of being a Jew hater. However, the suicide voters who are Jewish still cannot see through their liberal bias. Some are waking up. I am Jewish and vote for the best candidate, who is usually Republican. Unfortunately, some of my relatives, including one brother, are lock-step Democrats. They do not want to test their bias with the truth.

  • Edward Alexander

    I am grateful to readers who pointed out that Desmond Tutu received the Congressional Medal of Freedom, not the Medal of Honor. I have asked FPM' s editors to make the correction.

  • http://quark1912.wordpress.com/ quark1912

    He should be addressed as the "Ayatollah Tutu," don't you think?

  • Beverley

    Tutu is a Liberation Theologian. He mixes Christianity with Socialist and Communist principles. This of course only when it suites him because he does not live like one. First class home in Cape Town, cars and no doubt travel when he collects all his awards. He is charm personified and such a sence of humour when he collects all these accolades and lectures all us sinful people with his self righteousness.

    As a Christian he has denied the virgin birth of Christ (and much more) so is not a believer in Sola Scripture. If Christ was not born of the Holy Ghost then he was born in sin and could not have died for our sins and was not the Lamb of God. But then ofcourse
    Tutu does not need Christ, he has saved himself by all his good works!!!

  • Lori

    Sounds so Morbid and yet It Is Truth Man Hates, Tutu actually Believes all He Does Is Right! Have Any Solutions? I guess we all better be prepared To Stand Or Crawl, I am Standing For Truth, I will not Crawl or bow to Tutu Ideas, Tutu Will Perish Due to lack Of Knowledge.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    You ask why does wight and tutu hate Jews and why is obama part of this evil little rats? well obama hates whites like wight and tutu, the sad fact is many Jews just don't get what can happen to the jews if obama and the black Reds get what all want, can we say mass Holocaust and the mass slaughter of whites in all countries. check out what has happened to whites in south africa, and for being a " moral titan" ask why tutu said nothing about the murder of poor white kids by black kids, do you know that was going on big time in South Africa? and yes tutu like wirght are champions for that person race.

  • http://www.jewishideasdaily.com ginny thomas

    one "edward alexander" is a registered sex offender. Is he the same individual who authored this article?

  • barb and len goodman

    Alexander et al: cut out the racist crap.
    Tutu's comments do not BEGIN to compare with Rav Ovadia Yosef's recent declaration that it is the role of gentiles to serve the Chosen Jewish race.

  • Shelly

    I am Black and Jewish. I know that if I as a Black person had lived in Apartheid in South African were White Jews were behaving similar to the Nazi’s in their dealings with school children (murder, beatings, electrocution, etc) then I would be pissed off too. H’ promised the Jews Israel. Get the hell out of South African you bigots! (This statement is only for the racist Jews of South African and the ones who stood by and did NOTHING during apartheid other than part take in “white privilege.” )

  • PeaceBro

    So is Tutu also an 'apartheid-sympathiser' for forgiving , through TRC, the perpetrators of apartheid and the 1000's of deaths that ensued? He does those things as a worthy bearer of the peace prize and a man of God.

    Another misquote… the comments attributed by Tutu against SA Jews because of the Israel liason with SA is quite irrelevant to not saying the same against those of English, American, german heritage. I am a South African classed as Coloured by the Apartheid regime, and the majority of Jews/Zionists that resided in SA still regarded themselves as citizens of Israel and funded Israel. That is quite different to a former English that had severed ties with England. There was a direct , clear and monetary connection with Israel which continues to be the case throughout the world be it Frank Lowy of Australia or Saban of US ("my only issue is Israel") who fund Israel's actions with their billions.

    This is just typical , pull out the old 'anti-semite' card which is hard to defend against when anyone dares criticise any Jewish , or Israel as a country, or the way in which they dominate the world media, entertainment and finances.

    And if that doesn't work , then call them nazi's..that's Godwin's law isn't it…that should shut them up.