Wiesenthal Center: Tutu must consider Arab fanaticism

Slams archbishop's claim that the West avoids criticizing Israel because of Shoah guilt.

September 20, 2008 09:54
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Archbishop Desmond Tutu must recognize and denounce Arab inflexibility and extremism, which prevent the Middle East from attaining peace, the Simon Wiesenthal Center insists. The center's founder and dean, Rabbi Marvin Hier, spoke out over the weekend against Tutu's latest remarks concerning Israel, in which he said that the West had muted criticism of Israel because of guilt over the Holocaust. Tutu's comments were made in Geneva on Thursday, while speaking to the UNHRC over his findings of an IDF operation in the Gaza Strip. "It is not the criticism of Israel that's been muted. It is the absence of any criticism directed at the Arab world that has been muted," said Hier in a statement released Friday. "If Bishop Tutu is looking for bias, let him direct his attention at the United Nations, where 57 Muslim countries have paralyzed the General Assembly, preventing it from dealing with the single most important issue of our time - international terrorism - and never allowing it to issue a single condemnation against Hamas, Hizbullah, or the suicide attacks perpetrated by Islamic fundamentalists," he continued In response to Tutu's claim that the West had not been vocal enough over Israel's flaws, Hier pointed out that the Jewish state's legitimacy has been questioned since its creation and has been the target of bias like no other country. The Wiesenthal Center called on Tutu to "rise to the occasion and direct his remarks against Arab fixed intransigence and fanaticism, which is the only reason peace has not come to the Middle East."

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