Tutu urges South African opera not to tour Israel

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 26, 2010 16:36

JOHANNESBURG— Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who earned a Nobel for his peaceful opposition to apartheid, on Tuesday urged Cape Town's renowned opera troupe not to tour Israel until what he calls discrimination there ends.

In a statement, Tutu compared Cape Town Opera's planned visit next month to international artists performing in apartheid South Africa, when it was "a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity.

"Cape Town Opera should postpone its proposed tour next month until both Israeli and Palestinian opera lovers of the region have equal opportunity and unfettered access to attend performances," he said.

He added it would be "unconscionable" to perform "Porgy and Bess," which he says has a "universal message of nondiscrimination."


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