It’s apartheid– Desmond Tutu endorses TIAA-CREF divestment project in N.C. newspaper

It’s apartheid– Desmond Tutu endorses TIAA-CREF divestment project in N.C. newspaper

from Mondoweiss by Philip Weiss

 Have you noticed that the boycott movement is largely ignored by the mainstream American press? The nonviolent movement to bring human rights to Palestine– overlooked. The new Israeli law against boycott advocacy may thaw this policy. Desmond Tutu got a piece into the Charlotte Observer this past weekend endorsing the Jewish Voice for Peace initiative! It has some great strong facts in it, probably new to his readers? Excerpts:

I, for one, never tire of speaking out against these injustices, because they remind me only too well of what we in South Africa experienced under the racist system of apartheid. I have witnessed firsthand the racially segregated roads and housing in the Occupied Palestinian territories. I have seen the humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children at the checkpoints and roadblocks. I have met Palestinians who were evicted and replaced by Jewish Israeli settlers; Palestinians whose homes were destroyed even as new, Jewish-only homes were illegally built on confiscated Palestinian land.

This oppression, these indignities and the resulting anger are only too familiar. It is no wonder that so many South African leaders in the anti-apartheid struggle, including Nelson Mandela and numerous Jewish leaders, have found ourselves compelled to speak out on this issue.

Though the situation deteriorates daily, I am not without hope. ..

More than two decades later, another wave of divestment has emerged, this time with the goal of ending Israel’s 44-year-old occupation and its unequal treatment of the Palestinians.

The TIAA-CREF campaign is important because it is one of the most broad-based divestment efforts in the U.S.: thousands of professors, doctors, students, and many other people of conscience are coming forward demanding that the suffering of the Palestinians not be ignored in the company’s bottom line. The campaign originated with a call from the American group Jewish Voice for Peace, whose members understand that ending the occupation means a better future for both Israelis and Palestinians…

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