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A piece in a South African Jewish weekly that says Archbishop Desmond Tutu is equivalent to Adolf Hitler in his desire “to kill Jews,” as evidenced by his criticisms of Israel, has been taken down. The link at the South African Jewish Report takes you to a 404 message. The Mail and Guardian of South Africa reports that the piece was unpublished.

The original piece had the graphic above. “Arch no better than Hitler or Stalin says Reich,” was the headline. South African Likud chair Leon Reich wrote:

Just as it was more important for Hitler to kill Jews than to protect the fatherland in the last days of the war so it is more important for Tutu to kill Jews rather to protect his fellow Christians. 

Why your silence Bishop Tutu  regarding the human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, China, Iraq. The murder of 200,000 innocent people in Syria the recent beheadings of two journalists to mention but a few?

The true apartheid is on your doorstep, where people are living in corrugated iron shacks without running water, electricity and sanitation. Nowhere in Israel or the disputed territories are people living like that.

Tutu’s great crime, per Reich, is supporting BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) against Israel while not speaking out against Gaza’s rockets:

Archbishop Tutu knows that Hamas, Al Qaeda, Islamic Jihad, Boko Haram and ISIS have a commonality in that they persecute Jews, Yazidis and Christians alike, such as the ancient Christian community in Iraq.

So Tutu is for destroying the Jewish state rather than preserving a state that will save mankind through such innovations as drip-irrigation, Reich argues. And that puts him the company of those “Constantly self-appointed destructors of the Jewish people [who] appear in every generation.”

The Mail and Guardian in South Africa says that leading South African Jews were disturbed that the piece ran:

The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) has distanced itself from an op-ed piece published in the South African Jewish Report that likens Archbishop Desmond Tutu to tyrants Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.

The piece titled “Arch no better than Hitler or Stalin” was written by Likud SA chairperson, Leon Reich, and accuses Tutu of inciting populace against the Jews. Reich claims: “[Tutu] would kill the Jews before protecting Christians”, and accuses Tutu – together with Hamas – of wanting to destroy the Israeli state and the seven million Jews living in Israel…

SAJBD condemned the op-ed. Chairperson Mary Kluk said it was “particularly upsetting” to see the misuse of the Holocaust/Nazi analogy coming from the Jewish community. “The offensiveness of the piece was compounded by an accompanying image of Tutu with a Hitler-style moustache and the Nazi officers’ cap.

That piece includes a defense of the publication by SAJR’s online editor Ant Katz as a demonstration of free speech. He told the Mail & Guardian:

“We try not to censor people’s views. The Jewish community [in South Africa] is quite angry about the situation in South Africa with only one side being heard.” He added: “There isn’t too much for me to say other than we offer a broad platform from the most left-wing to the most right-wing. “It’s a platform for Jewish people to communicate. We obviously have a wide range of different views.”

Katz has evidently bethought that idea, because the piece is down.


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  1. seafoid
    September 12, 2014, 11:07 am

    This and Galloway beaten up and death threats against the young woman who was involved in the fake blood ice bucket- the people who speak for Israel have lost it.
    Israel is going down when this is all they can do.

  2. seafoid
    September 12, 2014, 11:10 am

    Hitler of course monitored everything that went on in Germany via his secret police

    And so does Israel in the territories

    “When I enlisted into the intelligence unit, I thought I would deal with prevention of terrorism and do whatever was necessary to protect national security. Throughout my service, I discovered that many Israeli initiatives within the Palestinian arena are directed at things that are not related to intelligence. I worked a lot on gathering information on political issues. Some could be seen as related to objectives that serve security needs, such as the suppression of Hamas institutions, while others could not. Some were political objectives that did not even fall within the Israeli consensus, such as strengthening Israel’s stance at the expense of the Palestinian position. Such objectives do not serve the security system but rather agendas of certain politicians.

    I had a really hard time with some of the things we did, as did the people who were with me in my section. Regarding one project in particular, many of us were shocked as we were exposed to it. Clearly it was not something we as soldiers were supposed to do. The information was almost directly transferred to political players and not to other sections of the security system. This made it clear to me that we were dealing with information that was hardly connected to security needs.

    We knew the detailed medical conditions of some of our targets, and our goals developed around them. I’m not sure what was done with this information. I felt bad knowing each of their precise problems, and that we would talk and laugh about this information freely. Or, for instance, that we knew exactly who was cheating on their wife, with whom, and how often”

    But of course Jews wouldn’t do that

  3. seafoid
    September 12, 2014, 11:25 am

    Message to bot everywhere – don’t mess with justice seekers.

    Don’t mess with Archbishop Tutu

    Take it away, Sidney

  4. adele
    September 12, 2014, 12:11 pm

    Every single sentence in Reich’s op-ed is loathsome, but the fact that he has the audacity to claim

    “The true apartheid is on your doorstep, where people are living in corrugated iron shacks without running water, electricity and sanitation. Nowhere in Israel or the disputed territories are people living like that.

    exposes the sheer lies on which he has built his fealty to the fatherland. This Reich ideologue apparently has never set foot in the “disputed” territories, nor hasn’t a clue about the unrecognized villages within ’48 Israel where Palestinian bedouin communities reside (no electricity, no running water, corrugated iron shacks abound, etc).

    Lies upon deranged lies, and what sickens me is that as world condemnation against Israel grows, I fear these kind of hateful manifestations and distortions are only just the beginning .

    • piotr
      September 12, 2014, 11:56 pm

      It makes me wonder if “this Reich” was the first, the second or the Third?

    • Raksha
      September 13, 2014, 12:57 pm

      This Reich ideologue apparently has never set foot in the “disputed” territories, nor hasn’t a clue about the unrecognized villages within ’48 Israel where Palestinian bedouin communities reside (no electricity, no running water, corrugated iron shacks abound, etc)

      Exactly! Why even bother to lie about something so obvious, when the truth is easily documented? I think the hasbarats have truly lost it.

  5. globalconsciousness
    September 12, 2014, 1:22 pm

    The article that has got their knickers in a twist in South Africa is this latest from Tutu – who speaks truth to power – bless him

  6. DaBakr
    September 12, 2014, 1:31 pm

    dishing it out but not taking it….

    A 1000 references to Israeli Jews being ‘just like’ or ’emulating’ nazi behavior with extremely dubious and out-of-context comparisons are de rigueur her on MW but let some wild and reckless Jew make his own comparison and its umbrage and outrage across the boards. If this shows anything it shows that:

    A) people should stop making Nazi comparisons, period. They are all mostly wrong and mostly idiotic and..

    B) That the Jews in SA that are ‘distancing’ themselves from the piece more then likely secretly sympathize with the authors premise-if only due to the constant barrage of Israeli/Nazi comparisons here in particular.

    • Elliot
      September 12, 2014, 3:08 pm

      DaBakr –
      Of course, you are right on A), except that for me, as a Jew, it is hard not to see potent similarities. I grew up around many Holocaust survivors. A prevalent statement was: “the younger Germans are ok, but anybody over a certain age is suspect. Even if they did nothing, they knew.” Whether the notion that all Germans were culpable is a fair one is immaterial. Jews were taught that if your people commit genocide, you are complicit. Nowadays, nobody can pretend they do not know (the premise behind the South African Jewish piece is that that is all anybody talks about). So, it is appropriate to compare Jews today to Germans back then.

      On B) – if you are going to play the “they started” game, you immediately lose. The constant barrage of Nazi/Holocaust metaphors has been around for the last 60 years.

      • RoHa
        September 12, 2014, 8:36 pm

        “Jews were taught that if your people commit genocide, you are complicit”

        What makes a group “your people”?

      • ziusudra
        September 13, 2014, 4:28 am

        Greetings Elliot,
        …Even if they did nothing, they knew….

        Crimes against Gazans have been going on for 24/7/653
        since 67!
        All Israelis know this! Are they guilty? According to their
        mindset? they are.

        Not a day goes by here in Germany where one to three TV
        programs view Nazi crimes against Jews at that time.
        … A surviving Jewess claimed yesterday that she did not know of
        the camps until 43!
        World Jewry is aware of the 5 incursions into Gaza in the last 9 yrs.
        with death & destruction:
        2005 525 killed; 1527 injured
        2006 341 killed; 848 injured
        2008 1520 killed; 269 injured
        2012 172 killed; 354 injured
        2014 2140 killed 11000 injured
        2005 to 2014 4697 Killed & 14098 Injured!
        PS Collective punishment anybody?

    • Mooser
      September 12, 2014, 5:12 pm

      “if only due to the constant barrage of Israeli/Nazi comparisons here in particular”

      Hmmm, so all the right-wing South African Jews pore over the Mondoweiss comment section. If you hadn’a said it, I wouldn’t have believed it.

    • globalconsciousness
      September 12, 2014, 9:15 pm

      Perhaps the right wing Jews belonging to the conservative Jewish Board of Deputies (who put enormous pressure on Goldstone) are behaving in the manner you ascribe to them, I presume you have spoken to some of them to make this assertion…

      I can assure you that several people in South Africa, including those who self-identify as Jewish, whom I have spoken to about this matter, have expressed embarrassment and great dismay that the much revered and beloved Archbishop Tutu has been maligned in this way by a group of Jews in South Africa.

      It is difficult sometimes to hear people who are on the side of truth and justice say what is obvious to so many…I guess some of us are just terribly misguided or worse in our assessment of Emperor Israel…

    • talknic
      September 12, 2014, 9:20 pm

      @ DaBakr ” people should stop making Nazi comparisons, period. They are all mostly wrong and mostly idiotic “

      Uh? Any state in breach of International Law UN Charter and conventions some of which were adopted in large part because of the treatment of our Jewish fellows under the Nazis, deserves to be labelled accordingly, even if it is the Jewish state illegally acquiring territory by war, illegally annexing territory, collectively punishing innocent civilians

      • DaBakr
        September 12, 2014, 10:23 pm

        well, then going by your loose standards almost any nation gone to war can be compared in some ways to nazis. and that is my point in the first place. leave the nazi thing be. it always cheapens the argument.

      • Talkback
        September 13, 2014, 3:19 am


      • talknic
        September 13, 2014, 6:43 pm

        @ DaBakr ” going by your loose standards almost any nation gone to war can be compared in some ways to nazis “

        Many illegally acquiring territory by war, illegally annexing territory? Practicing collective punishment, dispossessing the legitimate citizens and if they are does that make Israel’s crimes any less Naziesque?

      • talknic
        September 13, 2014, 6:59 pm


        Many STILL illegally acquiring territory by war, illegally annexing territory, practicing collective punishment, dispossessing the legitimate citizens and if they are, does that make Israel’s crimes any less Naziesque?

      • eljay
        September 15, 2014, 8:07 am

        >> DaBakreee: … leave the nazi thing be. it always cheapens the argument.

        True, one does not need to make Nazi references in order to point out how unjust and immoral the supremacist “Jewish State” of Israel actually is.

        One just needs to point out that Israel:
        – is an oppressive, colonialist, expansionist and supremacist “Jewis State” – a fundamentally religion-supremacist state primarily of and for Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews;
        – was born of Jewish terrorism and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homes and lands;
        – remains engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction, torture and murder;
        – refuses to honour its obligations under international law;
        – refuses to accept responsibility and accountability for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes; and
        – refuses to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace.

  7. Citizen
    September 12, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Meanwhile, seems Israel is very concerned that he common enemy ISIS might draw USA closer to Iran as in the best interest of the USA. Israel says USA must keep focused on Israel’s top priority: Iran must go down as, Israel spoke persons say, ISIS is a very short term threat, but Iran is a very long term threat.

    • aiman
      September 13, 2014, 12:02 am

      And to think that Israel looked on setting fire to Syria – in which it didn’t lack in compatriots – as a gateway to weakening and perhaps invading Iran.

  8. gamal
    September 12, 2014, 4:05 pm

    the immortal Pol Mac Adaim sings Rachel Corrie

  9. gracie fr
    September 12, 2014, 5:08 pm

    An Orthodox Jewish man who spoke out against Israel’s bombing of Gaza has fled his home after it was vandalised twice and he was assaulted.

    Downstairs windows at the property in Curzon Road, Higher Broughton, Salford, were smashed, eggs thrown at the property and graffiti daubed on the door and window sill.

    The victim’s car was sprayed with red paint.

    Police say they are treating the attacks as hate crimes.

    The man is understood to have moved out of the terraced property after being targeted by a mob of up to 30 people.

    The victim had expressed his views in the local community and also on King Street, in Manchester city centre, which has been the scene of protests by pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli groups.

    The man’s home now has a To Let sign up and the downstairs windows are still boarded up, with eggshells on the doorstep.

  10. Kay24
    September 12, 2014, 7:37 pm

    Shame on them to put up this pictured of a much respected leader, who has earned the right to criticize an apartheid nation, because of his own experience living under apartheid rule.

    It is going to be hard for these haters to convince the world that the Rev. Tutu, is similar to Hitler. They are racists and vicious in their attacks on the Reverend, for speaking out.
    Going by Israel and Netanyahu’s recent slaughter in Gaza, where over 2000 died, and thousands of casualties, Bibi Netanyahu seems to qualify being depicted as Hitler. But wait, is that anti-semitism?

    • Citizen
      September 13, 2014, 5:15 am

      There’s been a kartuffle recently on a high school lesson which involved coparing Hitler to George Bush Jr; it involved representing each man’s activities as a circle and then overlapping the two circles to reflect the extent their conduct was similar or the same. The US media came down hard on the teacher, especially Fox News channel–outraged anyone would make such a comparison. God forbid there’s such a thing as blowback when it’s so clear who wears the white hats, who the black hats. I’d say it would be informative to compare Bibi N too. If historical analogies are so misleading, one can point that out, just as easily as showing the more obvious similarities.

  11. Kathleen
    September 13, 2014, 11:32 am

    “taken down” but footprints still there. Phil I know you have written about how there were Jews very involved in the anti apartheid movement in South Africa decades ago there were also those who supported and benefitted economically from apartheid in S Africa.

    Apartheid is apartheid as Tutu has pointed out for quite some time now…. making racist terribly uncomfortable.

    Where did Susie Kneedler’s report go. Read it just an hour ago. Now a 404 too.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius
      September 14, 2014, 11:43 am

      This is a genuine question: Were Jews considered ‘white’ in Apartheid RSA? Or did that depend on the colour of their skin?

      • Shmuel
        September 14, 2014, 11:57 am

        I don’t know how the system worked where SA Jews were concerned, but I know a Mizrahi Israeli Jew who was given a very hard time at a SA hotel “for whites only” — finally granted “temporary white status” on the authority of the hotel manager (the desk clerk wouldn’t take responsibility). No “pencil test” though.

      • Mooser
        September 14, 2014, 12:08 pm

        I can’t understand the confusion, Didn’t South Africa have sort of human PMS (Pantone Matching System, used in printing to formulate color inks) book, to determine where a person fit in?

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        September 14, 2014, 12:31 pm

        Thanks for the replies. I’m wondering if ‘Jew’ was considered a racial category in RSA, or simply a religion? I’d imagine that European Jews would have been considered white, but ‘darkies’ like your friend might have been regarded as ‘coloured’ or ‘other’.

      • Shmuel
        September 14, 2014, 12:37 pm

        “Coloured” was the clerk’s assessment based on appearance. There was no Jewish racial category in SA.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        September 14, 2014, 12:47 pm

        Thanks. So essentially, it was all about skin colour? So a Jew of European origin would probably be considered ‘white’, while a Middle Eastern Jew would be lumbered with the ‘coloured’ label?

  12. Phil Wylie
    September 16, 2014, 6:26 am

    I deplore what the Nazis did to Jews in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. I have never been accused of being anti-German.

    I deplore what settlers did to the natives in the US and Australia. I have never been accused of being anti-American or anti-Australian.

    I deplore what White South Africans did to Black South Africans before the fall of the Apartheid regime. I have never been accused of being anti-White South African.

    I deplore what is being done to Iraqi Christians but am not anti-Iraqi. Or anti-Muslim.

    Is it simply the case that am I permitted to condemn the political actions of every nation on earth save Israel?

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