Archbishop Tutu completely ignores half of Israel's Jewish population who escaped the from Arab lands. It is astounding to think that Tutu would whitewash the dark-skinned Jews from his narrative. The Jews from Arab lands were persecuted in their native homelands. After the ethnic cleansing of the Jews from Arab lands, the majority fled to Israel. While many Arab leaders supported the Nazi powers, the central reason most Jews fled was due to the racist ideologies of the Arab Nationalists (the Kurds of Iraq are another example of this). The massacres, confiscations and persecution of the Jews of Arab lands had little to do with the Holocaust. Why would a man who stood up for the dark-skinned people of South Africa spread what could be seen as racist, anti-Mizrahi (against the Jews of Arab Lands) propaganda?
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from the article: An Open Letter to Archbishop Desmond Tutu