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South Africa’s chief rabbi defends Tutu

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/south_africas_chief_rabbi_defends_tutu_20110118

South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein has slammed a petition seeking the removal of Desmond Tutu as patron of two Holocaust centers in South Africa. "I believe it is wrong to call for the resignation of Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a patron of the Holocaust Centre," Goldstein said in a statement released late last week. “In deference to Archbishop Tutu’s widely recognized leadership role in the struggle against apartheid and to his revered position in South Africa, it would be an act of disrespect to remove him as a patron.” The statement said, however, that Goldstein considered Tutu’s criticisms of Israel “unfair." Goldstein also is a patron of the Holocaust Centre.

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