In this he wrote:
“I want to pay my respects to you and your fellow councillors in Marrickville FOR TAKING A STAND TO ISOLATE THE ISRAELI STATE. We in South Africa, who both suffered apartheid and defeated it, have the moral right and responsibility to name and shame INSTITUTIONALIZED SEPARATION, EXCLUSION AND DOMINATION BY ONE ETHNIC GROUP OVER OTHERS… I HAVE SEEN HOW THE PALESTINIANS ARE OPPRESSED, DISPOSSESSED AND EXILED.”On 13 June 2011, Joshua Levi responded thus in The Australian Jewish News:
“Desmond Tutu may have helped South Africa bring about the end of apartheid, but his open support for Marrickville Council’s Boycott Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel has left the Jewish community cold...
Former South African apartheid activist and past president of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, Robin Margo, said Tutu was wrong. ‘Archbishop Tutu was a hero in the struggle against apartheid. He gave courage to many people, including me, in dark times. But he is wrong about Israel,’ Margo, now the president of the New Israel Fund Australia, said. THERE IS DISCRIMINATION IN ISRAEL, AS THERE IS IN OUR DEMOCRACY, but it is a gross distortion to describe Israel as practicing apartheid’…‘Inside Britain's Israel Lobby:’
When Marrickville Council voted to impose a boycott against Israel last year, LEADERS FROM THE LIBERAL, LABOR AND EVEN FEDERAL GREENS PARTIES CAME OUT IN OPPOSITION TO THE POLICY and called on it to focus on local issues. NSW PREMIER BARRY O’FARRELL EVEN THREATENED TO SACK THE COUNCIL IF IT VOTED TO IMPOSE THE BDS POLICY.”
“IN THE OCCUPIED TERRITORIES, ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE. There is no two ways about it. When settlers travel on one road and Palestinians have to use another road; WHEN SETTLERS ARE GOVERNED BY ISRAELI LAW AND PALESTINIANS ARE GOVERNED BY MILITARY LAW, YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT APARTHEID."The trouble with bulls*** is this: when nobody believes it any more, you’re liable to look and sound pretty silly when you continue to spout it.
You listening, Robin?