Council on International Relations-Palestine offered its deepest condolences to the family of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as to the government and people of South Africa on his death.
In a statement of condolence, the Council said that Tutu, a former South African Archbishop, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Nelson Mandela’s companion, was a stubborn campaigner for human rights and a symbol of support for Palestine and the rights of its people in South Africa and around the world.
Council head Dr. Bassem Naim said: “We have learned with great sadness and sorrow the death of Archbishop Tutu. He had firm positions in support of the Palestinian cause, and I call on his lovers and supporters to follow his path in support of the Palestinian people.”
Archbishop Tutu was one of the most vocal critics of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, and he compared between the apartheid regime in South Africa and the apartheid regime in Israel.
Tutu once said Palestinians are paying the price of the West’s guilt, and that “Israel” will never obtain security through walls and guns.
The South African Nobel Peace Prize winner had expressed his regret for the “silence and complicity” of the international community regarding the situation in Gaza, which he considered a “disgrace” for this group.
Desmond Tutu, the cleric and social activist who was a giant of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90.