Archbishop Tutu endorses nomination of Palestinian prisoner for Nobel prize

By ACNS staff
Posted Jun 9, 2016

[Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop Desmond Tutu has endorsed the nomination of Palestinian political prisoner, Marwan Barghouthi, for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In the nomination letter sent by the Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, he said, “I decided to support this campaign alongside seven other Nobel Peace Prize laureates as a reflection of our belief that freedom was the only path to peace… I hope the Nobel Committee will take a bold decision bringing us closer to the day this holy land, charged with unique symbolic value, can stop being a living testimony of injustice and impunity, occupation and apartheid, and can finally be a beacon of freedom, hope and peace.”

Tutu was a key player in the fight against apartheid in South Africa and was also the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town and primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa.

In 1984, he received a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to help bridge the chasm between black and white Anglicans in South Africa. He was a principal mediator and conciliator in the transition to democracy there.

In 1995, South African President Nelson Mandela appointed the archbishop as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, a body set up to bring to light the human rights violations that occurred under apartheid.

Although his vigorous advocacy of social justice has made him a controversial figure in some quarters, today the archbishop is regarded as an elder world statesman with a major role to play in reconciliation.

Tutu is a member of the International High Level Committee of the Campaign for the freedom of Marwan Barghouthi and all Palestinian prisoners. The campaign was launched from the cell of Nelson Mandela on Robben Island in October 2013, by anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada.


Comments (8)

  1. Jack Hodson says:

    I respect Archbishop Tutu generally and consider him a great man of faith and advocate for human development and reconciliation. In this case however I have to respectfully disagree. Barghouthi is no more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize than I. Bad decision and ultimately not helpful.

  2. Joseph Bobbitt says:

    is this the right guy for a Nobel?
    Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom stated in 2006: “We must not forget that he is a cold-blooded murderer who was sentenced by the court to five life sentences… It is out of the question to free an assassin who has blood on his hands and was duly sentenced by a court.”

  3. Vicki Gray says:

    Some have asked “Where is the Palestinians’ Mandela?” He is in jail – has been for a long time – and Netanyahu seems incapable of the Grace that moved de Klerk to save the nation he shared with Mandela. The Archbishop who experienced and was an instrument of that Grace in his own country understands far more clearly than most Americans the nature of the injustice Barghouti and his people struggle against and the crying need for Grace in overcoming it. Let us pray: “Lord, make me an instrument of your Grace.”

  4. Noreen Lundeen says:

    As the Mayor of Tel Aviv has recently said; ” ISRAEL MAYBE THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT
    Mayor Ron Huldai is a realist and I think that he, like a growing number of Rabbis
    and other citizens of Israel are no longer turning a “Blind eye” to just what is reealy
    happening in the so called “occupied territories.”

  5. Owen Hoskin says:

    Archbishop Tutu is one of my heroes.
    His advisers have let him down on this issue.

  6. Marilyne Rose says:

    I am extremely disappointed that a man who seems to uphold truth and justice – Archbishop Tutu, should wish to bestow a Nobel Prize to a well documented terrorist and murderer.
    We know that, due to the vast sums donated by Saudi Arabia, the truth is greatly distorted.
    The UN is largely financed by Muslem money, so, of course the truth is the first thing to go.
    The majority of terrorists these days are Muslims, responsible for the majority of death and destruction in the world, yet it is tiny Israel that gets the blame. It is about time that truth, justice and reallity overcame the money of liars and murderers. There is in reality no such country called Palestine. Nine tenths of the Middle East is inhabited by Muslims. Apart from having all the oil, what have the Muslims actually achieved apart from causing death and destruction? Even in what is supposed to be the Holy Month Of Ramadam, Muslims continue to cause indiscriminate death and destruction. The women are treated as second- class citizens with very little freedom, but I don’t hear any complaints about their treatment, but loud voices support terrorists. What a strange world we live in!

  7. Dr. Erna Lund says:

    Lo and Behold–Indeed it takes Moral Courage to speak Truth to Power and the revered Archbishop Tutu (and the late President Mandela) pronouced this to the world–Marwan Bargouthi is the Outstanding leader for the Palestinians and sadly no one in the U.S. government has the moral fortitude to speak such truth as they are beholden to pro-Israel Dollars for political loyalty to Israel. Israel maintains there are no leaders in Palestine to negotiate any “peace agreement”–and we know why that any Palestinians who show any leadership are immediately arrested/jailed in Israeli prison.Thus the above Marilyne Rose et al reveal how successful political propaganda can be so generated by our U.S.government so notable in its one-sided support(w/our tax dollars) for Israel! Indeed “It is about time that truth, justice and reality overcame the money of liars and murderers(Marilyne’s phrase) and that our Episcopal Baptismal covenant be in compassionate action and witness–that we stand up and speak out for the voiceless and vulnerable in the West Bank and Gaza which is brutally occupied by Israeli defense forces, and with American settlers (Remax real estate,Ben&Jerry’s…)occupying West Bank lands designated for the Palestinians for a two-state solution. Please remember that our Dear Lord Jesus Christ, Palestinian Jew, in those birth lands of Christianity-and who is speaking out for the Christian communities there who have lived peacefully w/Muslim neighbors and for centuries w/Jewish Palestian neighbors–yes Hasbara/propaganda has dominated all thinking so that only the Muslim/Islam terrorist can be targeted for vengeance/revenge–Please review one’s history both biblical and academic and learn that this has all been generated through zionism and its early heritage/political movement(which has nothing to do with Judaism) for ethnic cleansing of Palestine. Please know that this is not as our Dear Redeemer Jesus Christ, Mohammed and Abraham in our Cradle of our Religions gave their lives for us ALL! The Holy Land is for All Peoples (not for Oil, empire/building,power and occupation of native lands…) The Episcopalian community must stop its Complicity and join other denominations in Compassionate Action and Voice for All Peoples in our World.

  8. Do you love your enemies? Are you courageous enough and strong enough to follow Jesus? Christianity calls us to love, even if it costs us our lives. Let us worship our Christ, not our flag or any flag. May God bless you with peace and all good.

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