Tutu identified with Jews, criticized Israel's treatment of Palestinians


January 7, 2022

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Nobel Peace Prize laureate and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu attends a celebration for his 86th birthday in Cape Town, South Africa, Oct. 7, 2017.

(JTA) - Desmond Tutu, the archbishop who identified closely with the historical suffering of the Jewish people in his forceful advocacy against apartheid in South Africa, died Sunday at age 90.

Tutu, the first Black archbishop of Cape Town, used his role as a church leader to bring religion into the fight against apartheid, South Africa's repressive system of racial segregation. Advocating for nonviolence and, later, restorative justice, Tutu gained renown far beyond South Africa, earning a Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

In the years preceding and during the negotiations to end apartheid in Sou...

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