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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu takes aim at Israel

South Africa's Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has once again taken aim at Israel, saying its racially-segregated roads and housing were a reminder of the conditions experienced in Apartheid South Africa.

'I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by members of the Israeli security forces,' he said in a statement. 'Their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the security forces of the apartheid government.'

With the South African leg of the 10th international Israeli Apartheid Week beginning on Monday, Tutu associated himself with the objectives of the movement.

'In South Africa, we could not have achieved our democracy without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the apartheid regime.

'The same issues of inequality and injustice today motivate the divestment movement trying to end Israel's decades long occupation of Palestinian territory and the unfair and prejudicial treatment of the Palestinian people by the Israeli government ruling over them,' Tutu said.

He said people who were denied their dignity and rights deserve the solidarity of their fellow human beings.

'It doesn't matter where we worship or live. We are members of one family, the human family, God's family,' the Archbishop said.

Pana 11/03/2014