South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu has condemned Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip as reminiscent of the actions by the apartheid system.
“It is not a Muslim or Jewish crisis. It is a human rights crisis with roots to what amounts to an apartheid system of land ownership and control,” Tutu told a Friday news conference in Cape Town.
“As an old man, my appeal to my fellow laureates and peacemakers is to step into the leadership void, to make your voices heard from all corners of the globe, to advocate or pressure your government and institutions to cajole, to persuade,” he said.
Tutu argued that the new flare-up in the Middle East crisis has been brought about by a void in global leadership.
Thousands of Israeli soldiers launched a ground invasion of Gaza on Thursday after days of strikes from air and sea on the Palestinian territory.
The Israeli regime began its latest attacks on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on July 8. So far, some 320 Palestinians have been killed with about a third of the fatalities being women and children.
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