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Tutu: Israeli, Palestinian leaders behaving 'like children'
Published Wednesday 09/07/2014 (updated) 10/07/2014 02:25
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JOHANNESBURG (AFP) -- Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu has lashed out at Israeli and Palestinian leaders for behaving "like children," seeking to blame each other for the latest bloody conflagration in the long-running conflict.

"Once again, the people of Israel and Palestine are embroiled in a deadly contest of tit-for-tat violence in which there can never be victors, only losers," the South African cleric said in a statement.

"Like children following a playground dust-up, political and religious leaders fall over each other, not to make peace, but to proclaim: It wasn't us, they started it."

"The world is looking to Israelis and Palestinians to be bigger than themselves; to act now, before any more children are harmed," said Tutu.

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have killed at least 50 Palestinians and injured over 450 since Monday.

Anglican archbishop emeritus Tutu, 82, is still regarded as a moral beacon in South Africa and has been involved in efforts to bring peace to numerous regions around the globe.

He has long been outspoken about the Israel-Palestine conflict, comparing Israel's treatment of Palestinians to the former apartheid regime in South Africa.
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1 ) Carlos / usa
10/07/2014 16:26
Desmond don't worry about each side saying the other started it. Worry about who is murdering more civilians and who is driving people into poverty and who is stealing land. israelis don't want peace so they can force more Palestinians off thier land. I appreciate your objective observation about israels aparthied. Please observe this more so israelis will stop denying the truth.

2 ) Tom / USA
10/07/2014 19:49
So Bishop Tutu thinks Palestinians should line up to be slaughtered? There should be no price or response to zionist butchery? It does in fact matter who started it. Most Gazans are people whose families were ethnically cleansed from their homes and properties. THeir grievances are real and the world, including the revered Bishop want history to start from today without any context.

3 ) Ben gurion / tel abib
10/07/2014 19:50
Excuse me! Who has the rocks and who has the nukes. Palestinians have all the right to remove the squatters from their land.

4 ) Carole / USA
11/07/2014 14:46
Regarding the above comments...you do not understand what Bishop Tutu is saying. He saw and lived through horrendous violence in South Africa and in the midst of it all kept telling both sides that there had to be another way. Responding to violence with more violence creates. Read his book "God has a dream" and you will understand better his point of view.
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