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Response to Father Dease’s Retracted Invitation to Desmond Tutu

Posted by Administrator on October 9, 2007

A Silent Vigil

Friday, October 12, 2007

12:00 noon – 1:30 pm

St. Thomas University Gate, Summit Avenue, St. Paul

Doug Hennes, Vice President for university and government relations at St. Thomas, explained the retracted invite of Bishop Desmond Tutu in this way, “He [Tutu] has been critical of Israel and Israeli policy regarding the Palestinians, so we talked with people in the Jewish community and they said they believed it would be hurtful to the Jewish community, because of things he’s said.”

The Coalition for Palestinian Rights, a Minnesota-based coalition including many Twin Cities activists and groups want Father Dease and the St. Thomas administration to recognize what is ‘hurtful’ to the Palestinian people. We will gather in silence and wearing all black on Friday, October 12, 2007, at the gates of St. Thomas University, in response to the retracted invitation of Desmond Tutu.

The Coalition for Palestinian rights is inviting St. Thomas University faculty, students, and the general public to stand in silent recognition of the many voices that have been suppressed in the Palestinian people’s struggle for their rights – the voices of 5-6 million Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and within Israel, the voices of the over 5 million Palestinian refugees living in the diaspora, the voice of Professors Norman Finkelstein and Mehrene Larudee in their tenure bid at DePaul University, and now the voice of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Bishop Desmond Tutu, along with many others.

At the same time, we will carry signs to demonstrate that the voices calling for justice and peace can never be completely silenced. The signs will ask Father Dease to consider what is ‘hurtful’ to Palestinian Christians and Muslims – not only what might be ‘hurtful’ to some members of the Minnesota Jewish community.

Pease join us. Wearing black is not required, but preferred.


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