South African Jewish Voices for a Just Peace lays complaint with South African Human Rights Commission over Tutu- Hitler comparison
23 September 2014
South African Jewish Voices for a Just Peace (JVJP) has laid a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) against Likud SA chairperson Leon Reich for his comparison of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to Hitler.
Leon Reich, who’s a representative of an Israeli political party in South Africa, published an op-ed in the South African Jewish Report online edition on the 10th September 2014 comparing Archbishop Tutu, to Hitler and Stalin. The South African Jewish Board of Deputies distanced themselves from Reich’s article and the South African Jewish Report has subsequently removed the article from their website and apologised.
Reich, however, has to date refused to apologise for his abhorrent comparison of the revered Archbishop and anti-apartheid struggle icon to Hitler. JVJP will be following up on the SAHRC complaint against Reich.
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South African Jewish Voices for a Just Peace (JVJP) is a group of Jewish South Africans who recognise that the South African Jewish community is not homogenous in its thinking and that there are many different views on Israel. Many Jews in our country are deeply troubled by the actions of Israel and the human rights abuses which are inflicted on Palestinians. Many Jews are afraid to speak about these abuses for fear of being ostracized. As such, JVJP aims to facilitate respectful dialogue and discussion amongst South African Jews.