Desmond Tutu condemns Trump for declaring Jerusalem capital of Israel
Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu was quick to add his influential voice to the widespread condemnation of US President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last week.
A furious Tutu said God was weeping over Trump’s “inflammatory and discriminatory” statement.
The President shocked the world with his sudden statement which flies in the face of decades old US policy, included a pledge to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv and seems to spell the end of the two-state solution.
Trump claims the move is essential to advance the peace process but his words seemed to spark almost instant trouble with widespread protests in Palestinian areas and Middle Eastern and Muslim-world capitals continuing over the weekend.
Desmond Tutu was unequivocal in his condemnation, issuing a statement that read:
“Those who claim divine rights for themselves to physical property on earth are false prophets.
God does not discriminate between Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Taos, atheists – or any other people.
When God's children make mistakes God does not directly intervene because God has pre-programmed us with the precious gifts to love, to reason and to discern right from wrong. It is our responsibility to use these gifts.
God is weeping over President Donald Trump's inflammatory and discriminatory recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. It is our responsibility to tell Mr Trump that he is wrong."
* Clive Conway is chair of the Tutu Foundation UK