The Crescent Report

October 30, 2007

MAS Freedom Executive Director Mahdi Bray Joins Former Archbishop Desmond Tutu in Boston Advocating for Justice in Palestine

Filed under: Palestine — Tags: , , , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 8:00 pm

This past weekend, MAS Freedom’s (MASF) the civic and human rights advocacy entity of the Muslim American Society (MAS), executive director, Mahdi Bray, addressed attendees of the Friends of Sabeel North America sponsored conference, “The Apartheid Paradigm in Palestine-Israel” at Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Bray offered a welcome to conference attendees on behalf of the Muslim community and participated in an interfaith worship service during the two-day event.  News sources report that South African Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu compared conditions in Palestine to those of South Africa under apartheid, and called on Israelis to try and change them, while speaking in Boston Saturday at historic Old South Church. “We hope the occupation of the Palestinian territory by Israel will end,” Tutu said.  “There is a cry of anguish from the depth of my heart, to my spiritual relatives. Please, please hear the call, the noble call of our scripture,” Tutu said of Israelis.  “Don’t be found fighting against this god, your god, our god, who hears the cry of the oppressed,” Tutu said.  

Tutu was an inspirational leader in the South African fight against apartheid, which officially ended 13 years ago. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 and today continues to speak around the globe for peace and justice, and to call for Palestinian rights.

 “Because of what I experienced in South Africa, I harbor hope for Israel and the Palestinian territories,” said Tutu, who invoked passages from the Christian bible throughout his talk.  Tutu drew parallels between the apartheid of South Africa and occupied Palestine of today, including demolitions of Palestinian homes by the Israeli government and the inability of Palestinians to travel freely within and out of Palestine.  “I experienced a déjà vu when I encountered a security checkpoint that Palestinians must negotiate every day and be demeaned, all their lives,” Tutu said.  Tutu said that Palestinian homes are being bulldozed, and new, illegal homes for Israeli’s built in their place.  “When I hear, ‘that used to be my home,’ it is painfully similar to the treatment in South Africa when coloureds had no rights,” Tutu said.  

Sabeel International works to promote a more accurate international awareness regarding the identity, presence and witness of Palestinian Christians by encouraging people around the world to work for a just, comprehensive and enduring peace informed by truth and empowered by prayer and action.

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3 Comments »

  1. May God reward you for your effort Brother Mahdi.

    Comment by Haterwatcher — October 30, 2007 @ 9:19 pm

  2. It must have been a real honor to stand with Bishop Tutu…but I think you and him are kindred souls.

    Comment by Keisha Wills — October 30, 2007 @ 9:26 pm


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