Mary Robinson does what her kind always do when questions are raised about their past statements and conduct vis-Ã -vis Israel -- play victim. Maybe Obama can get Chas Freeman to hang the Freedom Medal around her neck:
But Ms Robinson hit back yesterday at what she described as allegations "totally without foundation" of her condoning anti-Semitic behaviour at the Durban World Conference Against Racism in 2001.
"It's totally without foundation but when stuff is out on the internet, I'm not quite sure what you can do," Ms Robinson told RTE Radio One yesterday....
"There's a lot of bullying by certain elements of the Jewish community. They bully people who try to address the severe situation in Gaza and the West Bank. Archbishop Desmond Tutu gets the same criticism."
You know why Tutu gets the same criticism? Because he's an anti-Semite:
Jewish Arrogance: Tutu accused Jews of exhibiting "an arrogance--the arrogance of power because Jews are a powerful lobby in this land and all kinds of people woo their support,"(Jewish Telegraphic Agency Daily News Bulletin, Nov. 29, 1984)
Jewish Monopoly of the Holocaust: Tutu complained about "the Jewish monopoly of the Holocaust." (Jerusalem Post, July 26, 1985)
Forgive the Nazis: During his 1989 visit to Israel, Tutu "urged Israelis to forgive the Nazis for the Holocaust" (Jerusalem Post, Dec. 31, 1989), a statement which the Simon Wiesenthal Center called "a gratuitous insult to Jews and victims of Nazism everywhere." (Simon Wiesenthal Center's Response magazine, January 1990)
During the 1989 visit to Israel, Tutu remarked "If I'm accused of being antisemitic, tough luck," and in response to questions about his anti-Jewish bias, Tutu replied, "My dentist's name is Dr. Cohen." (Simon Wiesenthal Center's Response magazine, January 1990)
Zionism Is Racism: Tutu has claimed that Zionism has "very many parallels with racism." (American Jewish Year Book 1988, p.50)
Jews Thought They Had a Monopoly on G-d: Speaking in a Connecticut church in 1984, Tutu said that "the Jews thought they had a monopoly on God; Jesus was angry that they could shut out other human beings." In the same speech, he compared the features of the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem to the features of the apartheid system in South Africa. (Hartford Courant, Oct. 29, 1984)
Palestine, Not Israel: In conversations during the 1980s with the Israeli ambassador to South Africa, Eliahu Lankin, Tutu "refused to call Israel by its name, he kept referring to it as Palestine." (Simon Wiesenthal Center's Response magazine, January 1990)
Jews Cause Refugees: Asked about the Zionism-is-racism resolution, Tutu complained that "the Jewish people with their traditions, religion and long history of persecution sometimes appear to have caused a refugee problem among others." (South African Zionist Record, July 26, 1985)
The ADL weighs in on the Obama administration's decision to award Robinson the Freedom Medal here. And for the win: the Jerusalem Post reports that Robinson will join Tutu and Jimmy Carter for a tour of Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza next month. Peace not apartheid!