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The suffering inflicted by Israel on the Palestinian people shows that it has forgotten the Jewish scriptures, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said on Saturday.
"They have forgotten their own history. They have forgotten what their own prophets have said about our God," Tutu said in his opening address to the International Russell Tribunal on Palestine.
"We worship a God that is naturally biased in favour of the suffering, the underdog, those who are suffering underfoot ... God is always on the side of the oppressed. In the Holy Land, the Palestinian people are the ones suffering."
Tutu said it pained him that a people who went through great suffering could in turn cause others to suffer.
"There is a great deal of preventable suffering being caused by people who themselves suffered so deeply ... who have gone through a crucible of suffering.