DECEMBER 07, 2006
The longtime advisor of a United States President has severed ties with the former commander in chief over a new book in which he justifies Palestinian violence as simply a reaction to Israeli apartheid.
Jimmy Carter has outraged many with his new book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” and now even his loyal supporters are denouncing the book as inaccurate and lacking in integrity. In fact, his former confidant and onetime executive director of the Carter Center said the book is “replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions and simply invented segments.”
The former Carter insider, Kenneth Stein, is a professor of Middle Eastern history at a major Georgia university and his outrage drove him to also sever a 23-year association with the Carter Center in Atlanta, which is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. Stein said even the book’s title is inflammatory and that being a former president does not give one a unique privilege to invent information.
The Nobel Peace-winning former president calls Israel the “tiny vortex around which swirl the winds of hatred, intolerance and bloodshed.” He also writes that Israelis believe they have the right to confiscate and colonize Palestinian land and try to justify the subjugation and persecution of increasingly hopeless and aggravated Palestinians and some Palestinians react by honoring suicide bombers as martyrs to be rewarded in heaven and consider the killing of Israelis as victories.
One lengthy book review lists many of the factual and historical errors and points out Carter’s distorted criticism of Israeli treatment of Palestinians while omitting Palestinians’ gross human rights violations. The review says that it is clear from the beginning that facts are of little concern to Carter. Other lengthy excerpts from the book can be viewed at a variety of news sites.
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