by user Layla
Crossposted from The HILL Chronicles
I wrote an article prefacing Jimmy Carter’s book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”. I had written, “Carter exposed his bias and anti-Semitic views with the title in and of itself. Carter places the onus for Palestinian statehood square on the shoulders of Israel and implies that Israel is committing racism similar to that practiced in South Africa.”
Jimmy Carter has apologized for what he called a "stupid" passage in his book that critics say is a de facto endorsement of Palestinian violence against Israelis.
Carter has spent the most of two months defending his book after 15 board members at his Atlanta-based Carter Center resigned in protest of the book’s content. Carter said:
"I apologize to you personally and to everyone here," Mr.Carter said when asked about the passage by a student during his appearance at Brandeis University on Tuesday. After explaining that the passage was "worded in a completely improper and stupid way,"
The passage in question, which appears on Page 213 of the book, reads: "It is imperative that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel."
Emory University history professor Kenneth W. Stein, who served as the Carter Center’s first executive director, was one of the first board members to resign after the book was published in December. Last week, in a statement released through Emory’s Institute for the Study of Modern Israel, Mr. Stein criticized Mr. Carter’s book for suggesting that the Palestinian terror group Hamas is "ready for dialogue." Mr. Stein noted that Hamas has never recognized the legitimacy of the Jewish state and that, as recently as October, a Palestinian official said at a Hamas gathering that Israel is "a vile entity."
Carter appeared at the Brandeis campus in Boston, which I wrote about prior to his appearnance, was followed by an appearance by Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has been critical of the book. Although Mr. Carter refused to debate him and even to appear with him, Mr. Dershowitz told the students in attendance that he appreciated the former president’s apology.
"You heard the Brandeis Jimmy Carter today, and he was terrific," Mr. Dershowitz said. "I support almost everything he said. But if you listen to the Al Jazeera Jimmy Carter, you’ll hear a very different perspective."
Perhaps Carter will now think before he speaks and give thought to what he writes - he does not have the final word, not ever.