Jimmy Carter’s latest book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”

 carter.jpgThis book has not yet arrived here, it would definitely make a very interesting read. An American ex-president expressing some decent compassion over Palestine, mmm…tell me what’s cooking here??

“Israel’s continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land,” Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said in his new book, titled “Palestine : Peace Not Apartheid”

Read more for interesting quotes and synopsis..

Interesting quotes,

“The many controversial issues concerning Palestine and the path to peace for Israel are intensely debated among Israelis and throughout other nations — but not in the United States.”

“For the last 30 years, I have witnessed and experienced the severe restraints on any free and balanced discussion of the facts. This reluctance to criticize any policies of the Israeli government is because of the extraordinary lobbying efforts of the American-Israel Political Action Committee and the absence of any significant contrary voices. It would be almost politically suicidal for members of Congress to espouse a balanced position between Israel and Palestine, to suggest that Israel comply with international law or to speak in defense of justice or human rights for Palestinians.”

“…the editorial pages of the major newspapers and magazines in the United States exercise similar self-restraint, quite contrary to private assessments expressed quite forcefully by their correspondents in the Holy Land.”

“..some have called him anti-semitic, others accused the book being anti Israel, of “lies” distortions” and “indecent”, and some were pressing that he should be tried for treason — and one caller on C-SPAN said that Carter was an anti-Semite.”

Synopsis

The book describes the abominable oppression and persecution in the occupied Palestinian territories, with a rigid system of required passes and strict segregation between Palestine’s citizens and Jewish settlers in the West Bank.

An enormous imprisonment wall is now under construction, snaking through what is left of Palestine to encompass more and more land for Israeli settlers. In many ways, this is more oppressive than what blacks lived under in South Africa during apartheid. The motivation is not racism but the desire of a minority of Israelis to confiscate and colonize choice sites in Palestine, and then to forcefully suppress any objections from the displaced citizens.

Obviously, writer condemn any acts of terrorism or violence against innocent civilians, and he present information about the terrible casualties on both sides. The ultimate purpose of the book is to present facts about the Middle East that are largely unknown in America, to precipitate discussion and to help restart peace talks (now absent for six years) that can lead to permanent peace for Israel and its neighbors. Another hope is that Jews and other Americans who share this same goal might be motivated to express their views, even publicly, and perhaps in concert. The writer would be glad to help with that effort 

~ by pickholes on December 22, 2006.

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