Jimmy Carter Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Jag Singh, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2006 at 11:23 am
President Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and architect of the Camp David Accords, is to be applauded for his moral courage exposing the apartheid policies of Israel. Carter is intimately familiar with the long simmering Middle East conflict and his insightful knowledge and comments demand serious attention. In his new book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.", Carter accuses Israel of practicing institutionalized discrimination against the native indigenous population which in many ways exceeds the scourge of apartheid formerly practiced by white South Africa. Carter laments the self-imposed conspiracy of silence which permits such appalling injustice to continue. He comments, “oppression of the Palestinians by Israeli forces in the Occupied Territories is horrendous. And it's not something that has been acknowledged or even discussed in this country.” Carter argues that the intended purpose of oppressing the Palestinians and driving them to utter despair is to encourage them to leave their ancestral lands to provide more land for their colonial oppressors. He writes, "Israel's continued control and colonization of Palestinian land have been the primary obstacles to a comprehensive peace agreement in the Holy Land." Carter reserves some of his harshest comments on the apartheid wall and the complete strangulation of Gaza. Carter castigates the role of the United States “which is squandering international prestige and goodwill and intensifying global anti-American terrorism by unofficially condoning or abetting the Israeli confiscation and colonization of Palestinian territories." His views are vigorously echoed by another Nobel laureate, Desmond Tutu of South Africa.
Posted by Draw the Line, a resident of Stanford, on Dec 3, 2006 at 1:12 pm
Right, the same guy who "certified" the election of Chavez in Venezuala..the same election where 70% of the people at the exit polls having the courage to publically state they voted against him, in spite of a history of Chavez harrassing people who spoke against him. There were, surprisingly (!) Carter's poll watchers at only a few polls allowed by Chavez, and once the vote was counted, surprisingly (!) not supervised by anyone outside the country, the count was miraculously reversed..70% FOR Chavez. Without Carter, the country might have had a chance at international support for a real election. Instead, Carter effectively killed it. No thanks, I was appalled at the destruction by Carter of democracy in this country, and thus now believe the opposite of anything Carter says. And this from someone who worked his campaign and voted for him, much to my shame. Words are nice, but action tells it all.
Posted by Draw the Line, a resident of Stanford, on Dec 3, 2006 at 1:17 pm
By the way, Carter being the "architect" of the Camp David accords is NOT an accolade. These accords, with Carter's usual finesse, resulted in the continuing destruction of Palestine through validating the Architect of Terrorism, Arafat, who felt comfortable completely dismissing all agreements at the last minute because he understood the blindness, the naivete, of people like Clinton and Carter and other gullible people, which led to the Intifada. No thanks, Carter adds fuel to the fire wherever he goes.
Posted by Boaz, a resident of the Greater Miranda neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2006 at 4:26 pm
Once again we have another recipient of the Jagjit Singh award for courage--Jimmy Carter.
However, as longtime readers of this blog know, anything that Jag Singh posts must be taken with a grain of salt. The question is, is this post another cut and paste job by Jag, lifted from another website, or is it really his true writings.
Either way, most readers have come to realize that Jag's writings are tainted with anti-semitism and hatred for Israel. As with his other posts this one is filled with a one-sided analysis of the conflict in the middle east--with Israel being given all th eblame by Jag, while the Palestinians are portayed as the poor, oppressed conquered minority.
The be quite honest Jimmy Carter's opinions, as well as those of his fellow mouthpiece for Palestinian terrorism, Desmond Tutu, are not worth a look listening to seriously.
Posted by A supporter of Carter, a member of the Gunn High School community, on Dec 3, 2006 at 4:35 pm
I'm sure the right wing, hate filled , Zionists will attack Carter even more now. What is going on in that area is supposto be kept a secret. Almost everyone politicans ,newspapers, talk shows, news reports are not allowed to speak the truth ,or else.
Posted by SkepticAl, a resident of the Ventura neighborhood, on Dec 6, 2006 at 12:47 am
I heard Jimmy Carter interviewed on this topic recently. The interviewer asked him how he would respond to Israelis who are skeptical about the idea of negotiations with an organization that aims to destroy Israel. He said Hamas was elected by the people. The interviewer asked again, so what would you say to Israelis who don't want to negotiate their destruction, and Carter said Hamas is democratically elected. Sorry, Jimmy. Being elected may render Hamas "legitimate" in the eyes of Palestinians, but the world is not required to honor the election of terrorists. His evasion was totally revealing. The question can't really be answered in any manner consistent with his espoused values.
Posted by Draw the Line, a resident of Stanford, on Dec 7, 2006 at 12:06 pm
Yes, I assure you that the kids at Gunn DO get incredibly one sided propoganda concerning the current Middle East conflicts, and the history of HOW Israel came to exist and HOW Palestine came to exist. There is a teacher there who actually teaches the kids that the Jews forced the Muslims living in Israel to leave at the time of Israel's creation ( by the UN I might add), and that the ratio of forcing the Muslims to leave was about 1 Jew for every 3 Muslims. Complete and utter diregard for the facts of the history, which were that the Jews asked all people living there at the creation to stay and be full citizens with full representation, just don't fight their Jewish neighbors. Unfortunately, about 250,000 Muslims left in fear after the surrounding countries filled their heads with fear about what was going to happen to them the first day of Israel's statehood. They fled to the current Palestine area, in the belief that they could return in few days after the Jews were wiped out. Simultaneously, about 250,000 Jews were EXPELLED from all the surrounding countries, with nothing but what they could carry, and found asylum in tiny little Israel. Meanwhile, somehow all these massive countries couldn't manage to find space in their hearts and lands to absorb an equal number of their bretheren who had chosen to leave Israel. The dictators of these countries knew that the now-called Palestinians were much more useful as propoganda chess pieces, and kept them imprisoned in their little bit of land. Of course, what country would willingly take back people who had sided against it? But, of course, that is now portrayed as "stealing" land.
And now the children and grandchildren of these poor pawns are continuing to be used. It is a shame on all the surrounding bretheren countries who created this mess. But, what do they care? Those poor Palestinians are very useful in creating distractions from their own horrible living conditions and attention on whose fault it is.
Oh, by the way, try looking up how much aid Israel and the US send to the Palestinians, and what the total is from ALL the rest of the Middle East...that will tell you everything you need to know.