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by Jag Singh, Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Dec 3, 2006
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.