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by Jag Singh, Duveneck/St. Francis,
on Jan 10, 2007
Norman Finkelstein, professor of political science at DePaul University in Chicago latest article, titled "The Ludicrous Attacks on Jimmy Carter's Book" (posted on Counterpunch.org) exposes the biased reports and letters critical of Jimmy Carter’s recent book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." Supporters of Israel’s massive land grab in the form of settlements and disdain for international law, are clearly embarrassed and stung by the dreaded word ‘apartheid’ which brings enormous shame and notoriety for Israel’s blatant control and colonization of Palestinian land. No amount of bobbing, weaving and spinning can detract from the basic facts that Palestinians are deprived of basic human rights in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Their land has been stolen and then systematically colonized by Israeli squatters aided by massive financial and military support from the US. A staggering 205 illegal settlements have been created in the West Bank alone, interconnected by a web of highways to facilitate travel of the Jewish (only) settlers. B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories supports Carter’s depiction of the Occupied Territories as closely paralleling White South Africa’s apartheid system in its comprehensive publication entitled ‘Land Grab’. This past year, B’Tselem published another report entitled "Forbidden Roads," a summary of roads denied to the indigenous population, the Palestinians.