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Monday, December 11, 2006

Jimmy Carter: Israel's 'apartheid' policies worse than South Africa's

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Jimmy Carter: Israel's 'apartheid' policies worse than South Africa's

By Haaretz Service
Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said in remarks broadcast Monday that
Israeli policy in the West Bank represented instances of apartheid worse even
that those that once held sway in South Africa.

Carter's comments were broadcast on Israel Radio, which played a tape of an
interview with the ex-president, but did not specify to whom Carter was

"When Israel does occupy this territory deep within the West Bank, and
connects the 200-or-so settlements with each other, with a road, and then
prohibits the Palestinians from using that road, or in many cases even
crossing the road, this perpetrates even worse instances of apartness, or
apartheid, than we witnessed even in South Africa."

Carter said his new book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" was meant to spark
U.S. discussion of Israeli policies. "The hope is that my book will at least
stimulate a debate, which has not existed in this country. There's never been
any debate on this issue, of any significance."

The book has sparked strong criticism from Jewish figures in the United
States. Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League,
has said that some comments from the former president border on anti-Semitism.

"When you think about the charge that he has made that the Jewish people
control the means of communication, it is odious," Foxman was quoted as saying
last week. "If the Jews controlled the media, how come he is traveling around
the country speaking about this book on talk shows?"

Carter has rejected the criticism of the book and its use of the word

"I feel completely at ease," said Carter, about his commitment to the book,
which accuses Israel of oppressing Palestinians. "I am not running for office.
And I have Secret Service protection."

"The greatest commitment in my life has been trying to bring peace to Israel,"
Carter told the Atlanta Press Club last week.

"Israel will never have peace until they agree to withdraw [from the

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