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Friday, December 1, 2006

[ZNN] Jimmy Carter takes Israel-Hate Mainstream

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The publication of a book entitled "Palestine: Peace not Apartheid" by Jimmy Carter, a former US President, should have set off alarm bells not only for Zionists and Israelis, but for anyone who wishes for peace in the Middle East. It is not just another Israel-bashing screed, but a signal that even in the US, Israel bashing has gone mainstream.

Abe Foxman got it right when he wrote:

: One should never judge a book by its cover, but in the case of former President Jimmy Carter's latest work, "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid", we should make an exception. All one really needs to know about this biased account is found in the title.

. Many more people will know about that title than will read the book, and the title is already being used by anti-Zionists in arguments that run, "Look, even Jimmy Carter, the Nobel Prize winner, writes that Israel is an apartheid state." Carter can protest in vain that his book advocates a two state solution, and points out in the small print that Israel is not an apartheid state after all. Carter is not a newcomer to politics or publicity, and he had to know exactly what effect that title would have and how it would be used. You cannot write a book entitled "Down the with Kikes" and then claim you didn't really mean it, and note that the book itself has some non-racist parts.

Mr. Carter may not be among the brightest of politicians. Being ignorant and stupid is not against the law for Presidents of the United States as has been proven many times. However, Mr Carter or his advisers and editors had to know that the "Apartheid" label was deliberately and maliciously attached to Israel as part of a conscious campaign to delegitimize the Jewish right to self determination and destroy the Jewish state. This is not a secret. It has been announced over and over by a broad specturm of anti-Zionists.

Carter's book, coming after the Mearsheimer and Walt "Israel Lobby" study, indicates that anti-Zionism has gone mainstream. Predictably, Carter, like Mearsheimer and Walt, have gotten a huge amount of mainstream media publicity, inevitably accompanied by whining that the "Zionists" prevent publication of views that are anti-Israel.

The sort of racist delegitimization of Israel that was once considered "respectable" and permitted only in Arab capitals or Web sites like Stormfront and Electronic Intifada, is now considered "politically correct" everywhere, including the United States. It nay not be long before hook nosed Jews labelled with swastikas will be featured in cartoons in mainstream US magazines, and perhaps Mr. Carter himself will host a conference on Holocaust denial.

The book, not surprisingly, contains the usual shoddy and mythical rendition of historical "narratives" of the Arab-Israeli conflict, as noted by Alan Dershowitz.. If Mr. Carter states that the Jewish-Arab conflict in Palestine because of attacks by Jewish extremists in the 1930s, it is not because he is ignorant of the activities of the Nazi collaborator Hajj Amin El Husseini and the Palestinian riots of the 1920s and the revolt of 1936 , but because he deliberately chose to ignore the truth and present a "narrative myth" that has much in common with blood libels.

What is surprising and appalling is that the Zionist movement and the Israeli government have failed to protest against Carter and his book in any effective way. Carter is still considered "respectable." He could be invited by your favorite Jewish organization or democratic club to expound his views on peace in the Middle East, and he could campaign for Democratic party candidates. Other than a few civilized book reviews like those of Foxman and Dershowitz, which quibble over some of the facts, nobody seems to be alarmed. It is like arguing with a Nazi war criminal about whether or not Jews really do make Matzahs from the blood of Christian children.

Only the right-wing ZOA issued a protest that was besides the point, obscuring the all-important issue of the right of the Jewish people for self-determination with the ZOA obsession over settlements in Judea and Samaria:

Judea and Samaria are historically, legally and religiously Jewish
land and form part of territory originally earmarked for a Jewish state by the League of Nations. There has never been a Palestinian Arab state in these areas, despite offers to establish one in 1937, 1948 and 2000 and Israel won Judea and Samaria in the 1967 war of self-defense. This land was no-one's sovereign territory and had been illegally occupied and annexed by Jordan in 1948. When under Arab control, no Palestinian state was set up there. Jews have more right to live in Judea and Samaria than any other people.

ZOA missed the important fact that the title of Carter's book says that Jews have no right to live as a free people anywhere in Israel. It is not about the occupation of this or that bit of real estate at all any more. ZOA forgot long ago that there can be an Israel without settlements in the West Bank, but that if Carter and his friends have their way, there will be no Israel at all. The Israeli government did not protest either. They are busy preparing a "branding campaign" and making believe none of this ever happened.

Will anyone wake up before it is too late?

Ami Isseroff

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