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Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid

peaceNpalestine, January 28, 2007

The immense criticism of this book compelled me to read it. What could this peaceful ex-president have written to trigger all this: charges of antisemitism, wholesale resignations from the Carter Center Board, charges of accepting money from terrorist organizations, even protests over the factual nature of the work. The bloggers and editorials seemed to protest far too much.

Indeed, the clamor seems to be aimed at closing any discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As if it is in our best interest to maintain the current status quo- apartheid perpetuated by the US's "closest ally"?!!!

No side in this conflict can claim the moral high ground and the violence can no longer be traced back to it's beginnings so that one party can rightfully demand the other party to submit first. Carter correctly maintains that many agreements and resolutions exist to guide the reconciliation and the US needs to play an even handed role in the conflict.

Start by equalizing the aid we give to the Israelis and Palestinians. Oh sure, that will happen. Just an open discussion of the financial support we provide to the region would raise some eyebrows, don't you think? We in the US cannot ignore the violations of 242 and it is immoral for us to stand by and watch walls being built and checkpoints used as weapons.

Peace not Apartheid is a compelling book. Not as well written or powerful as it could have been, but a good starting point for discussion- if it is "allowed"
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