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Mass Resignations at Carter Center

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ATLANTA -- Fourteen members of an advisory board at the Carter Center resigned today, concluding they could "no longer in good conscience continue to serve" following publication of former President Jimmy Carter's controversial book, "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid."
You need a WSJ account to read the full article, but another site ( has this up and someone in the comments section posted the letter from the article:

"Dear President Carter,

As members of the Board of Councilors each one of us has been proud to be associated with the Carter Center in its noble struggle to repair the world. However, in light of the publication of your latest book Palestine; Peace Not Apartheid and your subsequent comments made in promoting the book, we can no longer in good conscience continue to serve the Center as members of the Board of Councilors.

In its work in conflict resolution the Carter Center has always played the useful and constructive role of honest broker and mediator between warring parties. In your book, which portrays the conflict between Israel and her neighbors as a purely one-sided affair with Israel holding all of the responsibility for resolving the conflict, you have clearly abandoned your historic role of broker in favor of becoming an advocate for one side."
*EDIT: The end of the letter, from the LGF site:

"It seems that you have turned to a world of advocacy, including even malicious advocacy," the board members wrote in a letter, a copy of which was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. "We can no longer endorse your strident and uncompromising position. This is not the Carter Center or Jimmy Carter we came to respect and support. Therefore it is with sadness and regret that we hereby tender our resignation from the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center effective immediately."
Little Green Footballs has this up here along with a related article:

Melvin Konner, physician and professor at Emory University, declined an invitation to be part of a group advising President Carter and The Carter Center on Carter's recent book on the Mideast. Konner notes especially that "President Carter has proved capable of distorting the truth about such meetings and consultations in public remarks following them. In particular, he mischaracterized the meeting he had with the executive committee of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Phoenix, saying he and they had positive interactions and prayed together, when in fact others present stated that the meeting was highly confrontational and that the prayer was merely a pro forma closing invocation." Konner says also that "in television interviews I have seen over the past week, President Carter has revealed himself to be so rigid and inflexible in his views that he seems to me no longer capable of dialogue."
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...Next thing you know , Carter will be accused of be a pro-nazi --racist--anti-semite.
You mean he hasn't been yet? :eek: :rolleyes:
linskyjack said:
Carter is not an anti-semite. He is far to the left, which automatically means that you have to dislike Israel beyond helpful criticism.
Helpful criticism from whom?
Fidelista said:
Deliberate targeting of civilians is a form of terrorism, Jew or no.
No matter whether indiscriminate bombing/shelling of a city-- or a simple car bomb.
It seems to me that the rationale for terror plays a part, after all the U.S.and West are masters of mass destruction of cities.
I think Carter is aware of that fact.
I read nowhere in his book where he condones murder/terror, in fact , it seems to be his mission to stop it.
Is his method wrong ? the way he seeks to implement ? --matter for debate.
If he really did condone murdering Jews , I doubt he would have had the friendship of any Israeli --let alone some in leadership, which he has enjoyed.
I believe his view of how to stop the slaughter , bring peace , is not accepted by some ,seem as wrong, but that is far away from being an anti-semite.
I think you tend to get carried away with your statements when you disagree politically.
Carter seems to me to suffer from a over-active sense of idealism---justice , and wishes that events would follow his expectations --not going to happen there.
Read the book and then bring points to bear, thats what it is for.
Simply parroting some Zionist foes does not convict Carter of being a anti-semite.
Its does the cause of Israel no favor when charges of this kind are leveled at a past -President who has spent so much time promoting peace { and not just in Mid-East}.
BTW, I do agree with linsky about 90% of time . Maybe not how to achieve solution, method, but end result--the one state solution is out of question--never work.>f
No ****e! ;)
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