Carter: Israeli 'domination' over Palestinians is 'atrocious'
Monday November 27, 2006
Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter called Israeli "domination"
over Palestinians "atrocious" during an interview Monday on ABC's Good
Morning America, RAW STORY has learned.
Appearing on the morning talk show to promote his new book, Palestine
Peace Not Apartheid, Carter dismissed criticism by some Democrats that
his book comes down too harshly on America's key ally in the Middle East.
Robin Roberts told Carter that "many people find surprising that you
come down a little hard on Israel, and that there have been some key
Democrats who have distanced themselves a little bit from your view on
"In fact, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said 'it is wrong to suggest that
the Jewish people would support a government in Israel or anywhere
else that institutionalizes ethnically based suppression, and
Democrats reject that allegation vigorously,'" Roberts said. "What is
your response to that?"
"Well, Robin, I have spent the last 30 years trying to find peace for
Israel and Israel's neighbors, and the purpose of this book is to do
that," Carter responded. "But you can't find peace unless you address
the existing issues honestly and frankly."
Carter said that there was "no doubt now that a minority of Israelis
are perpetuating apartheid on the people in Palestine, the Palestinian
Many Democrats are uncomfortable with Carter's use of the term
"apartheid" to describe Israeli policies. Even Congressman John
Conyers, the incoming House Judiciary Committee chairman known for his
more liberal ideology, has criticized the term's usage.
"Conyers stated recently that the use of the term 'apartheid' in the
book's title 'does not serve the cause of peace, and the use of it
against the Jewish people in particular, who have been victims of the
worst kind of discrimination, discrimination resulting in death, is
offensive and wrong,'" wrote Michael F. Brown for The Nation.
However, Brown, a fellow at the Palestine Center, noted that "Nobel
Peace Prize recipient Bishop Desmond Tutu has made the same connection
"I've been very deeply distressed in my visit to the Holy Land; it
reminded me so much of what happened to us black people in South
Africa," Tutu wrote over four years ago.
On Good Morning America, Carter called Israel's occupation the "prime
cause" of continuing violence in the Middle East.
"And contrary to the United Nations resolutions, contrary to the
official policy of the United States government, contrary to the
Quartet so-called road map, all of those things -- and contrary to the
majority of Israeli people's opinion -- this occupation and
confiscation and colonization of land in the West Bank is the prime
cause of a continuation of violence in the Middle East," said Carter.
"And what is being done to the Palestinians under Israeli domination
is really atrocious," Carter continued. "It's a terrible affliction on
In his book, Carter argues that "peace will come to Israel and the
Middle East only when the Israeli government is willing to comply with
international law, with the Roadmap for Peace, with official American
policy, with the wishes of a majority of its own citizens and honor
its own previous commitments by accepting its legal borders."
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