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    Carter: Israeli domination over Palestinians is atrocious Ron Brynaert Monday November 27, 2006
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      Carter: Israeli 'domination' over Palestinians is 'atrocious'
      Ron Brynaert
      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
      as Carter."

      "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
      these people."

      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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