Monday, December 11, 2006

Former US President Jimmy Carter says some Israeli restrictions imposed on Palestinians in the West Bank are worse than apartheid-era South Africa

BBC News:

In an interview broadcast on Israel Radio, Mr Carter focused on roads built exclusively for Jewish settlements.

In South Africa, blacks were not prevented from "using or even crossing" roads, as in the West Bank, he said.

Mr Carter is promoting his latest book on the Middle East conflict, which has been condemned by pro-Israeli groups.

Correspondents say the book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, blames all sides for not seizing the opportunity of the Camp David peace process in the late 1970s.

But Mr Carter is most critical of Israeli policies, and the book has provoked an outcry among pro-Israeli groups in the US.

"Israel does occupy this territory deep within the West Bank, and connects 200-or-so settlements... with a road, and then prohibits the Palestinians from using that road, or in many cases even crossing the road.

"This perpetrates even worse instances of apartness, or apartheid, than we witnessed even in South Africa," Mr Carter said.

He added that the book was intended to stimulate debate in the US - Israel's closest political ally - where he said Israeli policies are seldom questioned.

Jewish groups in the US have petitioned against his use of the word "apartheid" - the system which underpinned white minority rule - to describe Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

In other interviews, Mr Carter - whose Camp David summits helped end the decades-old conflict between Egypt and Israel - has rejected accusations of anti-Semitism which some critics have levelled at him.

"The greatest commitment in my life has been trying to bring peace to Israel," Mr Carter said last week.

But he said Israel would never have peace until it withdrew from the territories which it has occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.

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At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us be frank. Carter is an asshole and an anti-semite. He hates America and Israel and loves their enemies. He never met a suicide bomber he didn't like. The Arabs have rejected peace every single time. They have chosen war and suicide bombings without fail. Israel must be destroyed because it is a shining example of a country that actually works (without oil no less) in a part of the world that is renowned for murder, fanaticism, hate, stupidity, poverty and violence in the name of Allah (not to mention brutality to women, gays, non-muslims and just about anybody else, but that is another post). The worst president I can ever recall and after getting his ass handed to him by the Iranians, he still kisses muslim ass. I say a one way ticket to Tehran or Damascus.

At 2:38 PM, Blogger Robert Hume said...

Let's be frank. The underlying cause of this problem is the settlements. To protect them requires a web of exclusive towns and roads and hundreds of checkpoints.

Israel could have security by evacuating the settlements, leaving her army in occupation, and building a wall just inside Israel on the 1967 border. Instead she insists on continuously expanding settlements on the illegal side of the 1967 border. This makes it seem to the Palestinians that there is no state at the end of the tunnel. This aggravates the violence which is found worldwide attendent to occupation by a foreign army; especially an army with a different religion. See Prof. Robert Pape of U. Chicago


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