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YU’s Law School to Honor Jimmy Carter for ‘Conflict Resolution’

The Coalition of Concerned Cardozo Alumni looked at Carter's "lifetime of work" and rather than find it worthy of an award, what they saw was a record of slandering Israel.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (R) about to embrace Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh (L), in Gaza City, as the two discussed ending the international boycott of the Islamic, anti Israeli and anti American terrorist organization.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter with his friend Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh as the two discussed ending the international boycott of the Islamic, anti Israeli and anti American terrorist organization.
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A 1991 Cardozo graduate who practices in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Seth Goodman Park, said he responded immediately upon hearing about the Carter award presentation.  Park wrote to his alma mater that Carter was “undeserving of the honor.” He acknowledged that the former president had achieved some progress in the 1970′s, but since then Carter has been “counterproductive and divisive.”  In his letter to Dean Diller, Park also wrote:

I believe that there is no greater living enemy to progress in achieving further peace in the Middle East than Mr. Carter whose work, particularly over the past two decades, to demonize one of the parties to the conflict while coddling and martyring the other has led to hate and misunderstanding.  His work is the very antithesis of proper diplomacy.

Another alumnus who was the 2007 executive editor of the Journal of Conflict Resolution, thinks the choice of Carter as an honoree to be an “inappropriate, offensive” one.

“If he was simply left-wing, I could fully support, or at least not object to the decision to honor Mr. Carter, Ari Davis wrote to Dean Diller and President Joel. “However, because his idea of ‘peace’ is the evisceration of Israel as a Jewish state and the elevation of the terrorist organization Hamas, I can not see how Cardozo and YU can support this decision.”

Davis wrote that if he were still executive editor of the Journal he would have objected to the decision to honor Carter, and if that failed to change it, “I would have resigned my position.”

The ire ignited by a Jewish institution honoring Jimmy Carter was not limited to Cardozo graduates, but extended to the broader Jewish community.

David Steinmann, a New York businessman, has been a well-established and respected pro-Israel voice for many years.  In a sternly worded letter, Steinmann wrote the two heads of the institutions that giving such an award to Jimmy Carter was an “ill-considered decision,” one which “will bring shame to your doorstep.”

Steinmann characterized Carter as a “driving force behind the now coordinated and concerted efforts by anti-Semites and anti-Israel haters to defame and delegitimize the State of Israel and its Jewish citizens.”  In Steinmann’s view, Carter’s characterization of Israel as an Apartheid state alone should be enough “to make President Carter persona non grata amongst Jewish institutions.”

The Jewish Press asked Steinmann why he decided to speak out so forcefully about this choice.  He said that he was disappointed that Cardozo, “one of the pre-eminent Jewish institutions in America,” was giving undeserved recognition to Jimmy Carter.

“American Jews who care about Israel, and Jews everywhere, need to be vigilant and outspoken about these kinds of matters,” said Steinmann.  He went on to explain why, especially when an issue plays out in a place in which many young Jews are being educated, displaying a stiff neck is essential to the survival of our people.  “We will win some and lose some, but in the process of letting our voices be heard we will help to educate the generation which follows ours as well as influence a wider discussion about what Jewish organizations ought to be doing.”

Another Jewish New Yorker incensed by the decision of a Jewish institution to honor Jimmy Carter is Irwin Hochberg, past chairman of the board of the UJA Federation of New York.  When Hochberg found out that Cardozo was about to honor Jimmy Carter, he was aghast, calling the decision “unconscionable.”

The emails of support echoed Emmanuel’s own response upon learning about Cardozo’s award to Jimmy Carter.  “I simply could not believe that a law school affiliated with Yeshiva University could honor a man who has gone to such great lengths to harm the Jewish people,” Emmanuel told The Jewish Press.

Perhaps the best judge of Carter’s honesty with respect to his public statements about Israel, and his treatment of Israel’s enemies, comes from a former protegé, Kenneth Stein.

Stein met President Carter in 1982, and shortly thereafter Carter asked Stein to become the first executive director of the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Center, based at Emory University.  In a lengthy article which appeared in the Middle East Quarterly in 2007, Stein described his relationship with Carter and the many collaborations, trips and publications they worked on during the three years he served as the Carter Center’s executive director, and over the course of the next 20 years, while Stein was the Carter Center’s Middle East Fellow.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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35 Responses to “YU’s Law School to Honor Jimmy Carter for ‘Conflict Resolution’”

  1. Y.U. always feigns ignorance. Richard Joel should be ashamed.

  2. Seriously, could they have picked a WORSE person to honor? Shameful, YU!

  3. Keri Rosen says:

    What a joke!

  4. Alon Stempel says:

    Seriously?

  5. The ironic thing is, if ANY OTHER school was going to do this, THEY'D be up in arms!

  6. Avi Kunstler says:

    starting to get pretty fed up with YU….too much of the wrong stuff

  7. Dean says:

    The other day I received a request from JNS to write a letter of protest to (antisemite) Roger Waters’ invitation to speak at New York City’s 92nd Street Y. The event, with pressure from concerned activists, was cancelled. Now we learn of this new affront to our dignity with (antisemite) Carter’s invitation to speak and receive an honor at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law in New York. What afflicts the minds of Jews? Have we no self-respect? Do we not understand that Israel is not only part of Jewish religion and culture, it is an essential part of who we are and the only country in the world where Jews could turn in times of trouble?

    New York intellectuals and many other Jewish intellectuals and leaders think that Israel is optional and must be endlessly criticized rather than defended. They are playing into the hands of our enemies, strengthening their cause. Jews who think that they are smarter and morally superior to everyone else in their stupid actions also must be considered to be enemies of the Jews because what they are doing endangers and weakens us all.
    I have never understood rabbis who dialogue with Islamists and Jewish antisemites in their shuls. I even recall one incident where the Muslims came to promote and whitewash Islam in a shul but the map they brought along omitted Israel. When asked about the map, the rabbi said that this was not a political event and that such political questions were off limit. The examples go on and on. Activists are considered rubes by leftist Jews for pointing out the insanity of Jewish anti-Israel positions. The leftists are gobsmacked when anyone challenges their efforts to love our enemies and hear them out.

    The Jews and Jewish institutions that invite antisemites to speak to our students and community must be marginalized and mocked – if they get away with their crazy views, then we will continue to give voice to the legitimization of our own downfall.

  8. Ben Matis says:

    Jesus, what the hell are they thinking at Cardozo?

  9. I worked for the Peanut in the White House – he is a racist.

  10. Good for my old friend Seth Park! Cardozo seems to be acting like a BOZO.

  11. Seth Park says:

    Thanks Arch. I cherish the institution, but this is just wrong. Citation to "peer leadership" should not be the end of the discussion, if students are acting foolishly, they should be prevented from doing so.

  12. Judah S. Harris says:

    Can't you accord a level of honor to people for their good work while also scolding them for their sins?

  13. Anonymous says:

    the headline should read: JEWS AWARD NAZI MEDAL FOR PEACE. When Yeshiva University takes such action they endorse global anti semitism. They are saying the jew haters are right. Every published anti semite has been pointing to jewish endorsement of their views. Yeshiva University has just endoresed the anti semitic positions of carter. it is the jews who are causing anti semitism. Anti zionism is a canard and red herring, a code for anti semitism. Diaspora jews who believe that being anti zionist will distinguish themselves from other jews in the next holocaust should read history. This is truly an insane action and whoever is responsible should be named in these articles and they should be barred from any further representation of the jewish people. Why aren't the desion makers named?

  14. Anonymous says:

    WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THE THOSE WHO MADE THIS DECISION AT YU? a proper news story would get these names. Jews need to know who they are to be able to protect themselves from such dangerous, suicidal and masochistic behavior. All contributors, students and alumni should recive this disclosure from the Universtiy who has scandalized their degrees.

  15. Bruce Cantin says:

    Isn't it time for that buck toothed senile jackaas to shrivel up and croak?

  16. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    First YU tries to cover up sex abuse allegations and now this. Seems a trend is growing there.

  17. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    Only obama…but I'm sure that's coming

  18. Shelley Squires says:

    Honoring Carter is a blemish on YU and Cardozo. A shonda!

  19. Matthew Diller and Richard Joel need to be horse whipped. I mean literally, for real.

  20. Understand your ire. But, not a nice thing to say.

  21. Bizarro World. jews, whom carter despises in much the same way as father coughlin of ww2 anti-semitic infamy, are "honoring" this demented and delusional jew hater.

  22. Bizarro World. jews, whom carter despises in much the same way as father coughlin of ww2 anti-semitic infamy, are "honoring" this demented and delusional jew hater.

  23. Nofyah Shem Tov says:

    Sounds like an April Fools' joke to me! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MINDS?

    I just lost what little respect I had left for YU.

  24. Maybe they van get 'Rabbi' Schneier to present it to him. It would be a real Kumbaya moment…

  25. JIMMEY CARTER IS AN AMALEKITE. THE BEST THING HE CAN DO FOR THE JEWS IS NOTHING BUT A STAB IN THE BACK.

  26. Stop donating to the school and send a letter stating why you have stopped donating. Do it now all you important alumni.

  27. YU honoring Jimmy Carter is like it making a cheeseburger kosher blogs.timesofisrael.com/Cardozo-honoring-jimmy-carter-OY-vey/

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