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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.

The MEQ article came out within a year after Stein resigned his position over what he described as the “inaccuracies” in Carter’s 2007 book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”

This is how Stein described that book.

But Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,[1] Carter’s twenty-first book and his second to focus on the Arab-Israeli conflict, is deficient. He does what no non-fiction author should ever do: He allows ideology or opinion to get in the way of facts. While Carter says that he wrote the book to educate and provoke debate, the narrative aims its attack toward Israel, Israeli politicians, and Israel’s supporters. It contains egregious errors of both commission and omission. To suit his desired ends, he manipulates information, redefines facts, and exaggerates conclusions. Falsehoods, when repeated and backed by the prestige of Carter’s credentials, can comprise an erroneous baseline for shaping and reinforcing attitudes and policymaking. Rather than bring peace, they can further fuel hostilities, encourage retrenchment, and hamper peacemaking.

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Reading Stein’s opus it becomes clear why so many believe Jimmy Carter was not, and is not, an honest broker when it comes to dealing with the Jewish State.

In the book, Carter does not mention the counterproductive judgments made by Palestinian leaders or their embrace of terrorism over the last many years. While nineteenth- and twentieth-century European, Ottoman, Arab, and Zionist leaders all sought at various times to stifle Palestinian self-determination, the claim that the establishment of a Palestinian state rests only in the hands of Jerusalem and Washington is rubbish. By adopting so completely the Palestinian historical narrative, Carter may hamper diplomatic efforts enshrined in the “Road Map” and elsewhere that attempt to compel the Palestinian leadership to accept accountability for its actions.

Finally, and frighteningly, Stein addresses the unspoken question.  Maybe Carter didn’t care for Israel, but surely that doesn’t mean he is an anti-Semite.  In his seminal on-the-record statement about his former boss, Stein had this to say: “Carter’s distrust of the U.S. Jewish community and other supporters of Israel runs deep.”

Anti-Semitic or not, Richard Allen of the seemingly ubiquitous JCC Watch, and someone who has been actively working to spread the news about the YU law school’s award to Carter, was voluble on the topic.

“This is a perfect example of Jewish donations going to efforts that work to delegitimize Israel,” Richard Allen told The Jewish Press. “Why would anyone contribute money to a law school that honors an enemy of the Jewish people?”

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35 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

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