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Jimmy Carter is due to be honored on Wednesday in New York by a student publication at Cardozo Law School, part of Yeshiva University, which has institutional Jewish ties. Opposition has now arisen to his appearance, with one fervent site calling itself “Shame on Cardozo” and alleging that Carter is a “defamer of Israel” and a supporter of Jew-haters.

Here is a statement from a Cardozo official standing by the international peace award (posted at the opposition site) and citing Carter’s broad record for human rights, including the Camp David accords:

The students have made this decision based on President Carter’s achievements, and we support their right to do so.

As usual in these cases, it is not clear how wide the opposition is. Here is a concerned statement from the Jewish Law Students Association of Cardozo, sent out by email yesterday:

This past week it was announced that Cardozo’s Journal of Conflict Resolution will be honoring former President Jimmy Carter at Cardozo on Wednesday, April 10th. Upon hearing this news numerous students and alumni expressed their concerns about honoring the former President because of his views on Israel. Some alumni calling themselves the “Coalition of Concerned Cardozo Alumni” even launched a website to express their disappointment.
 
In order to address these concerns JLSA will be organizing a town-hall style meeting, tomorrow April 8th (assuming we can get a room), which will be open to everyone. The floor will be open for people to express their opinions and hopefully give everyone an opportunity to be heard. We will send out another email tomorrow once we have confirmed.
 
We would like to remind everyone that the Journal of Conflict Resolution has a right to honor whomever they choose and it is doubtful that they are honoring the former president for his political views on Israel. However, we do understand that some people may be disappointed by this choice because of these views.
 
Hopefully everyone’s concerns can be addressed constructively, with due respect to the school and the Journal’s event organizers.
 

Here is an excerpt of a more extreme statement at the Shame on Cardozo site:

Jimmy Carter has an ignominious history of anti-Israel bigotry. He is responsible for helping to mainstream the antisemitic notion that Israel is an apartheid state with his provocatively titled book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”, the publication of which prompted mass resignations from the Carter Center. He has met numerous times with leaders of the terror group Hamas whitewashing their genocidal goals and undermining US efforts to isolate Hamas. And Carter’s record of slandering Israel is so voluminous that both CAMERA and Alan Dershowitz have written books refuting his lies.

While Carter may be credited for the role he played in the Camp David Accords as President of the United States and the resultant cold peace between Israel and Egypt that ensued, that event took place close to 30 years ago. Since the end of his presidency, Jimmy Carter has exhibited extreme antipathy towards Israel – and by extension the Jewish people – that places him firmly in the camp of the likes of Walt and Mearsheimer.

It is simply unconscionable for a Jewish affiliated school to honor someone who has played such a high profile role in demonizing the Jewish state.

We therefore urge you to condition any continued support of Cardozo, be it financial or otherwise, on the cancellation of this event. 

Please also take 2 minutes out of your busy schedules to contact the Dean of Cardozo and President of Yeshiva University to express your outrage. Contact details are below…

Silence is complicity.

The Coalition of Concerned Cardozo Alumni *

Carter’s great achievements of the last few years include getting the word “apartheid” in the American discourse, over the opposition of Wolf Blitzer and Terry Gross, and reporting from Gaza, after the onslaught, that people there are treated worse than animals. The Cardozo opposition is symptomatic of the poverty of the U.S. conversation on this issue, and of the fact that Carter was lately denied an appearance at the Democratic convention because his views on Israel and Palestine are seen as toxic to Jewish supporters. When all Carter has ever supported is a two-state solution, and the autonomy promised to Palestinians in the peace deal he brokered with Egypt in 1978, and in the UN Partition resolution of 1947, promises never fulfilled. 

Thanks to Alex Kane.

Philip Weiss

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  1. mijj on April 8, 2013, 10:05 am

    lol .. the Carter protesters imply that, to support Human Rights is to be a “defamer of Israel”. So their message is becoming a little muddled. Is it: “Human Rights are a bad thing”, or “defaming Israel is a good thing”?

  2. pabelmont on April 8, 2013, 10:22 am

    Why doesn’t the @#$%^&* admin say:

    ALTHOUGH, we do understand that some people may be disappointed by this choice because of these views, WE ALSO understand that some people may be delighted by this choice, and preciesly because of Carter’s views on Israel/Palestine

    Wouldn’t that be a refreshing way to address the fact that there are (often) (at least) two sides to any debate? Even in a Jewish context, where (on any topic other than Israel) with N Jews there are N+1 opinions.

    So there.

  3. Bumblebye on April 8, 2013, 11:06 am

    “Jimmy Carter has exhibited extreme antipathy towards Israel – and by extension the Jewish people ”

    Floating that conflation balloon again. Who’s gonna pop it?

  4. DICKERSON3870 on April 8, 2013, 12:37 pm

    RE: While Carter may be credited for the role he played in the Camp David Accords as President of the United States and the resultant cold peace between Israel and Egypt that ensued . . .” ~ ‘Shame on Cardozo’ site

    AND HERE’S THE “THANKS” CARTER GOT FROM THE LIKUDNIKS FOR THE ROLE HE PLAYED IN THE CAMP DAVID ACCORDS:
    “The CIA/Likud Sinking of Jimmy Carter”, by Robert Parry, Consortium News , 06/24/11
    As the Official Story of the 1980 October Surprise case crumbles – with new revelations that key evidence was hidden from investigators of a congressional task force and that internal doubts were suppressed – history must finally confront the troubling impression that remains: that disgruntled elements of the CIA and Israel’s Likud hardliners teamed up to remove a U.S. president from office.

    [EXCERPTS] . . . It is far easier to assure the American people that no such thing could occur, that Israel’s Likud – whatever its differences with Washington over Middle East peace policies – would never seek to subvert a U.S. president, and that CIA dissidents – no matter how frustrated by political constraints – would never sabotage their own government.
    But the evidence points in that direction, and there are some points that are not in dispute. For instance, there is no doubt that CIA Old Boys and Likudniks had strong motives for seeking President Jimmy Carter’s defeat in 1980.
    Inside the CIA, Carter and his CIA Director Stansfield Turner were blamed for firing many of the free-wheeling covert operatives from the Vietnam era, for ousting legendary spymaster Ted Shackley, and for failing to protect longtime U.S. allies (and friends of the CIA), such as Iran’s Shah and Nicaragua’s dictator Anastasio Somoza.
    As for Israel, Likud Prime Minister Menachem Begin was furious over Carter’s high-handed actions at Camp David in 1978 forcing Israel to trade the occupied Sinai to Egypt for a peace deal. Begin feared that Carter would use his second term to bully Israel into accepting a Palestinian state on West Bank lands that Likud considered part of Israel’s divinely granted territory.
    Former Mossad and Foreign Ministry official David Kimche described Begin’s attitude in his 1991 book, ‘The Last Option’, saying that Israeli officials had gotten wind of “collusion” between Carter and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat “to force Israel to abandon her refusal to withdraw from territories occupied in 1967, including Jerusalem, and to agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state.”
    Kimche continued, “This plan – prepared behind Israel’s back and without her knowledge – must rank as a unique attempt in United States’s diplomatic history of short-changing a friend and ally by deceit and manipulation.”
    However, Begin recognized that the scheme required Carter winning a second term in 1980 when, Kimche wrote, “he would be free to compel Israel to accept a settlement of the Palestinian problem on his and Egyptian terms, without having to fear the backlash of the American Jewish lobby. . .
    . . . Yet, while motive is an important element in solving a mystery, it does not constitute proof by itself. What must be examined is whether there is evidence that the motive was acted upon, whether Menachem Begin’s government and disgruntled CIA officers covertly assisted the Reagan-Bush campaign in contacting Iranian officials to thwart Carter’s hostage negotiations.
    On that point the evidence is strong though perhaps not ironclad. Still, a well-supported narrative does exist describing how the October Surprise scheme may have gone down with the help of CIA personnel, Begin’s government, some right-wing intelligence figures in Europe, and a handful of other powerbrokers in the United States. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://consortiumnews.com/2010/062410.html

  5. Kathleen on April 8, 2013, 1:05 pm

    “When all Carter has ever supported is a two-state solution, and the autonomy promised to Palestinians in the peace deal he brokered with Egypt in 1978, and in the UN Partition resolution of 1947, promises never fulfilled. ”

    Yes Former President Jimmy Carter has been telling the truth about the I/P conflict for a long time. In reality he is one of Israel’s best friends. What great company to be in with Walt and Mearsheimer. When Carter has directly been verbally attacked at conferences his grace, facts and commitment to both the Palestinians, Israeli’s and peace is undeniable. He cuts through the hatred with facts and love of both people and his sincere desire for peace and justice. Love that man

  6. Citizen on April 8, 2013, 1:51 pm

    Carter’s habitat for humanity has done much good in the USA. What other former president of the US has done more for poor folks? It’s amazing to me that Carter is so easily besmirched as a jew-hater in the USA. Is that because American jews are not poor, and in need of assistance such as Carter’s work gives?

  7. rensanceman on April 8, 2013, 1:54 pm

    Carter is the mythical figure who takes away the car keys from his drunken brother to prevent a tragedy. Carter speaks the truth about Israel and has predictably been pilloried for having done so.
    Whenever his critics visit the Holocaust museum in D.C., they should note that Carter (and Weisel) was the prime mover in its construction.

  8. RJL on April 8, 2013, 2:26 pm

    Carter has been ambiguous about keeping the Gush settlement area outside of Jerusalem, as several years ago the mayor of one of those small towns hosted him, and recorded the ex-President as saying Israel should keep it within its ultimate borders.
    As far as promises never kept, who broke the 47 promise? The arab leaders, of course. Had they accepted on behalf of Palestine, Israel would have been confined to the tiny areas originally allocated, and it would not have gone to war had the 5 arab countries, and whichever so-called Palestinian arab leaders existed, not declared unilateral war, a war of extermination. Please don’t hide behind a false front.

    • Shingo on April 10, 2013, 5:24 am

      As far as promises never kept, who broke the 47 promise? The arab leaders, of course.

      Epic fail!

      No, it was the Zionist leaders. On Friday, 5 March 1948 Rabbi Silver stated to the UNSC that:

      “Nevertheless, reluctantly but loyally, we accepted the decision which appeared fair and reasonable to the United Nations”
      “We feel under the obligation to make our position unmistakably clear. As far as the Jewish people are concerned, they have accepted the decision of the United Nations. We regard it as binding, and we are resolved to move forward in the spirit of that decision. “

      http://unispal.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/02EA8C2370F7C75C85257656006775C1

      At the same time, Ben Gurion was declaring 181 to be only temporary and a stepping stone toward reclaiming all of Palestine.

      Israel then agreed to implement UNGA194 as a condition of membership at the UN. Once it’s membership was confirmed, it rejected the commitment.

      There are dozens of such examples.

      Had they accepted on behalf of Palestine, Israel would have been confined to the tiny areas originally allocated

      Not according to Ben Gurion. During the speech to the 20th Zionist Congress in 1937 Ben Gurion also said:

      “No Jew is entitled to give up the right of the Jewish nation to the land. It is not in the authority of any Jew or of any Jewish body; it is not even in the authority of the entire nation alive today to give up any part of the land, this is a standing right under all conditions. Even if, at any point, the Jews choose to decline it, they have no right to deprive future generations of it. Our right to the entire land exists and stands for ever.”

      BG stated clearly that the partition was only temporary and that his plan was to abolish it – which would have been impossible had they accepted that the other partition would be an Arab State.

      it would not have gone to war had the 5 arab countries

      The 5 Arabs countries came to the aid of the hundreds of thousands of Arabs expelled by Israel.

  9. Reds on April 8, 2013, 2:58 pm

    “voluminous that both CAMERA and Alan Dershowitz have written books refuting his lies.”

    Isn’t Camera and Alan Dershowitz the same? What I seen is they have worked hand and glove often siting each other.

    “Holocaust survivor Eli Wiesel, US Senator Joe Lieberman, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, and former Israeli cabinet minister Natan Sharansky have assisted CAMERA in its fund raising efforts, by speaking at their national conference”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Committee_for_Accuracy_in_Middle_East_Reporting_in_America

    “The Coalition of Concerned Cardozo Alumni ” seems to have lifted everything Dershowitz has said about Carter.

    What’s that line again?

    “Not all Jews are Israeli nor are all Israeli Jews” what’s that word called when one claims all Jews are/think/act the same??

    to add.

    By calling Israel an “Jewish State” ones discriminating or promoting discrimination against it’s large minorities?

  10. MRW on April 8, 2013, 4:52 pm

    Like your last paragraph, Phil.

  11. Blownaway on April 8, 2013, 11:18 pm

    Ironic that Jimmy Carter that did more for Israels security is so reviled for telling them the truth about their self destructive path…same with Bush Sr and it cost both of them their jobs

  12. casaananda on April 9, 2013, 12:43 am

    My sister, not Jewish, has been teaching and running the legal “mediation” center at Cardozo for over two decades. Her name, BTW, is Lela Love. Since I have long been a supporter of Palestinians rights and against the settlements in the West Bank, we are not on good terms. She’s had a successful career but has no moral compass on the I/P conflict, or at least suppresses addressing the issues. But some of her students ARE wanting to honor Carter. The question is whether she’s got the guts to support them.

  13. casaananda on April 9, 2013, 12:49 am

    Philip or Adam ought to get in touch with Lela Love at Cardozo and interview her. Whether she will submit to that is anyone’s guess, but being a non-Jew and in the employ for decades of a Jewish university and law school, it might be sensible to ferret out what she thinks of the Carter visit and the ugly reaction to it, apparently led by the vile Dershowitz at a distance anyway.

  14. IL1948 on April 9, 2013, 4:08 am

    Carter’s ostracization is reflective of how far off into the fringe he and those of you who sing his praises are.

    • Cliff on April 9, 2013, 9:42 am

      Your bizarro-world condemnation is our validation.

      Thank you IL1948.

    • Shingo on April 10, 2013, 4:58 am

      Carter’s ostracization is reflective of how far off into right wing Lunacy Israel and her supporters have wondered.

    • just on April 10, 2013, 7:13 am

      And how many lives have you saved, IL1948?

  15. Shingo on April 9, 2013, 6:53 am

    the publication of which prompted mass resignations from the Carter Center.

    Mass resignstions? Only 14 out of 200 members of the advisory board – not the governing board.

  16. Shingo on April 9, 2013, 7:25 am

    CAMERA and Alan Dershowitz have written books refuting his lies.

    CAMERA wrote no book and Alan Dershowitz withdrew his criticisms as soon as Carter made a changed to one paragraph.

  17. just on April 9, 2013, 8:31 am

    Thank you Philip and Alex.

    All I know is that Jimmy Carter is a wonderful man– he and his wife, Rosalynn, have contributed much to humanity.

    (and so did their grandson!)

  18. chris o on April 9, 2013, 10:59 pm

    I had to laugh at the strident statement when it placed Carter firmly in the camp of Walt and Mearsheimer. It’s like “Yeah, the one true thing they said! I am in that camp, too!” I guess Walt and Mearsheimer have the ring of Hitler and Stalin to some but they only strike me as very solid International Relations scholars.

  19. piotr on April 10, 2013, 12:19 pm

    “We therefore urge you to condition any continued support of Cardozo, be it financial or otherwise, on the cancellation of this event. ”

    Do not expect any allowance if you date that shiksa!

  20. marc b. on April 11, 2013, 10:16 am

    a mile wide, a millimeter thick.

    the protest that never materialized. these dimwits couldn’t be bothered to take time off from ‘afternoon’ classes, and no alumni appeared to protest either, apparently.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/10/after-uproar-no-one-shows-to-protest-jimmy-carter-at-yeshiva-university.html

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