Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Jewish Peacemakers Praise Carter

The media would have you believe that all Jewish people in the U.S. have condemned Jimmy Carter and his new book, Palestine: Peace or Apartheid. This link shows that to be false. Update: Although only a few people are pictured, the banner is from Jewish Voice for Peace, a large organization pushing for a just solution to the Palestinian-Israelis conflict. Other prominent Jewish voices that have defended Carter’s book, include Rabbi Michael Lerner,
of Beyt Tikkun synagogue. Rabbi Lerner is also the editor of Tikkun magazine, and the national coordinator of the Network of Spiritual Progressives.
Those familiar with Israeli politics will know that, although Carter’s title uses a controversial term, others in Israel itself have used the term apartheid. Like Carter, they are not claiming that Israel is racist, but that the many barriers and “Jewish only” roads and checkpoints throughout the Occupied Territories is similar to the Bantustan “homelands” under apartheid era South Africa. For instance, Shulamit Aloni, who was Israel’s Minister of Education in the government of Primee Minister Yitzak Rabin, has written an article earlier this month called, “Indeed, There is Apartheid in Israel.” For the Hebrew original, click here
and for the English translation of her article, click here and scroll down. And award-winning Israeli author Uri Davis had written a few years ago, Apartheid Israel: Possibilities for the Struggle Within–which has sold well in Israel and outside of it, but not in the U.S.


January 24, 2007 - Posted by | Israel-Palestine, Jews, Jimmy Carter, just peacemaking


  1. You are right Michael, this photo proves that at least five – wait, maybe six Jews – agree with Carter. The article itself says nothing about the Jewish supporters. I think the pic and the title are a bit misleading here. I am sure there are Jewish supporters, but if Alan Dershowitz is against him, it’s likely that Carter’s supporters number very few. I did notice that Carter declined the offer to debate Dershowitz. I find that quite sad. It would have been a great experience for those Brandeis students and possibly an historic moment in our nation’s history. But then again, I think if I were Carter I would have turned down the invitation too. Dershowitz is no lightweight and probably would have embarrassed the former pres quite badly.

    Comment by D.R. | January 25, 2007

  2. I know Dershowitz’ writings well. He is a serious legal scholar. That doesn’t make his hatchet job on Carter’s book any more accurate.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | January 25, 2007

  3. Carter has amended some of the language he used in his book.

    Thanks for the comment, Michael. I guess I’m not in a position to have much sayso whether Hill gets nominated or not. I’m less pessimistic about her chances and believe that the far right or religious right will have its own problems/quandaries in this coming election.

    For me, I’d like to vote strategically and participate in getting out the vote drives in main elections and dedicate what energies I have to pushing for third-party-friendly reforms at the state-level. I don’t want a EU-style system, just a system that will let them get a foot-hold on power so they can have more of an effect on the main two parties. I would ideally want something more akin to what was the case in the past in the US. Now, that is something I believe could make a big diff down the road…


    Comment by DLW | January 25, 2007

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

%d bloggers like this: