December 24, 2009
Letter to Jimmy Carter Urges Action After Apology
CAMERA* has sent a letter to Jimmy
Carter after the former president, addressing the Jewish community in an
open letter, offered an apology for anything he may have done to
stigmatize Israel. After expressing wishes for peace, Carter noted that
“we must not permit criticisms for improvement to stigmatize Israel,” and
offered an “Al Het” — a plea for forgiveness which is part of the Jewish
prayer on Yom Kippur — “for any words or deeds of mine that may have done
so.” (See more from JTA here and
CAMERA’s letter, which is
published in its entirety below, urges that Carter join his words with
concrete actions, specifically, the correction of
false and exaggerated charges he made in a November Op-Ed in the
International Herald Tribune.
The Dec. 23 letter follows:
Dear President Carter:
We at CAMERA have been outspoken
in our criticism of the many factual errors and distortions about Israel
in your book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, as well as in
various Op-Eds and media appearances. We’ve been greatly concerned that
false allegations you’ve made damage Israel, promoting misunderstanding,
enmity and prejudice against that nation and its people.
It is against this backdrop that
we sincerely welcome your recent letter to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
in which you ask forgiveness from the Jewish community for statements
that may have stigmatized Israel. As you may know, in Judaism the
process of repentance also entails action to reverse any harm caused.
In this spirit, we urge you to
join your promising words with concrete actions to redress troubling
false statements you have made only recently about the Jewish state. In
a Nov. 6, 2009 Op-Ed in the International Herald Tribune entitled
“Goldstone and Gaza” you made false and exaggerated charges concerning
the UN’s Goldstone report on the Gaza conflict. You referred erroneously
to the “destruction” of 40,000 homes in Gaza and claimed “several
hundred thousand homeless people suffered through last winter.” You
refer to the “destruction of hospitals” and claim the Gaza Strip is
“surrounded by an impenetrable wall.” You claim “the Goldstone committee
examined closely the cause of deaths of 1,387 Palestinians who perished.
All these statements are
factually false and contribute to inflaming negative perceptions of
Israel. Efforts to redress the errors via communication with IHT editors
failed with their saying you have refused to correct the false
We do hope you’ll set the record
straight and affirm your commitment to undo any wrongful stigmatizing of
Israel. Below is the factual detail corroborating our concerns about the
• Israel did not
destroy 40,000 Palestinian homes.
Al Mazen Center for Human Rights, a pro-Palestinian
NGO, recently issued a report called “Cast Lead Offensive in Numbers” in
which it found that 2,632 houses were destroyed beyond repair and 8,522
were assessed as repairable. The latest UN figures are 3,600 homes
beyond repair and 2,700 homes that sustained major damages. The
Goldstone Report provides additional sources including the Palestinian
NGO, Al-Dameer-Gaza, that cites 2,011 civilian and cultural premises as
destroyed, of which 1,404 were houses that were completely
demolished and 453 partially destroyed or damaged. Even the Arab
League’s report on Cast Lead states: “Over 3,000 homes were destroyed
and over 11,000 damaged.” There is no credible report that comes near
• There was no
“destruction of hospitals.”
Along with the World Health Organization and the
Arab League, other international and Palestinian sources confirm that
while there were hospitals damaged in the Gaza Strip, none were
destroyed. The January 22-23 report by the United Nations’ Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported that four days
after the cease-fire, hospitals were running at full capacity to treat
the wounded. The report states:
Hospitals continue to function at full capacity as many injured patients
remain hospitalized, with the result that hospitals have been unable to
resume regular services such as elective surgery. Post-surgical
physiotherapy is provided in Shifa hospital. Most repair work to the Al
Quds Hospital in Gaza City, which was shelled on 15 January, has been
completed and the facility is now functioning again.
• “Several hundred thousand” people were not
made homeless, spending the winter in tents and caves and under plastic
A January 21-27, 2009 report by the United Nations’
Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, issued just days
after the end of the Gaza fighting found that “Tens of thousands of
Gazans remain homeless, with most staying with relatives or other host
families.” A Jan. 16-20, 2009 report, also by OCHA, stated: “As of late
20 January, 18,035 people remained in 30 shelters, down from 29,421
people on 19 January.” Thus, the U.N.’s figure for those displaced last
winter is one-tenth or less of the number you posit. Of those displaced,
most stayed with relatives and not in tents, caves or plastic sheets.
• Gaza is not
“surrounded by an impenetrable wall.”
While a concrete and steel wall does separate Gaza
from Egypt, a fence made of metal wire, posts and sensors separates
Israel from the Gaza Strip. The fence has been penetrated many times,
including when Palestinian gunmen crossed into Israel and kidnapped
Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit and killed two of his comrades.
• The Goldstone
Report did not examine “closely the cause of deaths of 1,387
The report identified by name only a small fraction
of the1,387 reported fatalities, and certainly did not “closely” examine
the “cause of deaths” of that total.
Again, we hope your conciliatory
words are indicative of a true change of heart in which Israel is no
longer subjected to unwarranted and false criticism. We urge you to take
the concrete step of correcting the wrong and distorted statements about
Israel in your recent column in the IHT.
Thank you for considering this request and,
perhaps, setting the stage for a new beginning.
Executive Director, CAMERA
* COMMITTEE FOR
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Carter "Apology": Reaction II
by Gerald A. Honigman, IsraelNationalNews.com
December 25, 2009
Ex-President Jimmy Carter has recently asked Jews for
forgiveness. Carter claims that the fact that his grandson is now running
office in their home state of Georgia has nothing to do with his apology.
He states that Jews only make up 2% of the county where his grandson lives
-- about the same percent that Jews make up in the nation at large -- and
so uses this as further evidence of the integrity of his intentions.
I voted for Carter in the '70s. I liked his approach to
environmental concerns. I came to regret my decision.
I'll never forget watching the Democrat National
Convention on television and seeing Carter chasing after his producer
comrade, Michael "Israel is one of the three top evils in the world"
Moore. Like other Gentile politicos, Carter has received millions of
dollars from Arabs for his help in demonizing Israel and Jews. Well, I
have a way Jimmy can put this all to rest...sort of.
Since he is a man of the world whose books do indeed
reach millions and influence world opinion, I have a new assignment for
him. After all, for decades now, if Israel took one too many breaths, he
was there to investigate, criticize, and dissect it under the high power
lens of moral scrutiny. Most often, his critiques were given little or no
context whatsoever. Jewish victims were constantly blamed themselves when
issues such as blown buses, checkpoints, the security barrier, and such
were discussed. Arabs were given a virtual free pass.
While indulging in such hypocrisy, Carter acted deaf,
dumb, and blind regarding what was happening in the region surrounding the
nation of the Jews.
Jimmy, your first task is to travel to re-visit your
friend, Bashar al-Assad, the butcher of Damascus and author of the "Hama
Solution's" son, in Syria.
Since you worry so much about Arab rights and
conditions--you must now, at long last, demand that "Arab" Syria stop
murdering and subjugating its millions of Kurds. The latter are not even
allowed to speak their own language, have been forcibly Arabized for
decades--yet I don't recall a peep about their plight ever being uttered
from your lips. Only America's toppling of Saddam changed things for the
better for "Arab" Iraq's millions of Kurds. No concern from you over their
brethren in the Turkish and Iranian portions of Kurdistan either...some
thirty five million perpetually used and abused stateless people. Why
hasn't their plight caught your attention?
The second part of your assignment will take you to
"Arab" North Africa. Since you are allegedly so concerned about human
rights, you will finally have to break your troubling silence about the
plight of another truly stateless people (Arabs have almost two dozen
states; "Palestinians"--no matter how you define them--are Arabs), the
thirty million or so Imazhigen/Berbers, who predate their Arab conquerors
by millennia and who, like the Kurds, have had their own language and
culture outlawed by Arabs and who have been murdered if they have
Your next assignment has you moving just a bit south
and east into the Sudan. While Darfur in the west has been making the news
of late, the forced Arabization of the south by the north has been going
on for centuries and exploded once again in the '60s.
Where have you been while this Arab enslavement,
genocide, and such against black Africans (not only in the Sudan) has been
going on? And, unlike the most of the south, the blacks in Darfur are also
Muslims... so, this goes beyond a religious jihad and truly involves Arab
racism, pure and simple. Many quotes from black victims have testified to
All of these things are happening in the here and now.
Why the silence? Where’s your book?
So, here's the deal, Mr. Carter...
Write your book and articles, give your speeches and
take Arabs to task for the crimes they have committed against everyone
else in the region -- real crimes, not measures Israel has been forced to
take to survive Arab slaughter - and maybe we will take you seriously.
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