December 13, 2006

It's Worse Than Plagiarism

Jimmy Carter's new book, "Palestine: Peace not Apartheid" was in hot water the minute its inflammatory title hit the stands, inverting as it does the reality that it is the Arab states that have rid their lands of Jews, while Israel has a million Arab Muslims living as free citizens within its borders. And that apparently, is just the beginning of the book's distortions.

Alan Dershowitz and Rich Richman were among those who drew early attention to Carter's anti-Israel biases after the release of the book, although what might be charitably called Carter's "Jewish Problem" has long been a poorly kept secret.

Then Professor Kenneth Stein of Emory University, Carter's colleague at the Carter Center, resigned in protest over the contents of the book, which he characterized as "replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments."

Stein then suggested in an interview that maps Carter had used in his book were "unusually similar" to maps produced and published in "The Missing Peace" by Dennis Ross, the U.S. Middle East envoy under Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. Ross later confirmed that the maps appeared to have been lifted from his book without attribution.

With the likes of Ross, Dershowitz and Stein as his critics, (not exactly a right-wing cabal), Carter felt compelled to respond with an LA Times op-ed, in which he doesn't respond directly to the charges of plagiarized material, but does defend his use of maps, texts, and documents from the era in question, (and is still unable to resist distorting the Palestinian position on the "peace process" at the end of the paragraph):

With some degree of reluctance and some uncertainty about the reception my book would receive, I used maps, text and documents to describe the situation accurately and to analyze the only possible path to peace: Israelis and Palestinians living side by side within their own internationally recognized boundaries. These options are consistent with key U.N. resolutions supported by the U.S. and Israel, official American policy since 1967, agreements consummated by Israeli leaders and their governments in 1978 and 1993 (for which they earned Nobel Peace Prizes), the Arab League's offer to recognize Israel in 2002 and the International Quartet's "Roadmap for Peace," which has been accepted by the PLO and largely rejected by Israel.

I think we all know how well the PA has adhered to the "roadmap."

Now, all that background is setup to an important post at Jewish Current Issues, (via PJM) which undertakes to explain how Carter's use of the Dennis Ross maps goes well beyond the charges of plagiarism which have been justifiably leveled at him. By altering the original labeling, dating, and descriptions of the maps in the service of his pro-Palestinian agenda, Carter has done a grave disservice to the truth. The JCI post necessarily goes to some length and level of detail in order to show persuasively how Carter has misrepresented the maps and other material in his book. I encourage you to read it all and forward it to any interested parties, and especially to any Carter apologists you may know.

Jimmy Carter continues to pose as the solitary principled voice with the courage to take a "balanced position" in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to say what would be "suicidal" for U.S. Congressmen or journalists to utter in the face of the "extraordinary lobbying efforts" of the American-Israeli PAC's.

Read the JCI post, follow a few of the other links above, and decide if Jimmy Carter's position represents your notion of "balance" or "principle" on this issue.

UPDATE 12/15: See also:

Mona Charen.

CAMERA roundup of commentary on the Carter book.

JCI followup post.

David Horowitz:

Even as Islamic Hitlerites gather in Iran to deny the first Holocaust of the Jews and to plot the second, former president Jimmy Carter tours America with a new book that describes Jews as racists and oppressors, and suggests they are also a conspiratorial mafia that intimidates “critics,” controls America’s media and war policy, and are therefore also the source of Islamic terrorism and the Arabs’ genocidal campaign to eliminate them from the map of the Middle East.

In other words, Americans beware of the Jew in your midst.

Posted by dan at December 13, 2006 12:02 AM