Jimmy Carter 90 snubbed in Israel

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Jimmy Carter is now 90, probably the greatest ex-President in US history. While hacks like the Bushes sit on boards and accumulate even more money, the prophetic Baptist continues to hold up the mirror to apartheid Israel. at the end of April he visited Gaza.

First, talking about hacks, Carter was refused a meeting with israeli PM Bibi Netanyahu and president Reuven Rivlin. This in itself is extraordinary given the Israelis receiving 233 billion over 6 decades from its American sponsor.This is an amazing snub one which I do not think Carter really cares about. The reason given by the Foreign Ministry recommended that Rivlin and Netanyahu not meet with Carter was his “anti-Israeli stance” over the last few years, particularly during the summer war in Gaza.

You remember the so-called “war” last summer when the country with the 6th largest army, Apache helicopters, sophisticated missiles and nuclear weapons pummeled a defenseless citizenry and murdered over 500 children.

As British PM Cameron and others have said, Israel was just trying to defend itself from those “enhanced fireworks” as Norman Finkelstein called the Hamas rockets.This is not to justify the terror this caused in Israel.Innocents can never be targeted. But 534 to 6 is not a war.

Jimmy Carter is not anti-Israel. As a Christian he’s simply  anti injustice. The ex-President however was allowed to visit Gaza. During the war, Carter voiced harsh criticism on Israel and called to remove Hamas from the American State Department’s list of terror organizations.
The Israelis knew that their refusal would not fly on the international scene. You and I and most people of course can not enter Gaza. 60 Minutes on Sunday had to fly a drone over it just to see the staggering destruction

“What we have seen and heard only strengthens our determination to work for peace,” he said. “The situation in Gaza is intolerable. Eight months after a devastating war, not one destroyed house has been rebuilt and people cannot live with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

In January, 16 Catholic bishops visited Gaza with much of the same analysis.

Gaza is a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a resolution. We call upon political leaders to improve the humanitarian situation of the people in Gaza, assuring access to the basic necessities for a dignified human life, the possibilities for economic development and freedom of movement.

For most people however Gaza is out of sight and out of mind.

Not for the 90 year old ex-President.

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1 Comment »

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    mushafta Says:

    Another great post Ted! Always sticking up for the little guy!
    Netanyahu’s Canadian buddy will soon take a good licking in the upcoming election and that will be one less supporter! Carter is one great president Americans can be proud of.
    Israel has nothing to be proud of for its actions in Palestine. There will be a day of liberation!


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