Former President Jimmy Carter and his publisher are being sued for speaking the truth about Israel’s Apartheid Wall: this is just a tiny bit of it around Bethlehem:
Four years after its publication, former President Jimmy Carter’s book about Israel’s conduct in the occupied territories of West Bank and Gaza — Palestine: Peace not Apartheid — is still deeply unpopular among American Jews and supporters of Israel, so much so that it has drawn a lawsuit. From The WaPo:
In a press release, one of the attorneys, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner stated: “The lawsuit will expose all the falsehoods and misrepresentations in Carter’s book and prove that his hatred of Israel has led him to commit this fraud on the public. He is entitled to his opinions but deceptions and lies have no place in works of history.”
Hatred of Israel. That’s what any American critic of Israel’s behavior is likely to hear from that nation’s supporters. The ferocious and successful campaign to shut down criticism of Israel has resulted in a crimped, one-sided conversation here at home that limits our politics, damages our longterm interests in the region and probably hurts Israel’s longterm interests, as well.
Happily, the Israelis engage in a much more open, honest and probing civic conversation about their relationship with Palestine and the morality of occupation. On Tuesday night, I was privileged to attend a salon organized by Steve Clemons, a senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of a highly-regarded blog called Washington Note. The featured speaker was Mikhael Manekin, an honorably discharged IDF infantry lieutenant. Clemons’ invitation said Manekin would discuss
“what the occupation looks like from the Israeli soldier¹s standpoint, and in so doing will offer a rarely-heard perspective of how the IDF works in the Territories, interacts with settlers and Palestinians, and the dilemmas confronting those soldiers on a daily basis.