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5.0 out of 5 stars Disproving Hate, 19 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Bearing False Witness: Jimmy Carter's Palestine Peace Not Apartheid (Camera Monograph Series) (Paperback)
In light of former president Jimmy Carter declining all invitations to debate his book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, CAMERA (The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) has produced a small 100 page book addressing the many inaccuracies found in his work.

The book starts out with simple rebuffs correcting the accusations levelled at Israel by Carter. Yet with the very first essay in this book alone, the legal base from which Carter weaves his web are shown to be deeply flawed. In fact they're just plain wrong. 'Bearing False Witness' then becomes an extremely powerful compilation of several legal documents and testimonies countering these various libels, whilst still being an accessible read.

This includes the much (miss)quoted UN Resolution 242, the pre-1967 'borders' issue, the 1949 Armistice lines, errors concerning The Camp David Accords, Israel's security barrier (or Apartheid wall, as Carter prefers), other UN Resolutions and issues relating to Lebanon and so on.

Among those disproving Carter's polemic is Dennis Ross, a former Middle East Envoy and senior advisor to the State Dept under the administrations of HW Bush, Clinton, Obama and Carter. Ross explains the errors found in the two maps Carter used from the various peace process negotiations. Astonishingly these erroneous maps and Carter's insistence that his portrayal of the proposals reached were correct, even when Ross points out that Carter was not even present in those meetings!

Reprinted here after the publication of Carter's diatribe are scathing letters of resignation by Professors Kenneth Stein plus a joint letter from 14 of the Carter Center Advisory Board. Further essays by Kenneth Stein give a first hand account of the former president during the 1980s, giving early hints at his current political outlook. Two essays on Carter's refusal to debate his book; one a joint essay by 11 Emory Professors, the other by Professor of Law at Harvard, Alan Dershowitz.

Carter's motivations are examined with a further two essays on his faith by Michael B. Oren and Dexter Van Zile; then, in two explosive essays Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alan Dershowitz document Carter's ties to oil-rich Arab financiers, going all the way back to his presidency and the bailout of his peanut farm. This 100 page book concludes with the final word going to Rachel Ehrenfeld with criticism of the publisher's standards considering Carter's book is in the non-fiction category.

I found 'Bearing False Witness' to be a powerful case for the defence. As for those wishing to go beyond the superficial headlines, there is much food for thought and much to challenge the preconceived ideas so commonplace on these issues. If you haven't read Carter's book, read it, along with this one and make up your own minds.
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Initial post: 2 May 2011 09:26:39 BDT
Boneplaya says:
Disproving hate? Really? It is simply one of a number of alternative views to the one that you so evidently support,which is what you & those you supporters so hate about this book.
We have a sense of wider press freedom & lack of censorship in this country regarding this issue that simply is not allowed in the US.Your version & interpretation of events in that part of the Middle East is exactly that,an interpretation & there are many who question it,not least Jimmy Carter.He is,as he said he always was in book launch discussions & talks,trying to further debate on the issue in a country that despite having the World's most extensive media network is reduced to serving one viewpoint of the Middle East troubles,thanks to endless censorship lobbies on this issue who will brook no debate on what it considers to be the facts of the situation on the ground.
Andrea Levin producing this book as a withering rebuttal to Carter's book only serves to show a very heightened sensitivity to a debate that Levin & many others like her simply will not permit the public at large to have. What is the purpose of this book anyway? Those of us with any interest in this subject read assiduously on it & have no need to be constantly reminded of the one version of facts that are seen to be gospel because we know there is more to it than that,very much more to it than that in fact.
Jimmy Carter is an ex-President of the USA & has every right to air his views on this subject seeing as he did so much during his presidency to attempt to bring peace to this region without the likes of Andrea Levin feeling the compulsion to launch into a book of corrections of his views that is entirely unnecessary,and positively condescending.
Allow readers to make their own mind up on the merits of his book as you suggest & leave it at that.

And he refused to debate his book with Alan Dershowitz only as it was made a condition of his talking about the book at Brandeis University.His intention was to take questions on the book from students at the University,not being grilled by someone who's Head of Law at a neighbouring University & who courted plenty of controversy with his own views on the subject of the Middle East.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 May 2011 15:15:44 BDT
There is nothing to reply to here because you have not said anything, apart from attack Andrea Levin. Your focus and fixation on her, as the head of the organisation that put this book together, shows exactly how weak your counterargument is.

I have included just a handful of politicians, advisors and professors who have also disagreed with Carter. Yet you ignore them, choosing to phrase your attack as if this book solely consists of Levin's uninformed musings.

Your attempt to build a case on the name of what many consider to be the worst ex-president in US history is much like that worst ex-president's approach to events on the ground in calling Israel an apartheid state.
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