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on 19 June 2010
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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