Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Carter at Cardozo


Here's something different. 

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (R) about to embrace Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh (L), in Gaza City, as the two discussed ending the international boycott of the Islamic, anti Israeli and anti American terrorist organization.
Kiss of Death
What is it with peace prizes? 

The Cardozo School of Law which is part of Yeshiva University is to award Jimmy Carter something called the “International Advocate for Peace” for a lifetime of work of some sort.  This is to be done on Wednesday 10 April 2013; a day that has already begun here and is advancing relentlessly towards New York as we speak. 

Can there be anything done to stop this? Is it too late?

Let's be frank about this. Jimmy Carter is the US's worst ever president. Not just since the war or in the last century. Ever. I say that after some reflection.  His presidency was one long low howl of humiliation and shame for America and America's friends. It is a travesty of history to give him any part of the credit for the courageous initiatives of Begin and Sadat and the peace treaty it led to.  Begin and Sadat were the statesmen. Carter was an opponent of a "separate peace" and damn near sabotaged it.   It was  just one dumb and dangerous debacle after another and a reckless negligence that bordered on the criminal from this strange and creepy man.   

Then it got worse. 

After Carter was enthusiastically tossed out of the White House by the American people at the first opportunity he has become America's most enthusiastic friend of America's enemies and America's most prominent slanderer of Israel. You can't be one without the other.

Here's a list.  

CAMERA Roundup of Commentary on Jimmy Carter’s Palestine: Peace not Apartheid
1987: Carter intervened to help a Nazi war criminal.
2006: Carter says that pressuring Hamas economically is immoral – but pressuring Israel economically is desirable.
2006: Jimmy predicts that Hamas will be a peaceful party and that they hadn’t had any terror attacks on the previous 18 months, an out and out lie.
2007: Carter quotes a fake Nelson Mandela letter to”prove” Israel is an “apartheid state”
2008: Carter claims that Palestinians in Gaza were being “starved to death” and received fewer calories a day than people in the poorest parts of Africa.
2008: Jimmy entreats Europe to ignore the official US position on Gaza terrorists and embrace them instead.
2009: Carter says Gazans are “literally starving.”
2009: Jimmy reportedly asks Hamas to “Help us to help Obama to overcome the Zionist lobby”
2009: Carter was revealed to have been against a separate Israel/Egypt peace agreement.
2010: Carter praised Palestinian Arab “democracy” but casts doubts on Israel’s democracy
2012: Carter blames the Jews for the Christian exodus from Palestine.”
2012: Liberal Jimmy Carter has no problem with Islamists in power in Egypt where they can implement misogynist and discriminatory laws according to their religious duties.
2012: Carter says that if Iran has one or two nuclear weapons, it is no big deal.
My favourite American lawyer Alan Dershowitz has much to say.and has offered to debate Carter at Cardozo.  Says Dershowitz
“I can’t imagine a worse person to honor for conflict resolution. Here’s a man who has engendered conflict wherever he goes. He has encouraged terrorism by Hamas and Hezbollah. He was partly responsible for Yasser Arafat turning down the Clinton-Barak peace offer,” Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz told The Algemeiner in an interview. Dershowitz wrote about Carter in his book “The Case Against Israel’s Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace.”
“He is significantly responsible for the second Intifada. If he had told Yasser Arafat to accept that deal we might be celebrating Palestinian statehood today,” Dershowitz added. “He just prefers terrorists to Israelis.”
 "Jimmy Carter has an ignominious history of anti-Israel bigotry. He is responsible for helping to mainstream the antisemitic notion that Israel is an apartheid state with his provocatively titled book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”, the publication of which prompted mass resignations from the Carter Center. He has met numerous times with leaders of the terror group Hamas whitewashing their genocidal goals and undermining US efforts to isolate Hamas. And Carter’s record of slandering Israel is so voluminous that both CAMERA and Alan Dershowitz have written books refuting his lies."
What's to be done? The dean of the law school cannot attend the award ceremony if he is to distance the institution  from the award as he is being firmly counselled. Nor should the faculty. And the students?
Dershowitz has the best advice.
 "Students should attend the ceremony “and in a dignified and respectful way show contempt for Jimmy Carter,” he said. “Students should know who they’re honoring. The response to bad speech is good speech. You don’t cancel the event you use it as an educational opportunity to teach people about the evil things that Jimmy Carter has done.”"
.. in a dignified and respectful way show contempt for Jimmy Carter ...
Spoken like true lawyer. I suggest they quietly stand and turn their backs but under no circumstances should they throw their shoes. And the rest of us?
You can go to this site and vote on whether Carter deserves this award.
And then you can go this site and vote on who was America's worst president.

cross posted Geoffff's Joint


  1. What I want to know is this:

    Did Carter, or did Carter not, advise Arafat to reject Barak's offer in 2000?

    Dershowitz seems to think that he did.

    If so then Carter needs to be shunned and castigated as an enemy of the Jewish people.

  2. To summarize geoffff's fine post: Carter ain't nuthin' but shit.

  3. Heh. The relentless advance of Wednesday can indeed never be stopped.

    I never paid much attention to Carter, that's a disturbing list of actions...

  4. I've made that allegation and Dershowitz is a good enough source for me. He made the statement to that reporter slow and deliberate. Dershowitz is not speculating here. It's up to Carter to respond. Dershowitz has offered to debate Carter before the entire law school on the core subject of human rights; without question the great issue of our time.

    The popular liberal view of Carter is that he has been a devoted peace visionary all his life and pulled out one great gem while president. His post WH work is seen as a disconnect. The suggestion is that the antipathy to Israel is something that developed out of his experience in office.

    A big concept man. Sure. At one time I was close to some senior US officials from that era. Carter was a fussy and irritating micro manager so focused on the grains of sand that he never saw the beach.

    Carter has been consistent all his political life. He has always seen Israel as a root cause of the Middle East violent dysfunction and that you could not fix the Middle East without fixing Israel. He initially opposed a separate peace between Israel and Egypt and wanted to bring in all other parties with an interest including, incredibly, the Soviet Union. Carter wasn't driving the peace train. He had to run like hell to catch it.

    Advising Arafat to reject Barak's offer in 2000 is entirely consistent with all of this. I have no difficulty believing it. As Carter would say, "in his heart" he did not really support a two state solution. Not even when it may have been possible.

    Very likely Arafat would have rejected it anyway. Nevertheless Carter should bear the moral guilt and Dershowitz is quite right to pin it on him right now.

    1. He at least had the right ideas on energy, decades ahead of his time, and as president he cleared the way for good beer to come back to the US (1979 beer industry deregulation). Hmmm, and maybe that was it.

      His unquestionable role in spreading the vile 'apartheid' smear alone would seem to be enough to mark him as an enemy of Israel, and therefore of the Jewish people. If even just a few of the other charges are correct, I'd say yeah, it definitely qualifies him for consideration as one of the most unfortunate people we've ever managed to put onto the world stage.

    2. Yep Jay and the name Carter is still faintly associated with beer even as far as Australia. Indeed that would have been an interesting household as I think Empress Trudy has just alluded to. I have always maintained the brother would have made a better president. He could not have done more harm and at least it would have been entertaining.

      The main thing about energy is that most of the major oil companies were firmly in the pockets of the Saudis and the rest when Carter was elected and they still were when he left office. The oil companies projected a malign anti-Israel ( I maintain antisemitic) influence, including boycotts, across the globe as part payment for this strategic resource. Willingly paid as we all know they do.

      Nothing has changed. It was reported here yesterday that European (British/Dutch) oil mega company Shell is divesting itself of a significant investment in Australian resources giant Woodside after the Australian MNC started the process of taking up a strategic stake in the consortium developing the Tamar gas field.

      BDS is a bigger game than you might think.

    3. Also I should say that list of what Carter has been up to was sourced by the Concerned Alumni group to Elder of Ziyon

      I've said it before. That guy is worth a thousand pens on his own.

    4. And Elder of Ziyon cites Camera.


    5. Billy Beer!

      Heh, that dates back to two years before I was born...

      It's summer again around here, so my preference is for Sly Fox Pikeland Pils at the moment, though. ;)

      That part about the energy thing is still striking to me, and though I'm allergic to conspiracy theories, as one of my favorite current commentators would say, I do have to wonder if perhaps his anti-Israel fanaticism since he was unceremoniously booted out of the White House, may have something to do with paying penance for that?

  5. Just another nasty piece of secret Jim Crow Southern Baptist filth closer in belief to Islamic millenarianism than anything else.

    1. "Jim Crow Southern Baptist filth"?

      C'mon, Trudy.

      That is beneath you.

    2. What makes you think he's a not a racist at his core? Just because he claims to be a lay deacon in the SBC and makes all sorts of liberal sounding noises about the brotherhood of man? A real son of rural Georgia I think. It just hasn't been politically advantageous for him to rip the mask all the way off. Somehow I don't picture Jimmy recounting his days with the Freedom Riders and MLK and such. I don't think anyone's called him on his overarching racist beliefs, yet and it's been convenient for all of us to not ask him. Oh I'm sure some his best friends are Black and such, real credit to their people and such. Of course. But rural Georgia dirt farmers are what they are. Poke at them hard enough they're telling you about the good old days with segregated water fountains...Bet on it. No one this much of a vicious piece of evil limits himself to just Jews.

    3. Trashing Southerners has always been one 'progressive' pastime that's always gotten my goat (probably maybe even the earliest, as I worked my way along the path to heresy in the 'movement'), but I think Trudy makes a good point here.

      I would object to calling Carter 'filth,' in the same way as I would object to the dehumanization of anybody.

      But I think, particularly in light of the way he's acted himself over the years, that it's quite fair to call into question exactly what it is he truly believes 'in his heart,' especially considering the way he's been so quick to cast aspersions on others, or at least certainly on Jews...

    4. The Carter family was far from Jim Crow in race relations.

      It serves no purpose to demean others, even the worst, and it should not be a part of the discourse here. It's bad enough that others do it, and it can cause a tizzy, yet too often it is emulated.

  6. "There are constant and vehement political and media debates in Israel concerning its policies in the West Bank but because of powerful political, economic, and religious forces in the U.S., Israeli government decisions are rarely questioned or condemned, voices from Jerusalem dominate our media, and most American citizens are unaware of circumstances in the occupied territories.".......Jimmy Carter in his book "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid"

    Heh....if a Kossack said it he'd rightfully be labelled an anti-semite. Well there you have it folks. Jimmy Carter, who was President and therefore should know, has said that Jews control it all. Is it any wonder Kossacks and their ilk want the right to make the same accusations without being labelled?

    1. These posters say it all, but especially the third, imo...

      I once thought of creating a DKos sock called "The Gharqad Tree," and having some fun with the antisemites there with that, but I ultimately decided that I had better things to do with my time.

      Like, pretty much anything else.

      But yeah, I'm sorry I never got the chance to troll rate Carter... ;)

    2. That 3rd poster is hilarious. The Elder has so much talent when it comes to these posters.

  7. "Former President Jimmy Carter once complained there were "too many Jews" on the government's Holocaust Memorial Council, Monroe Freedman, the council's former executive director, told WND in an exclusive interview.

    Freedman, who served on the council during Carter's term as president, also revealed a noted Holocaust scholar who was a Presbyterian Christian was rejected from the council's board by Carter's office because the scholar's name "sounded too Jewish."

    Freedman says he was tasked with creating a board for the council and with making recommendations to the White House on how best to memorialize the Holocaust.

    He told WND he sent a memo to Carter's office containing recommendations for council board members.

    He said his memo was returned with a note on the upper right hand corner that stated, "Too many Jews." The note, Freedman said, was written in Carter's handwriting and was initialed by Carter."

    Lord love us all.


  8. http://www.phyllis-chesler.com/236/is-bible-teacher-jimmy-carter-jew-hater


  9. "In fact, Palestinian-Arab terrorism is virtually missing from Mr. Carter's entire historical account, which blames nearly everything on Israel and almost nothing on the Palestinians. Incredibly, he asserts that the initial violence in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict occurred when "Jewish militants" attacked Arabs in 1939."


    Freakin' Jews. Always starting stuff for no reason.

  10. One wonders if getting elected to high office does something to one's brain after looking at Jimmy's legacy. Then there is Tony Blair:

    "The Qur’an "is practical and way ahead of its time".

    "The most remarkable thing about reading the Koran – in so far as it can be truly translated from the original Arabic - is to understand how progressive it is.

    "I speak with great diffidence and humility as a member of another faith. I am not qualified to make any judgements. But as an outsider, the Koran strikes me as a reforming book, trying to return Judaism and Christianity to their origins, rather as reformers attempted with the Christian Church centuries later. It is inclusive. It extols science and knowledge and abhors superstition. It is practical and way ahead of its time in attitudes to marriage, women and governance," he said.

    He added that under the guidance of the Qur’an, the spread of Islam and its dominance over previously Christian or pagan lands was "breathtaking".

    "Over centuries it founded an Empire, leading the world in discovery, art and culture. We look back to the early Middle Ages, the standard bearers of tolerance at that time were far more likely to be found in Muslim lands than in Christian," he declared."


  11. Of course the protests I lodged with Columbia-JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary) which have a shared degree program, when Columbia prostrated itself to host Ahmadinejad went unanswered too. I almost would have preferred they waffled defended it instead of silence. Once again we're our own worst enemies. What next for Cardozo? A seminar of Sharia Justice? A conference on whether Holocaust Deniers are right?

  12. You guys should feel free to contact the university and let them know what you think:

    Professor Matthew Diller, Dean of Cardozo:
    Tel – 212-790-0310; Email – mdiller@yu.edu

    Professor Richard Joel, President of Yeshiva University:
    Tel – 212 960 5300; Email president@yu.edu

    Board of Trustees:
















    Shai Waisman



    Rosemary Byrne


  13. Below is my letter to YU:


    Dear professors Miller and Joel,

    I am writing to express my deep disappointment with YU's decision to honor former president Jimmy Carter.

    The foremost threat that the Jewish people face today is the ongoing effort to delegitimize and defame the Jewish State of Israel. Among anti-Semitic anti-Zionists Israel is perpetually painted in the blackest colors. They describe Israel as a racist, colonialist, imperialist, militarist, apartheid, racist state that should never have come into being to being with.

    Carter has done more than anyone to project this entirely false and malicious notion, a notion which results in Jewish dead.

    To honor such a man is a form of Jewish self-degradation.

    I would very much encourage Yeshiva University and the Cardozo School of Law to reconsider this invitation and to further consider the damage that you are doing to your own reputation within the Jewish community.


    Michael Lumish, PhD

    Editor, Israel Thrives

  14. Israel Matzav is reporting not one anti-Carter protestor at the Cardozo award ceremony. NOT ONE. Sigh....