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-- Bin Laden family gave Carter $1 million dollars
-- Jimmy Carter plagiarized book, "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid "also has invented segments
Carter blames Israel for Mideast conflict

 Carter blames Israel for Mideast conflict
November 27, 2006 © 2006

'Domination' over Palestinians 'atrocious,' ex-prez tells 'Good Morning America'

Former President Carter at 2004 Democratic convention In some of the harshest and one-sided language he has used to date, former Democratic President Jimmy Carter called Israeli "domination" over Palestinians "atrocious" in an interview today on ABC's "Good Morning America." Carter said there was "no doubt now that a minority of Israelis are perpetuating apartheid on the people in Palestine, the Palestinian people."

Carter called Israel's occupation the "prime cause" of continuing violence in the Middle East.

"And contrary to the United Nations resolutions, contrary to the official policy of the United States government, contrary to the Quartet so-called road map, all of those things – and contrary to the majority of Israeli people's opinion – this occupation and confiscation and colonization of land in the West Bank is the prime cause of a continuation of violence in the Middle East," he said.

"And what is being done to the Palestinians under Israeli domination is really atrocious. It's a terrible affliction on these people."


 Jimmy Carter plagiarized book, professor claims
December 7, 2006   © 2006

An Emory University professor who for 23 years has been the Middle East Fellow of the school's Carter Center has ended that association over the "factual errors," "glaring omissions," and "simply invented segments" of President Jimmy Carter's new book, "Palestine Peace not Apartheid."

"For the record, I had nothing to do with the research, preparation, writing, or review of President Carter's recent publication. Any material which he used from the book we did together in 1984, "The Blood of Abraham," he used unilaterally," wrote Professor Kenneth Stein in an e-mail to a number of recipients.

"President Carter's book on the Middle East, a title too inflammatory to even print, is not based on unvarnished analyses; it is replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and simply invented segments."

Stein, when contacted by WND, said he would respond later to questions sent by e-mail, which WND supplied.

But he did talk briefly with Israel National News, which said that he was preparing an article revealing the details of the copied words, and the words lifted "from another source" were being dealt with by "that source."

The resignation ends Stein's 23-year-long work with the institute where he served 10 years as executive director.

"This note is to inform you," his e-mail said, "that yesterday I sent letters to President Jimmy Carter, Emory University President Jim Wagner, and Dr. John Hardman, Executive Director of the Carter Center resigning my position, effectively immediately, as Middle East Fellow of the Carter Center of Emory University. This ends my 23 year association with an institution that in some small way I helped shape and develop."

Stein teaches Mideast history at Emory, and said he'll maintain his responsibilities for academics in the school's history and political science departments, as well as serving as a director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel.

Israel National News reported a spokeswoman for Carter, Deanna Coneglio, issued a statement that said Stein's connection to the center was only "titular" but does not address the accusations.

Publisher Simon & Schuster spokesman David Rosenthal told the New York Times he's "confident" of Carter's work while admitting that not every line was checked.

"Many still believe that I have an active association with the Center and, act as an adviser to President Carter, neither is the case," Stein wrote. "President Carter has intermittently continued to come to the Arab-Israeli Conflict class I teach in Emory College."

"Aside from the one-sided nature of the book, meant to provoke, there are recollections cited from meetings where I was the third person in the room, and my notes of those meetings show little similarity to points claimed in the book," he wrote.

"Being a former president does not give one a unique privilege to invent information or to unpack it with cuts, deftly slanted to provide a particular outlook," Stein wrote. "Having little access to Arabic and Hebrew sources, I believe, clearly handicapped his understanding and analyses of how history has unfolded over the last decade. Falsehoods, if repeated often enough become meta-truths, and they then can become the erroneous baseline for shaping and reinforcing attitudes and for policy-making."

"The history and interpretation of the Arab-Israeli conflict is already drowning in half-truths, suppositions, and self-serving myths; more are not necessary. In due course, I shall detail these points and reflect on their origins," he wrote.

He served as the Carter Center executive director from 1982-1993, but he said his continued association would create "the impression that I am sanctioning a series of egregious errors and polemical conclusions which appeared in President Carter's book. I can not allow that impression to stand."

He said history must be presented in context, and understood the way it was, "not the way we wish it to be."

In the book, Carter writes that, "Israelis believe they have the right to confiscate and colonize Palestinian land and try to justify the sustained subjugation and persecution of increasingly hopeless and aggravated Palestinians."

"The overriding problem is that, for more than a quarter century, the actions of some Israeli leaders have been in direct conflict with the official policies of the United States, the international community, and their own negotiated agreements," Carter wrote. "In order to perpetuate the occupation, Israeli forces have deprived their unwilling subjects of basic human rights. No objective person could personally observe existing conditions in the West Bank and dispute these statements."

He said the options for the Mideast include Palestine's "legal absorption into Israel" and "a system of apartheid" where Israelis would suppress violence "by depriving Palestinians of their basic human rights."

Alternatively, he suggested that 1967 borders once again be recognized. But he said international peace is only waiting on "the Israeli government" to comply with international law.

 Bin Laden family gave Carter $1 million dollars
Ex-president reportedly met with terror leader's brothers in 2000
June 2, 2006    © 2006

Former President Jimmy Carter's center in Atlanta received more than $1 million from the family of Osama bin Laden, according to an investigative report.

A brother of the al-Qaida terrorist leader, Bakr M. bin Laden, funneled the money to the Carter Center in Atlanta through the Saudi Bin Laden Group, according to Melanie Morgan, chairman of a group opposing the Georgia Democrat called the Censure Carter Committee.

Morgan, a WorldNetDaily columnist, based her claim on papers she acquired from the Carter Center.

She points to a report showing Carter met with 10 of Osama bin Laden's brothers early in 2000. The former president and his wife, Rosalyn, followed up the meeting with a breakfast with Bakr bin Laden in September 2000 and secured the first $200,000 towards the more than $1 million that has gone to the Carter Center.

Morgan says the connection between Carter and the bin Laden family is exactly the kind of charge leveled by Michael Moore against President Bush in the film "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Morgan's group commented in a statement: "If you think this news troubles Michael Moore and his friends in the liberal, anti-war crowd, think again. You see, they’re not interested in the truth – they only seem interested in advancing their defeatist political message: America is almost always wrong–America is the source of many of the world’s problems."

There's some hypocrisy at work here, Morgan contends.

"Michael Moore used his film to viciously attack George W. Bush and undermine support for the war on terror," she told John Gibson on the Fox News Channel.

It turns out it was Carter, not Bush, hanging out with the bin Ladens, she said.

The Carters hosted Moore in the presidential viewing box at the 2004 Democratic National Convention while former President Bill Clinton addressed the delegates.

Gibson said the Carter Center declined the opportunity to respond to the charges.

Censure Carter is about to launch a second wave of national television ads urging Americans to rebuke Carter's efforts in North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba and elsewhere.

"The mainstream media is pretending that the Carter-bin Laden story is a non-issue, so the Censure Carter Campaign is out raising the money to air the facts in TV ads," the group says.

As WND reported last year, Morgan's Move America Forward said Carter was linked with a key figure in the U.N.'s oil-for-food scandal, Samir Vincent, who pleaded guilty to participating in numerous illegal activities.

Vincent admitted to receiving allocations for more than 9 million barrels of oil between 1996 and 2003 in return for serving as an agent of Saddam Hussein's regime. He worked at Hussein's direction, lobbying U.S. and U.N. officials to end sanctions and to instead implement the oil-for-food scam.

The first documented contact between Carter and Vincent was in September 1999. Vincent had organized a tour of Iraqi religious leaders to meet with individuals in the United States who might be persuaded to speak out against the sanctions against Iraq. The trip also included discussions of ways to oppose U.S. and British air strikes against Iraqi missile batteries in southern Iraq, which had fired on American and British aircraft engaged in enforcing the southern "No Fly Zone."
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