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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Errors, omissions, inventions and falsehoods

I have discussed Dhimmi Carter's badly biased new book that accuses Israel of apartheid several times. The book has upset many people, as much due to its tone as to its content. Simply stated, Dhimmi Carter is an anti-Semite.

Power Line has published a letter that it received yesterday from a reader, who forwarded a letter sent by Professor Kenneth Stein of Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Stein is a Professor of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science, and Israeli Studies, Director of the Middle East Research Program and of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel. Until yesterday he was also the Middle East Fellow of the Carter Center of Emory University. But that has now changed:
This note is to inform you 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. My joint academic position in Emory College in the History and Political Science Departments, and, as Director of the Emory Institute for the Study of Modern Israel remains unchanged.

Many still believe that I have an active association with the Center and, act as an adviser to President Carter, neither is the case. President Carter has intermittently continued to come to the Arab-Israeli Conflict class I teach in Emory College. He gives undergraduate students a fine first hand recollection of the Begin-Sadat negotiations of the late 1970s. Since I left the Center physically thirteen years ago, the Middle East program of the Center has waned as has my status as a Carter Center Fellow. 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.
But that's the tame part....
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. 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. 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. 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.
Read the whole thing.


At 8:54 PM, Blogger Neurodoc said...

I also sent the copy of the email (which I copied from Campus-watch) to the Drudge Report which so far has not published it. I will try again with the more inflammatory part that is highlighted. Meanwhile, the poet says

Kenneth Stein says to Carter
I resign
Because of your words
on Palestine

At 9:55 PM, Blogger Cobra said...

A group of demsheviks met with Hamas, in Gaza, about establishing relations with them.
Great job, those jews in the U.S. who voted demshevik!!

At 12:25 AM, Blogger Cobra said...

Correction: The meeting was in Europe:

Report: Hamas met delegation of Democrats
By Aaron Klein WorldNetDaily.com

JERUSALEM – Hamas met with a delegation of "important Democrats" who expressed interest in relations with the Palestinian terror group even if it doesn't recognize the right of Israel to exist, according to a report today on a Palestinian news website. Maannews quoted a source in the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority stating the terror group felt it important to meet with members of the Democratic Party since, the Hamas source said, the party will likely win 2008 presidential elections.

Maannews is an independent Palestinian news website based in Ramallah and Bethlehem. Sources close to the website told WND the site receives some funding from the governments of Denmark and the Netherlands.

According to the report, the alleged meeting with the Democrats took place in a European country following a series of preliminary meetings with representatives from the British and French governments.
The Hamas source did not name which Democrats the terror group claims to have met.


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