Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid
Author: Jimmy Carter (2006)
In this book, former US President Jimmy Carter shares his intimate knowledge of the history of the Middle East and his personal experiences of the principal actors, and he addresses sensitive political issues many British and American officials shy from. This is a challenging and provocative book.
On the use of the word 'apartheid', Carter said:
"The book is about Palestine, the occupied territories, and not about Israel. Forced segregation in the West Bank and terrible oppression of the Palestinians create a situation accurately described by the word. I made it plain in the text that this abuse is not based on racism, but on the desire of a minority of Israelis to confiscate and colonise Palestinian land. This violates the basic humanitarian premises on which the nation of Israel was founded. My surprise is that most critics of the book have ignored the facts about Palestinian persecution and its proposals for future peace and resorted to personal attacks on the author. No one could visit the occupied territories and deny that the book is accurate."
'This book offers a historical overview in the form of a personal memoir...Carter may thus be said to be both a source for the historian and himself a historian of the Israeli-Palestinian confrontation. This little book merits a reading on both counts.' - L. Carl Brown, Foreign Affairs.
- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (2007)
- Language: English