Westchester’s Jewish community is fired up over Jimmy Carter’s new book.
No surprise there. Carter called the book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” in order to provoke. Judging from the national reaction, he has succeeded.
At last count, 28 synagogues and Jewish groups in Westchester had signed up to co-sponsor a talk this coming Sunday by “Kenneth Stein,”:http://www.ismi.emory.edu/stein.html a long-time Carter associate who recently resigned, in protest, as Middle East Fellow of the Carter Center at Emory University in Atlanta.
It was mostly a symbolic act. As Stein (below) wrote in a “letter”:http://www.imra.org.il/story.php3?id=31938 announcing his decision, he had not been active at the Carter Center for some time.
Still, Stein knows Carter. Carter knows Stein.
More than 1,000 people came to hear Stein speak in L.A. last week. At least 500 are expected Sunday for Stein’s Westchester appearance, organized by the “Westchester chapter of the American Jewish Committee.”:http://www.ajc.org/site/c.ffITK0OyFoG/b.843955/k.3E56/Westchester.htm
He will speak at 7:30 p.m. at “Temple Israel of New Rochelle,”:http://www.tinr.org/ 1000 Pinebrook Blvd. That’s this Sunday, Jan. 21.
In his letter, Stein — who remains head of the Institute for the Study of Modern Israel at Emory — savages Carter’s book:
“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.”
In this week’s “Newsweek,”:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16240761/site/newsweek/ Carter explains himself. He also answers three questions about Stein:
You’re obviously aware of your main critic, Mr. Stein, who used to be with the Carter Center.
Thirteen years ago! He hasn’t been associated with the Carter Center for 13 years.
He says that he was a third party in some meetings and that his notes don’t jibe with yours.
He was a third party in some of the meetings, I can’t deny that. And a lot of those meetings took place when I was still president and an exact transcription was kept and it’s in the official files. So the reports that I gave in the book are completely accurate.
He also accuses you of plagiarism, saying you took from other sources.
The only source that I took anything from that I know about was my own book, which I wrote earlierÃ¢â‚¬â€it’s called “The Blood of Abraham” … Somebody told me [that Stein] was complaining about the maps in the book. Well, the maps are derived from an atlas that was published in 2004 in Jerusalem and it was basically produced under the aegis of officials in Sweden. And the Swedish former prime minister is the one who told me this was the best atlas available about the Middle East.