There have been some interesting developments surrounding former President Carter's book, Palestine Peace Not
Journalist Jacob Laksin has documented the tens of millions of dollars that the Carter Center has accepted from Saudi Arabian royalty and assorted other Middle Eastern sultans, who, in return, Carter dutifully praised as peaceful and tolerant (no matter how despotic the regime). And these are only the confirmed, public donations.
Carter has also accepted half a million dollars and an award from Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan , saying in 2001: "This award has special significance for me because it is named for my personal friend, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan." This is the same Zayed, the long-time ruler of the United Arab Emirates, whose $2.5 million gift to the Harvard Divinity School was returned in 2004 due to Zayed's rampant Jew-hatred. Zayed's personal foundation, the Zayed Center, claims that it was Zionists, rather than Nazis, who “were the people who killed the Jews in Europe” during the Holocaust. It has held lectures on the blood libel and conspiracy theories about Jews and America perpetrating Sept. 11.
Another journalist, Rachel Ehrenfeld, in a thorough and devastating article on "Carter’s Arab Financiers," has meticulously catalogues Carter’s ties to Arab moneymen, from a Saudi bailout of his peanut farm in 1976, to funding for Carter’s presidential library, to continued support for all manner of Carter’s post-presidential activities. For instance, it was the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), founded in Pakistan and fronted by a Saudi billionaire, Gaith Pharaon, that helped Carter start up his beloved Carter Center. According to Ehrenfeld:BCCI's origins were primarily ideological. [Agha Hasan] Abedi wanted the bank to reflect the supra-national Muslim credo and ‘the best bridge to help the world of Islam, and the best way to fight the evil influence of the Zionists.’
2. Carter's book has finally been reviewed in the New York Times. See "Jews, Arabs and Jimmy Carter" by Ethan Bronner, deputy foreign editor of The Times. Bronner starts out by saying "This is a strange little book..." and it seems to me he wrote his review to match. This photo of poorpalestinian children was chosen to accompany the review online:
You get the picture, as they say.
3. CAMERA relays this bit about the position being taken by the publishers of Carter's book, Simon & Schuster.
An article entitled "S&S Stand Behinds Carter" appeared in Publishers Weekly on January 2nd, 2007, about CAMERA's ad in the New York Times concerning the many errors in Jimmy Carter's new anti-Israel book, Palestine Peace Not
Apartheid. CAMERA's ad was an open letter to the book's publisher, Simon & Schuster, urging them to publicly correct the book's many inaccuracies.
In the Publishers Weekly article, Adam Rothberg, head of Simon & Schuster's corporate communications, was asked whether S&S will "change the book", and Rothberg replied tellingly:"We're going to stick with the president's version."Notice he doesn't say that the "president's version" is accurate, just that they're going to "stick with" it.