AAW Letter in support of Jimmy Carter ,January 15, 2007

AAW Letter in support of the book, Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid written by former US President, Jimmy Carter.
Letter sent to the
Carter Foundation, January 15, 2007:

Dear Jimmy Carter:

With respect to your book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, we applaud
your tireless quest for justice. We have been appalled by the fact
that Israel, unlike any other nation, has been exempt from virtually
all criticism and we are inspired by your courage in helping to break
that taboo. It is unfortunate that the American pro-Israel lobby and
much of the American media fail to comprehend that Israel's
ultimate survival is inevitably linked to justice for the Palestinians.
In particular, we defend your use of the word "apartheid". Desmond
Tutu has also associated the Israeli occupation with apartheid. In
2004, Ronnie Kasrils, South Africa's intelligence minister, and a Jew,
visited the Palestinian territories to assess the effect of Israel's
assault on the West Bank. "This is much worse than apartheid," he
said. "The Israeli measures, the brutality, make apartheid look like a
picnic. We never had jets attacking our townships. We never had sieges
that lasted month after month. We never had tanks destroying houses.
We had armoured vehicles and police using small arms to shoot people
but not on this scale."

Please be assured that Americans around the world who
have bothered to study the Middle East situation, including Americans of
Jewish background, stand with you in your principled position.

Mark Cramer
Writing on behalf of Americans Against the War-France, an association
of Americans living in France