Many scholars and experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have strongly criticized Jimmy Carter's book, "Palestine Peace Not Apartheid," for its distortions, misrepresentations, and one-sided arguments that blame Israel for the conflict while giving the Palestinians a pass. Yet the book is being widely celebrated in the Arab and Muslim press for its anti-Israel, conspiratorial and anti-Semitic propaganda value.
Writers in newspapers across the Arab and Muslim world have used the book's reception in the West as a means to further conspiratorial views of Jewish power, with some citing Carter's accusation that the "Israel Lobby" in the U.S. stifles debate as an affirmation of their belief of "Jewish control" of the U.S. government. Many of the commentaries are virulently anti-Semitic, focusing on the alleged power of Jews by claiming that Zionists are able to suppress criticism of Israel and questions about the reality of the Holocaust. Several articles portrayed President Carter as a hero for going up against such odds.
The following is a sampling of reactions from the Arab and Muslim world:
Muslim and Arab Press
"Former American President Jimmy Carter offered new criticism of the racist Israeli policies in his last book where he stressed 'that the Palestinians are more exposed to racial discrimination than were the Africans in South Africa during the Apartheid regime…'"
"…Carter attributes 'the deep impediment to criticizing Israeli policy' in the United States to the overwhelming activity of the pro-Israel lobby…"
"We find a link in this context between President Carter's book and the charges of anti-Semitism against him [and] charges of anti-Semitism in general and researchers who seek to reveal the facts about the Jewish 'Holocaust'…since anyone researching into Israeli violations and war crimes against the Palestinian people…and anyone examining the Holocaust, attempting to deny it and criticize it, is convicted as a racist and an anti-Semitic by Israeli and American lobbies…
"We might see the former American President Carter in court accused of anti-Semitism, even though Israel is a state of terrorism, crime and racism…and they attack anyone doubting the Holocaust or criticizing Israeli terrorism and crimes with the charge of anti-Semitism, racism and terrorism…imagine that?!... until when will the world remain a hostage of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and terrorism scarecrow? Tehran took a great bold step on Monday which will be always remembered… organizing a special conference to delve into the facts of the Jewish Holocaust… doing so, it penetrated the Holocaust wall and barrier for the first time in six decades."
-- Ad-Dustur- Jordan, "Israel Calls on the Anti-Semitism Scarecrow; Carter is the Target," Nawaf al-Zaru, December 17, 2006.
"Palestine Peace not Apartheid, which evoked resentment in the current Zionist administration and a counter campaign on behalf the Jewish lobby, conveyed remorse for the flawed political and diplomatic behavior of the American presidents concerning the region in general and towards the Palestinian people in particular…
"This criticism might be political suicide, with Carter's acknowledgement of how much influence the Zionist lobby has in the United States, which immediately described Carter's book of being anti-Semitic."
-- Tishrin – Syria, "Important Remarks, but!" Omar Jaftile, December 11, 2006.
"Isn't it odd that the West with all of its powerful nations, economical might and academic glory remains a prisoner for more than 60 years to a Jewish nation consistent of only 12 million people?
"The storm of criticism facing the former American President Jimmy Carter over the past few weeks for daring to speak the truth about the Judaism of Israel is not the first of its kind…and will not be the last; before [the Jews] opened fire on the French philosopher Garaudy and the British historian Irving…
"The question remains: why and until when will Europe and the United States as nations and governments submit to the extortion of a Jewish minority?"
-- Al-Bayan- UAE, "The Jews and the West," Ahmad Amrabi, December 14, 2006.
"The American Jews and Zionists moved forward with their known intellectual terrorism that they have spread all over the American arena and on the entire world, especially in Europe, where they condemn anyone opposing Israel or even criticizing it to political assassination."
-- Ar-Rai- Jordan, "Read Jimmy's Carter Article…and Look for his book," Mohammad Kharob, December 10, 2006.
"Carter says in his book that what is occurring in Palestine is a kind of racial separation similar to what was done in South Africa before the regime collapsed…this is an honest accusation…
"Israel is duplicating between Arabs and Jews the apartheid regime, which is a regime that was scorned by the entire world …this man [Carter] is no doubt able to face a grand campaign which he will be exposed to from the Zionists."
-- Al-Watan- Qatar, "A Righteous Word from Carter," Raja al-Naqash, December 12, 2006.
"Carter breaks the wall of fear of assault by the Israeli lobbies inside American society…
"The Israeli lobbies in America did not hesitate of course in leveling accusations, and they even reached the point of accusing Carter of high treason."
-- Al-Bayan- UAE, "A Late Conscience Awake," Mejde Shinde, December 12, 2006.
"The publication of President Jimmy Carter's book about Palestine was a such a joyous surprise, as was its recognition the facts for the first time….
"Jimmy Carter…published his book to safeguard Israel [and] the future of peace in the region and the world as a whole…
"It is an honor for Jimmy Carter and the magnificent American people who gave birth to him, to restore and admit the facts even though he is late…
"I don't know why western scholars disapprove of the Nazi Holocaust which was inflicted on the honorable Jewish people but don't also condemn, first, the Palestinian Holocaust and, second, the Lebanese [Holocaust]. They should know that the State of Israel will not be guaranteed legitimacy in the region if it doesn't apologize to the Palestinian people the way the German people apologized to the Jews for their deeds during World War Two."
-- Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat- London Based Saudi Daily, "Carter's Awake: Did the Western Moral Conscience Wakeup?" Hashim Salah, December 12, 2006.
"It is suicidal, I was told, for politicians, writers, journalists, professors and even students, to ask the wrong questions about Almighty Israel. You may deny the existence of God, if you wish, but you will be crucified if you doubt the right of Israel to exist." According to Batarfi, the "Israel Lobby" is unlike other American pressure groups, since "they fight and pressure not for the good of the American nation, but for that of a foreign country…. Whatever Israel wants Israel gets."
-- Saudi blogger and journalist Khaled Batarfi, Saudi English-language newspaper, Arab News.