Carter agrees to discuss book at Brandeis

The former president, however, will not debate academic Alan Dershowitz as originally proposed.

January 13, 2007 08:50
1 minute read.
carter holding book 88 298

carter holding book 88 2. (photo credit: AP)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Former President Jimmy Carter will visit Brandeis University to discuss his book on Palestine but will not debate academic Alan Dershowitz as originally proposed, a Carter spokeswoman and officials at the Jewish-sponsored university said. Carter will speak for about 15 minutes and then answer questions for 45 minutes during the visit, tentatively scheduled for Jan. 23.

  • Double Standard Watch: The new blood libel Some students and faculty had objected when the speaking invitation to Carter, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, suggested the debate with Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor who has disparaged the book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." They said Carter should be invited to campus without conditions. "We're pleased that this has all worked out," Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said. "President Carter looks forward to the opportunity to having a dialogue with everyone at Brandeis." She said Carter has set no conditions and would answer as many questions as possible. Congileo said the visit will be Carter's first to a university to discuss the book, which some have called one-sided and erroneous. The book was published in the fall. Carter's use of the word "apartheid," the term for South Africa's former system of state-sanctioned racial segregation, has angered many in the American Jewish community who say it equates that system with Israeli treatment of Palestinians. The university said the event would be private and limited to "members of the university community," but Dershowitz said he will attend and question Carter. "I will be the first person to have my hand up to ask him a question," he said. "I guarantee that they won't stop me from attending." Brandeis is a nonsectarian university founded by the American Jewish community. About half its students are Jewish.

    Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

  • Related Content

    Stutthof concentration camp, Poland
    December 15, 2018
    Trial postponed for former Stutthof Nazi SS guard due to health concerns