Carter explains "apartheid" reference to US Jews

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December 16, 2006 06:15

 
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Facing controversy over his new book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, former President Jimmy Carter issued a letter to American Jews explaining his use of the term "apartheid" and sympathizing with Israelis who fear terrorism. In a "letter to Jewish citizens of America," released Friday by The Carter Center, the former president also said American Christians, not Jews, are responsible for an "overwhelming bias for Israel" in American media. Carter wrote the letter following his meeting Tuesday with a group of rabbis in Arizona. The rabbis said they would not call for a boycott of Carter's book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," but they also would not suggest that anyone read it.

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