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January 18, 2007

Simon and Schuster's Accountability


Writing in the Jerusalem Post, CAMERA's Andrea Levin takes publishing giant Simon and Schuster to task for its overlooked role in Carter's new book:

In the controversy over Jimmy Carter's error-ridden new book Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, the role of publisher Simon and Schuster has been largely ignored. The assumption, evidently, is that the company producing, promoting and profiting from a supposedly non-fiction history on a contentious topic, bears no responsibility for the book's accuracy - or falsity. Indeed, Simon and Schuster makes no pretense of assuring the factual merit of its product or of planning to redress errors.

Vice President of Corporate Communications Adam Rothberg told Publishers Weekly when asked whether S&S will change the book: "We're going to stick with the president's version."

In a Jan. 16 correction, the Boston Globe acknowledged that Carter's "version" of the West Bank barrier's route -- that it is entirely on Palestinian territory -- is incorrect.

Posted by TS at January 18, 2007 07:30 AM


Give me a break. The wall snakes deeply into the occupied Palestinian territory. This is a sample of paralysis by analysis. Worrying over a detail, true or false, while ignoring the elephant in the room which Carter points out.

Settlements in occupied territories which were conquered by force. The settlements are illegal by the Geneva Convention which Israel signed and are maintained by an occupying army. The resulting network of settlements and roads creates an apartheid-like region.

Since the occupying supporting army is of a different religion it inspires suicide bombers as Prof Robert Pape has pointed out occurs worldwide in many different societies.

Prof Pape also points out that as the occupation declines, so does the suicide bombing.

This suicide bombing has spread to the US and threatens us with nuclear explosions in New York and Washington.

It is time that the Israeli-Palestinian problem be solved along the lines of the Geneva Accord so that Western Civilization can survive.

Posted by: Robert Hume at January 19, 2007 01:10 PM

I challenge Hume to site the specific text of the Geneva Convention that declares the Jewish towns in the West Bank as "illegal."

Posted by: Roddy Frankel at January 23, 2007 10:38 PM

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