U.S. lawmaker chides Carter on ‘apartheid’

October 25, 2006 at 9:03 pm | Posted in Israel, political parties | Leave a comment

(JTA) A leading U.S. black congressman called former President Carter to chide him for titling his new book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the use of apartheid in the title “does not serve the cause of peace and the use of it against the Jewish people in particular, who have been victims of the worst kind of discrimination, discrimination resulting in death, is offensive and wrong.”

In his statement Tuesday, Conyers said he called Carter “to express my concerns about the title of the book, and to request that the title be changed. President Carter does not build upon his career as a proponent of peace in the Middle East with this comparison and I hope he and his publisher will reconsider this decision.”

Conyers, a 20-term representative, is a founder of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Carter’s book is due to be published next month by Simon and Schuster.

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