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Palestine Peace Not Apartheid

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,143 ratings  ·  324 reviews
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2006)
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Rating: 3.5* of five

The Publisher Says: Following his #1 New York Times bestseller, Our Endangered Values, the former president, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers an assessment of what must be done to bring permanent peace to Israel with dignity and justice to Palestine. President Carter, who was able to negotiate peace between Israel and Egypt, has remained deeply involved in Middle East affairs since leaving the White House. He has stayed in touch with the major playe...more
When I told my parents I was going to do solidarity work in Palestine, they - in the midst of yelling and tears - asked me why. I said that I wanted to be able to come back and talk about what I had seen. My father's retort was something along the lines of "What about Jimmy Carter's book? What could you possibly say that a Nobel prize winning well respected ex-president couldn't?"

A year after coming home, I finally read it. There's very little that Carter and I have to say that's the same, as we...more
My "review/criticism" from '07

Carter is not exempt from criticism. While his transformation from ex-president to quasi human rights activist deserves applause, his case for Palestine is not only incomplete, it's misleading. While Carter does great service to his readers by highlighting the Apartheid-style policies Israel has implemented in the occupied territories, he does his readers a grave injustice by inferring that Israel has an exemplary democracy in its own, albeit undefined, borders. Con...more

I just finished reading the latest book by Jimmy Carter Palestine Peace Not Apartheid. It's the book that has been so controversial because of the title. Some conservatives and liberals have said that Mr. Carter has stepped over the line and is showing his anti-semitism. I recommend that you read the book and make up your own mind. Mr. Carter has spent the last 30+ years working toward a fair and secure peace for the mid-east region and his work has bee...more
Oct 10, 2011 Gill rated it 1 of 5 stars
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“Interesting to understand Carter's point of view. Written in a childish, Sunday school style. Biggest failing is the blindness to official, state anti-Semitism in the Arab world and the consequent wild, irrational hatred of Jews, not just Israelis by the Arab public. To listen to Carter one would think that the governments of Egypt and Syria have some legal disputes with Israel that being reasonable people they could be resolved by negotiations if the Israelis would only be reasonable too.

Apr 29, 2008 JTobscure rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People whose rich parents would drive them in a BMW to the revolution.

Carter, the fellow who backed monied interest bullies and poverty pimps in third world elections against “Liberation Theology” leaders and the poor wherever he was invited, and acted as postman to every terrorist who returned his call, again tries to play the game of honest broker.

What follows is not a geo-political discourse, though Carter brings it out in his book -- but calls into the question the credibilty of the author on the subject of human rights. One, I argue, the author of the book...more
Despite its provocative title, Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, provides a balanced look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the book, Carter sifts through the pages of history and presents the story of the land of Israel in a concise, accessible account. He describes the many peace efforts in the region, like the Camp David Accords, and analyzes why they ultimately didn’t work from the perspective of someone who has been actively involved in the peace process. After hear...more
Steven Salaita
Carter's analysis really isn't very strong. His politics are pretty conventional, as one would expect from a former imperial manager (er, I mean US President). The book was such a sensation because of Carter's standing and reputation, not because of his groundbreaking theorization. The best part about it is that it makes Zionists absolutely frantic and pissy, which means that it has some real utility.
Elliot Ratzman
Jimmy Carter was demonized for writing this mild, sober book with a strong title; go figure. That’s how nervous alleged “pro-Israel” propagandists are about his even-handed assessment of Israel’s colonizing practices. Prez Carter, do recall, brokered the Camp David peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, but that hasn’t stopped the bizarre claim that he is an anti-Israel Christian anti-Semite--whatever. Few “buts” about it, the book is an apt intro to the Is-Pal conflict, one speckled with les...more
I read this when it first came out, but it seems very timely now to revisit. I had been under the impression that the Clinton administration had tried earnestly to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the book made it clear that there has been no real attempt on the part of the United States to help the Palestinians since the inception of the conflict. I would say that Bush's statement that a Palestinian State was the presumptive goal of any talks was probably the most effective help th...more
I just finished reading Jimmy Carter’s controversial book on the Palestine-Israel conflict. It’s both fascinating and accessible. Everyone should read it, no matter where they stand on this divisive issue. President Carter, responding to some of the vitriol that surrounded his book tour, said that we need to have a discussion and his book opens up space to have that discussion. I heartily agree.

Carter provides much needed historical and political context to the problem, covering the issue not on...more
Will Byrnes
As might have been expected, Israeli and Jewish leaders are apoplectic at Carter for daring to criticize Israel. David Ross, who worked with Carter, had published an Op Ed in the NY Times excoriating Carter for a factual error he had made in identifying a map in the book. Fourteen members of the board of Carter’s foundation resigned in protest. So what is all the fuss about?

Carter has a fluid, if dry writing style. One reads him for information and analysis, not for literary inspiration. It is d...more
Samer Jaber
من ذاكره السلام / بقلم سامر جبر

في كل هذه السنوات كنت اسمع بهذه الكلمه التي لم اجد لها معناً حقيقياً قد يتجسد يوماً في شارع. وادركت حجم سوء الفهم بين الفاهم والمفهوم (الحاكم والمحكوم) لكلمه تختلف بحروفها وما تحمله من معاني لا اعرفها لانني لم التمسها يوماً على ارض الواقع. وبقيت مجرد تصافح ايداً لم تخرج من شاشات التلفزه وبقيت محصوره في الاعلام فقط. وكانت تغطيه الحدث هي الحدث الاكبر من هذا الحدث.

وتبدا الاحداث تتضارب هنا وهناك في تلفاز هنا وراديو هناك وكان الحل كان ضائع وقد وجدوه. نسمع عن سكة قطار ب...more
The first political book I ever read. I learned a little more about the region and the charts that were included were really helpful. I read a lot of negative reviews for this book, but decided to read it anyway. Most reviewers, I have noticed, generally give a negative review on something (books, movies, music, etc.) and people that actually read, watch or listen, find them enjoyable. I have stopped listening to reviews and instead decided to gain my own perspective of the material. I am glad t...more
Paula Weston
A fascinating look at the politics of the Israeli-Palestinian situation from someone who has been actively involved in the process, first as US President, and then as the head of an organisation helping to run democratic elections in the Middle East. A refreshing perspective from a well-known American, who is frank, open, and even-handed in his treatment. It is written in simple language and is a great primer for people wanting to understand the background of the situation, and where it was at w...more
Alejandra Streeper
Absolutely everybody should read this book!!!... It is a very good introduction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It starts kind of slow and you don't really know what to expect, but after the first chapter it gets very interesting. It begins with a little of the history of both cultures so you can understand where it all started, and then it explains in a very clear and easy way how the events developed. If you thought Arabs were the bad guys you should check this out, it will enlighten your...more
Jun 26, 2007 Jill rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Anyone
A decent book, a basic discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but I thought I could have learned more by picking up another book with more detail.

I liked the title a lot- because comparing the occupation of Palestine to apartheid in S Africa helps make a comparison to something a lot of people are more familiar with. And, I like Jimmy Carter, he helps build houses for poor people and isn't afraid to publicly say bad things about Bush!
I learned so much while reading this incredible book. And, I have a new respect for Jimmy Carter.
It was disillusioning to reaffirm that peace is so illusive between Israel and Palestine, but I now have a deeper understanding of why that is so and probably always will be. The efforts of the U.S. to negotiate a peace settlement in the Middle East are fruitless, at best.

I did not realize how deeply involved the Carter's were in the Middle East. No wonder he won the Peace Prize! He has put his heart...more
A really crappy view of the world. Makes the most asinine statement that it's OK for Palestinian suicide bombers to keep attacking Israel until Israel gives up some more of its land.
Jun 16, 2008 Mjmt1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: everyone
I loved this book and it was a suprisingly quick read. President Carter helped clarify the historical perspective for me. I found it fascinating and think everyone should read it.

Parker W
I wanted to find out more about the middle east situation... and I picked up this one because it was the most recent and also I felt like Jimmy Carter would have some insight, and I guess I quasi-trust the guy because I'm always hearing about his humanitarian work.

This book is simply written, as to be read and understood easily by just about anybody. While it didn't go into a lot of detail, it unraveled the recent history of the area and wove it into Carter's personal experiences there over tim...more
Continuing impediments have been the desire of some Israelis for Palestinian land, the refusal of some Arabs to accept Israel as a neighbor [sic], the absence of a clear and authoritative Palestinian voice acceptable to Israel, the refusal of both sides to join peace talks without onerous preconditions, the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and the recent lack of any protracted effort by the United States to pursue peace based on international law and previous agreements ratified by Israel.

Jimmy Ca...more
AlAmmari Mohammed
I admire Jimmy Carters effort for peace in the Middle East and I even admire his courage to write this book.
Many people in particular the US citizens and a big part of the world have a lack of information's and a negative idea about the Palestinians and their cause and that is due to the media.
This book provides many useful information for those who seek the truth not through the media which in my opinion is very one sided ,but by personal efforts.
I have read this on twitter : ( Israel has broke...more
Arda Aghazarian
This hardcover with the daring title: “Palestine: Peace not Apartheid” is clearly not going to be welcomed at the Israeli Ben Gurion airport. Above the title is an image of the so-called Israeli “security fence” forced on Palestinian land, which former President of the United States Jimmy Carter is not hesitant to refer to as an “imprisonment wall”. Next to this apartheid-like image is Carter’s profile; his hands rest on his chin and the look on his face suggests deep concern, perhaps even a lit...more
Lori Crossley
Very concise, well laid out and well thought out background to the current upheaval in the Middle East with an unbiased presentation of the issues for both sides. President Carter is able to take all the "white noise" out of the arguments and boil this down to how the Palestinians have made poor decisions at certain junctures following the passing of UN resolution 242 and how the Israelis have not truly come to the negotiating tables with the intent of finding a permanent resolution beyond anyth...more
Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid is President Carter’s personal reflection on the troubled region and the trials and tribulations that he went through in attempting peace for the Middle East. More specifically, President Carter highlights the issue of how Palestine is being systematically dissected and intra-segregated in a form of legalised racism and murderous apartheid which the world has chosen to ignore. Jimmy Carter served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

The blo...more
Paul Lunger
From 2006, Jimmy Carter's "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" covers his role in the Middle East Peace Process from his first visit to the region in the early 1970s through his presidency & beyond. Each step of the way, Mr. Carter the process as he has witnessed it through the various stages of his life & the presidents that have followed him from Reagan through Bush 43. Each chapter while being relatively easy to read does provide an insight into the steps & missteps taken in the proce...more
Mike  Davis
This is a must-read for anyone who has an interest in Middle East peace. Carter, an honest man of professed Christian faith, long removed from partisan politics and internationally recognized as a man of peace, has worked over decades with and known personally the evolving leaders of both Israel and Palestine as well as other Middle Eastern countries.

In this book, Carter gives a brief history of the Arab-Israeli conflict and gives an honest look into the errors and intentions from both sides of...more

I’m not sure why I picked this up when easily one of the most frequently used words I’d be happy to never hear again on the news, along with “democracy”, would be “Israel”…but I recall some so-called prominent Americans giving Carter hell when this book came out. The obviousness to that is that “prominent” Americans don’t really like history and facts and get irate whenever Israel is thought of as anything but cute and cuddly.
Carter does a half-decent job of giving a Reader’s Digest-esque histo...more
An apartheid situation is what exists now, and Israel is building a wall like in Berlin to essentially imprison the Palestinians. It is so sad, it rips my heart out, because I want to support Israel, and believe in their vision of protection from another Holocaust, but essentially they have created an inhumane situation that makes it almost impossible to. Our country has pledged our support to Israel despite these things, but President Carter is absolutely clear and persuasive that things have t...more
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James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. was the thirty-ninth President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981, and the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Prior to becoming president, Carter served two terms in the Georgia Senate and as the 76th Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975.

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“The bottom line is this: Peace will come to Israel and the Middle East only when the Israeli government is willing to comply with international law, with the Roadmap for Peace, with official American policy, with the wishes of a majority of its own citizens--and honor its own previous commitments--by accepting its legal borders. All Arab neighbors must pledge to honor Israel's right to live in peace under these conditions. The United States is squandering international prestige and goodwill and intensifying global anti-American terrorism by unofficially condoning or abetting the Israeli confiscation and colonization of Palestinian territories.” 11 likes
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