Anti-Semites, White Supremacists Exploit Jimmy Carter’s Book for Propaganda Value

New York, NY, January 4, 2007 … Jimmy Carter’s efforts to promote his book “Palestine Peace Not Apartheid” and his views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have created a sensation among domestic white supremacists and anti-Semites in the Arab world.

In the U.S., white supremacists have enthusiastically embraced the former president’s accusation that the Israel lobby stifles debate in this country, saying it confirms Jewish control of government and foreign policy as well as the inherently “evil” nature of Jews, according to racist Web sites and forums monitored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Meanwhile, the mainstream Arab media has used the controversy over Carter’s book to espouse and build upon their own virulently anti-Israel and anti-Jewish views, according to ADL monitoring of media in the Muslim and Arab world.

“Jimmy Carter’s book and especially his suggestion that he is under attack by a powerful Jewish lobby is candy for white supremacists and the Arab media, who exploit it to perpetuate conspiracy theories about evil and controlling Jews,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.  “While we know President Carter never intended this kind of reaction, it shows how his use of loaded terms and classic stereotypes of Jewish power have created a sensation among anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers the world over.

“President Carter’s embrace of rhetoric frequently used in extremist circles has had the unintended consequence of encouraging anti-Semitic extremists to exploit it and run with it,” added Mr. Foxman.

Excerpts from articles in the Arab press, posts on white supremacist forums, and reactions by pro-Palestinian groups in response to Carter’s book are available at ADL.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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