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Published on Aug 20, 2008 by Phyllis Chesler

Written for Pajamas Media

Guess Who's Opening The DNC?

The Man From Plains, Georgia


Senator Obama has released his line-up of convention speakers. His choice of speakers is neither wise nor moral nor are there that many new faces among them. Yes, I know: Senator Obama has to invite the previous living Democratic Presidents, it would be a break with tradition for him not to do so. But isn't "change" Senator Obama's mantra? And if not now, when?

For example, Obama has invited Jimmy Carter, the former one-time President of the United States to speak on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention.

Jimmy Carter? Yes, the President who, in 1979-1980, did not find a way to rescue the 52 Americans held hostage for 444 days by Khomeini's goons; the current President Amadinejad was probably one of the young goons.

Jimmy Carter? Yes, the President who, post 9/11, still continued to blame America for the Arab hatred of America and who viewed America's call for democracy in the Middle East as a justifiably "discredited" one. In a 2006 interview in the German Spiegel, Carter justified the hatred of America as caused by America's invasion of Iraq and support for Israel.

Spiegel: You also mentioned the hatred for the United States throughout the Arab world which has ensued as a result of the invasion of Iraq. Given this circumstance, does it come as any surprise that Washington's call for democracy in the Middle East has been discredited?

Carter: No, as a matter of fact, the concerns I exposed have gotten even worse now with the United States supporting and encouraging Israel in its unjustified attack on Lebanon.

Spiegel: But wasn't Israel the first to get attacked?

Carter: I don't think that Israel has any legal or moral justification for their massive bombing of the entire nation of Lebanon. What happened is that Israel is holding almost 10,000 prisoners, so when the militants in Lebanon or in Gaza take one or two soldiers, Israel looks upon this as a justification for an attack on the civilian population of Lebanon and Gaza. I do not think that's justified, no."

Oh, where do I begin?

From 1967 on, Palestinian terrorists hijacked planes, bombed synagogues, took hostages, and killed Jewish and Israeli civilians; they did so long before a so-called "settler" movement began living in disputed territories.

Long before America invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, and long before 9/11, the following Arab Muslim/Islamist/terrorist attacks against America (and against western civilians) took place:

On April 18, 1983, a suicide car bomber blew up the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing sixty-three, including seventeen Americans.

On October 23, 1983, terrorist operatives blew up the U.S. Marine barracks and French military headquarters in Beirut, killing 241 marines and 58 French paratroopers. Jeffrey Goldberg, staff reporter for the New Yorker, attributes this attack to Hezbollah (a.k.a. the Islamic Jihad Organization, a.k.a. the Organization of the Oppressed on Earth). Prior to 9/11, it was the most deadly terrorist attack on Americans.

On June 14, 1985, Hezbollah seized a TWA jet and commandeered its flight to Beirut, demanding the release of seven hundred Arabs held in Israeli jails. One U.S. Navy diver was killed and thirty-nine Americans were held hostage until July 1. Goldberg reported that the United States held one of Arafat's former bodyguards, Imad Mugniyah, responsible for most of Hezbollah's anti-American attacks, including this one.

On April 5, 1986, a bomb, putatively Libyan, exploded in a Berlin nightclub killing 2 U.S. servicemen and wounding 230 other people. "Libya is blamed, "according to the Associated Press (AP).

On December 21, 1988, Libyan terrorists blew up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people, including some on the ground.

On February 26, 1993 a car bomb planted by radical Islamists exploded in the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center towers, killing six and wounding more than a thousand. The four convicted perpetrators were all linked to the blind Egyptian radical Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman, himself indicted as the leader of a larger alleged conspiracy to destroy the United Nations headquarters and the Lincoln and Holland tunnels.

On June 25, 1996, a truck packed with explosives exploded outside the Khobar Towers in Dharam, Saudi Arabia, killing nineteen U.S. servicemen and wounding hundreds. According to Goldberg, the U.S. also suspects former Arafat bodyguard Mugniyah of involvement in this case. However, according to the Washington Post, American investigations in 1998 pointed exclusively to Iranian agents.

On November 17, 1997, Jemaah Islamiyah operatives shot and killed more than sixty tourists visiting the temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Luxor, Egypt. There were Japanese, Swiss, German, and British among the dead.

ON August 7, 1998, Al Qaeda detonated two car bombs and destroyed the U.S. embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam simultaneously, killing 224 and wounding thousands. The AP reported that bin Laden was suspected.

On October 12, 2000, Al Qaeda attackers bombed the U.S.S. Cole as it refueled in the Yemeni port of Aden, killing seventeen sailors. Again "bin Laden [was] suspected."

On September 11, 2001 Arab Muslims, mainly from Saudi Arabia, and acting for Al-Qaeda, flew two planes into the World Trade Center and a third plane into the Pentagon. Passengers forced a fourth plane to crash in a Pennsylvania field.

These attacks all took place before America invaded A!fghanistan or Iraq.

The list of atrocities committed against peaceful Israeli civilians is a far longer list which I shall reserve for another article. Suffice to say, Carter has consistently glorified Palestinian terrorism and demonized Israel's attempts to defend herself.

Let's set all this aside. Let's assume that none of the above ever happened. But Senator Obama, who attended Pastor Jeremiah Wright's church for twenty years, the very church that Oprah attended but left after three years, has chosen a classical Jew-hater as an opening night speaker. (Will he throw him under the bus too? Or say that he did not know…?) Yes, I am still talking about Jimmy Carter.

Carter is not merely an anti-Zionist kind of anti-Semite. His is a good ol' boy style of Jew-hatred. It is rooted in his version of Christianity. It is racism, raw and unadulterated.

In the late 1990s and into the twenty-first century, President Jimmy, the author of Palestine, Peace Not Apartheid taught a series of Bible classes titled Sunday Mornings in Plains. A tape of his classes was issued in CD form by Simon and Schuster. A student at Columbia, Michael Miller, listened to these CDs and partially transcribed them with commentary galore. I read some of the transcripts with my heart in my throat. I could not bear to read them all.

I have written about this Here. Trust me: Carter hates Jews big time and his Jew-hatred is based on a perverse reading of the Bible. This breaks my heart since I am a strong supporter of Jewish-Christian alliances. However, I doubt that Carter speaks for anyone else other than himself and the Saudi Lobby which has rewarded him so handsomely.

Carter repeatedly whips up hatred towards modern-day Israeli Jews by telling lies, half-truths, and ancient, out-of-context truths. For example, he insists that (all) Jews view (all) Christians as "dogs" and despise and persecute (all) Christians because they are "unclean, uncircumcised."

Anyone familiar with Middle Eastern realities will understand that it is Muslims who view Christians as unclean infidels and it is Muslims who persecute, forcibly convert, exile, lynch, and be-head Christians. Palestinian Islamists have desecrated churches and murdered Christians. The very Israeli Jewish government whom Carter is railing against in his Bible classes has protected the holy sites of all religions. And, it is ethnic Arab Muslims who have been murdering black African Christians and Muslims in Darfur.

President Jimmy also presents the allegedly great power of Jews who lived under Roman occupation in Jesus' time as the emblem for the contemporary cabal of power wielded by contemporary Jewish and Israeli Zionists. In his teachings, the stench of Messiah-murder clings to every possible Jewish deed.

And this man was once the President of the United States?

Maybe the crime of the Jew is that of having been there first, of being both the Mother and Father of religious monotheism. Maybe our descendants, whether they are rebellious followers or detractors, need to get out from under our looming parental shadow. But a true Christian is not supposed to hate. In fact, he is supposed to forgive even those who torment him. To demonize and scapegoat an essentially innocent people is so un-Christian that we might not only ask whether Jimmy Carter is a Jew-hater but whether he is really a good Christian.


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