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“Israel not following its own values”
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 23:27 IST
WASHINGTON, DC: Former US President Jimmy Carter has said that Israelâ€™s treatment of Palestinians in the occupied territories is one of the worldâ€™s worst cases of oppression. In an interview to CNNâ€™s Larry King on Monday to talk about his new book Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid, Carter said that Israeli policies in its country as well as the occupied territories have deprived Palestinians of basic human rights, and that nobody ever talks about it.
â€˜â€˜There is a clear distinction between the policies within the nation of Israel and within the occupied territories that Israel controls,â€ he said, â€œand the oppression of the Palestinians by Israeli forces in the occupied territories is horrendous.â€ He added that this important issue is hardly ever discussed in the US, and therefore does not get the attention it deserves.
He said, â€œYou never hear anything about what is happening to the Palestinians by the Israelis. As a matter of fact, itâ€™s one of the worst cases of oppression that I know of now in the world. The Palestiniansâ€™ land has been taken away from them. They now have an encapsulating or an imprisonment wall being built around whatâ€™s left of the little tiny part of the holy land that is in the West Bank.â€
Carter, a Nobel laureate and founder of The Carter Centre, a human rights and peace non-profit, said that it is possible to find everlasting peace between the embattled nations. He said, â€œI was the one that negotiated a peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, not a word of which has ever been violated. So, Iâ€™ve devoted a good portion of my adult life trying to bring peace to Israel, which I admire very much.â€