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ADL, Simon Wiesenthal Center Blast Cardozo’s Jimmy Carter Honor

April 10, 2013 12:51 pm 10 comments

Former President Jimmy Carter. Photo: www.reddogreport.com.

The Anti-Defamation League and The Simon Wiesenthal Center have weighed in on the decision by a journal at the Cardozo Law School, which is affiliated with Yeshiva University, to honor former U.S. President Jimmy Carter with its “International Advocate for Peace” award.

Abraham Foxman, the ADL’s National Director, told The Algemeiner: “The students were wrong – they are entitled to be wrong and inappropriate and we are entitled to say that honoring former President Carter is wrong, especially for  a Jewish institution…and indeed for any institution.  Desmond Tutu, who is more problematic than Jimmy Carter when it comes to issues relating to Israel, was also honored.  I wouldn’t do it.  I wouldn’t vote for it, I wouldn’t support it.  We need to do a better job educating – wrongly stigmatizing Israel does not help to resolve the problems.  Hopefully if we instill those values, future mistakes like this will not be made.”

Foxman added that “the University responded properly,” to the controversy.

Likewise Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Algemeiner that the students did not “exercise due diligence .”

“Had they done so,’ he added, “they would have discovered that Mr Carter has never resolved his conflict with the Jewish state. His serial bias against Israel is well-documented. That alone should have led tomorrow’s lawyers, whatever their ethnicity or religion,  to conclude  that President Carter should not receive such an honor.”

Many in the Jewish community have expressed their outrage at the honor being bestowed upon Carter, who is widely considered to be a hostile critic of the Jewish state having often referred to it as an “apartheid state” and encouraging the U.S. to embrace terror group Hamas as a legitimate peace partner. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, who wrote extensively about Carter in his book “The Case Against Israel’s Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace,” told The Algemeiner in an interview Monday that he “can’t imagine a worse person to honor for conflict resolution. Here’s a man who has engendered conflict wherever he goes. He has encouraged terrorism by Hamas and Hezbollah. He was partly responsible for Yasser Arafat turning down the Clinton-Barak peace offer.”

10 Comments

  • G. Fränkl

    This is the letter I sent to this lowlife rag (of Cardozo conflict Res. student publication) and its idiotic mush-for-brain JINO – self-hater – editor, enjoy!:

    “Seeing that nominally you, an ex-Hungarian, are the so-called editor-in-chief of your student paper,
    I would be extremely curious if awarding the antisemitic Carter was personally your idea at all from the beginning.

    It turns out that it’s your responsibility outright that such a shameful, disgusting figure got awarded anything.
    The only positive news is that hopefully this (and other prevaious faux pas-cases like the ultra-antisemite Tutu) contribute to the degradation and discredit this may well bring.
    to your now disreputable institution.

    And isn’t this what the shameless kapos did in the Lagers anno ’40s, like how my grandmother in A-Birkenau experienced herself (she had the misfirtune to personally see Amos Göth, the notorious sadist in charge of the camp)?

    Can you comprehend at all, can you grasp it with your extremely limited intellect and narrow-mindedness how utterly shameful, objectionable and revolting what you did? Are you a 12 years old feel-good-libtard little boy who is wholly incapable of weighing certain factors and search for, investigate things on your own?
    Have you read a book in your life or even better have you personally studied Carter’s influence on things? Have you uttered even a critical word while there feteing and celebrating your favourie Israel-demonizer old-school traditional antisemite? If you did not know any of this, why not? Why are you uninformed or underinformed? Why are you ignorant? Or even in a certain way, primitive? What’s your excuse not to know what obviously and clearly must be known? Do you have mush for brain, indeed?
    Aren’t you afraid in fact that not only the predictable neo-Nazis and all kinds of fascists are among your enemies, but completely justifiably also perfectly sane, normal, informed Jewish guys as well? At least those types, who do not wipe the spits in their face and say it’s just rain? Or is this perhaps, even worse, merely a function of your being a.
    self-hating Jew? One option is worse than the other. Surely, your grandparents who had the misfortune to be Shoa survivors or escapees are now turning in their graves at what a pos (no better description, really) their grandson has turned, even if your parents are applauding you with all four hands. Are you happy at least and intoxicated by the praise and false characterization of Carter by the so-called and ridiculously named “New York Peace Institute”?

    Revolting, blood curdling, vomit-inducing, pathetic…

    I am left profoundly disgusted, disappointed and angered at obsequious bootlickers at the service of their favourite enemies-of-Jews.
    Again, the only good news is that this perhaps could somehow contribute to the discredit of this low-quality so-called pseudo-high brow little publication and through that, the whole institution, sooner or later.

    Gábor Fränkl (34)
    Bp., Hungary”

  • Isaac Jakobson

    I can’t think of any other ethnic group that consistently give their enemies a platform for attacking them.

    We believe that by being righteous we will be accepted and loved by non-Jews. If this was true, anti-Semitism would have been eradicated long ago.

    • To Isaac Jakobson
      We, Jews, do not seek the “approval” or anything else from non-Jews. We’re perfectly capable of accomplishing anything and everything we set out to do…on our own. We’re used to antisemitism and hate from non Jews…it’s nothing new and nothing that should discourage any of us.

  • This is the letter I sent to this lowlife rag (of Cardozo conflict Res. student publication) and its idiotic mush-for-brain JINO – self-hater – editor, enjoy!:

    “Seeing that nominally you, an ex-Hungarian, are the so-called editor-in-chief of your student paper,
    I would be extremely curious if awarding the antisemitic Carter was personally your idea at all from the beginning.

    It turns out that it’s your responsibility outright that such a shameful, disgusting figure got awarded anything.
    The only positive news is that hopefully this (and other prevaious faux pas-cases like the ultra-antisemite Tutu) contribute to the degradation and discredit this may well bring.
    to your now disreputable institution.

    And isn’t this what the shameless kapos did in the Lagers anno ’40s, like how my grandmother in A-Birkenau experienced herself (she had the misfirtune to personally see Amos Göth, the notorious sadist in charge of the camp)?

    Can you comprehend at all, can you grasp it with your extremely limited intellect and narrow-mindedness how utterly shameful, objectionable and revolting what you did? Are you a 12 years old feel-good-libtard little boy who is wholly incapable of weighing certain factors and search for, investigate things on your own?
    Have you read a book in your life or even better have you personally studied Carter’s influence on things? Have you uttered even a critical word while there feteing and celebrating your favourie Israel-demonizer old-school traditional antisemite? If you did not know any of this, why not? Why are you uninformed or underinformed? Why are you ignorant? Or even in a certain way, primitive? What’s your excuse not to know what obviously and clearly must be known? Do you have mush for brain, indeed?
    Aren’t you afraid in fact that not only the predictable neo-Nazis and all kinds of fascists are among your enemies, but completely justifiably also perfectly sane, normal, informed Jewish guys as well? At least those types, who do not wipe the spits in their face and say it’s just rain? Or is this perhaps, even worse, merely a function of your being a.
    self-hating Jew? One option is worse than the other. Surely, your grandparents who had the misfortune to be Shoa survivors or escapees are now turning in their graves at what a pos (no better description, really) their grandson has turned, even if your parents are applauding you with all four hands. Are you happy at least and intoxicated by the praise and false characterization of Carter by the so-called and ridiculously named “New York Peace Institute”?

    Revolting, blood curdling, vomit-inducing, pathetic…

    I am left profoundly disgusted, disappointed and angered at obsequious bootlickers at the service of their favourite enemies-of-Jews.
    Again, the only good news is that this perhaps could somehow contribute to the discredit of this low-quality so-called pseudo-high brow little publication and through that, the whole institution, sooner or later.

    Gábor Fränkl (34)
    Bp., Hungary”

  • Unlike Abraham Foxman, I don’t think the university responded properly. First, they concealed, or tried to conceal, the choice of Jimmy Carter, and they were only outed a few days before the ceremony took place. This did not give the university – or especially the students – much time to contemplate the seriousness of the response. Possibly, if the students who voted for Carter had realized how deeply they had offended the Jewish community, they might have rescinded the invitation or qualified it in some way. Moreover, the students might have reflected on the damage they potentially caused the university and themselves. There have already been threats by donors of withdrawing future financial support, which could negatively affect the quality of the education students receive. And just being one of those involved in this scandal could haunt Cordozo students for years, jeopardizing their career opportunities.

    I think the students should be investigated, to see if they were offered any perks or financial incentives to choose Carter for the prestigious prize. I also think the bestowing of the prize should, in the future, not be left to a student journal, given that it reflects on the university as a whole even though this was not the intention. And finally, I think students should be forced to take more courses in anti-Semitism – because what is clear from this scandal is that Cardozo students are not as well-educated or intelligent as once assumed!

  • Jerry Goodman

    I don’t like or agree with President Jimmy Carter’s views on Israel and the Middle East. Mr. Carter should be reminded of that whenever it is appropriate. He has, however, performed on a broad scale and worked to improve life in various parts of the globe. I have not heard or read about any declaration that Israel’s security is not vital, or that the Jewish state has no right to exist in the Middle East. Viewing the world primarily through the prism of Israel may be a bit myopic. We would do Israel and the Jewish community much good when we expand our thinking and not become closeted in the confines of a narrow space.

    Jerry Goodman

    • G. Fränkl

      The words of a sellout, just like during 1930 Berlin. This of coruse more than applies to your fellow “shamed” (for good reason by the way, mind you and him!) Alan Gross.

  • Jimmy Carter is a true peacemaking hero, and Cardozo Law School appropriately recognized his dedication to peace. I am a Jew and strongly support Israel’s right to exist and to have its citizens (Jews and Arabs alike) live in peace. Carter’s major sin is maintaining neutrality and objectivity in the heat of conflict. Some of my fellow Jews and Zionists , as do most parties involved in conflicts, strongly favor blind support for their views over neutrality. Kudos to Cardozo, its respected Law School and Mediation Clinic, and Carter. As a long time supporter and contributor to Weisenthal and respectful of their work to combat anti-semitism all over the world, I am ashamed of their anti-Carter stand and plan to withdraw my support if this does not change. Sincerely yours, Alan

    • G. Fränkl

      Go ahead, dhimmi and bootlicker of odious antisemite Carter. Who needs you anyway, conceited vain slug?

  • richard sherman

    Foxman will have credibility when he is equally critical of the sociopath Muhammad who personally decapitated 900 unarmed jews at Quarayza….and those who revere him.

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