Going very cheap
Dershowitz: Recent disclosures of Carter’s extensive financial connections to Arab oil money, particularly from Saudi Arabia, had deeply shaken my belief in his integrity. When I was first told that he received a monetary reward in the name of Shiekh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahayan, and kept the money, even after Harvard returned money from the same source because of its anti-Semitic history, I simply did not believe it. How could a man of such apparent integrity enrich himself with dirty money from so dirty a source?
And let there be no mistake about how dirty the Zayed Foundation is. I know because I was involved, in a small way, in helping to persuade Harvard University to return more than $2 million that the financially strapped Divinity School received from this source. Initially I was reluctant to put pressure on Harvard to turn back money for the Divinity School, but then a student at the Divinity School — Rachael Lea Fish — showed me the facts They were staggering.
I was amazed that in the 21st century there were still foundations that espoused these views.
The Zayed Centre for Coordination and Follow-up – a think-tank funded by the Shiekh and run by his son – hosted speakers who called Jews “the enemies of all nations,” attributed the assassination of John Kennedy to Israel and the Mossad and the 9/11 attacks to the United States’ own military, and stated that the Holocaust was a “fable.” (They also hosted a speech by Jimmy Carter.) To its credit, Harvard turned the money back. To his discredit, Carter did not.
Jimmy Carter was, of course, aware of Harvard’s decision, since it was highly publicized. Yet he kept the money. Indeed, this is what he said in accepting the funds: “This award has special significance for me because it is named for my personal friend, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan.” Carter’s personal friend, it turns out, was an unredeemable anti-Semite and all-around bigot.
Read it all here! *L* KGS
H/T : Markus
NOTE: Israel’s UN Ambassador to the UN is on the very same page with Dershowitz:
Gillerman calls Carter ‘a bigot’
Israel’s ambassador to UN says former US president ‘went to the region with soiled hands and came back with bloody hands after shaking the hand of Khaled Mashaal, the leader of Hamas’
UPDATE: From Moshe:
AS much as I am opposed to Israel’s present admininistarion and extremely critical of Prime Minister Olmert, I have to give credit to his stand on Jimmy Carter and refused to meet with him. The position is that President Carter’s actions and writings do not reflect a positive element in ongoing negotiations with the Arabs but in fact show his prejudice based on his own material interests. (this is my interpretation)
In the past I received e-mail, uncomplimentary, because I also accused Jimmy Carter of being anti-Israel and in fact, anti-Semitic.
Professor Alan Dershowitz wrote the following which outlines the many reasons why Carter’s attempts in the Middle East proved not only unsuccessful but in fact, harmful..