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Boycotting Jimmy Carter

In a show of contempt for Jimmy Carter's new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, fourteen Jewish members of the Carter Center's Board of Councilors resigned. In an official statement released yesterday, the members said: “We can no longer support your … Read More

By / January 11, 2007

In a show of contempt for Jimmy Carter's new book, Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, fourteen Jewish members of the Carter Center's Board of Councilors resigned. In an official statement released yesterday, the members said:

“We can no longer support your strident and uncompromising position,” the letter said. “This is not the Carter Center or the Jimmy Carter we came to respect and support.”

Within hours of the heavily anticipated resignations, the Central Conference of American Rabbis announced they were cancelling a trip to the center in March.

The Carter Center’s executive director, John Hardman, appeared to downplay the significance of the resignations. In a statement released Thursday, he thanked the board members for their service to the center while noting their limited role in the center’s operations and the relatively small size of the group resigning.

“The Carter Center’s board of councilors is an advisory body of community leaders and businesspeople who are briefed quarterly on the center’s work and serve as emissaries of the center to the greater community,” Hardman said. “They are not engaged in implementing the work of the center and are not a governing board. There are more than 200 members of the board of councilors. The center’s governing board is the board of trustees.”

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