You don’t even have to read between the lines anymore to see Jimmy Carter’s utter loathing of all things Israel:
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, during a visit to Damascus on Tuesday, called for Israel to lift completely its blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Carter made the remarks in the forum of a delegation known as The Elders, who met with Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hamas leaders in Syria.
Please note the place of the forum: Syria, one of the world’s greatest human rights violators, noted by HRW recently for a decade of failure by Bashar Assad to improve upon his father’s record. Although, he really has improved on some things. His father murdered at least 10,000 of his own citizens in 1982. This nation, mind you, is the setting where the “Elders” (otherwise known as the Nosy and Useless Old Farts) chose to meet to discuss peace.
Carter’s best quote?
“The blockade is one of the most serious human rights violations on Earth and it must be lifted fully,” said Carter from Syria.
Sure. It’s a horrible, horrible human rights violation. Why, it’s just like Darfur, or the suppression of Chinese dissidents, or Tibet, or the lack of women’s rights throughout the Middle East (except in Israel), or the cutting off of thieves’ hands in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Yes, not allowing Hamas to freely import weapons that can murder Israelis is a terrible violation of their human rights.
“We believe that Hamas should be included in all the major efforts to peace … It is part of the Palestinian people,” Carter said. He added that “1.5 million Palestinians are held in a cage or prison while their human rights are taken away.”
The Gazans are now exporting goods to Egypt. Yeah, that blockade is just keeping them in cages. And for no reason whatsoever. It’s not like there are kassams and mortars fired regularly out of Gaza by Hamas and Hamas-affiliated terrorists. Oh. Wait. Mary Robinson is concerned about Hamas’ violation of human rights.
“In our meetings with the authorities we raised issues of human rights violations that were reported to us. Mr Haniyeh said that if they were provided with specific allegations, they would investigate and report the outcome to us. He also said that any mistakes would be corrected.”
I’m thinking the name “Gilad Shalit” never occurred in that conversation. But hey. Who cares about a single Israeli soldier kept in complete isolation for years when 1.5 million Gazans can’t come and go freely into Egypt and Israel? It’s a matter of scale, don’t you see? Rockets? Mortars? They’ll just magically stop when Israel opens the borders. Because in the world of the
Nosy and Useless Old Farts Elders, the rockets don’t exist. Only Israeli “human rights” violations.