Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has come out in support of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s (PLO) bid to gain membership in international organizations.
The Ma’an news agency reported Carter’s comments, which come more than a week after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas submitted applications to be a part of 15 UN bodies on behalf of “Palestine.”
“The decisions by the Palestinians to exercise their right to join international organizations should not be seen as a blow to the peace talks,” Carter said in a statement.
“I hope that, on the contrary, it will help redress the power imbalance between Israelis and Palestinians, as we approach the 29 April deadline set by Secretary Kerry,” he said.
Carter has a history of supporting Palestinian affairs worldwide. He has previously called on the European Union to “introduce proper labeling of goods produced on illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.”
No stranger to giving criticism, Carter has condemned Israel time and again for purposely stalling peace talks and has blamed Israel previously for failed peace negotiations.
Carter, the author of “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” accuses Israel of deliberately creating an apartheid regime in the West Bank and Gaza. He refers to the security wall Israel had to build to stop the infiltration of suicide bombers and terrorists into Israel as an “imprisonment wall.”
“Palestinians are deprived of basic human rights, their land has been occupied, then confiscated, then colonized by the Israeli settlers,” he wrote.
Many of the facts espoused in Carter’s book have been proven false. The honest reporting group CAMERA concluded that the former president “clearly has an Israel, and even a Jewish problem.”