Stewart Mills (NSW) responds to Darshan-Letner’s “Hitting terrorist organisations in the wallet” SMH, 18Feb11 PUBLISHED February 17, 2011

The Sydney Morning Herald:  “Hitting terrorist organisations in the wallet” by Nitsana Darshan-Letner, 18 February 2011

Don’t be fooled by Israeli activist lawyer Nitsana Darshan-Letner (“Hitting terrorist organizations in the wallet”, 17 February).  Her real agenda is not fighting terrorism but silencing critics of Israel.  Two weeks ago the Israel Law Center, a right wing advocacy group, instigated a law suit against former President of the United States, Jimmy Carter for his book ‘Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid’.

According to the five individuals named in the complaint, Carter’s book is “in fact demonstrably false and misleading” and that “his hatred of Israel has led him to commit this fraud on public”.  Further they allege Carter’s work is fiction and has no place in “works of history”.  They are suing Carter and his publisher Schuster for $5 million for consumer fraud.

In response Adam Rothberg of Simon & Schuster argues the “lawsuit is frivolous” and is an attempt to “punish the author, a Nobel Peace prize winner and world renowned statesmen and his publisher, for writing and publishing a book with which the plaintiffs simply disagree.”

I agree that the killing of 30 Israelis over an 8 year period from mortars and projectiles fired from Gaza is an act of terror as the UN Goldstone report rightly identifies.  However, if Ms Darshan-Letner really wants to be even-handed in her fight against terrorism then she needs to look closer to home at the involvement of her own government in its program of state sanctioned violence through perpetuating the 43 year occupation of Palestine, continued settlement expansion and the killing of 1400 people (and the maiming of thousands more) two years ago in Gaza.

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