Carter to visit Gaza with Elders later this month 8Aug09 August 9, 2009

PHOTO: Ma'an Images

PHOTO: Ma'an Images

Bethlehem – Ma’an/Agencies
8 August 2009

Former US President Jimmy Carter will visit the Gaza Strip by the end of August, he said at a Christian conference in the US state of Oklahoma on Friday, according to an affiliated news agency.

The Associated Baptist Press reported on Saturday that the former president would use his visit “to try to let the world know what’s happening to the people there,” which he also described as a humanitarian crisis.

Speaking at the conference in Norman, Okla., Carter noted he would be traveling with a delegation of The Elders, a group of global leaders brought together by former South African President Nelson Mandela. The country’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu is expected to join.

Carter last visited Gaza in June, when he condemned Israel’s “maltreatment of the people in Gaza, who are literally starving and have no hope at this time.”

“According to the UN 41,000 of their homes are either severely damaged or destroyed. And for five months they haven’t gotten a single sack of cement, or single sheet of plaster,” he noted. “They’re being treated like savages.”

During his remarks on Friday, the devout Christian and Nobel Peace Prize winner called on like-minded adherents to “put forward Jesus’ standards that appeal to human beings – peace, justice, humility, service, compassion, forgiveness, love and the alleviation of suffering,” according to the news agency.

In May, the former president invited religious leaders to a two-day summit at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss the “growing sense of despair” in the Holy Land.


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