Skip to comments.Former US President Jimmy Carter calls Arafat a "powerful human symbol"
Posted on 11/11/2004 8:56:09 AM PST by Saeder
Jimmy Strikes Again
MIAMI (AFP) - Former US President Jimmy Carter called Yasser Arafat (news - web sites) "a powerful human symbol and forceful advocate" who united Palestinians in their pursuit of a homeland.
"Yasser Arafat's death marks the end of an era and will no doubt be painfully felt by Palestinians throughout the Middle East and elsewhere in the world," Carter said.
"He was the father of the modern Palestinian nationalist movement. A powerful human symbol and forceful advocate, Palestinians united behind him in their pursuit of a homeland," he said in a statement distributed by his Atlanta, Georgia-based Carter Center.
He said that while Arafat provided "indispensable leadership to a revolutionary movement" and played a key role in forging a peace agreement with Israel in 1993, he was excluded from negotiations in recent years.
"My hope is that an emerging Palestinian leadership can benefit from Arafat's experiences, be welcomed to the peace process by (Israeli) Prime Minister (Ariel) Sharon and (US) President (George W.) Bush, and be successful in helping to forge a Palestinian state living in harmony with their Israeli neighbors," Carter said.
Both Carter and Arafat are Nobel peace prize laureates.
Arafat, who died at a Paris hospital early Thursday, was to be buried at his West Bank headquarters after a military funeral ceremony in Cairo Friday.
Carter "will not be attending the funeral," said Jon Moor, a Carter Center spokesman.
Haven't I read that Clinton had Arafat at the White House more than any other foreign "dignitary"?
I wish we could get a thread going with the quotes from 'notable'(notorious) dems, euro trash leaders and lefty reporters concerning Arafat's demise?? I sure have heard some doozies the last 12 hours.
The soul of the democrat party speaks.
Jimmuh is the official tard spokeman for the Government in Exile.
A symbol of evil, greed, and imposters everywhere (since he was really born in Egypt, was probably a homosexual, and was never interested in peace).
wneighbor, thanks you....
Jimmy Carter is a powerful human symbol of incompetence and stupidity. He left us with terrorism, economic hardship, and like Jacques Chirac, never met a leftist dictator he didn't like. Send him to the funeral and make him stay there.
American Jews, please take note!!! Aren't you glad you voted for the anti-Israel Democrat Party? What a bunch of idiots. Guess they all have a secret death wish!!!
The public, the left, the media seem to have awfully short memories.
The more Carter opens his mouth, the more ashamed I am that he is from Georgia.
He gets to hear Rachel Corrie scream obscenitites for all eternity.
I think Carter snapped after his engagement with the "Killer Rabbit"
I hope Jimmy "rabbit attack" Carter gets a Visa to go in to Gaza for the internment - and does not receive one to get out! If he thinks Palestinian terrorists are so nice, let him stay and be their leader. Scumbag.
It's also what I think of when I hear Carter say anything.
Of COURSE he did.