(JNS.org) Alumni and pro-Israel
supporters of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law have
launched a campaign to prevent to the university from awarding former President
Jimmy Carter with the school’s “International Advocate for Peace Award.”
The award is being presented by the Cardozo
Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Former President Jimmy Carter. Credit: Department of Defense.
In reaction to the award, a group of leading
alumni and pro-Israel supporters calling itself “The Coalition of Concerned
Cardozo Alumni” has established a website, shameoncardozo.com, which accuses
Jimmy Carter of “anti-Israel bigotry” and urges Cardozo alumni to contact the
Dean of Cardozo and the President to Yeshiva University to express their
Carter has been criticized by many in
the Jewish community for his 2006 book Palestine:
Peace Not Apartheid, which criticizes Israel’s presence in the West Bank.
Many leading Jewish scholars, including former top Mideast diplomat Dennis
Ross, Emory University Professor and Middle East historian Kenneth Stein, and
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, have pointed out inaccuracies in Carter’s
“I can’t imagine a worse candidate for any kind
of a human rights award,” Dershowitz told the Washington Free Beacon on Monday. “He has more blood on his hands
than practically any other president.”
Yeshiva University and Cardozo Law School have
defended their choice, and told the Jewish
Press in a statement that they plan to honor Carter for his “lifetime of work, from
the historic Camp David Peace Accord between Israel and Egypt, to monitoring
some 90 elections around the world and supporting fledgling democracies to
resolve conflicts without violence.”
Meanwhile, a number of Cardozo alumni plan to
use civil disobedience to block Carter from attending the event.
“Mr. Carter ain’t going to get anywhere,” Daniel Rubin, 62, told
the Forward. “There’s no reason for a
school that has any sense of Jewish integrity to have a guy like that around,”