Jimmy Carter is taking lots of heat because of his meetings with various leaders of Hamas. One Republican in Congress even called for the revocation of his passport. That's a pretty good one for a man who is an ex President of the United States responsible for engineering the Camp David Accords during his term in the white house. The latest attempt by Carter is seen by reasonable people as his belief that talking with Hamas is better then not talking. Blessed are the peace makers I'd argue.
Carter also wrote a book “Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid" that lead to him taking enormous amounts of abuse and flack from the Jewish Lobby because of the books pro Palestinian slant. So much for freedom of speech. He was labeled antisemitic and demonized for writing a book that attempts to explain the history and politics of the region from the perspective of a man who many would admits is probably one of the most knowledgeable about the subject.
It's rather ironic in this country how any narrative put forth by anyone that is the least bit critical of Israel is immediately attacked and discredited. Politicians live in fear of being associated in any way with an affront to the all powerful Jewish lobby or the official Israeli position. Stories about what is really going on in the Middle East, as it relates to Israel, often aren't even published here because of Jewish control of the media or fear of reprisals from pro Israeli organizations. This leads to Americans often not getting the facts or the truth about what is really going on in Palestinian territories.
But life there for Palestinians if often deplorable under the boot of Israeli occupations. As Israel's main ally the United States often gets the blame for the sins of Israel in the eyes of the Arab world. This leads to more hatred of America and recruits for extremist organizations liked Hamas, Hezbolla and even Al-Qaeda.
The suppression of real news about Israel doesn't exist so much in Britain or Europe. I was interested to see The Independent, a respected British newspaper, newly published shocking stories and testimonies that reveal abductions, beatings and torture, where Israeli soldiers confess the horror they have visited on Hebron during the Israeli occupation there. A news story most US newspapers won't cover.