Former President Jimmy Carter, who has garnered much criticism in recent years for his harsh words about Israel, will address the Democratic National Convention in prime time.
The Democratic National Convention Committee and Obama for America announced that Carter will speak Sept. 4 via video on the second day of the convention in Charlotte, N.C. .
“President Carter is one of the greatest humanitarian leaders of our time and a champion of democracy around the globe,” said convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa.
Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, sharply criticized the invitation, saying, “I don’t think the convention should provide a platform for someone with such a biased obsession with Israel that borders on anti-Semitism.”
“Whether it’s Israel in particular or the Middle East in general, President Carter’s analysis has been consistently wrong, and harmful to the peace process to boot,” said David Harris, the president of the National Jewish Democratic Council.
Prime-time speakers at the convention include first lady Michelle Obama and the keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who will also speak on Sept. 4 at Time Warner Cable Arena. — jta