from the Jerusalem Post:Carter went on to laud the Hamas victory as fair, democratic and legal. He had no comment on their violent coup d'etat in Gaza, their attacks on Israeli border guards (attacks that effectively cut Gaza residents off from food and fuel supplies) or their firing on unarmed peace demonstrators (two were killed) over the weekend. Read about his friends in Hamas here.
"The United States, Israel and the European Union must end their policy of favoring Fatah over Hamas, or they will doom the Palestinian people to deepening conflict between the rival movements, former US President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday.
Carter, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was addressing a conference of Irish human rights officials, said the Bush administration's refusal to accept the 2006 election victory of Hamas was 'criminal.'"