Jimmy Carter addresses Muslim Americans: “I hope all of you will use the principals of Allah to bring peace and justice to all.”

Former President Jimmy Carter speaks during his keynote speech, Saturday Aug. 30, 2014, during the 51st Islamic Society of North America Annual Convention at Cobo Hall in Detroit. (Steve Perez / The Detroit News)

Detroit— During a speech at the annual convention for the Islamic Society of North America on Saturday, former President Jimmy Carter said peace between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East is a dream he still prays can be achieved.

“You can’t bring peace to the Middle East without justice and human rights for the Palestinians,” Carter told a packed hall at Cobo Center. “When my prayers are answered and we have peace in that Holy Land then the Israelis and all their neighbors will be blessed to live in peace and prosperity.”
Hazim Bata, ISNA’s new executive director and CEO, said he was humbled to be in the presence of Carter.

“President Carter has spent his entire life helping others around him just as all of you have helped those around you and paved the way for the next generation,” Bata told the crowd at the luncheon.

The former president detailed the work that his foundation, the Carter Center, does around the world. In addition to working to eradicate disease, promoting human rights and monitoring elections to make sure they are fair, Carter said a major role is to work for peace in the Middle East, a statement that earned him hearty applause…