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February 2, 2011

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They want more than just peanuts.

A group of disgruntled readers filed a $5 million-plus suit against former President Jimmy Carter today over his book “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”

The Manhattan federal court filing claims the 2006 best-seller “is filled with demonstrable falsehoods, omissions and knowing misrepresentations intended to promote Carter’s agenda of anti-Israel propaganda.”

The class-action suit charges the Nobel Peace Prize winner and publisher Simon & Schuster with breach of contract, unjust enrichment and deceit for promoting the $27 hard-cover “as a work of non-fiction.”

“This lawsuit challenges the defendants’ actions in attempting to capitalize on Carter’s status as a former president of the United States to mislead unsuspecting members of the reading public who thought they could trust their former president to tell the truth,” court papers say.

Carter’s press secretary didn’t return a request for comment, but Simon & Schuster called the suit “frivolous” and “without merit.”

“It is a chilling attack on free speech that we intend to defend vigorously,” spokesman Adam Rothberg said.

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