Courageous Journalist Alison Weir
Americans Knew was originally
founded by an American freelance journalist, Alison
Weir, who traveled independently throughout the West
Bank and Gaza Strip in February and March of 2001. Ms.
Weir found a situation largely the
reverse of what was being reported by the American media.
Weir presents a powerful, well documented view of the
Middle East today. She is intelligent, careful, and
critical. American policy makers would benefit greatly
from hearing her first-hand observations and attempting
to answer the questions she poses.” -Tom Campbell, Former
Congressman and Dean of Haas School of Business
of 2004, Ms. Weir was inducted into honorary membership
of Phi Alpha Literary Society, founded in 1845 at Illinois
College. The award cited her as a: “Courageous journalist-lecturer
on behalf of human rights. The first woman to receive
an honorary membership in Phi Alpha history.”
on “How Can Peace Be Achieved Between Israelis and Palestinians?”
Thursday, October 2nd, 2003
, Alison Weir and If Americans Knew received
a voicemail message saying: “On Monday, at 2 PM,
you better not be in your office. Because me and
my buddies, who were trained in the Israeli Army, will
come and kill every single one of you."
The caller said, "This is not a joke. On Monday you
better watch out. Don’t come to work. And close your
organization or you’re going to die.”
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It was Israel's intentional murder of our service men
on June 8, 1967. Israel did not want the world to know
it was systematically exterminating captured Egyptians
at the time. Israel did not want our intelligence ship
to learn of their war crimes. "Our" current
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"THE UNITED STATES
AND ISRAEL, A RELATIONSHIP THAT ENDANGERS AMERICANS"
Report from a CPAP briefing by Alison Weir
On 8 June 1967, in the midst of combat between Israel
and Egypt, the USS Liberty, an electronics intelligence
ship -- popularly known as a "spy ship" --
was off the coast of the Gaza Strip patrolling the international
waters of the Mediterranean when it came under attack
from the United States' closest ally, Israel. Two Mirage
planes fired on the Liberty killing 34 Americans and
injuring 171. For more than two hours the Liberty endured
an intense air and sea assault but the ship would not
sink. Seeing that their plan had failed, Israel, according
to Alison Weir, a freelance journalist who investigated
and wrote extensively about the attack, offered support
to the survivors.
was refused, said Weir during a 21 August 2002 Center
for Policy Analysis on Palestine (CPAP) briefing. Liberty
limped into Malta, where 821 rocket, missile and bullet
holes were counted.
majority of Americans at the time, Weir had never heard
of the assault. It never made it into newspapers, magazines,
or news broadcasts. But despite the effort by U.S. politicians
and Navy officials to cover-up the attack, much has
been revealed by Liberty survivors -- including several
Medal-of-Honor winners and high-ranking military officers
-- who gave first-hand accounts of their experience.
compelling account came from Terry Halbadier, an electronics
technician. Halbadier was on deck sunbathing when Israeli
aircrafts circled the Liberty flying as low as 200 feet.
Halbadier recalled being able to see the pilots and
the plane's Israeli markings. Later, when the Mirage
planes approached, the Liberty crew remained at ease
knowing that the Arabs did not have Mirages, only their
friend Israel. The Israelis took out the Liberty's transmission
antennas, leaving one which had been disabled for repairs.
Halbadier managed to send a distress call. However,
explained Weir, former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert
MacNamara ordered the Phantom jets and tankers launched
to rescue the Liberty to return to base. Later, the
Pentagon argued that the Israelis had acknowledged their
"mistake" and the attack was over. The Israelis,
the Pentagon explained, would assist the Liberty.
would Israel attack the Liberty? Some, like former Undersecretary
of State George Ball, believed that Israel feared that
the Liberty's advanced transmission interception capability
would expose its plan to invade Syria and its execution
of Egyptian prisoners of war.
The cover-up, and the United States' acceptance of Israel's
explanation that it had mistaken the Liberty for an
Egyptian ship -- although the Liberty was five times
bigger than the Egyptian ship and was a clearly marked
United States vessel in international water -- astonished
Weir. "I could not believe that a peace-time attack
on the U.S. military, by a supposed ally and largest
recipient of U.S. aid, could go so unnoticed,"
Equally troubling to Weir was Congress's refusal to
investigate the attack, although it had held hearings
on every other peace-time attack on an American ship.
"Could Israel be that powerful, our Congress that
cowed, our leaders that negligent? Our citizens that
under-informed?" Weir asked over and over again.
that U.S. policies were not being promoted to benefit
American citizens or U.S. interests. Instead, U.S. officials
were promoting policies that would ensure their re-election.
Weir argued that the United States' "special"
relationship with Israel is one in which the United
States is "steadily insulted, endangered, and damaged."
It is that
relationship, argued Weir that has allowed Israel to
perpetuate "horrors" against the Palestinian
people. Weir again blamed the media for keeping the
American people misinformed. Weir pointed out that coverage
of violence in the current Palestinian intifada in which
Israeli forces killed over 140 Palestinians before the
first Jewish citizen was killed was underreported. She
added that over 80 Palestinian children were killed
-- most by gunfire to the head -- before the first Israeli
child was killed. Not only have most of the facts gone
unreported, Israel's brutality, explained Weir, is referred
to as "retaliation" in the American media.
Weir and others are currently involved in an effort
to get a Congressional hearing on the events surrounding
the Liberty. Weir strongly believes that once Americans
know the facts, they will act in the best interest of
text is based on remarks delivered on 21 August 2002
by Alison Weir. The speaker's views do not necessarily
reflect those of the Center for Policy Analysis on Palestine
(CPAP) or The Jerusalem Fund. This "For the Record"
summary maybe used without permission but with proper
attribution to CPAP. To contact Weir, write to [email protected]
This information first appeared in "For the Record"
No. 127, 22 August 2002.
Source for above
article is: http://www.ussliberty.org/weir.htm
United States and Israel, A Relationship that Endangers