Alison Weir at Stanford
Attempting to un-censor my letter to the editor, College of Charleston's campus newspaper, "CisternYard"
Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 08:18AM by [Alison Weir
Updated on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 09:05AM by [Alison Weir
Updated on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 03:34PM by [Alison Weir
...the two articles on my talk by the CofC student newspaper, one before my lecture and one after, exemplify the deeply faulty reporting frequently found in articles concerning Israel. In addition to numerous inaccuracies, they violated some of the basic principles of journalism. The newspaper’s editor in chief, who calls Israel her "second home," wrote both articles. The first article consisted of accusations by Israel-partisans claiming that I was “anti-Semitic” and labeling my talk – in advance – “hate speech.” The editor repeated inaccurate claims about me without investigating their veracity, and failed to include my very public rebuttals of these falsehoods. While the story included interviews defending the event in the name of academic freedom and free speech, it did not include any defense of me or response to the terrible accusations about me. And in violation of the most basic tenet of fair reporting, the editor never attempted to contact me to respond to the claims...
Below is my latest article, "American media distortion on Palestine," Middle East Media Monitor, London, 01 May 2013 ...exposing and overcoming pro-Israel power over information in the US about Israel-Palestine may, I believe, be the most important activity that those seeking justice and peace in the Middle East can undertake...
...today's version of Christian Zionism was largely invented in the 19th century; adherents of political Zionism, a movement to create a Jewish state, were a major factor in how and why it grew. The precursor to today's pro-Israel lobbying groups, the "American Zionist Emergency Council" (AZEC), played a significant role in creating Christian support for Zionism...
Updated on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 07:39AM by [Alison Weir
Updated on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 06:07AM by [Alison Weir
...Some "Palestine solidarity activists" now even attack Richard Falk because he did not join them in condemning an author whose writings they wish to censor...
Since some Israel partisans continue to disseminate falsehoods about what I've written – taken from claims made originally by the extremely pro-Israel advocacy organization, the Anti-Defamation (sic) League – I am reposting my response to the ADL:
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The number of Palestinians killed actually was even larger than this – 173, at least 43 of them children (some people died of their injuries a few days later). Details about the children can be seen at Remember These Children, and the names and ages for all those killed in Gaza can be seen at the PalestineFromMyEyes website.
May they all rest in peace and may the world stop these endless cruel and ruthless assaults. Please take action to end the US support that makes all this possible and that prevents justice and peace.
It's astounding to see reports by CNN, Politico, and others that former California Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman is being considered as a possible new head of the CIA, given the fact that she was implicated in an Israeli spy scandal in 2005.
Alexander Cockburn June 06, 1941 – July 21, 2012 Master of Ceremonies - Jeffrey St. Clair Speakers
The AP headline said: "UN envoy alarmed by attacks on Palestinian trees." Somehow the word "farmers" didn't make the cut, implying that the UN envoy was alarmed about what could seem a minimal concern and playing into Israeli claims that the UN is unduly picking on Israel. While the headline might sound like the UN envoy is quibbling over Palestinian trees while people (Israelis) are suffering, the true situation is lost entirely: that these trees are the livelihood for entire village communities whose subsistence is at stake.
The following blog posting seems plausible. A number of articles in recent years have come out desribing projects by Israel and by Israeli partisans to assume false identities on the Internet. However, despite its plausibility, the piece below is unconfirmed and may be a hoax. I'm posting it here so that people can investigate it for themselves...
"...And then a moment of clarity as the caffeine hits my brain: how can I separate the entitlement in the airport, the claiming of space in the airplane, from Jewish behavior in Jerusalem/Al Quds, in the West Bank, in Israeli society. These ultra-Orthodox Hassidim have come to symbolize for me the arrogant power of Zionism that is making Israel the militaristic, nationalistic country that has broken my heart and made my ashamed."- Alice Rothchild
Updated on Friday, October 12, 2012 at 04:24PM by [Alison Weir
...Incidentally, I have long heard of similar attacks against me, though these have been considerably smaller and far less public. For example, a few years ago an activist within the UC Berkeley SJP managed to sidetrack the group from using the If Americans Knew materials that so many people around the country find to be extremely effective. The person did this by telling the group that one of our materials referred people to a book by an allegedly offensive author. When I later heard about this, I was astounded and tried to figure out which of our 50+ materials contained such a reference.
...Later in the story CNN mentions that some of the "others" were children but gives no additional details. According to reports from other sources, at least five of the injured were children, including one infant. There are a number of photographs of these children. Yet, CNN didn't publish any of them, and instead used a photo of a motorcycle. Below are some of the photos CNN missed...
Updated on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 06:11AM by [Alison Weir
...In addition to reversing the party responsible for the initiation of violence, the Times' story also omits information about the 8 people who were "also injured." Were they old men? Women? Children? What is the nature of their injuries? Will any be permanent? The Times doesn't tell us. Yet, while reporter Isabel Kershner didn't bother to obtain or convey this information, she does tell us, "Several goats were killed in a petting zoo in an Israeli communal farm..." Other news media provide some of the missing information... an infant and four other children were among the injured. Three of the injured are in serious condition. IMEMC reports that the missiles were fired into a crowded area that included school students heading home from evening school...
At the end of my recent article, The Democrats’ Jerusalem Arithmetic: When Israel is Concerned, Half = Two-Thirds, (the Republicans previously did the same thing) I wrote of my outrage at what's going on. If you have similar thoughts, please comment below and share this post with others.
We're tired of wars and killing, and of being sold a pack of goods by both parties using lies, deception, and manipulation.
We’re tired of power brokers running roughshod over what we want
We’re tired of “alternative” institutions such as MoveOn that enable the charade, and of candidate puppets of “change” who continue cruel policies while spouting high-minded words that they hope will hide their unconscionable actions.
We’re tired of scripted conventions, of bullying special interests, of lying politicians, of manipulative media, and of partisan politics that set us against one another, in which both sides push falsehoods about the other, and about themselves.
We’re tired of pretend democracy.
More and more of us are demanding real change, not computer generated simulations. Instead of responding by refusing to vote, and thus forfeiting this life-and-death game, many of us are going to cast votes that will displease those used to running things.
And if in this election we choose to” throw our votes away,” as party cheerleaders scornfully call it, on candidates who would end our serial, suicidal wars and stop the killing of children – thus saving the lives of our own as well – then I feel we will have a shot at a future election in which we aren’t once again expected to choose between a proven war criminal and a competitor who might, astonishingly enough, be even worse.
Instead of throwing our votes away, I believe we will have started the process of throwing the bums out – this time for real. And of keeping our republic, or our democracy, whichever you choose to call it.
Others may disagree. But by burying the story, AP and others withheld from readers the chance to decide for themselves...
Once again, Israel is recruiting university presidents and chancellors. I wonder how these academics can justify not meeting with Palestinians, who have suffered diverse academic assaults from Israel – from ethnic/religious discrimination to their schools being shelled and students killed – while they're over there. Think of the astronomical wealth of the Israel Lobby, which can fund a multitude of such trips.
It looks like the new "academic" discipline of "hate studies," is often a front to accuse people of "anti-Semitism." A researcher thoroughly documents its neglect of Zionism as a source of hate, and the Hate Studies Journal, of course, rejects his paper.
See “Hate Studies” Ignores Certain Types of Hate and tell others about what's going on. Be sure not to miss the additional articles at the end of the article that expose the Southern Poverty Law Center, an institution that many of us long respected...
...While I am pleased that the newspaper finally printed something, I feel it's unfortunate (and shows a bit of a double standard) that the editors would not publish the original letter I submitted, restricted the information I could include in my rebuttal, posted my letter at the bottom of three letters (they had published the defamatory letters at the top of the section), failed to promote my letter in the paper's Twitter account (which they had done with the one accusing me), and continue to feature the defamatory letters – weeks after they were published – at the top of their Letters to the Editor page...
Some people have sent me letters they had sent to the Daily Cal in response to published letters to the editor that contained false information on Israel-Palestine and that attacked If Americans Knew and me personally. A few were written before the Daily Cal refused to publish my own letter in response to the personal attacks against me, and some were written afterward to object to the Daily Cal's deeply unethical conduct. These excellent letters contain important factual information and thoughtful analysis. It's a shame that the Daily Cal so far hasn't printed any of them, since they would help to inform the newspaper's readers on a critically important topic that is at the center of events affecting all Americans and millions of people in the Middlle East. They also discuss core principles of journalistic ethics, surely an important and relevant discussion.