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Alison Weir at Stanford

Please see IfAmericansKnew.org for my main page

I write very little on this blog. My main work is at If Americans Knew.org. My articles are here. (Another organization I'm connected with is Council For the National Interest.) We also post on our Facebook page often.

Posted on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 07:29PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Bill Weinberg's flawed journalism

The problem is that there is no such If Americans Knew flier. Poor Mr. Weinberg, in his agony over those not marching to his own tune, simply got things wrong...

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Posted on Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 07:57AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Orlando Sentinel Op-Ed: U.S. massive aid to Israel must stop: My Word

The ADL claims that Israel is a strategic asset. In reality, Israel is a tiny nation with few natural resources; it has long been subsidized by Americans; it has spied on us; and it has stolen U.S. technology. Israel attacked a U.S. Navy ship in 1967, killing 34 and injuring 175. Israel then paid $6 million compensation for a ship worth $40 million. The survivors of the attack are calling for a public investigation...

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Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 10:18AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

ADL, Hate Group – Why many people call the "Anti-Defamation League" the "Defamation League" 

The ADL has a pattern of attacking people who provide facts they dislike about Israel-Palestine. A great many of the diverse organizations, writers and speakers who provide significant, factual information about Israeli oppression and violence against Palestinians – including Jewish individuals – are called "anti-Semitic."

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Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 07:22AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

The diverse movement for justice

I'm on a speaking tour in the northeastern United States and am being hosted in the homes of a wonderfully diverse array of committed, principled human beings – religious and secular; Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other; old and young. This is representative of the extraordinarily diverse collection of people working for justice in Palestine, who are of all ethnicities, races, ages, faiths, and political backgrounds...

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Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 06:11AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Some of the articles I'm reading today

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 11:38AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Recent articles of interest

Some articles I'm reading today:

http://goingtotehran.com/snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory-the-case-for-u-s-iranian-rapprochement-that-obama-must-still-make-leveretts-in-the-national-interest

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/26/new-low-obama-doj-federal-courts-abusing-state-secrets-privilege/

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/American-Israeli-Rabbi-compares-Obama-to-Haman-395457

http://www.brussellstribunal.org/article_view.asp?id=2200#

http://www.councilforthenationalinterest.org/new/netanyahus-spying-denials-contradicted-by-secret-nsa-documents/#.VRfx22YmRNI

Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 05:21AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

‘New anti-Semitism’ on college campuses is largely blowback against orchestrated Israel advocacy

...in the case of UCLA, there is a back-story to the "anti-Semitic" questioning, namely Hillel’s role in funneling Milstein’s money into student elections. Although this history has been excluded from the multiple stories about the incident, we believe that Milstein’s intervention through Hillel led to the student interviewers’ doubts about Hillel officer Rachel Beyda’s judicial impartiality...

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Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 04:39AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

The advertisement that the American Historial Association (AHA) refused to publish

Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 06:39PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

While everyone talks about the Israeli election, this is being ignored...

Recent news from the International Middle East Media Center, IMEMC (ignored by US media. Imagine the coverage if Palestinians had taken these actions against Israelis):

Wednesday March 18, 2015 - 13:54
Israeli soldiers invaded, Wednesday, two Palestinian villages in the central West Bank district of Tubas, and demolished a home and four residential structures. Full Story
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Wednesday March 18, 2015 - 12:45
The Wadi Hilweh Information Center in Silwan (Silwanic) in occupied East Jerusalem, said Israeli extremists broke into, and occupied, a residential building inhabited by the al-Malhi family, and two lands in Wadi Hilweh. Full Story
Image By Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Silwan
Wednesday March 18, 2015 - 11:47
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Wednesday morning, ten Palestinians, including a woman and five children, in different parts of occupied East Jerusalem, and one in Ramallah. Two children and three teenagers have also been kidnapped in Jerusalem, on Tuesday evening. Full Story
File - Radio Bethlehem 2000
Wednesday March 18, 2015 - 11:15
Palestinian medical sources have reported, Wednesday, that a man was injured after Israeli soldiers attacked him on a military roadblock, near Beit Sahour, in the West Bank district of Bethlehem. Army invades Ya’bad town, near Jenin. Full Story
File - Image PalTimes
Wednesday March 18, 2015 - 09:59
Israeli soldiers kidnapped, on Tuesday evening, the general coordinator of the Popular Resistance Committee in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, as he was heading back to Hebron. Full Story
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Wednesday March 18, 2015 - 05:06
Young Palestinians in Qaryout, near Nablus, today, were planting olive saplings to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the murder of activist Rachel Corrie. They then sat down for a peaceful picnic. Watch what happens next... Full Story
Image By PPS Office - Nablus
Wednesday March 18, 2015 - 03:37
The leftist Palestinian People’s Party (PPP) has reported that unknown gunmen fired, on Tuesday at dawn, rounds of live ammunition at its office in Hitteen Street, in the center of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. Full Story

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Tuesday March 17, 2015 - 22:58
Israel's interior ministry has announced that it demolished about 18 Palestinian homes in the Negev, within the last week, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency. Full Story
Tuesday March 17, 2015 - 21:51
Israeli occupation forces, Tuesday afternoon, attacked a popular demonstration that surfaced around the story of the Jerusalem Gate protest camp, on the day of Israeli Knesset elections. Full Story
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Tuesday March 17, 2015 - 19:46
The Egyptian army demolished 1,020 houses in the border city of Rafah as part of the second stage of the establishment of a buffer zone along the border with the Gaza Strip. Full Story
 
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 12:44PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

A viewpoint from Prince Turki re: blogger punishement

...you have to consider the problem from two points of view. The first point of view is that are we going to have an independent judiciary or not, and if we do have an independent judiciary whatever comes out of that then you have to live with it and try to improve it through education, through reforms of the judiciary, better understanding of the world today, etc..... we’ve already started even before the present King came to power on a reform program for our judiciary – literally scores if not hundreds of sitting judges in Saudi Arabia that have been taken by this reform program to visit other countries to see how their judicial systems work..... My gut reaction to a man being lashed - It’s the same gut reaction that I got from seeing how those people in Abu Ghraib prison were treated by American soldiers in 2004 and 2005. It is the same gut reaction that I get even today from seeing people that have not been put on trial, that have not been charged with anything incarcerated still in Guantanamo. So it is not an issue that is unique to Saudi Arabia. If there is injustice in the world it happens in other places. What we are doing at least about it is we are trying to reform our judicial system, and hopefully we can get there sooner than people give us credit for.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 07:33AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

This video and article are essential to understanding Israel

From Electronic Intifada http://youtu.be/pen3Ka5IaR0 Note: This video shows disturbing footage of Israeli police shooting and killing a Palestinian youth. At least thirty Palestinian citizens of Israel were arrested in the Galilee village of Kufr Kana on Sunday as protests spread over the cold-blooded police killing of a youth on Friday. The video above shows Israeli police shooting 22-year-old Kheir Hamdan in Kufr Kana in circumstances that totally contradict their initial account...

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Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 07:30AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

JTA: "Supreme Court justices talk Jewish"- Kagan calls Rabbi Riskin (currently founder of notorious West Bank settlement) "gracious" 

In a JTA article this week, Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan talk about the significance of their Jewish upbringing, of having 3 Jewish Justices on the US Supreme Court, and of Judge Kagan's debt to Rabbi Shlomo Riskin (who has since founded a particularly notorious West Bank settlement). They fail to discuss the significance of having no Christian Protestant justices on the Supreme Court (the largest religious group in the US), no Muslim Supreme Court Justices (Muslim-Americans are about equal in number to Jewish-Americans), no Buddhist Supreme Court Justices, etc....... Justice Breyer serves on Israeli board....

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Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 07:03AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

PBS and NPR appear to have collaborated on their responses to the David Brooks controversy

Updated on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 08:49AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir

Updated on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 10:07AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir

...UPDATE, 11am Pacific time: Mark Memmott has just emailed me: "I’ve had no contact with PBS. I’ve actually never met Sara Just, as far as I remember, and have not had any email correspondence with her. I have to think that they agreed with what I wrote and decided to (mostly) reissue it." I find it disconcerting that PBS's Sara Just didn't attribute her statement to NPR's Memmott; this seems dangerously close to plagiarism. I wonder how she learned of his statement? I'm also curious about why she removed a small but significant portion of what he had written. Please read on:

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Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 12:09AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | CommentsPost a Comment | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

NPR's standards editor & ombudsman minimize and/or ignore NPR ethics requirements regarding David Brooks

Now I've also been in touch with NPR's Standards and Practices Editor, Mark Memmot, who is in charge of ensuring that NPR journalists adhere to ethics standards. Last week NPR's ombudsman's office sent me an email that contained a statement by Mr. Memmott. I discussed this statement in a previous post and now will expand on this a bit more, specifically including information about NPR's own ethics code...

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Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 08:24AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

NPR covers for David Brooks

Following is an email to me from the Office of the Ombudsman, and below that is my response...

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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 12:25PM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

Will PBS now follow NYT lead on disclosing David Brooks' conflict of interest?

The New York Times ombudsman ("public editor") has now said that the Times should disclose to readers the fact that the son of columnist David Brooks, who often comments about Israel, is serving in the Israeli military. Ethics codes require such disclosure. So far, however, PBS has stated nothing about this, despite the fact that Brooks regularly appears on PBS and was commenting on Israel during its most recent massacre in Gaza, while not disclosing that his son was at the time serving in the Israeli army...

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Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 09:19AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

A question for Margaret Sullivan, New York Times public editor, regarding David Brooks

I find Sullivan's view that it requires only a "one-time acknowledgment"of David Brooks' conflict of interest deeply perplexing. Since, as she states, "readers deserve to learn about this in the same place that Brooks' columns appear" why would it not be posted every time Brooks' writes about matters concerning Israel? Obviously, many readers will not have seen that one posting, and for them it is just as germane and necessary as the first time it was posted.

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Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 09:15AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

US journalists' personal ties to the Israeli media – my articles

A great many journalists reporting on Israel-Palestine for US media have personal and family ties to the Israeli military. Many have served themselves; others have sons, husbands, etc. who are currently served in the IDF or have in the past. This is a clear conflict of interest, but is virtually never voluntarily divulged – precisely because the journalists and the media know this is improper and would constitute a particularly blatant example of journalistic bias.

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Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 06:56AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint

NYT columnist David Brooks should read National Society of Newspaper Columnists' code of ethics

Code of conduct for columnists: "As a newspaper columnist .....I will disclose potential conflicts to readers whenever possible...."

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Posted on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 11:44AM by Registered Commenter[Alison Weir | Comments Off | EmailEmail | PrintPrint
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