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Speaker: Israel uses aid for attacks

Published: Tue, September 22, 2009 @ 12:05 a.m.


Alison Weir

By Harold Gwin

YOUNGSTOWN — Alison Weir believes if more Americans knew what she’s learned about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Mideast, they would halt the U.S.’ $7 million in daily military aid to Israel.

The self-described free-lance journalist from California said her studies have shown that much of that money is being used by the Israelis in aggression against Palestinians.

She’s created a nonprofit Web site, “If Americans Knew,” to spread the word.

Weir was on the campus of Youngstown State University on Monday to present a program on her findings sponsored by the local chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, a new student group at YSU this fall that has some 40 chapters at colleges across the United States.

Weir, who said she grew up in a Presbyterian background, was editor of the Sausalito Marin Scope, a weekly community California newspaper, when the fall 2000 Palestinian uprising caught her attention.

“I realized I didn’t know much about it,” she recalled, adding that she decided to follow news stories about what was happening.

“It seemed like very one-sided coverage,” she said.

She said she turned to the Internet to research the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and found a lot of information available that indicated the full story wasn’t being told.

The Israeli side of events was getting a lot of attention, but the Palestinian side wasn’t, she said, adding that she was both “astounded” and “outraged” to see the distortion.

Weir quit her job and traveled to the West Bank and Gaza as a free-lance journalist to see for herself. She had arranged to have her reports published in the San Francisco Chronicle, but they never were. She said an editor told her later they were regarded as “political.”

That first trip lasted a month, and she’s been back since to witness what is happening to the Palestinians, she said.

Weir said she launched the “If Americans Knew” Web site in 2001 to inform the American public about what is happening and to study the media to find out why it isn’t reporting the full story.

Weir determined that one way to study the media reporting on the Mideast conflict was to look at the deaths of Palestinian and Israeli children, gathering data from Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations and then looking at the reporting on those deaths.

During the first year of fighting, 28 Israeli children were killed while the death toll among Palestinian children was 131. Yet network news programs issued reports related reports on the Israeli deaths at rates up to 13.8 times more frequently than the Palestinian deaths, she said.

News reports made it appear that the deaths of Palestinian children occurred during retaliation for the deaths of Israeli children, but, in reality, 82 of the Palestinians died before a single Israeli child was killed, she said.

She attributes the reporting to the advertising and consumer pressure that news agencies face from a strong pro-Israeli faction and what she termed the “AP system of reporting.” The Associated Press is the major news source for the region, but all reports coming out of its four bureaus, including two in Palestine, are controlled by Israelis, she said.

The director of community relations for the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation said Weir is entitled to speak but that she offers a “complete distortion of the facts.”

Bonnie Burdman said she didn’t attend Weir’s presentation at YSU but is familiar with her work and her Web site.

Weir writes “revisionist” history, Burdman said, claiming Weir has “a real lack of attention” to the facts.

Weir believes that when American money stops, authentic negotiations will begin and lead to peace in the region.

She has little hope that President Barack Obama’s scheduled meeting today with the Israeli prime minster and the Palestinian president will lead to any meaningful discussions.

There is a very powerful pro-Israeli lobby in Washington that prevents any president from creating a policy that would be in the best interest of America and the human beings living in that region, she said.


1mikeymike(469 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

This is nothing than, more hate toward Israel,and the Israeli people.Israel is here to stay,Arab nations and bleeding heart liberals have hated Israel for over 2000 years.Maybe the American people should have the same attitude toward the Palestinians.WE have more problems in this country,we don't need to waste our time and energy on ,this situation.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

"Weir believes that when American money stops, authentic negotiations will begin and lead to peace in the region."

What she neglected to state is how much money that we are sending in aid to the Palestinians . We are providing money for the rockets that they launch into Israel . Their goal is to wipe out Israel . Palestinians cheering in the streets of Patterson New Jersey on 9-11-01 shows the love that they have for Americans .

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3mikeymike(469 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Stan you are right on.

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4Attis(1134 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Thank you, Ms. Weir, for your prophetic voice, one that is almost always drowned out by the Zionist propaganda machine. Instead of spending $7 million per day to commit war crimes in Gaza, the world's largest open air prison, we sure could use those tax dollars to help create jobs right here our hard-pressed valley. That is the message Traficant also repeated and it earned him the #1 target spot for AIPAC. It is the truth that will set us in America and Palestine free from Israeli oppression.

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5Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

When it comes to propaganda machines the truth filter of what is best for America separates the BS form the logic . Lets look at the facts . The infamous day of 9-11-01 was not good for America . So was the cheering of the Palestinians in Patterson New Jersey on that day endearing ? We helped the spread of Islam by fighting a war for Albanians to gain them Kosovo . Today we see Christian Churches decimated to rubble under the watchful eye of peacekeeping troops .

So what is good for America ? When will we see Churches reduced to rubble on our soil ? How about the Synagogues ? How about other places of worship ? The dignity of human life is being eroded around the world . Our nation was formed by Christians for Christians and with a tolerance of others . Christians are a small minority upon this earth . The others would wipe us out in an instant .

Israel's existence in the Middle east is looked upon as a threat to the ideology of Islam .It is no accident that mosques were built over the religious shrines of others when they had the power to do so . Bill Clinton gave them Kosovo, will Barack Obama give them Israel ? Let's hope not !

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6Kellie(24 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Ms. Weir's findings are very interesting. I am astonished at the tremendous number of deaths that occur among the Palestinians. Why is everyone so willing to put on earmuffs and blinders regarding this? The Palestinians are human beings with hearts and souls. Why are their deaths hardly being given the attention that is given to a throw away napkin. Why don't people care? I don't get it. I truly don't.
To me this is really a tragedy and a blight on humanity.

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7jermuh(16 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

stan, because some palestinian were cheering on 9-11-01 does not mean that the palestinian cause is invalid, u r so hypocritical.The U.S. sat so called Israel there in the so called middle east. its time to stop wasting money on Israel and Palestine and taking care of Americans, by the way when sadam hussein was in power in Iraq muslims and christians got along, now that the U.S. has taken occupation muslims and christians fighting one another

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8AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

I think she is right. She even states what Jim Traficant said about the strong Israel lobby.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

A tiny sliver of land in the Middle East called Israel is targeted by Islam for annihilation and this goal has it's supporters . America is targeted by Islam for destruction and this goal has it's supporters . What is amazing is the fact that our enemies cry for us to tolerate this .

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10khaos(8 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Stan, you talk not in facts but only in polarizing events. Your ignorance would be interesting if it wasn't so close to being a fascist like mikeymike. And yes, jews can be fascists too.

Both sides have done and will continue to do wrong. She was only stating the wrong on one side that doesn't get reported.

To act like there is only good and evil and everything can be simply put into either category is ignorance to the extreme.

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago


If I indeed was ignorant I would allow you to put a spin on the facts and consume it readily .

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12DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

" Alison Weir believes if more Americans knew what she’s learned about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Mideast, they would halt the U.S.’ $7 million in daily military aid to Israel."

Who is "they"? The American people? How in the hell can the people halt the funding? Run for congress, get elected, and then convince the majority to vote the funding down? Get a clue lady.

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13Fattkidd(45 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Christians are a minority in this world? Excuse me? There are over 1 billion Catholics alone throughout the world! Minority? Give me a flippin' break! Israel is an aparthied regime & should be taken back to the 1948 borders, and by force if necessary. Palestine needs to have 100% independance. Israel does have a right to exist but, they do not have a right to starve the Palestinian people to death. This is genocide in its purest form! US money going to Palestinian rockets? Please. Those are home-made rockets and are not very leathal by any means. Isreal continues to bulldoze Palestinian homes/neighborhoods in defiance of numberous UN resolutions. Didn't we take out Saddam because he was in violation of UN Resolutions? Hypocrisy anyone? Hey Stan/Mike: you read about the Isreali Mossad agents that were seen/filmed dancing for joy as the planes struck the towers? They were fiming the event (prior knowledge). They were picked up later by the FBI but were let go (of course!). Or, how about the truckload of explosives siezed at the base of the Washington bridge on 9/11? Yeah, it was being driven by two more Mossad agents. Remember the USS Liberty? Yeah... Isreal is our friend! LOL! They've been trying to goad us into a wider war in the middle east since the 1930s! WAKE UP! Their goal is to run the Palestinians off their land, sieze control of all of it, Jerusalem as unified capital, tear down the Dome of the Rock, rebuild Solomon's Temple and thus usher in the FIRST coming of the Messiah! Yeah, they're a real stable ally to have! SUCKERS!

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14mikeymike(469 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Talk about being hypocritical,the Muslim agenda is to eliminate all Religions except Islam.Wake up,the Muslims in the Middle East hate America and they always will.

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15Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago


It wasn't Mosad that attacked us on 9-11-01 . Why should we allow our enemies to annihilate the Jews ? After they finish killing off the Jews in Israel will America be next because of our large Jewish population ? On 9-11-01 Islam proved that we are a target .

Christians in the world number about 30% or so . Other Religions and atheists make up about 70% . Jews make up a very tiny fraction .


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16peter(1 comment)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Great article! Weir provides important perspective for Americans. Keep up the good work.

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17Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago


Convenient lies
by Irina on 04-08-2008, 20:37
I was highly disturbed after reading the article “US aid to Israel” published on April 4, 2008. As a ten year old girl living in Russia I knew more about Israel history then Alison Weir. I’d like to know how much bribe she took in order to write this article? While visiting Israel, did she have courage to go to Arab villages? Did she enjoy the destructions of the beautiful gardens and irrigation system by Hamas in Gaza?

I’d like to know if she would have the same motivation to write about murders of Jews in Arab countries. Or she would be scared to be beheaded?

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18TB(1167 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Do a little research into Persia and the Moors there ProAm.

The "origional" Americans decided to coexist in their environment instead of plundering it.

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19Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Modern housing , modern medicine , plenty of food the year round are some of the benefits that the Indians received from the White Man . The downside was alcohol but they reciprocated with tobacco .

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20JD010101(137 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

if we are funding Israel $7 mil a day. Thats more money going out per day for the Iraq war. What gives. So we are financing 3 wars as we speak. Cut off all aid to foreign nations. They didnt send aid to us after Katrina. We are the melting pot of the world. Not the ATM of the world. It ends now!

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21VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 6 years, 10 months ago

Say what you may about other countries, but Israel is on our side and we need all the help we can get right now. We speak of separation of church and state over here, but other countries tie religion into their government and speak of us as infidiles. Every one of us. Because we are Americans. And yet, we educate them, give them money, send them food and we are still spoken of like trash. I would still like to know who those students were at the University of Akron that cheered on 9-11-01.

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