USS Liberty veterans protest cover-up of 1967 Israeli attack

Posted: June 9, 2012 in Israeli imperialism - Израильские империализма - Israëlisch imperialisme

The USS Liberty is seen here with a huge torpedo hole in its side at the water line following the Israeli attack. Only the expert seamanship of the ship’s captain saved the vessel as it limped back to port.

WASHINGTON — Forty-five years ago, the USS Libertywas attacked in international waters by Israeli jet fighters and torpedo boats.

The attack killed 34 members of the crew, and wounded 174 more on board. Both US and Israeli governments conducted inquiries about the incident, and decided the attack was a result of Israeli confusion about who the USS Liberty was.


Many veterans don’t agree.

This Friday, a USS Liberty memorial service will be held at the graves of the Liberty victims at Arlington Cemetery, in part to remember, but also to accuse.

Facebook page for the event asks supporters to sign apetition calling for a renewed investigation of the attack. The petition suggests a US government cover-up, noting that the US initally dispatched aircraft to aid the wounded USS Liberty, but say they were later recalled.


The page also points supporters to reports on the inccident from USS Liberty veterans, including a draft letter to Congress asking for a better investigation.

“They were ordered to be abandoned by two flights of Sixth Fleet rescue aircraft,” alleges the letter.  “Until these facts are acknowledged … any attempt to honor those who were killed in service to the United States on the USS Liberty is  incomplete.”


This past Memorial Day, Sen. John McCain was heckled about the Liberty attack while speaking to a crowd in California. “What about the cover-up for Israel of the USS Liberty?!”  the heckler shouted. He was promptly escorted out by Secret Service.

In  2004, documents on US foreign policy during the USS Liberty incident were declassified and published in a trilogy. At the time, Harriet Schwar, [Zionist] editor of the trilogy, told the State Department her staff found no evidence the US knew about Israel’s orders to attack the USS Liberty.

  1. Suggestion from a committed Christian who loves, worships and follows the NONVIOLENT Jesus who was born lived and died a Palestinian Jew who wept buckets over Jerusalem and taught that one must forgive to be forgiven, pray for an love one’s enemies; so will you consider editing “Christians Against Israel” to Christians Against ZIONISM as there is NOTHING Christian about Zionism but much of Christianity-and Islam in the state of Israel and land of Palestine.

    I am Eileen Fleming for US HOUSE and I approve of all of my messages-and I am on the record IF elected among my first acts of Congress will be to call for an open, transparent and true Court of Inquiry, invite all the LIBERTY survivors to speak on the congressional record and establish every June 8th as USS LIBERTY REMEMBRANCE DAY.

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