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Alison Weir is the president of the Council for the National Interest, a former journalist and the founder of If Americans Knew, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the Israel-Palestine conflict, specializing in statistical analysis. Weir writes and speaks widely about Israel-Palestine, with particular focus on media coverage. Her articles on the subject have been published in anthologies both in the U.S. and abroad and in diverse online and print publications.
Ms. Weir has given talks at numerous universities, including Harvard Law School, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Yale, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Naval Postgraduate Institute; four times at the Asia Media Summit in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, and has twice given briefings on Capitol Hill.
Former U.S. Congressman Tom Campbell (R-CA) said of her presentation: “Ms. 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.”
The New York Times reported of her lecture in Greenwich, Connecticut: “When the speech ended, Ms. Weir was met with thunderous applause, and across the room there was a widespread sense of satisfaction that someone was saying what needed to be said.”
In 2004 she 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.”
Website URL: http://www.alisonweir.org
Not the profile readers might expect, though Publisher Weider is now interviewed in the media as an expert on American history – one whose commentary supports the alleged necessity of American wars in the Middle East...."
It all started out simply enough. The nonprofit Council for the National Interest, of which I am president, recently tried to buy an advertisement in American History magazine.
CounterPunch - It is astounding to find that one of the handful of prospects being floated to become CIA director following the fall of General David Petraeus is a person reportedly implicated in a 2005 Israeli spy scandal.
CNN, Politico, and others have all listed former Congresswoman Jane Harman as a potentiasal new CIA head. Oddly, however, none have mentioned reports in 2006 and again in 2009 that an NSA wiretap in 2005 had picked up Harman promising a suspected Israeli agent that she would aid people indicted for espionage on behalf of Israel.
An Internet video production and dissemination organization today features a video (see below) highlighting the difference between US news coverage of a Pakistani girl who was tragically shot in the head, reportedly by the Taliban, and the lack of coverage of the numerous Palestinian children shot in the head by Israeli forces.
Yesterday, the New York Times and CNN published news reports about Israeli strikes against Gaza that killed one Palestinian and injured eight civilian bystanders. In her report, the New York Times reporter – Isabel Kershner, an Israeli citizen – mentioned that several Israeli goats had been killed by Palestinian rockets but failed to report that among the Palestinian civilians injured in the Israeli attack were a one month old, a two year old, a three year old, and a 10 year old. In fact, Kershner failed to even mention that Palestinian children had been injured.
The CNN report on the Israeli attack did mention that children had been injured but failed to tell anything about them. The photo that CNN used for the article was of a damaged motorcycle. It did not publish any of the photos of the toddlers injured in the attack.
Today, a Palestinian human rights group in Gaza has published two additional photos of these children with information about them and their parents. The report also describes Israel's numerous assassinations of Palestinian suspects, a practice that frequently also includes the injuring and/or killing of numerous civilians, quite often children. Below is the report:
AlisonWeir.org - CNN's choice of a photo for its latest online news story on Israel-Palestine is revealing.
In its report on the recent Israeli attacks on Gaza, "Palestinians: Israeli strikes in Gaza kill 1, wound 15," CNN features one photo. It is a picture of a charred motorcycle.
CNN reports: "Palestinian militants say they have fired 20 mortar rounds from Gaza into Israel in retaliation for airstrikes that killed one person and wounded 15 others."
Does the New York Times consider Israeli goats more important than Palestinian children?
AlisonWeir.org - Today's New York Times features a headline that reverses the sequence of events described in the story it is allegedly representing. It also omits significant information.
The headline reads: "Israel Launches Airstrikes After Attacks From Gaza" in a story bylined by Isabel Kershner. In other words, in its usual fashion, the New York Times headline tells readers that Israeli violence is defensive and came after Palestinians initiated the violence.
The Israeli army's chief of staff states that in the past three years, "US taxpayers have contributed more to the Israeli defense budget than Israeli taxpayers," according to a report in the Jerusalem Post, a prominent Israeli newspaper.
Fox19, Reality Check with Ben Swann – News videos show how the Democratic National Committee scripted a vote to change the party's platform one week after the Republican leadership did the same thing at the Republican National Convention.
In both cases the teleprompters' scripts announced that two-thirds of the delegates had voted for the party leaderships' resolutions, when in actuality this had not occurred.
In the Republican situation the scripted announcement had been to keep out Ron Paul delegates, most of whom oppose interventionist wars, and many of whom support ending aid to Israel.
In the Democratic case this had been to push through an Israel-Lobby amendment; see The Democrats’ Jerusalem Arithmetic: When Israel is concerned, half = two-thirds
The following video by reporter Ben Swann broadcast on his Reality Check program on Cincinnati's Fox19 skewers party leaders for not caring what their delegates want and the media for not reporting on both incidents equally.
Swann is an award-winning journalist who has received an Edward R. Murrow Award and two Emmy's for his reports.
Not often is a political fix so public.
The Democratic committee that develops the party’s campaign platform recently failed to include the apparently obligatory “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel” pronouncement.
National Summit to Reassess the US-Israel "Special Relationship"
The public is invited to a nonpartisan symposium Nov. 8-9 that will examine the impact of the US-Israel relationship on Americans. Panels will include top military, diplomatic, intelligence, academic, governmental, and economic experts, as well as former Congressional representatives. Read more