CAMERA, a pro-Israeli activist group, has sent out the following email to their associates asking them to promote the book "The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship."
This book is written by a man who simply asked Israeli officials for their version of what happened to the USS Liberty and write it up as an "objective" report without bothering to even talk to any of the surviving crewmembers of the USS Liberty itself.
Israel obviously has a vested interest in promoting this book ahead of the many other books which DO deal with the actual facts and the survivors of the attack. To that end, note that in the following communication the followers are urged to not only talk up the book but to post glowing reviews far and wide.
This is an example of how well organized the Israeli propaganda machine is in this nation, and why people who desire the truth to come out must be equally as organized, and equally as dedicated.
Subj:CAMERA is hawking Cristol's book Date:7/30/02 7:38:46 AM Pacific Daylight Time From:email@example.com
To:firstname.lastname@example.org Sent from the Internet Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America www.camera.org Shalom CAMERA E-Mail Team: Year after year, conspiracy theorists continue to spew misinformation about the 1967 friendly fire incident during the Six Day War in which Israel mistakenly attacked the USS Liberty, an American spy ship. Best-selling anti-Israel authors, such as James Bamford (Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets), have claimed that Israel intentionally attacked the ship to prevent the US from discovering certain alleged secrets (Bamford's reckless allegations have been refuted on the CAMERA website). Many other authors have made similar claims, as has the virulently anti-Israel magazine "Washington Report on Middle East Affairs," and David Duke's hate website. To persuasively refute inaccurate and inflammatory op-eds, letters-to-the-editors and articles about the Liberty incident, it is essential to have solid rebuttal information. Jay Cristol's recently published book, The Liberty Incident: The 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship, is an excellent resource for all questions about the Liberty attack. Judge A. Jay Cristol, Ph.D., was a Navy fighter pilot who served for 18 years as a Naval aviator, and after graduating from law school he served another 20 years in the Navy's Judge Advocate General's office. After leaving the Navy, Jay practiced law and was eventually appointed to his present position as a Federal Judge based in Miami. His book on the Liberty incident is based on his recent University of Miami Ph.D. thesis on the subject. The author conducted over 500 interviews and collected more than 10,000 documents, many of which he has posted on his website to help others who want to research the subject: http://www.libertyincident.org/ ACTION ITEMS: 1) Buy and read the book. Respond to any inaccurate items in the media that you notice about the USS Liberty incident. You can buy the book from Wordsworth: www.wordsworth.com [Wordsworth's owner is a CAMERA board member who, with some risk to his business, stopped underwriting (donating to) his local NPR affiliate and made public statements about their unfair reporting about Israel. ] 2) Buy extra copies and donate them to: community libraries, university libraries, highschool libraries, newspaper editors, talk show hosts, and politicians. Whether you donate one book or twenty books, you can make a big impact. 3) Go to various bookstore websites and write a review of the book, or at the very least vote for or against the reviews that are already there. Books that contradict anti-Israel perspectives tend to be targeted by various pro-Palestinian advocacy groups which ask their members to write negative reviews of the book. It is important that fair and factual reviews be posted to counter the reviews written by people who have mostly never even read the book. Go to the following bookstore sites, put the book's title or author in the search window, and once you get to the webpage about the book, look for the "Write a review" link. www.amazon.com www.barnesandnoble.com www.wordsworth.com 4) Please let us know if you write a review or donate a book. Write to: email@example.com More information on the book: An overview of the book from the publisher -- A. Jay Cristol The Liberty Incident The 1967 Israeli Attack on the U.S. Navy Spy Ship Draws on newly declassified documents and high-level interviews with numerous officials from the United States and Israel, including the late prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, that resolve lingering questions. A former naval aviator provides a page-turning, minute-by-minute account of the battering suffered by the U.S. Navy's intelligence ship, USS Liberty. Includes diagrams, maps, and photographs, including images taken by the gun cameras of participating Israeli aircraft. On June 8, 1967, at the height of the Six-Day War between Israel and its Arab neighbors, Israeli air and naval forces attacked the USS Liberty, an intelligence-collection ship in the service of Israel's closest ally, while that vessel steamed in international waters off the Sinai Peninsula. The Israelis killed 34 Americans, wounded 171, and nearly sank the ship. Dozens of theories exist about what happened that day. Official inquiries conducted in both the United States and Israel attributed the event to faulty communications and tragic error, but survivors remain outspoken and not alone in their belief that the Israelis acted deliberately. Federal judge and former naval aviator A. Jay Cristol places the incident in its proper context. The Israeli strike, he argues, can only be understood in light of the Cold War, the outbreak of war in the Middle East, interservice rivalry within the Israeli Defense Forces, and the chaos of an operational environment. That both the United States and Israel kept much of the data concerning the incident classified for more than ten years served only to fuel the fires of intrigue and charges of conspiracy to cover up the truth, but since the incident significant portions of most of the official inquiries have now been declassified. Cristol draws on these, documents recently obtained by him through the Freedom of Information Act, and extensive oral history interviews to deliver the most comprehensive treatment of the episode that threatened to ruin Israel's relations with the United States and has served as a nagging source of suspicion for so many years. A. Jay Cristol, J.D., Ph.D., is a federal judge serving the southern district of Florida. An aviation enthusiast, he spent eighteen years as a naval aviator and twenty in the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps. He retired as a captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve and lives in Miami, Florida. ********** What people are saying about the book: "After years of research for this book, Judge A. Jay Cristol has reached a similar conclusion to one my father reached in his June 18, 1967, endorsement of the findings of the court of inquiry. I commend Judge Cristol for his thoroughness and fairness, and I commend this work." - SEN. JOHN McCAIN "Only those with an ulterior motive can still cling to the conspiracy theories after Judge Jay Cristol's excellent coverage documents each detail that led to the tragic mistaken attack." - ADM. LEON A. (BUD) EDNEY, USN (Ret.); former NATO supreme allied commander, Atlantic; and commander-in-chief, U.S. Atlantic command "This is a story of mistakes in war as old as history and as current as today's headlines. Jay Cristol is well qualified to write this exhaustive history after analyzing, collecting, and cross-checking decades of interviews and reams of written material." - ADM. DAVID E. JEREMIAH, USN (Ret.), former vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff "A. Jay Cristol, with his background as a chief federal judge, lawyer, naval officer, and carrier pilot, has brought unprecedented credentials to his investigation--and account of--The Liberty Incident." - NORMAN POLMAR, naval analyst and author of The Naval Institute Guide to the Ships and Aircraft of the U.S. Fleet
Any while you are at it, check out details of the publisher of Cristol's book!
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