Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Press TV Airs Anti-Semitic Interviews to Mark U.S.S. Liberty Anniversary

Press TV, Iran’s English-language propaganda television station, marked the 45th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Liberty by interviewing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activists Alison Weir, Michael Santomauro, and J. Bruce Campbell.

During the interview, which was held on June 8, the trio accused Israel of purposefully targeting the U.S. warship during the height of the 1967 Six-Day War. (The circumstances surrounding the U.S.S. Liberty, an American ship that was unintentionally fired on by Israeli forces, has been regular fodder for anti-Israel conspiracy theorists.) The interview also included several anti-Semitic statements and conspiratorial accusations of Jewish control over the U.S. government.

Michael Santomauro, an anti-Israel blogger and Holocaust denier, alleged that the USS Liberty is a cover-up maintained by U.S.-based Jewish support for Israel and the disproportionate influence Jews hold over the U.S. government. Jewish interest groups, whom Santomauro claimed provide over the overwhelming amount of funding to U.S. political parties, wield their power through what he termed “Jewish PAC money.”

J. Bruce Campbell, a contributing writer for the anti-Semitic website, Veterans Today, claimed that the attack on the Liberty was part of a conspiratorial U.S-Israeli plan he called Operation Cyanide, a secret military operation that Campbell alleges purposefully sent the Liberty to get sunk by the Israelis in order to place blame on Egypt. The desired result, Campbell claims, would have been for the U.S. to retaliate against Egypt and to “drop nuclear bombs on Cairo and Alexandria.” Campbell asserted that this was ordered by the U.S. to assist Israel in creating “great [sic] Israel stretching from the Nile to Euphrates rivers.”

When asked by the host whether he agrees that Israel controls the U.S. government, Campbell responded, “I would say the Jews in America [run the United States]. Israel is a euphemism … It is really American Jews who are behind this [the Iraq and Afghanistan wars] just as it was during 1967…” Campbell also claimed that American Jews want to kill “millions of Muslims” and “thousands of Americans. This is what American Jews want, this is what they make happen through Washington D.C.”

Alison Weir, president of the Council for the National Interest (CNI), an anti-Israel organization that opposes U.S. aid to Israel, added to Santomauro’s comment about the pro-Israel lobby and characterized the U.S-Israel relationship as an “extremely unhealthy situation.” Weir also said that large sums of donations from pro-Israel groups are the cause of “tragedy, misery, violence and war after war after war.” Weir’s comments are consistent with her record of using anti-Semitic imagery and portraying Israel and its agents as powerful forces that control American policy through intimidation and deception.

Press TV, which is based in Tehran, is used by the clerical regime to provide a platform for extreme elements and activists to air their views and opinions. Many of Press TV’s U.S.-based guests are frequently invited by the station specifically for their conspiratorial anti-Israel views. Earlier this year, Weir appeared as a guest on the station to discuss the 2012 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference, calling the pro-Israel lobby “very dangerous to the world” and “for Americans.”


Michael Santomauro said...


Financial figures

A summary of pro-Israel campaign donations for the period of 1990–2008 collected by Center for Responsive Politics indicates current totals and a general increase in proportional donations to the US Republican party since 1996.[43] The Washington Post summarized the Center for Responsive Politics' 1990–2006 data and concluded that "Pro-Israel interests have contributed $56.8 million in individual, group and soft money donations to federal candidates and party committees since 1990."[44] In contrast, Arab-Americans and Muslim PACs contributed slightly less than $800,000 during the same (1990–2006) period.[45]
J.J. Goldberg wrote in his 1994 book Jewish Power that 45% of the Democratic Party’s fundraising and 25% of that for the Republican Party came from Jewish-funded Political Action Committees.[46] Richard Cohen, a columnist for the Washington Post, updated those figures in 2006 citing figures of 60% and 35% respectively for the Democratic and Republican Parties. According to the Washington Post, Democratic presidential candidates depend on Jewish sources for 60% of money from private sources.[47]


AIPAC does not give donations directly to candidates, but those who donate to AIPAC are often important political contributors in their own right. In addition, AIPAC helps connect donors with candidates, especially to the network of pro-Israel political action committees. AIPAC president Howard Friedman says “AIPAC meets with every candidate running for Congress. These candidates receive in-depth briefings to help them completely understand the complexities of Israel’s predicament and that of the Middle East as a whole. We even ask each candidate to author a ‘position paper’ on their views of the US-Israel relationship – so it’s clear where they stand on the subject.”[40]
This process has become more targeted over time according to Bard, "In the past, Jewish contributions were less structured and targeted than other interest groups, but this has changed dramatically as Israel-related political action committees (PACs) have proliferated."[18] Among politicians considered unfriendly to Israel who AIPAC has helped defeat include Cynthia McKinney, Paul Findley, Earl F. Hilliard, Pete McCloskey, Senators William Fulbright and Roger Jepsen, and Adlai Stevenson III in his campaign for governor of Illinois in 1982.[41] The defeat of Charles H. Percy, Senator for Illinois until 1985, has been attributed to AIPAC-co-ordinated donations to his opponent after he supported the sale of AWACS planes to Saudi Arabia. Donations included $1.1 million on anti-Percy advertising by Michael Goland, who was also a major contributor to AIPAC.[41] Former executive director of AIPAC, Tom Dine, was quoted as saying, "All the Jews in America, from coast to coast, gathered to oust Percy. And the American politicians - those who hold public positions now, and those who aspire - got the message".[42]



Michael Santomauro

PS: An anti-Semite condemns people for being Jews. I am not an anti-Semite.

Michael Santomauro said...


Press TV: Is it true that there’s a prerequisite for anybody who wants to run for Congress that they actually have to sign a pledge, one of the things in the pledge is that Jerusalem al-Quds is the capital city of Israel; another one that they have to make a commitment to support the military superiority of Israel in terms of the assistance that the United States gives? Is that indeed true; and how is it that something like this has to be in the form of a pledge for people running for Congress?

Santomauro: Well, it’s not a formal pledge where you’re signing your name to it but it’s pretty implicit that, you know, you have to give speeches to make it clear to the fundraising crowd that that’s going to be your position, that Israel comes first in that region, no matter if you’re right or wrong.

If anybody criticizes the United States veto vote in the Security Council, they get marginalized or they get voted out of office.

People on Capitol Hill here in the United States and Washington D.C. are very, very scared of AIPAC, of the Jewish lobby, the Israel lobby. It’s the strongest lobby when it comes to foreign policy. They dictate the terms. It’s not a conspiracy theory. There’s no sloppy thinking involved. It’s just a matter of where the money is coming from.

Press TV: Go ahead, Michael Santomauro [in response to guest speaker Alison Weir’s comments].

Santomauro: Alison makes a point about the individual Jewish Americans and Israelis. They also get marginalized. Norman Finkelstein as of three or four years ago was banned from visiting Israel for ten years, so I guess he’s got six years to go.

If you’re an academic and you have very, very strong reasoning abilities where you can influence the public or a segment of the public, you get marginalized. You get marginalized whether you’re a Jewish individual or non-Jewish individual in this culture.

More: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/245317.html

Michael Santomauro

PS: An anti-Semite condemns people for being Jews. I am not an anti-Semite.

Michael Santomauro said...

What is 'Holocaust Denial'?


Human Soap?

Is someone a "Holocaust denier" if he says that the Nazis did not make soap from the corpses of murdered Jews? After considering the evidence - including an actual bar of soap supplied by the Soviets - the Nuremberg Tribunal declared in its Judgment that "in some instances attempts were made to utilize the fat from the bodies of the victims in the commercial manufacture of soap." [3]

In 1990, though, Israel's official Yad Vashem Holocaust center "rewrote history" by admitting that the soap story was not true. "Historians have concluded that soap was not made from human fat. When so many people deny the Holocaust ever happened, why give them something to use against the truth?," said Yad Vashem official Shmuel Krakowski. [4]

Wannsee Conference?

Is someone a "Holocaust denier" if he does not accept that the January 1942 "Wannsee conference" of German bureaucrats was held to set or coordinate a program of systematic mass murder of Europe's Jews? If so, Israeli Holocaust historian Yehuda Bauer must be wrong - and a "Holocaust denier" - because he declared: "The public still repeats, time after time, the silly story that at Wannsee the extermination of the Jews was arrived at." In Bauer's opinion, Wannsee was a meeting but "hardly a conference" and "little of what was said there was executed in detail." [5]

Extermination Policy?

Is someone a "Holocaust denier" if he says that there was no order by Hitler to exterminate Europe's Jews? There was a time when the answer would have been yes. Holocaust historian Raul Hilberg, for example, wrote in the 1961 edition of his study, The Destruction of the European Jews, that there were two Hitler orders for the destruction of Europe's Jews: the first given in the spring of 1941, and the second shortly thereafter. But Hilberg removed mention of any such order from the revised, three-volume edition of his book published in 1985. [6] As Holocaust historian Christopher Browning has noted: [7]

"In the new edition, all references in the text to a Hitler decision or Hitler order for the 'Final Solution' have been systematically excised. Buried at the bottom of a single footnote stands the solitary reference: 'Chronology and circumstances point to a Hitler decision before the summer ended.' In the new edition, decisions were not made and orders were not given."

Professor Mayer acknowledges that the question of how many really died in Auschwitz remains open. In Why Did the Heavens Not Darken? he wrote: [14}

"... Many questions remain open ... All in all, how many bodies were cremated in Auschwitz? How many died there all told? What was the national, religious, and ethnic breakdown in this commonwealth of victims? How many of them were condemned to die a 'natural' death and how many were deliberately slaughtered? And what was the proportion of Jews among those murdered in cold blood among these gassed? We have simply no answers to these questions at this time."

More: http://www.ihr.org/leaflets/denial.shtml

Michael Santomauro

PS: An anti-Semite condemns people for being Jews. I am not an anti-Semite.

Rene Scherger said...

I'm confused Micheal. What is a 'semite'?

All I know is that the attack upon the Liberty was NO MISTAKE. It was deliberate. American Jews like any other American should be loudly and persistently calling upon having the truth of this horrible venal attack against their own people brought to light and punish those on this side for their treachery in covering it up all these many decades.

Anonymous said...

Screw Israhell and screw Jews.

frank scott said...

i'm curious as the what defines a denier of anything, including the holocaust..if i question the reasons for world war one, does that mean i deny that it happened? if someone questions the resurrection of christ, does that mean christianity is denied?
and if someone - many ones, including me - say that the alleged fact of six million jews being murdered by the nazis in europe, in gas chambers, by firing squads or in electric rooms or vats of acid, has as much material, verifiable, factual foundation as the resurrection from the dead of one jew in bethlehem or pittsburg or wherever, and that both "facts" are matters of religious faith and belief which have no foundation in the material world and cannot be established by any sane, scientific source but only by belief, as in:

the tomb was empty...what the hell more evidence do you need for a resurrection?...or...we've seen the horrible photos of dead and living emaciated people in the camps, what more evidence do you need for six million murdered in gas chambers?

just aksin...

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately the Western media is FULLY controlled by Israel or pro-Israel agents who are in a position to switch right to wrong and vice versa.

The Israelis tried their utmost to sink Liberty, had they succeeded before it screamed its SOS, they would have blamed the Arabs to have carried their criminal act, AS USUAL!!!!!.

The same criminal entity who tried to sink Liberty was responsible for 9/11.

The word El Qaida is nothing but a code name, invented to throw on it all Israeli and pro-Israel criminal and dirty actions on it.

Unfortunately, as long as the US and its allies are controlled by Israeli agents and media, the really, free world will never see peace.

Anonymous said...

Doubting religions,perhaps not acceptable by some people, OK, we are talking of thousands of years ago, when there was no more than hearsay transmitted through the generations, no records no ...
Comparatively, the holoshit was only few years ago, now we have the capability of verifying almost everything ... even exhuming the dead and count them for a matter as serious as the six millions they claim, if ever it gets to that!!!!!
The records show only five million Jews existed all over the world in 1939. To day with computers and science everywhere its simple mathematics to verify not only the number of Jews up to the day the second world war started, but even the number of stars in the skies

Anonymous said...

It has been said so many times over the years, but criticism, by Americans about US foreign policy, specifically as it pertains to Israel versus American interests is not only healthy but essential if we are to preserve ANYTHING of our Constitutional rights to free speech to say nothing of the issue of REJECTING any more shoves to wars for /in defense of Israeli desire for total hegemony.
ANYONE who has ever read anything by Alison Weir knows that she personifies a Class A professional journalist because she does her research and cites all her resources with care. The fact that the survivors of the USS Liberty "holocaust" were forced to silence for decades under pain of imprisonment and that the president at the time and the Congress failed to stand up for "our troops" should serve as a warning to all US military....surely that was one reason why this issue was so SUPPRESSED.

FRIENDLY FIRE INDEED.. a 2 hour sustained multi agency attack in broad daylight in INTERNATIONAL waters against a ship that could not defend itself was nothing other than the actions of a treacherous traitorous regime. Had the attack been carried out by Russian, German or any other nation it would have been seen as an act of war.

The small boat attack against the US COLE was labeled as an act of war of AQ.
How could this 45 yr old suppression about LIBERTY be understood as less horrific than the COLE's attack?

When Americans, especially my fellow US VETERANS demand a full in depth investigation into the Liberty's attack....(especially in light of the fact that the Hasbara machine continues to claim the 6 day 'war' as a defensive maneuver instead of the PREEMPTIVE planned destruction of neighboring military that it was)....there is an unyielding demand to get to the TRUTH of it and expose these dastardly lies for the propaganda that it is.
ONLY THE TRUTH will end this ...its time for TRUTH....long overdue...as it is time for ending perpetual wars for Israel's "security". The only way to security is to stop killing others. If not now, when? if not you, who ?

Vlad Writes said...

Thank you for including the comments of Michael S, he is very brave to oppose Israel and its unended war machine.


Anonymous said...

I sincerely hope that you all end up living in the great Islamic Republic of Iran, so you can enjoy cursing Israel day and night and live the UTOPIA of the non-Zionist world.

Oh boy how lucky we are to live in Israel...btw, can you do me a favor and ask Ahmedi Nijad to take a bath and shave his beard, he looks a bit uh-mm d i r t y

Jerzy Ulicki-Rek said...

"btw, can you do me a favor and ask Ahmedi Nijad to take a bath and shave his beard, he looks a bit uh-mm d i r t y"

Do I have to ad anything to this deep ,human wisdom?:)
You demand to be respected?:)
In Polish language we call ADL :p-ADL-ina.
PADLINA means carcass :)
Jerzy Ulicki-Rek