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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 876, November 24, 2017: Fifty Years Ago, Israel Attacked And Killed Thirty-Four American Sailors On The USS Liberty

Publication date : 2017-11-24

The following passage is taken from: Gregory Harms with Todd M. Ferry. The Palestine-Israel Conflict. Second Edition. London, Pluto Press, 2008, page 111.

“The Israelis were worried that the US would try to prevent an attack on Syria. America was focused on the war in Vietnam, as well as mindful of potential Soviet involvement in the Middle East owing to the war, and an Israeli attack on Syria was too sensitive for US interests.


Fifty Years Ago, Israel Attacked And Killed Thirty-Four American Sailors On The USS Liberty

The following passage is taken from: Gregory Harms with Todd M. Ferry. The Palestine-Israel Conflict. Second Edition. London, Pluto Press, 2008, page 111.

“The Israelis were worried that the US would try to prevent an attack on Syria. America was focused on the war in Vietnam, as well as mindful of potential Soviet involvement in the Middle East owing to the war, and an Israeli attack on Syria was too sensitive for US interests.

Meanwhile, a US intelligence-gathering ship called the USS Liberty was stationed in the Mediterranean off the Sinai coast, monitoring the communications of the conflict. On June 8 (day four) unmarked planes, later identified as Israeli, rocketed and strafed the ship, along with dropping napalm canisters and destroying lifeboats, even after they had been deployed.

Shortly after the air attack, Israeli torpedo boats torpedoed the ship’s hull. The Liberty somehow did not sink through all of this, though in the course of two hours the ship had been utterly devastated. Thirty-four members of its crew were killed and over one hundred wounded. Israel extended its apologies, claiming it was a case of mistaken identity.

The Johnson administration accepted Israel’s apologies, keeping the story quiet at home. As a result of the Liberty attack, American surveillance of Israeli plans in Syria, who had agreed to the UN ceasefire, was no longer an issue. On the same day Israel initiated the air and artillery phase of its attack. The day after (June 9, day five) Israel began a full invasion of Syria in violation of another UN ceasefire to which it had agreed.”

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