If Americans Knew?

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    http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/cost_of_israel.html
    Former U.S. Foreign Service Officer
    The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs


    For many years the American media said that “Israel receives $1.8 billion in military aid” or that “Israel receives $1.2 billion in economic aid.” Both statements were true, but since they were never combined to give us the complete total of annual U.S. aid to Israel, they also were lies—true lies.

    Recently Americans have begun to read and hear that “Israel receives $3 billion in annual U.S. foreign aid.” That's true. But it's still a lie. The problem is that in fiscal 1997 alone, Israel received from a variety of other U.S. federal budgets at least $525.8 million above and beyond its $3 billion from the foreign aid budget, and yet another $2 billion in federal loan guarantees. So the complete total of U.S. grants and loan guarantees to Israel for fiscal 1997 was $5,525,800,000.

    One can truthfully blame the mainstream media for never digging out these figures for themselves, because none ever have. They were compiled by the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. But the mainstream media certainly are not alone. Although Congress authorizes America's foreign aid total, the fact that more than a third of it goes to a country smaller in both area and population than Hong Kong probably never has been mentioned on the floor of the Senate or House. Yet it's been going on for more than a generation.

    Probably the only members of Congress who even suspect the full total of U.S. funds received by Israel each year are the privileged few committee members who actually mark it up. And almost all members of the concerned committees are Jewish, have taken huge campaign donations orchestrated by Israel's Washington, DC lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), or both. These congressional committee members are paid to act, not talk. So they do and they don't.
     
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    If Americans Knew is a nonprofit organization that focuses on the Arab–Israeli conflict and the foreign policy of the United States regarding the Middle East, offering analysis of American media coverage of these issues. Its mission, according to the group's website, is to provide "what every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine."[1] The site is generally critical of U.S. financial and military support of Israel. It has accused The New York Times of being biased against Palestinians.[2]

    In addition to the freelance journalist and founder Alison Weir,[3] board members include[3] Paul Findley, a former United States Representative, and Andrew Killgore, a former ambassador of the United States to Qatar.[4]





    Contents
    [hide] 1 Background
    2 Positions
    3 Criticism
    4 Praise
    5 Board members
    6 See also
    7 References
    8 External links


    [edit] Background

    According to the organization's website, founder Alison Weir traveled independently throughout the West Bank and Gaza Strip in 2001 and found a situation she considered to be different from what was being reported by the American media. She stated that the U.S. press portrayal was significantly at odds with that reported by media throughout the rest of the world, and that American citizens were being misinformed and uninformed on one of the most significant issues affecting them today. Weir therefore founded an organization that would reflect what she considered to be a more objective viewpoint.[5]

    If Americans Knew states that it produces materials, assists in organizing public forums, and provides speakers and written materials to hundreds of events across the United States, including events hosted on the campuses of Harvard Law School, Stanford University, Columbia University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the University of California, Berkeley, Washington State University, Northwestern University, along with the Palestine Center, the National Press Club, the Naval Postgraduate School, and other university campuses, churches, libraries, and civic organizations.[6] Its website carries information and allegations about "Israel and Palestine" from a wide variety of sources.

    [edit] Positions



    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_Americans_Knew

    The organization's stated goal is "to inform and educate the American public on issues of major significance that are unreported, underreported, or misreported in the American media," going on to say: "It is the goal of If Americans Knew to inform the American public accurately about [Israel-Palestine]. Most of all, it is to inform Americans about our enormous, and too often invisible, personal connection to it."[7].

    If Americans Knew maintains that US media are consistently Israeli-centric in their reporting, finding that a great many of the journalists reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have family and personal ties to the Israeli military."[8] The organization has conducted statistical studies on a variety of news organizations,[9] finding that they reported on Israeli deaths at rates many times times greater than they reported on Palestinian deaths.[10] Following their first study, a Stanford professor conducted a similar study and confirmed their findings.[11]
     
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    Let's just suffice it to say that Israel doesn't deserve a nickle of our money.
     
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    Praise

    If Americans Knew has been lauded by the liberal[29] media monitoring organization Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).[30]

    Weir was given honorary membership in the Phi Alpha Literary Society at Illinois College in 2004, the award citing her as "Courageous journalist-lecturer on behalf of human rights. The first woman to receive an honorary membership in Phi Alpha history."[31]

    The New York Times reported about a speech given by Weir 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."[32]

    [edit] Board members
    Alison Weir
    Paul Findley, former United States Representative from Illinois.
    Andrew Killgore, former United States Ambassador to Qatar.

    [edit] See also
    American Task Force on Palestine
    Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
    The Link
    American Palestine Public Affairs Forum
    Middle East Media Research Institute
    Palestine Media Watch

    [edit] References

    1.^ U.S. Interests and Israel/Palestine (If Americans Knew)
    2.^ a b "Off the Charts - NY Times Coverage of Israeli & Palestinian Deaths". Ifamericansknew.org. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
    3.^ a b If Americans Knew - Who We Are
    4.^ American Educational Trust: Andrew I. Killgore
    5.^ If Americans Knew website. Retrieved August 2011
    6.^ Deadly Distortion: U.S. Press Coverage of Israel and Palestine, Expert Alison Weir to speak by Jennifer Grosvenor (Portland Indymedia). Retrieved August 2011
    7.^ Mission Statement
    8.^ Media Reporting on Israel: All in the Family, CounterPunch, February 26-28, 2010
    9.^ Media Report Cards
    10.^ The Coverage and Non-Coverage of Israel-Palestine, The Link, 2005, Volume 38, Issue 3
    11.^ The Newsworthiness of Death, Dec. 18, 2003
    12.^ a b U.S. Interests and Israel/Palestine. Retrieved August 2011
    13.^ Saving Americans by Saving Money, The Gilmer Mirror, June 21, 2009
    14.^ Should the U.S. End Aid to Israel?
    15.^ "Alison Weir". Anti Defamation League.
    16.^ [1]
    17.^ The History of US-Israel Relations, Part I
    18.^ a b Weir, Alison. "New York Times Distortion Up Close and Personal", April 24, 2005
    19.^ The New York Times > Week in Review > The Public Editor: The Hottest Button: How The Times Covers Israel and Palestine
    20.^ "Study of New York Times Coverage Severely Flawed" CAMERA. May 13, 2005
    21.^ "Wheels of Justice: A Biased View of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict" December 29, 2006
    22.^ ADL on Alison Weir
    23.^ Alison Weir Greenwich Citizen April 4, 2008 (2008-04-04). "What Our Taxes to Israel are Funding". Ifamericansknew.org. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
    24.^ Weir, Alison (2009-02-13). "Journal - Anti-Defamation League Defames Me - My Letter to the ADL". AlisonWeir.org. Retrieved 2010-09-04.
    25.^ "Backgrounder: The Council for the National Interest (CNI)". Anti Defamation League. July 8, 2010.
    26.^ Gilad Atzmon, antisemitism and the left, The Guardian
    27.^ Letter: Antisemitism and the left – some facts Alison Weir, Letter to The Guardian, Monday 26 September 2011
    28.^ a b c Weir, Alison. "Israeli Organ Harvesting: The New "Blood Libel"?", August 28-30, 2009
    29.^ Are 'The New York Times' Book Reviews Fair? August 20, 2010, NPR
    30.^ FAIR, Media Views, December 1, 2006
    31.^ Juneau World Affairs Council to host author Alison Weir to speak, Sept. 26, 1009
    32.^ Speech on the Mideast Brings Opinions to a Boil, New York Times, Peter Applebome, Feb. 17, 2008
     
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    Are you expecting the MSM to report this?

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