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Pete McCloskey: Leading from the Front tells the colorful story of former Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey, a true political "maverick”, who was both a Marine war hero in Korea and a leading peace advocate during Vietnam.

While representing California's 11th District from 1967 to 1983 (now Silicon Valley), McCloskey became one of the first members of Congress to oppose the war in Vietnam, and in 1972 ran against President Nixon as an anti-war Presidential candidate. In 1973, after the Watergate scandal broke, McCloskey was the first member of Congress from either party to call for the impeachment of Nixon, his own party's President.

Before he served in Congress, McCloskey was one of the nation's first environmental lawyers, and one of the first attorneys to racially integrate his legal practice. As a member of Congress, he co-chaired the first Earth Day in 1970, co-authored the Endangered Species Act, and contributed to other environmental laws including the Clean Air and Clean Water acts.

McCloskey did not go quietly into retirement. In 2006, at age 78, he was so outraged by the corruption in the Republican-controlled Congress and his party’s anti-environmental policies that he led what he called “the revolt of the elders.” McCloskey reentered politics to run against Congressman Richard Pombo in the Republican primary, which contributed to Pombo's defeat in the general election.

McCloskey's story offers an example of an authentic hero who dedicates his life to public service and follows his conscience, despite the prevailing political winds. The documentary cuts through contemporary biases based on ideologies and party affiliations to open a unique window onto an important span of our nation's history. In so doing, it enables that history to illuminate present day politics and issues in a new, even refreshing light.

The pro-Israel lobby targeted McCloskey for removal from Congress when he spoke out against Israeli war crimes. He was a longtime supporter of human rights for all – including Palestinians. He was also a supporter of the American veterans whose ship, the USS Liberty, had been viciously attacked by Israeli forces in 1967 – see https://ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/ussliberty.html McCloskey was a member of the founding board of directors of the Council for the National Interest: https://councilforthenationalinterest.org/

U.S. media reports focus on Palestinian rockets fired into Israel from Gaza, but the reports leave out essential facts, making the aggressors seem like victims, and the victims like aggressors.

For facts and citations see https://iakn.us/rockets​ and https://iakn.us/history​ and for ongoing news and analysis see https://israelpalestinenews.org/​.
For information on the Israel lobby, see this: http://iakn.us/aList​
A video showing Israel's strategies for manipulating Americans is at https://youtu.be/RvH47pAm1MA

From October 3 - 9, 2019, 138 Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights were documented. For the full list follow the link below:

https://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=13012

• Great March of Return in Eastern Gaza Strip: A civilian was killed and 67 others injured, including 30 children, a woman, and a paramedic and a civilian previously injured succumbed to his wounds.

• West Bank: 11 civilians injured, including 2 journalists and an Israeli activist, in the West Bank.

• During 80 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 60 civilians arrested, including 2 children and a woman.

• Hundreds of settlers raided al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem's Old City and closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron.

• 4 shootings reported against Palestinian fishing boats off Gaza Strip Shore.

• 26 temporary checkpoints established in the West Bank, where 3 Palestinian civilians were arrested.

• Complete closure imposed on the Gaza Strip and the West Bank for Jewish holidays

Read the rest of the report at https://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=13012

Pro-Israel organizations and individuals have acquired major power in Congress among both parties, driving many US policies. A number of books have described this situation, including "The Israel Lobby" by Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, "They Dare to speak Out" by former Congressman Paul Findley, "The Lobby" by Edward Tivnan, "Big Israel" by Grant Smith, and "Against Our Better Judgment" by Alison Weir.

Below are resources and citations for information on the Israel-Palestine issue:

• US tax money to Israel: https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/cost... and https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/usai...

• The history of the issue: https://ifamericansknew.org/history/ and http://iakn.us/AOBJ-book

• A list of the Israel lobby: https://israelpalestinenews.org/the-i...

• The situation for Palestinians: https://israelpalestinenews.org/human... and https://youtu.be/o22x81SCBiU and https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list...

• A list of Israelis and Palestinians killed since 2000: https://israelpalestinetimeline.org/

• Daily news and analysis: https://israelpalestinenews.org/

• Statistics and overall information: https://ifamericansknew.org/

The US gives Israel 3.8 BILLION DOLLARS a year in military aid. Yet, Israel earns more than $1,000 per head of its population through its arms deals, several times more than the US earns. Who does Israel sell weapons to and how do they use those weapons? The answer may terrify you. This 3 minute video reveals those open secrets.

SOURCES:

https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/editorial/good-luck-in-your-genocide-trial-1.8196994

https://electronicintifada.net/content/israel-arming-neo-nazis-ukraine/24876

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/israel-maintains-robust-arms-trade-rogue-regimes-171022100816302.html

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/rights-groups-demand-israel-stop-arming-neo-nazis-in-the-ukraine-1.6248727

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-a-settler-s-battle-against-israeli-arms-sales-to-murderous-regimes-1.6075597

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0txqZUjAp3s

https://www.972mag.com/israel-arms-exports-neo-nazis-ukraine/

https://www.calcalistech.com/ctech/articles/0,7340,L-3756398,00.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyuNVgrOWvE

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/11/israel-arms-sales-eitay-mack-idf

https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2015/1119/Eitay-Mack-wants-Israel-to-reveal-its-secret-arms-sales

https://www.972mag.com/israel-arms-sales-genocide-podcast/

https://www.972mag.com/israel-weapons-exports-activists/

https://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/World_News_3/Israelis-arms-deals-and-fl-ooding-South-Sudan-with-weapons.shtml

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israel-arms-sales-to-dictators-pariahs-states-alarming-picture-1.7250048

https://www.rappler.com/nation/243082-report-says-israel-hide-arms-sales-philippines

https://www.csmonitor.com/1982/1227/122739.html

https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-israel-ranks-world-s-no-6-arms-exporter-1.5286178

There are 26 million people worldwide who have fled to other countries as refugees, more than half of whom are under the age of 18. Israel plays a role in over 80% of the world's refugees. This 3 minute video explains how.

For a short video with basic information on Israel by author Alison Weir see:
https://youtu.be/IPpFIKC0Fo0

For information on the $38 billion to Israel see:

https://israelpalestinenews.org/congress-passes-legislation-to-expend-19-million-day-on-behalf-of-israel/
https://israelpalestinenews.org/senate-committee-slips-through-38-billion-package-to-israel/
https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/cost.html

SOURCES: Israel's Arms Sales and Clients

https://www.sipri.org/sites/default/files/2019-03/fs_1903_at_2018_0.pdf

https://jacobinmag.com/2018/11/israel-arms-sales-eitay-mack-idf

https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/israels-badly-kept-secret-selling-arms-regimes-war

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/18/philippines-dutertes-drug-war-claims-12000-lives#

https://www.972mag.com/israeli-weapons-sales-philippines/143722/

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-sold-arms-to-myanmar-during-ethnic-cleansing-campaign-1.5459614

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/10/23/israel-maintains-robust-arms-trade-with-rogue-regimes/

https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-israel-ranks-world-s-no-6-arms-exporter-1.5286178

https://www.haaretz.com/.premium-6-800-arms-exporters-working-in-israel-state-documents-reveal-1.5295639

https://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/World_News_3/Israelis-arms-deals-and-fl-ooding-South-Sudan-with-weapons.shtml

https://theconversation.com/kashmiris-are-living-a-long-nightmare-of-indian-colonialism-121925

Since U.S. media provide very little information, if any, on Palestinians who have been killed, we are producing videos about some of these tragic, largely hidden victims. To see a list and charts of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the conflict go to https://israelpalestinetimeline.org/
For information on U.S. taxpayer money to Israel see https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/usaid.html
For information on the history of this issue see https://ifamericansknew.org/history/
For our news blog see https://israelpalestinenews.org/

PLEASE DONATE so that we can continue our work to provide facts to the American public that are largely missing from US news coverage. We are an American 501c3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are fully tax deductible: https://ifamericansknew.org/about_us/donate.html

Regarding Israel taking Palestinian organs, mentioned in the video, see:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/dec/21/israeli-pathologists-harvested-organs
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/12/21/israel.organs/index.html
https://ifamericansknew.org/cur_sit/aw-organs2.html

Since U.S. media provide very little information, if any, on Palestinians who have been killed, we are producing videos about some of these tragic, largely hidden victims. To see a list and charts of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the conflict go to https://israelpalestinetimeline.org/ For information on U.S. taxpayer money to Israel see https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/usaid.html
For information on the history of this issue see https://ifamericansknew.org/history/
For our news blog see https://israelpalestinenews.org/

PLEASE DONATE so that we can continue our work to provide facts to the American public that are largely missing from US news coverage. We are an American 501c3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are fully tax deductible: https://ifamericansknew.org/about_us/donate.html

Since U.S. media provide very little information, if any, on Palestinians who have been killed, we are producing videos about some of these tragic, largely hidden victims. To see a list and charts of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the conflict go to https://israelpalestinetimeline.org/ For information on U.S. taxpayer money to Israel see https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/usaid.html
For information on the history of this issue see https://ifamericansknew.org/history/
For our news blog see https://israelpalestinenews.org/

PLEASE DONATE so that we can continue our work to provide facts to the American public that are largely missing from US news coverage. We are an American 501c3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are fully tax deductible: https://ifamericansknew.org/about_us/donate.html

For more information, see: https://www.dci-palestine.org/israeli_forces_kill_16_year_old_palestinian_boy_with_excessive_force
Since U.S. media provide very little information, if any, on Palestinians who have been killed, we are producing videos about some of these tragic, largely hidden victims. To see a list and charts of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the conflict go to https://israelpalestinetimeline.org/
For information on U.S. taxpayer money to Israel see https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/usaid.html
For information on the history of this issue see https://ifamericansknew.org/history/
For our news blog see https://israelpalestinenews.org/

PLEASE DONATE so that we can continue our work to provide facts to the American public that are largely missing from US news coverage. We are an American 501c3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are fully tax deductible: https://ifamericansknew.org/about_us/donate.html

For more information see: https://www.dci-palestine.org/israeli_forces_shoot_and_kill_17_year_old_boy_on_rooftop_near_hebron

Since U.S. media provide very little information, if any, on Palestinians who have been killed, we are producing videos about some of these tragic, largely hidden victims. To see a list and charts of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the conflict go to https://israelpalestinetimeline.org/
For information on U.S. taxpayer money to Israel see https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/usaid.html
For information on the history of this issue see https://ifamericansknew.org/history/
For our news blog see https://israelpalestinenews.org/

PLEASE DONATE so that we can continue our work to provide facts to the American public that are largely missing from US news coverage. We are an American 501c3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are fully tax deductible: https://ifamericansknew.org/about_us/donate.html

Since U.S. media provide very little information, if any, on Palestinians who have been killed, we are producing videos about some of these tragic, largely hidden victims...
To see a list and charts of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the conflict go to https://israelpalestinetimeline.org/
For information on U.S. taxpayer money to Israel see https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/usaid.html
For information on the history of this issue see https://ifamericansknew.org/history/
For our news blog see https://israelpalestinenews.org/
PLEASE DONATE so that we can continue our work to provide facts to the American public that are largely missing from US news coverage. We are an American 501c3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are fully tax deductible: https://ifamericansknew.org/about_us/donate.html

Since U.S. media provide very little information, if any, on Palestinians who have been killed, we are producing videos about some of these tragic, largely hidden victims. To see a list and charts of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the conflict go to https://israelpalestinetimeline.org/
For information on U.S. taxpayer money to Israel see https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/usaid.html
For information on the history of this issue see https://ifamericansknew.org/history/
For our news blog see https://israelpalestinenews.org/

PLEASE DONATE so that we can continue our work to provide facts to the American public that are largely missing from US news coverage. We are an American 501c3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are fully tax deductible: https://ifamericansknew.org/about_us/donate.html

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Since U.S. media provide very little information, if any, on Palestinians who have been killed, we are producing videos about some of these tragic, largely hidden victims. To see a list and charts of Israelis and Palestinians killed in the conflict go to https://israelpalestinetimeline.org/
For information on U.S. taxpayer money to Israel see https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/usaid.html
For information on the history of this issue see https://ifamericansknew.org/history/
For our news blog see https://israelpalestinenews.org/

PLEASE DONATE so that we can continue our work to provide facts to the American public that are largely missing from US news coverage. We are an American 501c3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are fully tax deductible: https://ifamericansknew.org/about_us/donate.html

Most Americans, whose government gives Israel over $10 million per day, have no idea that Israel commits human rights abuses every single day, since US media virtually never report this information: that Israeli forces daily invade Palestinian villages, daily abduct people, and daily injure people; that virtually every week Israeli forces destroy farmers' trees, demolish family homes, confiscate Palestinian land, and more...

These clips illustrate the kind of essential information US media companies almost never show Americans.

For daily news reports from the Palestinian Occupied Territories see https://imemc.org/article/category/types/news-report/ and http://english.pnn.ps/ and http://english.wafa.ps/

To understand the history and context of this issue see https://youtu.be/IPpFIKC0Fo0 and https://youtu.be/mmPlvxW5Xug and https://youtu.be/21ra1qxcCY4

For information on US aid to Israel see https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/cost.html

And for a complete list of sources used in this video, see https://iakn.us/DailyLifeClips

Watch the full 8 minute version here: https://iakn.us/DailyLife

Most Americans, whose government gives Israel over $10 million per day, have no idea that Israel commits human rights abuses every single day, since US media virtually never report this information: that Israeli forces daily invade Palestinian villages, daily abduct people, and daily injure people; that virtually every week Israeli forces destroy farmers' trees, demolish family homes, confiscate Palestinian land, and more...

These clips illustrate the kind of essential information US media companies almost never show Americans.

For daily news reports from the Palestinian Occupied Territories see https://imemc.org/article/category/types/news-report/ and http://english.pnn.ps/ and http://english.wafa.ps/

To understand the history and context of this issue see https://youtu.be/IPpFIKC0Fo0 and https://youtu.be/mmPlvxW5Xug and https://youtu.be/21ra1qxcCY4

For information on US aid to Israel see https://ifamericansknew.org/stat/cost.html

And for a complete list of sources used in this video, see https://iakn.us/DailyLifeClips

FOR MORE INFORMATION: https://israelpalestinenews.org/minn-cops-trained-by-israeli-police-who-often-use-knee-on-neck-restraint/

SOURCES:

ISRAELI HISTORIAN ILAN PAPPE ON THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE
https://youtu.be/jQnKuzPX0Ls

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: "WITH WHOM ARE MANY U.S. POLICE DEPARTMENTS TRAINING? WITH A CHRONIC HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATOR - ISRAEL"
https://www.amnestyusa.org/with-whom-are-many-u-s-police-departments-training-with-a-chronic-human-rights-violator-israel/

"U.S. POLICE ARE BEING TRAINED BY ISRAEL-- AND COMMUNITIES OF COLOR ARE PAYING THE PRICE"
https://progressive.org/dispatches/us-police-trained-by-israel-communities-of-color-paying-price-shahshahani-cohen-191007/

DEADLY EXCHANGE: THE DANGEROUS CONSEQUENCES OF U.S.--ISRAEL LAW ENFORCEMENT EXCHANGES
https://deadlyexchange.org/deadly-exchange-research-report/

ISRAEL SECURITY FORCES ARE TRAINING AMERICAN COPS DESPITE HISTORY OF RIGHTS ABUSES
https://theintercept.com/2017/09/15/police-israel-cops-training-adl-human-rights-abuses-dc-washington/

HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT ON ISRAEL-PALESTINE
https://israelpalestinenews.org/human-rights-reports-on-israel-palestine-regularly-updated/

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES FINDINGS OF INVESTIGATION INTO BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-announces-findings-investigation-baltimore-police-department

SENATE COMMITTEE SLIPS THROUGH $38 BILLION PACKAGE TO ISRAEL
https://israelpalestinenews.org/senate-committee-slips-through-38-billion-package-to-israel/

Over 30 million Americans have lost their jobs due to the coronavirus. American businesses have closed and the U.S. economy is devastated. Yet, the Israel lobby works to ensure that American taxpayers will continue to give Israel over $10 million per day...

For more information, read Alison Weir's article:
"Despite coronavirus-caused cutbacks, Israel expects to get full $3.8 billion"
at: https://iakn.us/IsraelExpects

Presentation at the National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel "Special Relationship" on March 7, 2014 at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Her book on the history of US-Israel relations was published in March 2014. It has been praised by experts on the issue and is an Amazon best seller. It is available at http://iakn.us/AOBJ-book

Ms Weir is president of the Council for the National Interest, created by ambassadors and former Congressmen in 1989, and executive director of If Americans Knew, a nonprofit organization she founded following an independent investigation as a freelance journalist to the West Bank and Gaza in early 2001. She writes and speaks widely on Israel-Palestine, and is considered the foremost analyst on media coverage of the region.

The New York Times reported of her presentation 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."

Former US Senator Tom Campbell stated of her talk in San Jose, California: "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."

In 2004 she was inducted into honorary membership of Phi Alpha Literary Society at Illinois College. The award cited her as a: "Courageous journalist-lecturer on behalf of human rights. She is the first woman in history to receive an honorary membership in Phi Alpha."

Her articles have appeared in Censored 2005, The Encyclopedia of Palestine-Israel, The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, CounterPunch, Editor & Publisher, The Link, and other books and publications.

She has given talks in England, Wales, Qatar, Iraq, Iran, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Asia Media Summits in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing, on Capitol Hill, and at..

Excerpt of an interview with the Shah of Iran, Mohammed Riza Pahlevl, by longtime broadcast journalist Mike Wallace on the weekly CBS news program "60 Minutes" that was broadcast on October 25, 1976. Regarding the Shah's discussion of the New York Times, see https://ifamericansknew.org/media/nyt-report.html

Although most Americans refer to the lobby as "the Israel lobby" (a more accurate term), it should be noted that like the Shah, Israelis call it "the Jewish lobby."

While in this 1976 interview Wallace seems skeptical of the Shah's statements, in 1988 Wallace himself broadcast a program exposing the power of the Israel lobby: https://youtu.be/wgaNmGydB5Y

May 2003 - A report by Sandra Jordan for Channel 4's Dispatches and Unreported World

Palestinian civilians live under the threat of Israeli Defence Force attacks that do not discriminate between militants and children. Israeli settlers live in fear of suicide attacks. But it is not only Palestinians and Israelis who are dying. Since the Gulf war, three Westerners have come under Israeli army attack.

An American peace activist was crushed to death by an IDF bulldozer; a British peace protester was shot in the head by an IDF sniper and remains in a coma; and a British cameraman was shot dead by the IDF.

Within hours of arriving Sandra and Rodrigo are shot at and tear-gassed by Israeli troops breaking up a memorial service for Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist crushed by an Israeli Army bulldozer two days before.

That sets the tone for a five-week stay in which they document the shooting by Israeli troops of the British peace campaigner Tom Hurndall, the death of James Miller, the award-winning cameraman who worked extensively for Channel 4, killed as he filmed Israeli troops bulldozing Palestinian homes, and the deaths and mutilation of many innocent Palestinians and Israelis.

Citations for the statements in the video can be found in Alison Weir's book "Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel" (http://iakn.us/AOBJ-book), and on the websites IfAmericansKnew.org and IsraelPalestineNews.org.

The plan: http://iakn.us/peaceplan
News from the region: http://iakn.us/latestnews

Citations for the statements in the video can be found in Alison Weir's book "Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the U.S. Was Used to Create Israel" (http://iakn.us/AOBJ-book), and on the websites IfAmericansKnew.org and IsraelPalestineNews.org.

The plan: http://iakn.us/peaceplan
News from the region: http://iakn.us/latestnews

Jan. 22, 2020 state dinner at residence of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin as part of the Fifth World Holocaust Forum "Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism.” The event was organized by Russian-Israeli oligarch Viatcheslav Moshe Kantor. See article: "The oligarch behind today's World Holocaust Forum, attended by presidents and kings: https://iakn.us/38A8CFm

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If Americans Knew is an independent research and information-dissemination institute, with particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. foreign policy regarding the Middle East, and media coverage of this issue. Specifically, the organization's objective is to provide information that is to a large degree missing from American press coverage of this critical region.