To the editor:

As our elected representatives honor American veterans, it is important that they speak out in support of the USS Liberty veterans who survived Israel’s attempt to sink their ship with all men aboard. These veterans are still waiting for justice. These men never saw justice. It’s long past time for Congress to act.

For too long, the Israel lobby has gotten away with calling these American veterans ‘antisemitic’ for proving the attack that killed 34 of their shipmates was deliberate.

For too long, the US news media have gotten away with misrepresenting the attack that injured over 170 of these men.

For too long, the American Legion management has failed to help these veterans, even though the membership has resolutions supporting these men.

For too long, the U.S. government has helped cover this up, currently refusing to declassify hundreds of documents about the attack.

While Congress members remember American veterans, it’s time for them to speak out in support of these veterans — one of the most decorated crews in U.S. Naval history.

They must call on the U.S. government to declassify all documents on the attack, and they must demand that Israel, which has received billions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers, issue a full, truthful apology, and pay the full amount they owe us, with interest, not the tiny amount ($6 million for a ship valued at $40 million) that they dickered over for years. For more information go to

These men of valor, without even knowing it, saved their fellow American’s from being tricked into going to war against the Arab states on behalf of Israel, and thus their actions and sacrifice that day saved many, many lives, and, of course, beat back what was very likely the CIA and DOD themselves seeking to send them all to a watery grave!

Arthur Washburn

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

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