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Remembering USS Liberty: When Israel attacked America

Thirty-four died and over 170 were injured in Israeli attack on US warship during 1967 Arab-Israeli Six-Day War.

Richard Brooks still remembers when the alert came.

With klaxons sounding and people yelling, the tannoy system warned everyone “Standby to receive torpedo hit”.

“I thought I’ll never get out of this mess alive. Weird things were running through your minds, because I’d chalked myself off.”

He felt the torpedoes hit and the ship pitch to one side but realised he was still alive.

And then the priority became survival. As chief engineer, he could tell the engines were still working. “My machinery was still intact and I was still making headway. I yelled through the voice tube ‘Give me all the steam pressure you’ve got, let’s get the hell out of this area’”.

Eventually his ship, The USS Liberty made its way to safer waters and managed to take stock of the sustained attack. Thirty-four were lying dead, more than 171 were injured.

The victims of the day Israel attacked America.

The Liberty had been sitting in international waters off the Sinai Peninsula. A spy ship, it had been gathering information as the 1967 Arab-Israeli Six-Day War raged on land.

‘Mistaken identity’

During the course of the day, the ship had been buzzed by Israeli aircraft. But flying the American flag, there was no cause for panic, no need for alarm.

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“People were sunbathing, enjoying the June sunshine,” said Brooks, who was more concerned with keeping the engines running. The demands of the job perhaps saved his life.


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Israel insisted it was a case of mistaken identity. It alleged that pilots were exhausted having fought so hard over the previous days. The US naval vessel was thought to be an Egyptian warship.

And that’s why it was attacked with rockets and cannons and missiles and torpedoes.

But Brooks doesn’t buy the Israeli apology. Standing next to the graves of his shipmates in Arlington National Cemetery he tells me “It wasn’t a tragic accident, It was a deliberate attack. They knew who we were. They tried to sink us. They wanted us out to either bring the Americans into the war by blaming the Arabs or we picked up some information about their war plans”.

INVESTIGATION: The Day Israel Attacked America

Websites set up to discuss the Liberty back Brooks’ suggestion. Some claim the Israeli planes which attacked were unmarked, hoping they’d be mistaken for Arab fighter jets. Others speculate that it was known the radio signals from the Liberty could be hacked by the Russians. And worried the US had picked up sensitive information about plans for the Golan Heights, which the Russians would pass to their allies, the Egyptians, the Israelis tried to sink the spy ship.

Every year on June 8, the survivors gather to mark the attack – to read the names of the dead and to share stories and memories.

The numbers are less every year. This year there were just seven survivors in attendance. But the passion to find out exactly what happened remains undiminished. As they stand between the white grave stones, a light summer breeze taking the edge off the afternoon heat, the memorial service also includes a call for justice and for truth.

‘We had a ship to sail’

Ernie Gallo is the president of the USS Liberty Survivors Group.

When you apologise, you apologise with the truth. Not with a lie. So it’s not an apology.


He remembers the attack and how everything seemed surprisingly calm. “We had to do what we could for our dead and wounded. We had a ship to sail. We had to get to safety”

He’s read the reports, the official inquiries and read the books about the incident. He’s even written his own.

I ask if he accepts the Israeli apology, and the explanation it was all a mistake created in the fog of war: “When you apologise, you apologise with the truth. Not with a lie. So it’s not an apology. Not as far as I’m concerned and our government is just as bad off for going along with it,” he answered.

To get a job on the Liberty, sailors were to have an outstanding service record and were chosen for their honesty and moral character. “Someone is lying here,” says Gallo, “and it isn’t us”.

Even now he hopes there will be a full official inquiry into the events of June 8, 1967.

Robert Brooks and Ernie Gallo know it’s unlikely, but they still hope it might happen. They both say the families of the dead and the survivors deserve the truth, before they mark another anniversary.


‘We’re Fed Up With It’: Survivors of the USS Liberty Look for Answers 55 Years Later

A supporter dons a USS Liberty memorial shirt as surviving crew members place roses on the ship’s memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 34 on June 8, 2022. ( photo by Drew F. Lawrence)

In Section 34, at the center of a green oasis on the south side of Arlington National Cemetery, about 50 men and women gathered around a stone slab with six names on it. Many sought shelter on chairs in the shade and others wavered, rocking on sea legs and canes, in the June heat.

The survivors of the attack on the USS Liberty — an event that happened 55 years ago — snapped salutes as the president of the USS Liberty Veterans Association, Larry L. Bowen, began a remembrance ceremony Wednesday.

A U.S. Navy color guard posts the American Flag at the beginning of the 55-year anniversary USS Liberty remembrance event at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 34 on June 8, 2022. ( photo by Drew F. Lawrence)

Israeli munitions ripped through the Belmont-class research ship with strafing fire, napalm and torpedoes as it patrolled Mediterranean waters performing signal intelligence — “spy” — missions during the 1967 Six-Day War between Israel and a coalition of Arab countries.

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“Heroism was the order of the day, and every man who could help, stepped up to help,” said Bowen.

The attack, which left 34 Americans dead and 174 others injured — two-thirds of the crew in total, according to a press release organized by the Liberty Veterans Association — has been veiled in controversy since it happened, with survivors, and even some former senior intelligence officials, pointing to a deliberate bombardment by Israel and a subsequent U.S. dismissal of the event to pardon its ally.

Survivors of the USS Liberty stand in front of the ship’s memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 34 on June 8, 2022. ( photo by Drew F. Lawrence)

“For 55 years, we’ve tried to honor the crew, with little to no support from our government, just like the lack of support we received when we were under attack,” Bowen continued from the podium. “Our government has tried to cover the entire attack up as a mere accident. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

The story of the USS Liberty has teetered on the border of erasure and notoriety for decades. The ship had one of the most highly decorated naval crews in U.S. history, earning one Medal of Honor for the ship’s commander, Capt. William L. McGonagle, and hundreds of other commendations from the attack. Yet even after the mid-2000s, when the National Security Agency declassified bits and pieces of the event, some of which contradicted previous official accounts of the attack, the ship’s history is still inconvenient for the U.S government, according to the ship’s survivors.

Joe Meadors, a Liberty survivor and Navy signalman, was barely in his twenties during the attack. Now, in his 70s, he says he remembers that afternoon clearly.

“I was up on the signal bridges,” he said. “Watching the first attacking aircraft and their wings light up with machine guns, side by side. I’ll never forget.”

He remembers the reconnaissance flights earlier in the morning and says that a “spy” on board told him “not to worry about it,” the Israelis were reporting that they had identified the ship as American.

“Some of them were low enough that we could wave to the pilots, and then the deck plating would rattle,” he said.

Thirty-four roses are placed on the USS Liberty memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, Section 34 in honor of each sailor killed on June 8, 1967, though some survivors and family members took a rose to remember the day. ( photo by Drew F. Lawrence)

Throughout the ceremony, between the speakers and murmurs within the crowd, the discontent with the alleged cover-up and lack of recognition by the U.S. government was palpable.

“Parents deserve to know the truth, Americans deserve to know the truth about what happened,” said Meadors. “We’re fed up with it.”

The Attack

In the early hours of June 8, 1967, an Israeli aircraft took off on a routine reconnaissance patrol over the Mediterranean, according to a review of the incident conducted by the Israeli Defense Forces. The plane identified a ship 70 miles west of Gaza, but could not determine its country of origin. Somewhere ashore, an Israeli intelligence officer marked the ship’s location with a red flag on a map board, indicating it could not be identified clearly.

As unknown aircraft circled, the Liberty sat exposed in the open sea. The ship contacted command, relaying that the crew intended to destroy sensitive documents aboard to prevent their capture.

Eighteen minutes after the Liberty was first seen, the Israeli aircraft identified it as a U.S. Navy ship, yet the marker remained red on the board of Israel’s Central Coastal Command until 9 a.m. when it was switched to green, indicating the ship was indeed “neutral.” But as Syrians battered Israel’s front lines and Egyptian submarines prowled the sea, the green marker, according to the Israelis, became an afterthought.

By the evening of June 8, the Liberty — which was armed with only a handful of .50-caliber machine guns — was nearly sunk. A barrage of torpedoes slammed into the ship’s hull as Israeli aircraft dropped napalm and strafed her deck repeatedly. The attack lasted two hours, according to Bowen.

Dozens of Americans were dead, and the questions of why and how hung over the survivors, and public and defense officials in the wake of the attack and the brief war.

Barely 20 days later, the Navy said it had an answer to what had happened or, rather, a partial one: The Liberty was doing its duty, the attack was unprovoked, Israel had “ample time” to identify the ship, but the U.S. could not identify the reason for the attack, according to a 1967 Department of Defense press release. The U.S. government has never publicly blamed Israel for anything other than an accident.

The Liberty’s survivors say that Israel had to have known that the vessel was American — flying an American flag — and the attack was made without warning or justification.

Frank Spicher, a 56-year-old Maryland resident, was at Arlington on Wednesday in remembrance of his father, Petty Officer 2nd Class John C. Spicher, a Navy postal clerk who was killed during the attack.

Though the younger Spicher was approaching two years old at the time of the attack, he says his first memory was of burying his father at Arlington; he was on his grandfather’s shoulders, his small head sliding under the canopy that protected the ceremony from the rain that day.

“For 10 or 12 years, the last thing that I heard when I fell asleep at night was this crack, and I had no idea what it was,” he said. “Years went by before I realized, when I had seen it on TV on Memorial Day, it was actually a 21-gun salute somewhere in the cemetery.”

“That is what my memory is,” he added.

Spicher recounted coming to the reunion almost every time it had occurred over the years, speaking with survivors who knew his father who told him that the elder Spicher bravely tried to put out napalm fires as strafing fire continued to pepper the deck. He said that as his father ducked under a bulkhead, a rocket hit the door, fatally wounding him. Other survivors tried to save John Spicher, conducting CPR and even performing a tracheotomy, not realizing the deadliest wounds were on his back.

“To those guys that were there, I am a bit of a trigger,” he said. “It’s hard for me to be here because I realize I look too much like my dad to them,” adding that he named his daughter Liberty to keep his father’s memory alive.

In 2005, the USS Liberty Veterans Association submitted a report to the DoD asking for a formal investigation, unsatisfied by the Navy’s 1967 inquiry. The report, summarized by the survivors, in part said that their radios were jammed, preventing distress frequencies from reaching superiors; the Israeli aircraft attacking the Liberty were unmarked; and the planes deliberately strafed their life rafts, anticipating that the sailors would abandon ship.

“We the surviving crew members will not let the cover up continue as long as we live,” said Bowen.

— Drew F. Lawrence can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @df_lawrence.

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Comment:  Our very Jewish and corrupted Department of Defense will NEVER investigate the USS Liberty terrorist attack!

Israel: companies sold weapons to China ‘without permit’

Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on 14 February 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
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Three Israeli weapons manufacturers have been indicted for selling arms to China without a permit in what is the latest example of the rogue behaviour of Israeli companies in the defence and security industry. The three were found to have exported cruise missiles to Beijing.

The companies were notified of the indictment yesterday by the Economic Department of the office of Israel’s State Attorney. They are charged with committing security offences under the Defence Export Control Law and offences under the Anti-Money Laundering Law, and more.

Ephraim Menashe, the owner of Solar Sky, brokered the deal, according to the Jerusalem Post. It was mediated by Zion Gazit and Uri Shachar, who are owners of a security consultancy which deals in consultation and mediation between foreign investors and Israeli tech companies.

Menashe is also said to have recruited other people to produce cruise missiles and their parts that were to be exported to China. Apparently the suspects produced dozens of cruise missiles and performed several tests with them in Israeli-controlled territory, endangering human life, the State Attorney explained.

The missiles were transferred to China in a concealed manner and Menashe received millions of dollars in return. He disguised this money as part of his connections with a foreign company.

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With this revelation coming only months after the NSO scandal, the illegal sale of weapons to China is likely to raise further questions about the rogue behaviour of Israeli companies. Like the weapons manufacturers, the NSO Group is ostensibly a private firm. It sold spyware technology to some of the worst human rights abusers in the world.

Following the infamous international scandal involving the hacking of some 50,000 phones using the NSO Group’s Pegasus technology, the US placed the Israeli spyware firm on its trade blacklist last month.


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