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USS Liberty 2.0

John Rowland

Posted on August 3, 2018 13:25

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An American survivor of the USS Liberty is now in an Israeli prison following the seizure in international waters of a humanitarian aid ship by Israeli forces.

An American veteran named Joe Meadors has been taken to the Givon prison in Israel after the aid ship he was on was "violently boarded" by the "Israeli Occupation Force," according to Zohar Chamberlain Regev, an Israeli citizen who personally witnessed the incident.

During the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Meadors was serving as a signalman on the bridge of the USS Liberty. Also functioning in international waters near Gaza at that time, the Liberty was "attacked by Israeli war planes and submarines, killing 34 U.S. sailors."

Miraculously, Meadors survived.

Fast-forward to this week.

We now have the "military attack" of the Al Awda -- an unarmed civilian vessel -- complete with the "beating and tasering [of] passengers [and] blood on the deck."

The Israeli Defense Force (IDF) issued a statement that the ship had been captured “without exceptional incident.”

Those associated with the humanitarian relief effort called the violent actions initiated by the IDF "a violation of international law [and] kidnapping," specifically violating the International Convention of the Law of Sea.

Of the 22 people captured, only two were released -- both Israeli citizens.

For US serviceman Joe Meadors to be taken prisoner in Israel some 50 years after surviving the attack on his USS Liberty is quite ironic.

John Rowland

Posted on August 3, 2018 13:25

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