State lawmakers object to billboards honoring Navy veterans, questioning US foreign aid

Alison Weir
If Americans Knew
May 20, 2016

Fourteen Pennsylvania House of Representatives members from South Central Pennsylvania are demanding that billboards they deem critical of Israel be removed from area highways.

“We are appalled that Pennsylvania lawmakers are taking time away from their duties representing the people of Pennsylvania to attack free speech and oppose American veterans,” says Alison Weir, representative of groups that placed the two billboards. The lawmakers sent a letter to Weir calling for the removal of the billboards.

One billboard read: “Help Liberty Veterans attacked by Israel,” and directed viewers to the website HonorLibertyVets.org. This billboard was on Highway 83 South near the Newberry exit and was scheduled for March 28 through April 28.

This billboard referred to a 1967 incident in which Israeli forces perpetrated a sustained air and sea attack on the USS Liberty, a U.S. Navy electronics surveillance ship, killing 34 Americans and injuring 174. Liberty crew and family members are still seeking a full, public investigation into the assault (normally standard practice for such an attack). Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Four-Star Admiral Thomas Moorer notably backed the call for investigation.

Four of the sailors killed and eight who survived were from Pennsylvania.

via State lawmakers object to billboards honoring Navy veterans, questioning US foreign aid

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