On June 8, 1967, during the Six Day War between Israel and the Arab States, the U.S. intelligence ship USS Liberty was attacked for 75 minutes in international waters by Israeli aircraft and motor torpedo boats. Thirty-four men died and 172 were wounded.
On this anniversary of the attack, KBOO presents a special program speaking with survivors and examining the recently-declassified US government documents about the attack.
Tonight, a film screening of "USS Liberty: Dead in the Water" will be held at Portland State University Smith Student Union (1825 SW Broadway. Portland, OR) - Room 236 - 7 pm - FREE!
Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza from KBOO’s Voices from the Edge morning talk radio program will interview Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, live on stage to discuss the paperback release of her book Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times and about her experiences as an award-winning ground-breaking journalist. A book signing sponsored by Powells will take place immediately following the program.
Around 60 people gathered on the sidewalk outside of the Federal Building in the Lloyd District where Senator Ron Wyden has his office. They held signs calling for an end to the Gaza seige and invasion and in support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Many had the names of people killed in the current bombing and ground invasion of Gaza pinned to their chests. A group of five went inside to meet with Wyden staffers and reported back to the group afterwards. Paul Roland was there, and he recorded audio including interviews with Mark Braverman of Friends of Sabeel-North America, Portland group and Peter Miller with Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights. 15:29 minutes (14.18 MB)
Sarah Levy, of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights and the International Socialist Organization, speaks out against the Israeli assault on Gaza and reads a stunning poem by Nisha Adarkar. 9:31 minutes (8.72 MB)
Bob Horenstein is the spokesperson for the Jewish Federation of Portland, a strong supporter of the Israeli government. Ned Rosch is the co-founder of Jewish Voice for Peace, and advocacy organization for Palestinian concerns in the West Bank and Gaza. Don Merrill talked with these men, both of whom are on opposite sides of the current turmoil in the Middle East. And each is unwavering in their conviction that the views of the other need to change.
Both guests were asked many of the same questions to make answer comparison possible. Time cues to questions mutually asked are provided below.
1. When was your organization established and what is its mission? BH - 00:30/NR - 29:16
2. How long have you held the job? BH - 01:47/NR - 30:16 60:00 minutes (54.93 MB)