Author and activist Alison Weir will visit Iowa to promote her book Against Our Better Judgment as part of her Midwest tour in November.

As reported by Iowa Free Press, Weir is an “American journalist who has given presentations and lectures about the Israel-Palestine conflict at universities across the country.” As a journalist she has written for Counterpunch,The Orlando Sentinel, Greenwich Citizen and others publications.

Weir is president of The Council for the National Interest and is the founder and executive director of the non-profit group If Americans Knew (IAK). She founded the group shortly after returning from her visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in February and March of 2001. IAK asserts in their Mission Statement, “Americans, through our blank check to Israel, are empowering the worst elements of Israeli society, and undermining those working for a just, peaceful, and nondiscriminatory nation.”

Against Our Better Judgment challenges the official narrative on how the state of Israel was established and explores the forces behind its creation in 1948. The book, released in February 2014, is described by the publisher as a work that “brings together meticulously sourced evidence to illuminate a reality that differs starkly from the prevailing narrative. It provides a clear view of the history that is key to understanding one of the most critically important political issues of our day.”

The main premise of the book is contained within the first lines of Chapter One:

“While many people are led to believe that U.S. support for Israel is driven by the American establishment and U.S. national interests, the facts don’t support this theory. The reality is that for decades U.S. foreign policy and defense experts opposed supporting the creation of Israel. They then similarly opposed the massive American funding and diplomatic support that sustained the forcibly established state and that provided a blank check for its aggressive expansion. They were simply outmaneuvered and eventually replaced.”

As part of her book tour, Weir will be visiting Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Iowa City and Des Moines. Throughout the month she will also speak in Arkansas, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri.

This year IAK sponsored billboards in Des Moines with the following caption: “$10 Million A Day To Israel? Our Money is Needed in America!” These billboards have been displayed in other cities to raise awareness on the Israel-Palestine controversy during the political season.

Weir has been criticized by groups like the Anti-Defamation League, which referred to her as “a prominent voice in the anti-Israel movement.” She has found support with groups like American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), both of which have bestowed awards to her.

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Dates for Against Our Better Judgment Book Tour:


Cedar Rapids, IA

Tuesday, November 3

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Beems Auditorium, Cedar Rapids Public Library

450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401


Dubuque, IA

Wednesday, November 4

10:30 am – 11:45 am

Roberta Kuhn Center, Sisters of Charity BVM

1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003


Iowa City, IA

Wednesday, November 4

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Coralville Public Library

1401 5th St, Coralville, IA 52241


Des Moines, IA

Friday, November 6

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Trinity United Methodist Church

1548 8th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314


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