Friday 11 June 2010



This video was posted for 35 minutes when I found it.

They mock both Kenneth O'Keefe and events on the Mavri Marmara.
WE SHOULD NOT ACCEPT THIS IDIOCY. Propaganda by "humor".
Tell them know how stupid they are and how they fool no one,
how their power is fading and such films are proof of this fact.

Their "men" seriously damaged his face as can be seen in the photos and video below, and they dare make light of their viciousness through mockery! How weak are these creatures? Don't bother trying to answer ~ we all already know. Meet Jewish humor on minus reference to bodily functions (for once).

For once I am the first person to comment on a video that roused a strong emotion in my heart. I was amazed to see no one else had already said anything. My first post does not appear.. hmmm. Please check it out either here or go there and leave a comment in YouTube.

I found an Israeli site last night, it was old, but there were 652 comments on one page and every one of them was full of hatred and sarcasm over this man. They are frightened to see what they are not ~ as is always the case. Honourable people who live according to their conscience and are willing to put themselves on the line. I could not even comment ~ the idiocy was like Deepwater. Where to begin, where to begin.

652! Holy smokes....
That is quite an honour Ken!


Fresh out of internment, owning only the very bloodied clothing on his body, a dazed and beaten O'Keefe tells his tale. What upset him most was that the Israelis confiscated his Palestinian passport, showing him, an Irish American, to be a Palestinian citizen something very important to him.

Ken O'Keefe is obviously a man who rouses strong emotions in other people. Listen to him speak, or read his words below, consider his actions and his life and actions. He is a man of commitment to causes of importance. Listen to his accounting of the happenings on the Mavri Marmara under the attack of the Israeli Commandos and subsequent mistreating while confined then decide if you would want him in your corner when times are tough. I know I certainly would. Men of commitment, conscience and action are rare in this western world. This is a man to trust with your life in a pinch.

I found this when looking for a suitable photograph to accompany his tale of the Mavri Marmara. It is a good introduction to take the measure of this man.

If Americans were not blind to the atrocities in Afghanistan and Iraq, and blind to the blood on their hands put there by George Bush and his gang of greedy oil-soaked savages, they would instantly throw the lot of them out of office and attempt to return to civilization. Some see the blood on their hands and make bold gestures to wipe their hands clean.

On January 7th of this year Ken O'Keefe, an ex-US Marine and Gulf War Veteran publicly burned his passport in occupied Baghdad, an act symbolic of severing himself totally from his connection to the government, an act he said was an act "of defiance in condemnation of the illegal invasion and ongoing occupation and mass murder of the Iraqi people by my birth nation of the United States." These are no doubt the words of someone who has at least some basic intuitive knowledge of the law of karma. Was his act sufficient protection from that law?

"My personal act affirms once and for all the lawful and undeniable completion of my renunciation of U.S. citizenship that began on March 1, 2001. I AM NOT A UNITED STATES CITIZEN! I am a lawfully registered World citizen in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) with ultimate allegiance to my entire human family and to planet Earth." ~ Kenneth O'Keefe

And now back to the present, the aftermath of internment under the brutal Israelis.


June 10, 2010


Kenneth O'Keefe speaks.

I have for many years understood that we, people of conscience, are the true holders of power in this world. Frustratingly, however, we have largely relinquished that power and failed to reach our full potential. Our potential to create a better world, a just world. Nonetheless I have conspired with others of like mind to reveal and exercise our true power.

In 2002 I initiated the TJP Human Shield Action to Iraq because I knew that the invasion of Iraq had been planned well in advance, that it was part of a ‘Global Spectrum Dominance’ agenda as laid out by the Project For A New American Century.

I knew that protests had no chance of stopping the invasion, and that largely these protests were just a way of making us feel better about the coming mass murder; by being able to say I protested against it. With that understanding I argued that the only viable way to stop the invasion was to conduct a mass migration to Iraq.

A migration in which people from around the world, especially western citizens, would position themselves at sites in Iraq that are supposed to be protected by international law, but which are routinely bombed when it is only Iraqi, Palestinian, generally non-white, western lives who will be killed.

A bucket of screws, nuts and bolts and little metal bits the violent peace makers planned to throw at the Israeli commandos, hence listed in the IDF pages as "weapons". Does it get any more pathetic? Yes, it does!

I felt 10,000 such people could stop the invasion, or at the very least, expose the invasion for what it was from the start, an act of international aggression, a war crime and a crime against humanity.

When our two double decker buses traveled from London to Baghdad through Turkey, it was ever clear that the people of Turkey also could sense the power of this act, and they were the biggest participants in it. In the end we did not get the numbers required to stop the war, with at least one million Iraqi’s dead as a result, but I remain convinced that it was within our power to prevent the invasion. A massive opportunity lost as far as I am concerned.

In 2007 I joined the Free Gaza Movement with its plan to challenge the blockade of Gaza by traveling to Gaza by sea. From the moment I heard of the plan I knew it could succeed and ultimately I served as a captain on the first attempt.

The Israeli government said throughout our preparation that we were no better than pirates and they would treat us as such. They made clear we would not reach Gaza. And still I knew we could succeed. And we did.

Two boats with 46 passengers from various countries managed to sail into Gaza on May 23, 2010; this was the first time this had been done in 41 years. The truth is the blockade of Gaza is far more than three years old, and yet we, a small group of conscientious people defied the Israeli machine and celebrated with tens of thousands of Gazans when we arrived that day. We proved that it could be done. We proved that an intelligent plan, with skilled manipulation of the media, could render the full might of the Israeli Navy useless. And I knew then that this was only the tip of the iceberg.

So participating in the Freedom Flotilla is like a family reunion to me. It is my long lost family whose conscience is their guide, who have shed the fear, who act with humanity. But I was especially proud to join IHH and the Turkish elements of the flotilla.

I deeply admire the strength and character of the Turkish people, despite your history having stains of injustice, like every nation, you are today from citizen to Prime Minister among the leaders in the cause of humanity and justice.

I remember being asked during the TJP Human Shield Action to Iraq if I was a pacifist, I responded with a quote from Gandhi by saying I am not a passive anything. To the contrary I believe in action, and I also believe in self-defence, 100%, without reservation.

I would be incapable of standing by while a tyrant murders my family, and the attack on the Mavri Mamara was like an attack on my Palestinian family. I am proud to have stood shoulder to shoulder with those who refused to let a rogue Israeli military exert their will without a fight.

And yes, we fought.

When I was asked, in the event of an Israeli attack on the Mavri Mamara, would I use the camera, or would I defend the ship? I enthusiastically committed to defense of the ship.

Although I am also a huge supporter of non-violence, in fact I believe non-violence must always be the first option. Nonetheless I joined the defense of the Mavri Mamarra understanding that violence could be used against us and that we may very well be compelled to use violence in self defense.

I said this straight to Israeli agents, probably of Mossad or Shin Bet, and I say it again now, on the morning of the attack I was directly involved in the disarming of two Israeli Commandos. This was a forcible, non-negotiable, separation of weapons from commandos who had already murdered two brothers that I had seen that day. One brother with a bullet entering dead center in his forehead, in what appeared to be an execution. I knew the commandos were murdering when I removed a 9mm pistol from one of them.

I had that gun in my hands and as an ex-US Marine with training in the use of guns it was completely within my power to use that gun on the commando who may have been the murderer of one of my brothers.

But that is not what I, nor any other defender of the ship did. I took that weapon away, removed the bullets, proper lead bullets, separated them from the weapon and hid the gun.

I did this in the hopes that we would repel the attack and submit this weapon as evidence in a criminal trial against Israeli authorities for mass murder.

I also helped to physically separate one commando from his assault rifle, which another brother apparently threw into the sea.

I and hundreds of others know the truth that makes a mockery of the brave and moral Israeli military. We had in our full possession, three completely disarmed and helpless commandos. These boys were at our mercy, they were out of reach of their fellow murderers, inside the ship and surrounded by 100 or more men.

I looked into the eyes of all three of these boys and I can tell you they had the fear of God in them. They looked at us as if we were them, and I have no doubt they did not believe there was any way they would survive that day. They looked like frightened children in the face of an abusive father.

But they did not face an enemy as ruthless as they. Instead a woman provided basic first aid, and ultimately they were released, battered and bruised for sure, but alive. Able to live another day. Able to feel the sun over head and the embrace of loved ones.

Unlike those they murdered. Despite mourning the loss of our brothers, feeling rage towards these boys, we let them go. The Israeli prostitutes of propaganda can spew their disgusting bile all they wish, the commandos are the murders, we are the defenders, and yet we fought.

We fought not just for our lives, not just for our cargo, not just for the people of Palestine, we fought in the name of justice and humanity. We were right to do so, in every way.

While in Israeli custody I, along with everyone else was subjected to endless abuse and flagrant acts of disrespect.

Women and elderly were physically and mentally assaulted.

Access to food and water and toilets was denied.

Dogs were used against us,

we ourselves were treated like dogs.

We were exposed to direct sun in stress positions

while hand cuffed to the point

of losing circulation of blood in our hands.

We were lied to incessantly, in fact I am awed

at the routine ease and comfort of their ability to lie,

it is remarkable really.

We were abused in just about every way imaginable and I myself was beaten and choked to the point of blacking out ~ and I was beaten again while in my cell.

In all this what I saw more than anything else were cowards… and yet I also see my brothers. Because no matter how vile and wrong the Israeli agents and government are, they are still my brothers and sisters and for now I only have pity for them. Because they are relinquishing the most precious thing a human being has, their humanity.

In conclusion; I would like to challenge every endorser of Gandhi, every person who thinks they understand him, who acknowledges him as one of the great souls of our time (which is just about every western leader), I challenge you in the form of a question. Please explain how we, the defenders of the Mavri Mamara, are not the modern example of Gandhi’s essence? But first read the words of Gandhi himself.

I do believe that, where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.... I would rather have India resort to arms in order to defend her honour than that she should, in a cowardly manner, become or remain a helpless witness to her own dishonour. ~ Gandhi

And lastly I have one more challenge.

I challenge any critic of merit,

publicly, to debate me on a large stage

over our actions that day.

I would especially love to debate with any Israeli leader who accuses us of wrongdoing, it would be my tremendous pleasure to face off with you. All I saw in Israel were cowards with guns, so I am ripe to see you in a new context. I want to debate with you on the largest stage possible. Take that as an open challenge and let us see just how brave Israeli leaders are.

Ken O'Keefe is a former Marine and veteran of the first Gulf War.


  1. I'd like to debate Mr. O'Keefe, where do I find his contact details, where is the original?

  2. This article was found in the Salem paper that has two links on this page. The top line is a link. So is "salem times" before his words begin.

    If you do manage to contact him to do this, I would appreciate knowing about it. I imagine this paper has access but I could not find it on the page. Just went and checked.

    But I do believe he said he would debate to debate "with any Israeli leader who accuses us of wrongdoing". Just what are you a leader of?


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