The Samouni Family Children – Survivors of the Israeli Massacre

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January 12, 2011 is a day I will never forget, visiting the Samouni family could not possibly be anything but a life-changing event.  Words simply cannot describe the devastation wrought upon this family by a marauding band of Israeli psychopaths, otherwise known as the Givati Brigade of the Israeli Defence Forces.

Little Ahmed, shot twice in the chest, died after days without medical care as the Israeli's would not allow it.

Today my team heard from mothers and fathers and children the story of the hell on Earth created by Operation Cast Lead.  Twenty-nine people were killed in this family, children shot in front of parents, parents shot in front of children, a group of 97 in one home blasted to bits by rockets and mortars.  Made to live amongst the mutilated and dead for several days, ambulances were kept away and some died slowly over hours and even days.

Samouni family children murdered by Israel.

If you knew the details of this story you would conclude as one mother did, those soldiers that committed these acts, could not be considered human.  These were demons with the latest high-tech weapons, courtesy of the US tax-payer and if the good people of the US knew what was done in their name here, they would be sick to their stomachs.  Shame on all of us for allowing this to happen and to go completely unpunished.

But amidst all the horrifying memories the children still have their moments of childhood, even if they quiver with terror in the night as the Israeli jets fly overhead as they do to this day nearly every night.  I love these people, we are all touched beyond words by the experience of being with them, I wish we could take the whole world on a date with this most incredible family.

Sazaan & Fares
Mushira, Noorhan, Noor & Amal.
The Samouni family children


  • January 13, 2011, 3:42 am  

    Beautiful photos of beautiful people Ken

  • esteban
    January 13, 2011, 9:12 am  

    in each of their eyes
    is one question

    why have you
    forsaken us ?

    you know where
    to find the answer

  • John Exdell
    January 13, 2011, 7:34 pm  

    Ken — I will circulate this story and photos. — John Exdell, Kansas State University

  • John Gilberts
    January 13, 2011, 9:35 pm  

    I feel great outrage and anger. It is scarcely believable that the international community continues to permit such evil crimes to continue with apparent impunity. Since our ‘representatives’ will do nothing, it is up to the rest of us. For the children. For all the children. The war criminals responsible MUST be apprehended and dealt with.

  • elaine
    January 13, 2011, 11:25 pm  

    Thank you , Ken for keeping us informed and keeping this alive in minds so far away from the ugly reality.
    Yes, just little children. So why should they be singled out to suffer atrocities that most civilizations canʻt even imagine in their most horrific nightmares?
    These kidsʻ eyes and faces seem to hold more intelligence and awareness than average childrensʻ faces.
    Hamid is a statement all onto himself; he really touched my soul.
    Again, I feel strongly and always have that the lifeblood to the evil is the tax dollar. They have so much money thatʻs not theirs (itʻs ours) being used in our names. But nobody wants to touch that subject. Why? Because the IRS has instilled such an unrealistic terror in people. What is FEAR? False Evidence Appearing Real. And that is what the IRS is…false evidence appearing real.
    How do Israelis explain away or expect to have compassion from people regarding their suffering under Hitler; this is the same as what Hitler did and it needs to be said more. They are acting as the reincarnation of Hitler.
    I feel so empty and guilty that I cannot do something to help change or stop the unintelligent, self-serving and soul-less bastards that get artificially elevated to decision making posts.

    The meek shall inherit the world.

  • January 14, 2011, 6:19 am  

    My heart is pounding with grief and love for those beautiful children. Is there any way to send them a package of clothes and toys?

    Ken, you are an amazing human being.

    Keep safe and give those children a hug from a lady in Hawaii who truly loves them.

    January 15, 2011, 12:44 am  

    beautiful pictures… and for those of us who were aware of their tragedy at the time of it…these pictures are so heartening to see…. thank you ken

  • doctornur
    January 15, 2011, 7:00 am  

    Congratulations Ken for passing on to us those vivid details. The worst of all is that those Khazar-Hun “jews” have absolutly no rights to Palestine ,if you read the historical material on our research and discoveries and that has to be publicized and hammered time and again. Dr.Nur from France in Saudi Hijaz highlands.

  • January 15, 2011, 8:23 am  

    Thank you for all you do. I admire your bravery and that you follow your heart. I’m also grateful that Heaven has seen fit to make it possible for you to do so. I post your blogs on my facebook and I’ve noticed that if you post about something mindless, everyone wants to comment. But when you post about Israel committing horrific war crimes, people are afraid to speak out. The country is full of fear. FBI infiltrating peace groups reminiscent of the COINTELPRO days where they actually murdered civil rights activists. RT news reporters were arrested for filming a war protest. The professors who wrote about the Israeli lobby were forced to publish their book in Britain despite one being a Harvard professor. Israel through AIPAC and ADL and others is physically terrorizing Gaza, and intellectually terrorizing America. Think of what Dershowitz did to Norman Finkelstein’s tenure at DePaul.
    We live in a dark dark time my brother of another mother. But its people like you that give me a continued hope in mankind. Never surrender. Never never stop. Israel’s days of being the superpower of terror are gong to come to an end.
    Semper Fi

    • August 29, 2012, 9:00 pm

      greetings from another brother of a brother and people dont buy zionest lies even though unbelievably our minister of justice is a zionist.urs in rachels memory,michael

  • Mike
    January 15, 2011, 8:48 pm  

    God Bless you Ken for having seen the light . i wish you all the best , you are truly an angel from god to put your own life in danger for these people in need, my heart aches for these people and my mind is exploding in anger at what is happening to them. as one american vet to another, you keep the faith my brother. the calvery will surly come. our american people will wake up and see what is being done with the hard earned tax dollars.

  • Bluesy
    January 15, 2011, 11:47 pm  

    …sitting here in relative comfort,following the news what are coming from all around the world day by day,weak by weak,month by month and – don’t do nothing! Cries are rising into my eyes and heart is filling up by anger and even hate (yes-hate!),but I’m not doing nothing! … Watching video by video,reading article by article about barbaric actions of Zionists in Palestine and…do not do nothing! … The only idea what is spinning into my mind is – to quit this miserable,senseless life stile,to get a gun and to move to Palestine… Then my mind coming on to the stage and saying: Stupid! Naive! Senseless! … And my heart is asking again: But how? What to do for stopping these Cyborgs with no heart from spreading the death not just over Palestine,but very soon – even all around the world?
    … And I am asking myself: where does the solidarity of human disappeared to? During the Spanish Civil War there were International brigades with volunteers from all over the world formed.They helped Spanish people to fight against fascist regime.These brigades were formed in short time and instantly joined the battle against the Evil. So – what happened with us today? For over the 60 years we are almost inert to show up our resistance in very active way. All what we are able to is just mutual condemnation and,well-yes- humanitarian convoys who definitely were and are necessary for Palestinians,but can’t stop the Cyborg nation from its bloody work!
    For now I can’t see another way but physical involvement of all people of good will in resistance against those who have no nothing but heart filed up by hate towards all what is not Jewish alike! Is it too late… Probably not really! If our cynical and corrupted governments are not willing to stop this night mere and still continue to close their eyes towards Israel’s actions by actively cooperating with this country in different ways – then who if not we – people of good will all over the world will stop it?! Doing nothing is equivalent to cooperation! We were already passive in resisting towards bloody works of super powers when they have been sweeping away a lots of small nations from the face of this Planet! All what we did was just expressed our condemnation… But nations are gone as well as their cultures together with them… Forever! Should we allow it happen one more time? Should we allow to replace natural,rich by traditions and by wisdom, peaceful cultures with culture of hate,power and war? War mongers have a list. This list is long. And there are no any guarantee that you personal nation you belonging to will not be the next in this list! Doesn’t matter of how small or big your nation is!
    One can talk and try to convince a smart person – such who has a human heart in his chest. Israelis don’t! There are no doubt! Therefore there is just one way – to act!
    For my words shouldn’t sound just like a froth I am ready to move to Palestine and to bring a sense to my life by taking an active part in the resistance movement there! Even if it would take my life away! Enough is enough!

    • Bluesy
      January 16, 2011, 9:59 pm

      It seems like some Westerners are earning personal popularity in hot points of our Planet! How does it comes and how it could be explained when my comment can’t be approved for 2 days?! If it is coming across to your concept and understanding of the problem and situation -just be honest and let me know that ideas I express in my posting are childish or stupid! I do not pretend to be the one who will move the problem from the dead point and will save the world! I do understand that it is much nicer to our ears to get such expressions like :’it makes me sick to my stomach to know how ruthless and inhumane these people can be’ or – ‘Ken, you are an amazing human being. Keep safe and give those children a hug from a lady in Hawaii who truly loves them.’
      All it makes me angry as well as makes me vomit! You better publish luscious postings of thous who are sinking their asses in warm waters of Hawaii by heaving cool drinks than those what are calling for action! Yeah! Hypocrisy has gone too far in nowadays! There is no nothing sacred left upon this sky!
      Just do not misunderstand me,Ken! I do not looking for popularity! I am talking from all of my heart! Always! And every time when I meet hypocrisy I wish just one – to quit this Planet and never come back!
      May all what you are doing will lay on your conscience!
      Be blessed!

  • Jack
    January 16, 2011, 7:15 am  

    it makes me sick to my stomach to know how ruthless and inhumane these people can be, where is the outrage? you are an amazing human, Ken, and very much appreciated for what you are doing for humanity

  • mary sunshine
    January 17, 2011, 8:12 am  

    Beautiful children.

  • John
    January 17, 2011, 9:45 am  

    I guess spending time with outed racists like Gilad Atzmon finally had it effect, welcome aboard.

    • February 16, 2011, 1:19 pm

      “Outed racists”; it is heartening to know that such smears are actually only exposing the mud slinger and not the target. You will have to find another tactic John. And for the record, Gilad is a brother, good man and a brother.

  • Adnan Hassan
    January 17, 2011, 4:21 pm  

    To those israel soldiers remember this for sure,” What goes around comes around”

  • B.A.Frémaux-Soormally
    January 17, 2011, 11:48 pm  

    “Forty-eight people were killed in this family, children shot in front of parents, parents shot in front of children, a group of 97 in one home blasted to bits by rockets and mortars.”

    WHAT does Western medical science tell us of the trauma on any Western family if 48 members of their close family (or even Nationals) were murdered?

    The media would write a whole encyclopaedia on their atrocious sufferings and would mourn their dead day and night, but when it comes to humans targeted by the Israelis and even the Americans and their Allies, practically NOTHING is felt, said or done.

    The UK Charity Commission, the Government and the Media including the British Intelligentsia would even brand Humanitarian Aid Organisations as TERRORIST and the Bank Gangsters would block their funds immediately causing more suffering and trauma for the Survivors!

    A few days ago, I saw a vitriolic aricle against KEN O’KEEFE posted on “Palestinian Mothers” hosted by my LOST FRIEND Iqbal Tamimi ! I refused to read it all, but when I am in a better mood I’ll do so and then tell Miss Iqbal what I think about it!


    Those acts of barbarity are not done by HUMANS but by DEHUMANISED CREATURES who are ADDICTED TO THE BLOOD AND SUFFERING OF THE INNOCENT!

    Unfortunately, we are to blame ourselves FIRST for letting this happen, and if we want it stopped, WHY DON’T WE HAVE THE COURAGE OF DOING WHAT KEN HAS DONE?

    The longer we wait, the worse it will become. If we want freedom, we’ll have to SNATCH it! The enemy will not give it to us without a fight! Our best weapon is DISOBEDIENCE AND TOTAL ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL BOYCOTT because we are not adequately armed to face space and other WMDs!

    If there is a GOD, we’ll succeed.

    In the ,mean time I wish KEN and his loved ones all the best.

    We must of course WEEP because this is a sign that we are still human, BUT WE MUST ALSO ACT!

    Sovereign Freeman-onthe-land
    Servant of GOD and of no man or government
    From the Gulag of Greater Israel of Great B’rith’ain
    Mondat 17th of January 2011

  • kiwicris
    January 20, 2011, 9:51 pm  

    Congratulations Ken,

    I see that you have been named as an ‘Active Terror Operative’. ‘…a radical anti-Israel activist and operative of the Hamas Terror organisation.’ accused of ‘attempt(ing) to enter the Gaza Strip in order to form and train a commando unit for the Palestinian terror organisation.’ What sort of world do we live in where these children must live in fear with no mapped out future that we in the “civilised” world. . .u know . . the ones that support israhells right of self defence . .take for granted.

    If anyone deserves the Nobel peace Prize it is you Ken and not the zionist toadies that are seemingly awarded it of late . . Desmond Tutu and Mandela apart of course.

    Ken you are a true Humanist and I salute you

    Chris in Ch-Ch, N.Z.

  • esteban
    January 21, 2011, 8:46 am  


    i’ve figured it out
    we need one million
    [give or take]

    we will march from
    wherever we are

    the whole world
    must converge

    on gaza and
    the west bank

    don’t wait for

    the people
    must decide

    enough is enough

    sad to say
    the ‘mindset’

    is taking over
    the usa

    be afraid
    be very afraid

    what a bunch
    of bullshit

    ’bout time we
    called ’em on it

  • January 23, 2011, 8:00 pm  

    Laughing when Iraqi people kill each other is NOT Anti-Semitism!!!!

    • February 26, 2011, 9:22 pm

      Your day’s a coming! Evil always comes back to bite on the A..

    • February 26, 2011, 9:23 pm

      That reply was to Rachel Golem comment!

  • January 27, 2011, 3:01 pm  


    I just learned about you and your persistent and courageous stand (actions) against the forces of Darkness at work in America and the Gaza Gulag through Jonathan Azaziah’s blog, “Mask of Zion”.

    Persecution, suffering and even death (Rachel Corrie, et al) is the price that ‘freedom fighters’ and ‘truth seekers’ may be asked to pay. “Overcomers” do not shy away from paying that price, if necessary. You are in excellent company (Vanunu, Zundel, Gandhi, Finkelstein, Hoffman, Steele, etc.) and we WILL prevail against the “Powers and Principalities of Darkness in the Heavenlies” – and their agents here on the ground.

    Semper Fidelis to God, Humanity and Country – in that order!

  • January 27, 2011, 3:10 pm  

    BAFS got it right:

    “Those acts of barbarity are not done by HUMANS but by DEHUMANISED CREATURES who are ADDICTED TO THE BLOOD AND SUFFERING OF THE INNOCENT!”

    I wonder if BAFS really understands just how RIGHT that statement is!? Click on GodSend for more – FAR MORE.

  • Roase
    January 28, 2011, 3:12 pm  

    Your courage and convictions leave me speechless, the faces of those children contain the simplicity of truth and dignity.

    may peace come soon to all those in fear

  • February 26, 2011, 9:41 pm  

    May God bless and keep you in your’s fight!
    This old woman is on the front lines with you in all prayer for your safety and success for all you are doing for the Precious People of Palestine!
    I’ve sent your blog and videos to all I know who have computers. I ask them to post a request on their Church buletine board to pray also. And I guarantee the true Christains there will do so. And I guarantee that when God hears the cries of injustice coming to his ear day and night things will begin to change for the betterment of all peacfull loving folks on this earth. My heart and prayers with you and all yours and the folks of Palestine Always! Blessings Always, Kathy O’Corrigan

  • B.A.Frémaux-Soormally
    March 18, 2011, 1:13 pm  

    GodSend – January 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    BAFS got it right:

    “Those acts of barbarity are not done by HUMANS but by DEHUMANISED CREATURES who are ADDICTED TO THE BLOOD AND SUFFERING OF THE INNOCENT!”

    I wonder if BAFS really understands just how RIGHT that statement is!? Click on GodSend for more – FAR MORE.

    GodSend – January 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm


    Mussolini was better (worse) than me! He said: MUSSOLINI IS AWAYS RIGHT!


  • Nada Guirguis
    December 13, 2013, 11:38 pm  

    How horrible and heartbreaking. How, how can this happen, how can I not be able to do anything about this. Every single human being should be asking themselves this question. Evil is not enough to describe this, and every thing else that has happened, that is happening, and that will continue to happen to the Palestinian people. Beware Israel, people in this world are seeing your true colors. I am so so sad, and feel so so helpless, not to be able to help them. Wake up, open your eyes.

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