Guilty as Charged in Gaza Prison

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I arrived in Gaza with 45 others from 16 different countries on August 23, 2008 as part of the Free Gaza Movement.[1]  For this we are guilty of exercising the inherent human right to travel as outlined in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  In Gaza I have met with and expressed solidarity with those who resist the occupation and for this I am guilty of affirming the lawful right of self-defence.  I have also met with, expressed solidarity and initiated work directly with Palestinians who choose non-violence and law as their means of struggle.  In this choice we are guilty of conspiracy to expose the truth about the Zionist need for conflict; which explains why people of peace are unwelcome in the eyes of the Israeli Government.

I learned this lesson several years ago when I was jailed by Israel for “illegally attempting” to enter Gaza.  In 2004 I came as the founder of P10K (www.P10K.net), a plan that involved an ‘Agreement in Principle’ between the three major resisting factions and 1000 international observers.  The agreement proposed that upon the arrival of these international observers, the resisting factions (Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Al Aqsa Martyr Brigades) would enter into a self-imposed cease-fire.  My logic being that the presence of these international observers would shine a bright light on Palestine and expose the ongoing crime of occupation, thus compelling meaningful change.  I stand by this belief to this day.  This agreement was also intended to prove that the resisting factions were not unreasonable; to the contrary, Hamas has since proven its willingness to participant in a non-violent political process.

Ken O'Keefe & Mordechai Vanunu
Ken O

Likewise, in a deal brokered through the honourable Mohammed Hourani of Fatah, Al Aqsa Martyr Brigades committed to the agreement in principle back in 2004.  With that I headed to Gaza with good reason to believe that signed approval from Islamic Jihad and Hamas was forthcoming, but fate and Israel had other plans.  I managed to slip past Israeli security at Erez crossing, make it into Israeli Gaza and ride on a settler bus to the sea.  I made it as far as the security zone in the north between Israeli and Palestinian Gaza.  At that point I was halted at gunpoint by the Israeli Defence Forces.  So instead of a ceasefire agreement I was jailed for 20 days and deported on the basis of secret testimony… as a “security threat” of course.  Flat out, the Israeli Government wants no part in peace and it makes sure that Palestinians and internationals do not threaten their maintenance of violent conflict.  This is a critical truth that must be exposed if there is any chance of a just settlement.

The truth is that back then, as now, Gaza was inaccessible to anyone not approved by Israel; until the Free Gaza Movement that is.  Israeli approval inherently means that anyone critical of Israel, no matter how peace minded they are, is extremely unlikely to be permitted by Israel to enter Gaza.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu being a perfect example.[2]  Making matters worse the people of Gaza cannot get “approval” from Israel, to exit Gaza.  But it is not only Israel, it is shamefully the Arab brothers and sisters of the Egyptian Government who collude with Israel in the policy of collective punishment; which results in 99% plus of the 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza being imprisoned.

Kids of Gaza in Israeli Bombed House
Kids of Gaza in Israeli Bombed House

So now I write these words as an honoured inmate of Gaza Prison; and I am proud to be with my brothers and sisters in Palestine.  But prison is a generous word for Gaza; western prisons provide medical care, three meals a day, clean water and at least limited access to family.  Israeli prisons, at least for Israelis, offer the same.  In Gaza however few have these basic needs, while virtually none have all of these needs.  Furthermore, prisons are supposedly for criminals, so a place where you are locked up simply for being a particular nationality, is not rightly called a prison.  According to the Dictionary.com definition, a concentration camp is;
‘a guarded compound for the detention or imprisonment of aliens, members of ethnic minorities, political opponents, etc., esp. any of the camps established by the Nazis prior to and during World War II for the confinement and persecution of prisoners.’

So in the interest of truth, I shall from this day onward refer to Gaza as an Israeli Concentration Camp for Palestinians.

While in Gaza Concentration Camp I myself can afford three meals a day and clean water, not true for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.  But if I am shot I might well die (as many Palestinians do) because adequate medical care will not be possible.  If I fall ill, I may die from a completely treatable ailment for lack of medicine.  Physical access to family outside of Gaza is impossible, as it is for the 1.5 million people of Gaza.

But Israel and its partner Egypt do me personally a great service by denying me exit through their corrupted lands, they have gifted me with a small taste of what it is to be incarcerated in Gaza.  They have forced me to see the glaring truth; the way in and out of Gaza, is by the sea.  Poetic to a person like myself, considering the fact that my first love, is the sea.

So here I am in Gaza, on yet another peaceful, lawful mission.  And I am guilty; guilty of acknowledging that Israel has nuclear weapons and is dangerous enough to use them; guilty of knowing that the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a threat to all life on planet Earth.  I am guilty of acknowledging that the formation of Israel involved the Black’s Law definition of terrorism and can additionally be defined as ethnic cleansing if we use Bosnian ethnic cleansing as a standard.  I am guilty of knowing that Israel has wiped large areas of Palestine, including hundreds of villages, “off the map”.  I am guilty of acknowledging that the root cause of so-called “terrorism” includes but is not limited to, occupation, theft of land, denial of human rights, extrajudicial killings and of course mass murder.

Most of all I am guilty of rejecting the role of the cynic who pretends that we as people are powerless.  Thus I am guilty, guilty of conspiring to commit acts of consciousness and humanity with like-minded people such as those of the Free Gaza Movement.  And I repeat, 46 people, have proven one powerful truth, one undeniable and glaring truth, that Palestine is accessible via the sea.

Think about it, 46 people have proved that the Israeli siege of Gaza is breakable.  What could 500 of us do, or perhaps 1000?

Breaking the Siege of Gaza
Breaking the Siege of Gaza

There are roughly one billion people in the west, .000001% of that population equals 1000.  Are there 1000 such people in the West, people who are ready to act in unison, intelligently and without fear?  Would we be ready to train as international observers and sail right into Gaza according to the rights protected by International Public Law?  International Observers is what P10K requires and now more than ever I believe it is possible to transport them to Palestine.  And so it is that I work now with those who are ready to purchase the ship that will make this a reality.

Wake up world, it is the people of conscience, minority that we are, that offer the real potential for a better world, a world of justice and peace.  It is time to renounce powerlessness and act with the power of love in this cause.  Only then, will there be peace; let us please stop pretending as if peace is possible amidst the terrible injustice of our world.

As for me I have little doubt that I will soon reunite with my family, and I plan to do so by way of the sea, travelling through Gaza’s territorial waters, into international waters and on to Cypriot territorial waters, which are controlled by a most honourable government.  I expect to return as I came, never once needing approval from Israel or Egypt.  Only 46 people in the world are confirmed to have done this by sea, and so we shall do it again, but more importantly, we shall do so by the thousands.  I cannot think of a better way to visit the people of Palestine, people who bless me every day that I am here.

And special thanks to the Israeli and Egyptian Governments for the unexpected yet welcome extension to my Gaza experience.  As a matter of courtesy I shall express my gratitude by pushing for the purchase of a passenger ship capable of carrying thousands of Palestinians and internationals to and from Gaza.  This, inshallah, shall be my gift to you… and the people of Palestine of course.

“Aloha Palestine”.

1. “Boats With Pro-Palestinian Activists Reach Gaza”, By Ibrahim Barzak of the Associated Press, August 23, 2008 http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=5638134

2. “Statement by Archbishop Desmond Tutu”, May 29, 2008 www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/Statement_by_Archbishop_Desmond_Tutu.pdf

Comments(43)

  • May 25, 2009, 5:46 am  

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  • Alexys
    June 5, 2010, 9:18 pm  

    Ken, you talk of Peace and Justice and yet you are a Representative in “The Reinstated Hawaiian Government”, who has fraudulently represented themselves under Henry Noa, the elected Prime Minister. Purporting the ongoing deception of the Hawaiians who worked so hard and believe in the Hawaiian Constitution and who still holds their “Rights to Sovereignty”. This government has been in effect since March 13, 1999 with the installation of a Provisional Government. In actuality this provisional government is not a Government at all as they have not created the three branches of Government as required, to be called or recognized as a Government. Instead “The Reinstated Hawaiian Government”, has chosen to create a Legislative Branch and an Executive Branch of Government, but has never created a Justice Branch of Government. Thus so falsely representing themselves to the many Citizens and Kanaka Maoli who put their lives and beliefs in this awakening movement. This is Not what the Queen wanted, this is deceit and a movement to secure funds under false pretenses.You are a member of this Legislature. Who negligently misrepresents themselves to the Citizens. Citizens who have demanded the Justice Branch be created. You along with your Prime Minister and other members have purposely not complete this process to this day. Now you have moved on to represent yourself in the name of Peace, Justice and Truth in other issues. Namely the plight of the Palestinians. Then are we to believe you are not promoting terrorism when you represent people who are dangerous to others and themselves when they come in Peace, Truth and Justice armed to the teeth. I see this as promoting Peace with War. Your three step process is faulty and moot when you interject yourself into a cause that you obviously do not understand the truth, as you lie to your own people, Justice is never served and thus there will never be Peace. So by your own blog, “therefore be wise to abandon the notion of peace without justice”. Are you Just Ken? The fact that you along with others who have stolen from the Citizens and Kanaka Maoli of Hawaii are enemies as you lack Truth. Thus, “Lack of truth translates to lack of consciousness, disconnect and division”. When you understand Truth then you will, “Understanding of the truth leads to a developed conscience, a connection to our source and the wisdom of oneness; only in this state will we catalyze the unity of purpose…” What is your purpose??
    So, now you represent a nation (Palestine) who does harm to others as well as themselves in a merciless way, and you think this corresponds with the, “Golden Rule”? The “100th Monkey Principle”, is not in effect here and never will be as all people who are conscious of themselves have a self serving ideal and goal. Survival, and if it means genocide of a smaller group then Genocide it is. Peace, Truth and Justice is not even found in the churches or temples of the Holiest, as there is some degree of Deceit in order to accomplish the feat of gathering followers. All people must Spiritually want and need Peace, Truth and Justice for it to become reality. When two people cannot agree there goes your “100th Monkey Process” idea. Volunteers are expendable, truth in Government is not found today as cultures and tribes have drifted too far apart and resources have dwindled to very few. If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem as to change things you must change Government values. This will not happen as Government values are not for ALL. You are a member of a Government so you know this first hand. Get on the right track and earn your respect by changing the government you represent first then try overwhelming others with the ideas of Peace, Truth and Justice!! Remember, you Are an Infidel in these peoples eyes!

    • June 13, 2010, 7:32 pm

      Right, so the lawful Hawaiian Government is comprised of democratically elected kanaka maoli fraudsters because you say so. I spent eight months of my life without pause making a film about this, it is entitled ‘The United States of Hypocrisy’. Here is the link;

      That is my reply to you on that subject.

      As for being an infidel in ‘these peoples eyes!’; you only show further ignorance in such a blanket statement.

      TJP

    • Adnan Bin Hassan
      July 17, 2010, 9:04 pm

      WALK YOUR TALK FELLA. IF TALKING IS BELIEVING HAWAI I IS AT MY BACKYARD IN MALAYSIA.

  • proudIsraeli
    June 6, 2010, 11:11 pm  

    your’e a hater and not a man of peace you hypocrite shame on you

  • Eric Martel
    June 7, 2010, 10:13 am  

    I’ve been seeing you splashed across the news now for the past several days, spouting your bull. I’ve come to the determination that you like the sound of your own voice more than anything else. You are a fool, a liar and violent agitator. If you really had the Palestinians interests at heart, you would be working to promote peace in that region as I do. You however are biased beyond belief and are nothing more than a hamas propaganda tool. Those nine deaths onboard that ship are squarely your responsibility. You went there with express purpose to provoke the Israelies and I don’t believe for a second you are an innocent victim in all of this. I would not be surprised at all to hear that the tragedy that occured was planned on your part and you were hoping Israel would respond like this. All for what? To get face time on Aljazeera? You and other morons like you are not part of the solution in helping the Palestinians but a major part of the problem. Why don’t you put that mouth of yours to good use for a change and work towards peace instead of trying to find ways to provoke violent confrontations. The only way there will be peace in that region is when both sides are finally tired of killing each other. Stiring up the pot as you did, does not and will never help a situation like that. And now you’re making claims that you’re on an Israelie hit list? Please, can you be any more obvious or foolish than this? And even if it were true, which is highly doubtful, maybe it wouldn’t be a bad thing. The demise of morons like you can only be considered a public service. Do some good for a change, work towards peace instead of this idiocy that you maintain is the right thing to do. Oh and in case you’re going to dismiss me as some pro-Israelie propaganda tool, guess again. I’ve worked most of my adult life, some twenty odd years as either a UN Peacekeeper in several different war zones or working varied NGO’s towards the same goal, peace. I have little love for either the Israelies nor the Palestinians for that matter and find them both to be nothing more than war loving imbeciles who will always find an excuse to bomb and kill each other. Until their attitudes change, little can be done. However, both sides will always find willing sychophants to do their dirty work for them such as yourself. Get a life buddy and try to do something useful with it for a change. I get the feeling though that you were either dropped on your head repeatedly as a baby or your experiences as a Marine affected you a lot more than you let on. You might want to consider therapy. I would encourage you to do so.

    • June 13, 2010, 7:17 pm

      You definitely fit the profile of a UN Peacekeeper, full of shit and totally useless. As for calling all Israeli’s and Palestinians useless I hope the Israeli’s who would otherwise appreciate your attack on me understand they are also judged idiots by you. I am not going to convert you and this is not my job, but for your information, when the majority of your life is dedicated to acting on your conscience, attacks like yours are merely reminders of the ignorance that is pervasive in our world.
      TJP

      • Adnan Bin Hassan
        July 17, 2010, 9:27 pm

        BROTHER KEN ,JUST IGNORE THIS POOR PITY IGNORANCE SOULESS SPECIES. THEY’RE ALWAYS A HANDFUL OF THEM TILL DOOMSDAY. OUR FOCUS IN THIS LIFE IS CRYSTALLY CLEAR IS TO SERVE & ESTABLISH HUMANITY.

  • June 7, 2010, 7:02 pm  

    Hello mr. O’Keefe:

    We have the largest English language discussion list, which is free of the usual liberal zionists since we require UNQUALIFIED support for the right of return for membership.

    We started as a few fed up Irish Americans much like you..and now we’re half Arab out of 360. Not a huge number, but as stated, the largest in English.

    • June 13, 2010, 7:07 pm

      Tell me how to join your group, sounds excellent.
      TJP

  • June 7, 2010, 8:14 pm  

    I too am a citizen of the world. I’m an Israeli and American citizen.
    I truly want to hear the answer to this, Ken. If you write back, I’ll read everything, I promise. Let me just know this:
    1. Did you not know there were at least 40 men (that some have written their wills and said “they’re willing to die for Allah”) in the upper deck, beating the living crap out of the first soldiers who got there with paint guns, with no physical intimidation on their side?
    2. Did you not know they had gas masks, vests, metal poles, stun grenades, knives, firebombs, axes and clubs there, that they had prepared in advance, and were using these on the soldiers, as seen on the footage???
    3. You, as a former Navy Seal – how would you react if 15 men with all those “surprises” started beating the shit out of you? Would you not shoot them, after being stabbed? No lies, Ken!
    4. When you shook Henia’s hand, peace lover, did you not know about the suicide-bombing kids Hamas sent to blow up in buses and restaurants, just when we were closest to peace (1990’s)?
    5. Have you ever seen the result of a suicide-bomber of the age of 14?
    Does that look like something, say… The Partisans ever did?
    My grandfather was in the Partisans when he was 14 – shooting Nazis and fighting for his life – not for his death. He shot soldiers, not people sitting down for coffee. He shot them because otherwise, he would be burned alive for being a Jew – like his whole family.
    6. Have you seen the Hamas’ charter? It’s right here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamas#cite_note-167
    7. Do you NOT understand the Hamas doesn’t want peace – considering numbers 4-6?
    8. Do you not know about the human rights being violated in Gaza by Hamas? Do you not know of their Islamic regime and police? Do you not know they murder THEIR OWN PEOPLE? Do you even need proof for that?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpFaa80FpIQ
    9. Do you not UNDERSTAND Israel is no longer in a conflict with the PLO – all that’s left of the conflict is these people – the Hamas?
    10. Do you not know that in the West Bank life really isn’t that bad right now? Do you understand why? Do you understand it’s because the IDF controls the passages in the west bank (unlike in Gaza)?
    11. Do you KNOW OR UNDERSTAND that Israel retreted out of Gaza in order for the rockets from Gaza to stop? Are you really giving these Hamas murderers credit for Israel’s compromise IT made to make the peace process advance?
    12. Do you know that all Israel got from that deal was rockets, people killed, amushes on the border which killed soldiers and causes a KIDNAPPED SOLDIER who has not seen the light of day OR THE RED CROSS in more than 4 years?
    13. Did you not hear, when Abbas was making excuses about the settlement, that P.M Netanyahu made yet another move towards peace by freezing the settlements? Have you seen what’s been going on since? More and more demands, plus missiles, plus a flotilla whose people think they can beat on soldiers without being fought back. DO you see a pattern here?
    14. Do you truly believe Israeli soldiers wake up in the morning and say: “You know what, man? I feel like shooting some Goddamn kids!”. Are you REALLY not aware that the IDF is the most moral army in the world? DO you really not know that the IDF is VERY VERY careful with human lives? Do you need proof for that too?

    15. Did you not hear when Netanyahu said he’s for a 2 state solution?
    16. Do you not see he’s trying, yet again, to make an agreement Israelis have been chasing since 1993?
    17. Do you not see how raising Hamas murderers’ power MAY ACTUALLY PREVENT PEACE FROM HAPPENING, MR. PEACE LOVER?
    18. Do you not see what this flotilla and media-war is all about? DO you not understand it’s Israel against Iran & their puppets – Hamas and Hizballah – in a war about Israel’s right to exist?
    19. Do you believe Jews should have their own state in 1967 borders?
    Because everyone here does. 1947 borders? Any borders at all?
    20. Do you not see you’re helping hate and incitement to genocide against Jews in Israel – a goal Achmedinajad has been persuing since he was elected, by putting his puppets to work (for any excuse at all) anytime he needs a distraction, while racing towards getting the capability to make nuclear bombs – while threatening Israel’s existence in the media every few days?
    21. Do you not see how Iran NEEDS people like you to get them closer to middle-east control, starting from eliminating the Jewish state? Do you not know that Iran and other extreme Muslim organizations’ beliefs (Jihad) include YOU in the infedel’s list – as someone who must be killed?
    22. Do you really not understand the cynical use they make of YOU as a peace activist, because of your naivity, using you for their own interests (internationally isolating Israel before the attack) while aiming for goals which are FAAAAR from peace?

    Did you really not know all of this??? REALLY???
    If you don’t feel like answering all of these questions – the least you can do is answer me about the flotilla. You can avoid the rest, I suppose you don’t know or care enough for the rest.
    It’s just Jews, right?

    • June 13, 2010, 7:05 pm

      Too many issues here but let me throw you for a bit of a loop, I consider all people, that means all people to be my brothers and sisters in one human family. Whether other people hate me or love me does not change this fact. You my brother are focused on the result of injustice rather than the root of it. If you put Swedish people, certainly American or British people through the Israeli policy of occupation, theft of land, assassinations, denial of human rights and murder I can assure you there would be blood in the Swedish, American and British streets. It is the policies of state terrorism that are the root of the problem.
      TJP,
      Ken

      • June 21, 2010, 8:30 am

        No Ken – I think you know the root of the problem. We all do. One word, Ken – Jihad. I’m sorry, but if you don’t know what it is – look it up. Look up “shahid” while you’re at it. Have one of the Hamas’ 14-year old suicide bombers blow up in a bus with your daughter in it, on her way to school. See how you like them after that.
        You’ve been working for these people.
        They’ve convinced you that the only democratic and free country in the middle-east is the one doing the killing.
        Go into ANY OTHER COUNTRY in the middle east and you’ll find massacres, ethnic cleansings, occupation, rapes, hangings, torture and violence you’ve never ever imagined. But no, Ken. You’re too scared to go there. So you go where you know you could also look like a humanitarian, so you can get your “donations”, and also not get hurt – Israel. So you’re helping terrorists – big deal.
        I’m not going to lie – they ARE very very good in propaganda, spreading lies and pictures which can be interpreted into anything and really touch people like you, and get them to risk themselves for them.
        But they really did a number on YOU, Ken.
        Plus, this is the third response I’ve seen from you –
        NOT ONE ANSWER, KEN. NOT ONE! You can’t argue those facts, and you know it. So what the hell are you standing up for? You know these people are terrorists who will not stop until we’re all dead here in Israel. You know we have no other choice but to defend ourselves, so WTF are you talking about, Ken? Turks just killed over a 100 Curds in the past week. Go fight for them.

    • Adnan Bin Hassan
      July 17, 2010, 10:59 pm

      PRIOR TO YOUR QUESTION ALLOW ME TO SEEK YOUR HELP TO ANSWER A SIMPLE YET STRAIGHT OUESTIONS. 1] THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE ON THE INTERNATONAL WATER. WHY? PLEASE READ OUR UNITED OF NATION AGREEMENT ON INTERNATIO.NAL WATER. 2] WHO AUTHORIZED THE ZIONIS TO BOARD=ON OTHERS SHIP W/O LEGAL INTERNATIONAL VALID WARRANT?. 3] 9 CIVILLIANS DEATH TO NONE ZIONIS DEATH UNACCEPTABLE? AS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES COMMON KNOWLEDGES WILL SAY IT OUT LOUD THAT ONLY PIRATES/TERRORIST/MURDERER WILL DID JUST THAT. NEWTON THIRD LAW VIVIDLY APPLIED HERE. ACTION & REACTION. PROSECUTE THE ACTION PRIOR TO JUSTIFY THE REACTION. VISIT http://NKUSA.ORG & HOLD DEAR TO IT. REST ASSURED FROM HERE ON PEACE & HARMONY WILL PREVAIL YET AGAIN ON OUR EARTH.

  • anon1
    June 7, 2010, 10:42 pm  

    You are a real life hero Ken. God bless.

  • Dalton
    June 8, 2010, 5:11 am  

    You’re a disgrace to peace. Why not gather a group of “peace lovers” and get Hamas to stop raining missiles on Israeli citizens? You knew that Israel had a blockade and you knew the consequences yet you risked sacrificing the lives of innocent people who were stupid followers thinking they were doing a greater good, and not just creating public opinion opportunities.

    And as for your video, no one in their right mind would think that had you been beaten bloody in Israeli care, that they would have allowed you to leave without being cleaned up. And perhaps in your next ‘beating’ video, you could get your handlers to actually cut you or leave some open gashes from which blood could pour. It’s a pity that fools actually believe your lies. You are a disgrace. You support terrorists, and you are a terrorist. Period.

    • June 13, 2010, 6:33 pm

      Yes a terrorist like the founding fathers, Nelson Mandela, and others who refuse to bow to naked power and the tyranny of occupation and mass murder. I will happily draw a line in the sand and put the US, Britain and Israel on one side as the true Axis of Evil and all those opposed to their state terrorism on the other… and you know what side I am on don’t you?
      TJP,
      Ken

      • Ayaz
        June 30, 2010, 2:09 am

        Ken,
        Thanks for your exceptional work. You are a true hero combining intellect with action! Rare these days. It’s a shame that appearance and reality are so distant from each other in the current geopolitical climate. Your loud, wonderful voice is an inspiration and I hope helps others open their eyes to true justice. Similar to the Palestinians of today, native Indians would have been regarded as terrorists too. The killing of innocent lives whether they be Palestinian, Israeli, other… is reprehensible and should be condemned with EQUAL justice, which I believe is your point. Modern day “terrorism” cannot be understood without knowledge of its causality which is intimately linked with history of the Middle East, the drawing of borders, raping of natural resources, government puppeteering, etc…. It’s certainly not as George Bush put it “people who hate freedom.” I’ve read the arguments of some of your critics above…I don’t know how you are so patient with such dumb people. You are a better man than I. Please keep of your great work. Ultimately, true justice is inescapable in this life or the next…..

      • July 6, 2010, 4:22 am

        Hi Ken. Free Gaza. Enough is enough. You are an inspiration to me. I heard you on cfuv in Victoriua on Guerrila radio today. I thought you kept your composure thru that interview on the bbc. She was harsh. This is insane. “1984” i wish Orwell was still around. “I’m interviewing you!!I’m interviewing you!!” hilarious.
        Sorry about your friends on the boat. You are all an inspiration to the world. We won’t forget. What was the man’s name who died. The photographer? They shoudnt be forgottem. God bless you….Love and respect. Justice. Equality. Peace.

        • August 26, 2010, 11:43 am

          Thank you brother.
          TJP

    • Adnan Bin Hassan
      July 18, 2010, 12:14 am

      THE REAL & ACTUAL CALAMITIES BEGIN WHEN YOU THE ZIONIS DEFIED YOUR VERY OWN TORAH. VISIT http://NKUSA.ORG. THE TRUTH IS THERE EVEN IN THE BIBLE, AL QURAN AND ANCIENT/MODERN SCRIPTURES. INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES ARE FULLY KNOWLEDGEABLE WITH YOUR ZIONIS EVILISH ATTITUDE. EVEN MILLIONS OF YOUR VERY OWN BROTHERS & SISTERS THE TRUE BELIEVER OF G-D [AHLUL KITAB/ PEOPLE OF THE BOOK] DISASSOCIATE THEMSELVES FROM YOU THE ZIONIS IDEOLOGY THROUGH OUT THE WHOLE WORLD. YOU THINK YOU’RE DECEIVING US BUT THE FACT IS YOU’RE DECEIVING YOUR VERY OWNSELF BY THE SATAN. HOLD DEAR TO YOUR AUTHENTIC TORAH BY YEHWAH.

  • T
    June 9, 2010, 12:22 am  

    Hi,

    Just found your site and this blog. For what it’s worth, sorry that so much crap is still coming down on you (for your beliefs).

    On the other hand, re: the MSM, you’re right. You use the tools in the current system to become “news” in their eyes. And then to bring about change.

    • July 6, 2010, 4:17 am

      Hi Ken, I support all you are doing. You give me hope for the future. kEEP IT REAL MY BEAUTIFUL FRIEND. Love and respect. Richard Clemens. clemens-richard@hotmail.com

  • Rev Larry Robinson
    June 10, 2010, 12:22 am  

    You issued a debate challenge. I would love to debate the propaganda you spewed in your recent diatribe about Israel as published in Counterpunch and elsewhere.

    • June 13, 2010, 6:25 pm

      OK Larry, you set up a stage based on your ability to debate and my ability to recount what I experienced. I did not invite everyone who disagrees with me to a debate, as you may deduce that would mean I would be booked till the end of time. You need to set up something worth showing up for, so that either you or I will be humbled in front of a substantial audience. If you can make this happen I am happy to show you a humane way of seeing the world. If you cannot then I promise you I will be writing and talking more so you can rant or listen or ignore me, up to you.
      TJP,
      Ken O’Keefe

      • Adnan Bin Hassan
        July 18, 2010, 1:50 am

        BRAVO KEN. WE DO HAVE A VERY HIGH CONFIDENCE ON YOUR HUMANITY STANDING & BELIEF THAT WILL SURPASS ALL THOSE IDEOLOGY, NATIONALITY, ETHNICITY, RACIST etc…..AND WILL BE IN LINE WITH THE AUTHENTIC TORAH, AUTHENTIC BIBLE/INJIL & AL QURAN. WHICH ESTABLISH THE REMINDING US OF THE WORDS…..DO UNTO OTHER LIKE WHAT YOU WANT OTHER TO DO UNTO YOU. PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT YOU ARE THE REPRESENTATIVES OF 3/4 OF WORLD POPULATION.

  • June 10, 2010, 5:30 pm  

    May I have the attention of the people who care about human rights?
    Because if you do – you should really care about this:
    It’s not Hamas killing people, though I can bring you those also.
    It actually has nothing to do with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
    This is to make you have some perspective on human suffering in the world we live in today. Not 200 years ago – TODAY:

    Now, once you’ve watched it – I think anyone that has the time or means to go half-way across the world to help people – should be doing something about THAT, instead of making friends with terrorists like Ismail Haniya (one for you, Ken O’Keeffe), and making efforts to help him.
    Gaza just got 400 million $ from Obama. And it’s not the first time, either. Need proof? http://www.chfinternational.org/node/32903
    They also got billions from Europe not too long ago – can’t quite remember, but between a year to 2 years ago – proof? http://www.euronews.net/2009/02/27/eu-offers-nearly-half-a-billion-euros-to-rebuild-gaza/
    And 4.5 billion more from donors:
    http://www.topnews.in/extra-gaza-donors-pledge-4481-billion-dollars-2133724

    All in less than 2 years. And their budget was 540 million:
    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=9463535
    Let’s say 2 years’ budget – 1.08 billion. After a quick subtraction – does anyone see where the other 4 billion went? Plus Iran’s “aid”?
    I can tell you right now – rockets, anti-tank missiles, tunnel-digging (for smuggling weapons), explosives, rifles, lots more weapons I don’t even know, and of course – to Heniya and his friends. Do you see why he’s smiling in the picture of that article?
    They even have a whole portion of the ISRAELI yearly budget, just to bring them aid – so their “democratically elected government” – Hamas – can SELL it back to them. You know, Hitler was also democratically elected. But that’s beside the point. The point is, Palestinians get a lot of help which is taken advantage of by the Hamas. But now you’ve seen this video, you tell me:
    WHAT DO THESE AFRICAN KIDS HAVE?
    You want to help human beings? You want to be a peace activist?
    This is the place to do it in. Africa. You can even watch soccer games in between. THEY actually NEED your help.
    Plenty of aid in Gaza – Red Cross, Red Cressent, Europen, American and Israeli money – and lots of it. Iranian money too – but that goes for ammunition (not really documented, of course), so that doesn’t count.

    • June 13, 2010, 6:29 pm

      Wow, the Israeli bubble will burst at some point but in the meantime there is not enough time in the day to respond to all of the results of indoctrination that makes people totally divorced of reality. The only thing I can say is the person to look at is staring you in the mirror, no need to look any further.
      TJP,
      Ken

  • June 21, 2010, 8:15 am  

    Ken – I haven’t seen one REAL response in your words.
    “The Israeli bubble will burst” – what does that mean? Does that mean there will be no more Israel? Do you think that’s the right thing? That the Jews, after being persecuted for thousands of years – don’t deserve that small piece of land they actually OWNED before they were massacred out of there by the Turks, the Christians, and everyone else?
    If your answer is YES, I’d like you to actually speak out your mind, and stop hiding behind your “humanitarian” crap you sell to the world.
    If you think the Jewish people has no right for a land of its own – say so. Come on – why not? It’s the right thing, right Ken?

    But if your answer is NO – then stop using cliches and start using YOUR HEAD. Go help those kids in Africa instead of falling into Hamas’ propaganda traps time after time. They make a living from people like you. They get billions of “aid money” from the US and Europe – they buy weapons with it. They get humanitarian aid – and SELL it. Don’t you see anything wrong with that? Or have you not looked? Or don’t you care, Mr. humanitarian?
    I think Gaza’s people would have a much easier time if they actually DIDN’T HAVE TO PAY FOR THE AID THAT’S COMING IN FOR FREE!
    You want to free them? Start with that, Ken.

    • Adnan Bin Hassan
      July 18, 2010, 12:29 am

      http://NKUSA.ORG WILL EASE YOUR MENTAL SUFFERING. UPON UNDERSTANDING, HOLD DEAR TO IT & SPREAD THE NOBLE MESSAGE AMONGST FAMILIES & FRIENDS. AND THE WORLD WILL BE IN PEACE & HARMORNY AGAIN.

  • SST
    June 24, 2010, 8:03 am  

    ”Hence today I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.”

    if he would have finished his job, we would not have the problems we have in the world now.. the jews will never change for the better..they are cancerous and simply not fit to be part on any civilized society..

    Ken, I think you are doing a great job..may GOD bless you and your family..

  • thierno
    June 24, 2010, 2:01 pm  

    just saw your interview at the BBC on Hardtalk. You stood up and spoke from your hart … more importantly for me personnaly you spook for mee too, your words were my words your ideas were my ideas, the difference is you have the guts to implement it. From the bottom of my hart thank you. The propaganda machine of Israel is immense and they will portay you as evil but the passion and the compassion i saw was true and legitime, so please ignore them and carry one. Today i can assist a football game in south africa without fear of being killed by hatred, go to a rugby game without being affraid of anyone, I am a free man because someone stood up and spoke the truth, this person is the symbol of humanity at its best, Nelson Mandela. I hoop deeply that Israel and the Jewish people will find a Jewish Nelson Mandela to free them so that they can accept that the Palestinians also have the right to exist in this planet.

    Thank you Ken and please keep continue its in the benefit of humanity … israel icluded.

  • thierno
    June 25, 2010, 6:32 am  

    Hi Ariel,
    That Israel stop to exist is absolutely not the answer and Ken does not advocate that … far from it. You ask so many questions to Ken, I would like you to ask yourself the following: does the Palestinian people have the right to exist? do they have to pay for all persecutions that the Jews endured through the years? don’t they deserve a small piece of land for them self? I would like you to speak out your mind and stop hiding behind your “oppressed” status as Jews.
    As African i am absolutely sure that i lived a better live than the Palestinian children so if you want to draw a comparison find a new one. You have no idea how we live as children in Africa and definitely not as children in Gaza. I am sure that you are absolutely convinced that a child in Gaza worth less than a child in Tel Aviv and that is the whole problem. The Jews have every right but the Palestinians none huh? Mr Ariel

  • Ann
    June 28, 2010, 4:23 am  

    Dear Ken,

    Thank you for your inspiring words, and even more, your courageous humanitarian acts. They have inspired so many people. My blog pulsemedia.org has been disseminating your Mavi Marmara statements and post-flotilla interviews.

    It might have been via twitter, I remember seeing a call for assistance with weblogs and twitter etc. If that call is still to heeded, I would be happy to help with any of these. I use the same wordpress platform as this blog is on. There are ways you can screen hasbaraniks like the timewasters above. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can help.

    ann@pulsemedia.org

  • Ann
    June 28, 2010, 4:53 am  

    PS. Here is a direct link with what we’ve posted, where you’ll see a lot of supportive comments:

    http://pulsemedia.org/?s=ken+o%27keefe

  • matt
    June 28, 2010, 10:57 pm  

    dude just watched your bbc interview — you absolutely nailed it, one of the best interviews i’ve ever seen…. you’re an inspiration, all my very best wishes from london!

  • Enver
    June 29, 2010, 11:59 am  

    Hello Ken,

    May God always protect you and help the truth to come out. I find it funny in the comments how people protect governments but dont care about humanity.

    Keep up the good work brother and you are always in my prayers.

    God Bless

  • Maurice Sabbag
    June 29, 2010, 12:21 pm  

    congratulations Ken, the world needs more people like you.
    i hope tha know, the world has seen the true face of Israel. coward assasins and cruel liars.
    and i hop, know all around the world, people strugle more, for a better world and for the diminishing of the sufering and submission of one person by another.
    peace man.
    and all suport from the people of my country, BRASIL.

    Maurice Yuja Sabbag

  • Covkid
    June 29, 2010, 5:58 pm  

    Hi Ken,
    if only there were more people like you in this world,there is no doubt that it would be a far better place.In fact it is through your actions and everybody who was on the aid flotilla, that has encouraged me to request a place on the next flotilla to be organised through George Galloways Viva Palestina site.
    Yes you are afine example of how people of this world should be treating each other,a true hero. You even treat the paid shills who comment here with respect.

    respects
    Covkid

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