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This is one of those very unplanned articles born out of inspiration in Egypt.

I arrived in Egypt after being blocked by the Egyptian security services four separate times over the course of nearly three months.  During this period, with an easy opportunity for attention and exposure, I kept my mouth almost completely shut.  In the meantime I have quietly done what I could to depart Gaza and return to my family and to join my wife for the birth of our second child.  Instead I was repeatedly blocked, missed the birth of our child and have been unable to give emotional, physical and even financial support to my family.  All the while it has never been lost on me that this is only a small fraction of the injustice thrust upon Palestinians every single day.

The blessing in this is that the Samouni Project and other very promising work has transpired, due directly to me ending up in Gaza longer than planned.  I am always keen to turn negatives into positives, and that is exactly what I have done.

In this extra time in Gaza, being separated from my wife and family I have become that much more aware of how ultimately blessed I am as a man.  What my wife endures, all too often without any tangible support from me, is a man who is gone much of the time, who works every single day when he is absent or around, a man who earns almost no money and who by the nature of his work brings danger not just to himself, but possibly to her and our family.  When you add all this up, I have a gem of a woman, the best kind of woman (in my mind anyway), a Palestinian woman, a shining example of womanhood.

It is said that behind every great man you will find a great woman.  I do not look at myself as a great man per se, but I do see the greatness of the women in my life, and if I do indeed succeed in my ultimate goals, you can thank these women every bit as much as me.  They have played the essential role in my character development, they are Goddesses, the fabric of a healthy society and responsible for the most important job that exists, that of being a mother.

My mother, my first great blessing in life.

My mother, my grandmother, and my wife are such women; all of them have shown me a love that is boundless and unconditional.  Because of them, more than any other factors in my life, I hold great love for my fellow human beings and all life in general.  When you combine true love with the understanding of a women’s intimate relationship and experience with injustice, you will be empowered.  The strength that myself and countless others exhibit in the face of the sadistic tyrants and their minions in this world, is derived in great part by the beauty and essence of the women in our lives.  I feel sorry for the lowly men trapped in the simplistic attraction of the sexual essence of a woman, there is so much more, so, so much more, and to know women as I do is to know the whole beauty of them.

I had no plans to write about women when I arrived in Cairo, but something happened and a link in my mind was made between the Egyptian Revolution and the cause of women in general.  And I am always keen to link causes, always.  I have met many people since arriving in Cairo and what has been communicated to me is that the revolution continues as a non-stop endeavor.  I have been told the demands of the revolution are beginning to center around financial justice, workers rights and an egalitarian tax system that would result in a redistribution of wealth.  The achievement of these demands would inevitably lift countless millions of Egyptians out of the deep poverty that Western cultural imperialism and Egyptian corruption have relegated them to.

As fate would have it I watched a movie in Cairo that developed a link worthy of sharing.  I seriously recommend this movie to everyone, but especially to women.  And though it may seem the message of the movie centers around equal pay for women, I have to disagree.  I believe the central theme is justice, and as Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The movie is called ‘Made in Dagenham’, watch it, breathe it in and realize that the struggle for equal pay in Britain, the struggle for redistribution of wealth in Egypt, and every struggle you can think of has just one thing obstructing justice, and that would be unity.  In the movie men and women of the workers unions united, despite the best efforts of the sell-outs, and in the end men and women united and gained.  That is the secret waiting to be figured out by us, we all have the same cause, when we unite, we can achieve anything.

I supported the Egyptian Revolution from the moment I heard of it, which was before it officially began, and that explains the reason I have been blocked by the security services up till now.  But I want Egypt to know, and the workers of England to know, as well as the Palestinians, the American’s, the students, the oppressed everywhere, to know, that you all have the same struggle, against the same centralized enemy.  Think critically, open your heart, shed the fear, and you will know this to be true.

If you see the world the way I do, and I know I am not alone in this, you will see the methods of divide and rule are everywhere.  The powers that be know all too well that we, the masses, the working class, the immigrants, the women, the blacks, the Hawaiians (kanaka maoli), the Palestinians and the occupied, oppressed and violated from all around the world are all fighting the same system.  God help the tyrants should we ever figure this out, because the moment we do, we will begin to experience the sweet taste of justice and the liberation of a dignified life.

And so I go back to the women, the massive numbers of women who have been raped and beaten and exploited and violated, and yet they do what women do, they are moms.  They look after us, love us, nurture us and support us, they shelter us from a cruel world.  God help the child whose mother does not fulfill this role, I reckon you can explain to one degree or another the level of insanity in our collectively insane world, by the success or failure of the mothers in every child’s life.

Zeinat Samouni, a great, great mother.

I was blessed in this regard, my children are equally blessed, and now I finally see my failure as a man, my failure to be the father and husband, something that every woman and child deserves.  As I return home to my family, after 8 months of absence, during almost the entire pregnancy of our second child, I vow to give the time and support my family deserves.  I will finally find the balance of time for my family and time for the cause.  I will not sacrifice my family for the cause any longer, I cannot, simply because I cannot respect myself as a man, when I chose my woman, impregnated her , while not honouring the commitment and responsibility that this inherently involves.

You will see less of me on Facebook and Twitter, but you will get more from me in the end.  Leadership by example is a principle I believe in to the hilt, and to be a good father and husband is essential for me if I am to be considered a leader.

For those of pure heart and genuine support, know this, as I achieve greater success in my stated goals, I am all too predictably to be increasingly attacked by the idiots and agents.  It seems the central charge, although there are so many, is that I do what I do for money and fame.  Make no mistake; the timing of these attacks is not accidental.  This latest round of attacks began just days after the birth of our second son, while I was involuntarily thousands of miles away from my wife.  This attack included an extra charge that I was committing adultery, again within days of my wife giving birth… alone.  Whether Zionists initiated this attack or not, they would be the first to cheer it on.

What can one say who is the target of such libel?  Not many are willing to subject themselves to this type of poison, but putting yourself out there on the chopping block is inevitable should you walk the path that I do.  Again it comes down to the love given to me by the women in my life.  Does a mother abandon her child because her own life or character is at risk?  Of course not, and so it is I will not abandon my brothers and sisters in Palestine, Hawaii, Iraq, Afghanistan, and indeed America and every corner of the Earth were people endure injustice.  We are all family, flawed as we may be, and I am a brother, and I will act as such.

Through the women in my life I have been given love that has afforded me the self-respect so many others can only yearn to know.  Rest assured, I will not abandon my mission for a better world, no matter how vicious the attacks on me.  I prefer to die, as a mother does to protect her vulnerable child, then live and turn my back on my brothers and sisters who constitute my human family.  And the women in my life are every bit as strong as myself, and they too will not be swayed by attacks on me or even themselves.

As for the slander directed at me, slander flying in the face of the facts, those of you who subscribe to this garbage make yourselves out to be dupes and fools.  You are indeed a significant part of the problem.  Do not get me wrong, nobody should be followed blindly, myself included.  Never should a person abandon critical thinking.  But to ignore the obvious commitment a person like myself has shown, by words spoken and deeds carried out, to buy into the slander leveled at me simply because supposed “allies” say it is so, is a disgrace.  In doing this you feed tyranny and division, you attack a brother who has put his life on the line numerous times.  It really is a disgrace, especially since most if not all of you have never risked what I or my family have.

The dupes fail to see that anyone who stands as I do against injustice, especially if they are getting results and inspiring others to act, will be attacked.  They fail to understand the method of divide and rule through slander and liable.  Wake up, smell the coffee, stop being dupes and join the struggle or identify yourselves as the agents of the enemy you are, unwittingly or not.

As the character Forest Gump says in the movie of the same title, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

As yet another means of educating the idiots I shall take an extraordinary step.  My wife and family and all of my closest friends already know this truth, but some of you are suckered into doubting it.  My path has meant an enormous amount of unpaid work; spiritually rewarding I must say, but the vast majority of it unpaid.  And yes many people have helped my along the way, so that I could do what I do.  The result however, in travelling this dubious, perilous path, for my wife and kids, is a sacrifice in which they are deprived of the resources required for financial security.  I could make money a priority, but I have not.  Nonetheless, I am not willing to subject them to this insecurity any longer; accused or not of doing what I do for money, I will secure a modest paycheck earned out of an honourable and altruistic job.  My benefits will derive from the benefits of others.  If you see me sporting flashy cars and living in a mansion, then you will have every right to sling mud my way, but bank on this, that will never happen.  Riches for me are measured in terms of what you give, not what you take. And in this sense, I am one of the richest men on the planet, I will continue to give everything I have, except my self-respect.

And as I venture to earn this pay, to honour my duty as a father and a husband, I will submit my bank statements for the world to see.  Thus you will all be able to see that while I have risked life and limb, as do so many others, I have done so with little to no reward in financial terms; and yet some very stupid or very evil people, have been spreading the lie, that I do what I do for money.  I do not say this to defend myself, really I don’t, I say this to help others understand, because enough of us must understand in order to create a better world.

But I am telling all the idiots right now; I will not take on the full time job of responding to every spurious claim made about me.  After I show my bank statements, the next charge will be that I have taken cash payments which were never deposited.  How will I prove this false?  The answer is there is no way to disprove this, and that is why such charges will inevitably come.  The idiots will buy it, I do accept this, but the thinking people, those not clouded by jealousy, insecurity, cynicism and outright stupidity, you are the ones I am talking to now.  You are the ones that matter, idiots do as idiots do, it is irrelevant as long as thinking, conscientious people do what they can do.  And that really is the question, will enough of us do what we are capable of doing?

I have made it a goal of mine to help the stupid people who bite hook, line and sinker into the slander written and said about me, and I will help you.  I will help you see the character assassination trash for what it is, and how it makes the Zionists and the tyrants smile.  But I will not dedicate limitless time to this endeavor.  I will do it because I know many of the idiots, like myself when I was a US Marine, are not bad people.  You are just stupid, and easily manipulated, a crime worth forgiving.  Like myself 20 years ago you deserve some love and effort, how could I not extend to you what was given to me when I was once you?

But the rest of you, the insidiously false “allies”, you I am happy to expose.  You are often the neo-liberal wanker “activists”, you make us Western people of good heart look like the enemy.  You are even worse then the direct enemies, at least they are much more honest about where they stand.  You on the other hand are the people who destroy the capacity of good people in the West to express genuine brotherhood and sisterhood with our non-Western family.  The damage you do is incalculable, and exposing you is a task of significant importance.

And so I return to the women, the women in my life are the core of my strength.  Ultimate love and respect to all the sane and beautiful women out there.  In me you have a brother or a son, look at me as you would your blood brother or your beloved son, and I in turn I shall give what you deserve of me.  You, the true woman, you are our greatest hope; you are at the center of a just and peaceful future, I am born of you, and I will die of you.

TJP

Comments(29)

  • flomozo
    May 28, 2011, 7:45 pm  

    With a touch of sadness and a bit more comprehension, I say to you, Ken,
    -first, that I understand. I did not even want to tell you what I had heard, until I realised you were already on it.
    Regarding the zidiots, who are constantly, “there”, backbiting, slandering, and playing the fool while fooling others? Anyone who believes them is doing the worls, including themselves, a disservice; I mean ALL of Palestine, all of the good people who fight for them, including (especially) you.
    Funny, I had just written back to the person who brought all of this insanity to my attention, to see if she had yet figured it out, when along came this post from you. I hate to see you leaving Gaza at a time like this, on the heels of such madness and ugliness, but I also understand. Who wants to continue the fight in the face of this? I don’t think this is why you are leaving. You have two children and a wife and you need to be there for them, too. You are not married to the cause; you are married to this woman, and it feels like you’re doing the right thing. As a mother, and a woman who was once married, I get it!
    I wish you nothing but the best. Stay strong. Understand that the majority of us know who did this, even if we don’t know their names, and any who say they are fighting FOR Palestine, yet not only swallow this but pass it on, are doing themselves and the cause and YOU much harm. I know the zidiots will believe they won this round, but I don’t see it that way. Considering how much you have done for Palestine, how many people you have brought along the way, they are not the winners.
    Gaza has not yet won, but I see that you’ve made some positive changes for her. And, a real win is on the horizon.
    Peace to you.
    Anne

  • May 28, 2011, 8:35 pm  

    I had one of the best 13 days of my life on the road with Ken and his mom, Bonnie and Tim King and all I am and have been saying is tha:

    Every Tattoo Tells a Story and Expresses the True Ken O’Keefe:

    http://www.wearewideawake.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1861&Itemid=238

    • May 28, 2011, 11:54 pm

      Thank you my sister, was a great trip.

  • edlira
    May 28, 2011, 9:07 pm  

    thanks for sharing this with us brother! It is beautiful and it brought tears to my eyes. I just wanted to say that you need not spend one more minute answering to accusations, let alone show your bank statement or don’t know what. At this age of communication and information those who would genuinely want to know the truth about you will know it and understand it. Those who choose not to, have other problems and they need other kind of help. It is just a humble suggestion… Enjoy your time with your beautiful family and may God bless you all always. Please thank your mom and wife for all what they have gone through and tell them we all admire and respect them. In solidarity, Edlira

  • Avi
    May 28, 2011, 10:30 pm  

    Your right. Bankstatments won’t shut up the troublemakers. How about your paypal account, showing what you got and then how you spent it on the Samouni project and cemeent. That’ll make them stfu.

    • May 28, 2011, 11:53 pm

      We can do that and show all that was spent Avi, and it will show what an incredible job we have done with very little. TJP

    • May 29, 2011, 1:26 am

      ONE more thing to all of Ken’s attackers who may X by:

      THIS MAN came back to the USA last year to tell about his experiences on the Mavi Marmara -which could have ENDED his life!

      Ken raised awareness everywhere he spoke about the 1.5 million people-800,000 of which are children under the age of 18 enduring under a brutal siege in the open air prison of Gaza and Ken NEVER asked for a dime from anyone!

      When donations were collected Ken used that money to fill up the GAS TANK of the Salem-News.com’s van and he happily slept on the floors of strangers who became friends and family and I never once heard him complain about how hard he was working; and to all who had eyes it was clear he did it all out of LOVE!

      I also witnessed Ken on Skype as he spoke lovingly to his wife and son- and it was apparent he missed them desperately, but he only returned to them for a few short weeks before he laid down his life again and went back to Gaza- and that is NO vacation!

      And EVEN IF he had used some of the funds to get by: SO WHAT and WHY NOT!?!

      I dare to call Ken a prophet- meaning one who points out danger ahead and at least provokes those so inclined to THINK about God and whether THEY may be -or not-on God’s side!

      Ken said that “The truth is God” and truth is that we are ALL created in the image of God.

      Many of us manifest God’s spirit when we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and see everyone as sister and brother;

      Some of us even comprehend that there is no greater love than one who will lay down his agenda/life for another:

      And THAT is WHO and WHAT Ken is and did.

  • abigail
    May 29, 2011, 10:54 am  

    People keep going on about money this, money that and money the other. If a person is arranging a convoy to go to the Gaza Strip to take aid, how (unless funds are raised) are volunteers supposed to pay for road tolls and ferries and petrol, and once funds are raised, how much do people truly believe that such a venture would cost – £100?
    Two weeks ago I travelled to France and was there for 24 hours only. The cost for me and my mother was £650 staying in a three star hotel.

    Having travelled the world, it is evident to me that the people levelling these accusations have little if any comprehension about the costs involved in travelling overseas by land, air or sea whether for personal or humanitarian reasons.

    If Ken O’Keefe discloses his bank statements, what then? To be frank, this will never end – Detractors will then ask for rent statements, petrol receipts, food receipts and on and on ad infinitum. Despite the fact that he has already stated that he is prepared to disclose these bank statements, I have observed that the criticism and false accusations persist so it seems to me that the naysayers have little desire for the truth and will only be satiated if Ken leaves the cause competely. This, I am afraid is the ultimate purpose of what can only be described as the continued slander against him.

    Buses and trucks have been purchased for the convoy – how an earth do you think they were purchased and kitted out unless donations were given? The evidence of this is clear to see online. The buses could quite easily have been given to the Palestinian people in their original substandard state but it seems that Ken O’Keefe cannot do right from doing wrong.
    If he has travelled to the Gaza and has stayed there for months on end – how realistically is he supposed to have lived without the help of donations? When i eventually travel to the Gaza Strip I would love to think that there would be some miraculous holy entity that would come down from the heavens and pay for my flights, my accommdation and my food. The truth is that this is not going to happen and neither should anyone expect this to have happened for Ken.

    Would the people who continue to slate him prefer that he walked around in sack cloth and ashes carrying an alms bowl?

    Evidence of the work he has done to date can readily be seen on Youtube and other websites – Is the Samouni school and playground a figment of our collective imaginations? Or maybe the aid that I have gathered to donate to this cause – clothes, computer equipment, educational toys and books (which are presently sitting in my living room in several large boxes) are possibly an apparition?

    For goodness sake people get a grip and either join the cause of take your thinly veiled contempt elsewhere. All of the people who ask time and again about the welfare of the Samouni family and state that the Palestinian people are “starving” whilst Ken O’Keefe is “profiteering” are simply deluded and somewhat obsessed with what they perceive as being a pathological wrong committed by him. The problem is that they are way off base. Ken is the least materialistic person you could ever meet.

    I would like to ask you all several questions – what have you done to aid the cause? What have you done for the Palestinian people? Will you be getting a flight over to Egypt to enter the Rafah border crossing tomorrow, or next week or the week after, with your rucksack full of aid for the Palestinian people?
    The silence is deafening….

    • flomozo
      May 30, 2011, 11:54 pm

      You are completely correct, Abigail.
      I had not weighed in on the money issue, but I agree with you, completely.
      In my opinion, the people- supposedly on the side of Gaza and all of Palestine- who’ve been going on about this listened to one of the usual suspects.., and rather than ask Ken or anyone else about anything, went off. I include the women who started all of this in that, though I have been told they are good women, they seem to be a bit too gullible.

      I hate that you, Ken, are leaving on the heels of this, only due to what I know what they wil continue to say. However, I still believe you did the best with what you received. I cannot see anything in your person or your actions that would make me believe this silly hasbara.

      Thank you, both, again.
      Anne

  • May 29, 2011, 12:07 pm  

    Ken, what people like you do is uncommon and rare. Spending personal time away from family has to be one of the greatest sacrifices. You are so right. It is the women in our life who deserve the lion’s share of the credit for how we conduct ourselves, and quite obviously you are blessed with that.
    As Abigail and Avi and others have suggested your disclosure of records will make absolutely no difference to the dark side. If truth hit them in the face they would not know it since they are not seeking truth.
    They will keep demanding more and more information to weaken your resolve and to frustrate you. Responding to these vile ignoramuses, individually or collectively, is not worth it and only slows down your march to seek justice.
    With people like Eileen Fleming and others on your blog you are in very good company. God help you and your family dear brother, including your extended Samouni family which will miss you dearly.
    Many Regards

  • May 29, 2011, 3:15 pm  

    you will enjoy this … todd is one of the rare vets (navy sub) who’s grown a conscience and sharp too.

    i go here
    http://lists.econ.utah.edu/mailman/listinfo/a-list
    just to peel out his contributions.

    He’s high caliber in another field (free up front rendered useless through infiltr corr and sell autismz:
    https://financialcryptography.com/mt/archives/001312.html

  • May 29, 2011, 3:17 pm  

    oops, meant to begin with a song link

    todd is the uploader
    most of his uploads are speeches in Seattle

  • May 29, 2011, 3:34 pm  

    dunno what to make of this yet but i’ll have a listen:

    Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Bellevue, Jan. 17, 2011Wednesday, January 19, 2011 10:16

    Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish – MON JAN 17, 2011 at Temple B’nai Torah, Bellevue WA Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a PALESTINIAN DOCTOR who tragically lost three daughters and a niece during Israel’s military incursion into Gaza in January 2009.Dr. Abuelaish’s new book ‘I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey’ was published last year by Random House Canada. Dr. Abuelaish is a Palestinian Obstetrician and Gynecologist from the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.Abuelaish has earned medical degrees from several prestigious universities including the University of London and a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. Throughout his career, Dr. Abuelaish has been a STRONG ADVOCATE FOR PEACE and has frequently spoken out condemning all forms of violence.On January 16th, 2009 Dr. Abuelaish’s home in Gaza was struck by Israeli shells, immediately killing three of his daughters as well as his niece.A fourth daughter, Shada , was severely injured and rushed to Chaim Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv after Israeli news anchors aired Dr. Abuelaish’s call for help. Despite his tragic loss, Dr. Abuelaish remains committed to the idea that medicine can serve as a bridge for peace. When he contiunued to do so, rather than calling for revenge after his tragic loss, he was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.Dr, Abuelaish is a close personal friend of Cantor David Serkin-Poole, Cantor of Temple B’nai Torah. Together they have worked on peace issues over the past many years.And he is coming to the Temple to celebrate the U.S.publication of his book at the invitation of Senior Rabbi Jim Mirel. info Rabbikinberg@templebnaitorah.org or http://.daughtersforlife.com

    http://blip.tv/file/get/Toddfboyle-DrAbuelaishBellevueJan172010957.m4v
    150Mb

    there’s a wmv 7 time the size also

    ???
    become a jew and act as one is presumed to have done (meek lamblike slaughered, thereby affirming the potemkinism and proving you’ll be no trouble to the stealing by stealth project, consolation prize: Nobel!!!! I want to chain all, each and every weaponization of life perps to the compost heap. I mean it. surplus testosterone surplaced. so says the plexpert layplister poetpiet

  • Freedom for humanity
    May 29, 2011, 5:55 pm  

    Your message is so beautiful. I’m young 16-years old who dream for peace and justice in the world. I support you sincerely and you are one of my model. I hope become like you later . Your fight against injustice , for Palestinian is great. I could not help crying while reading your message.
    I dream for better world , you are one of the best human. I will never forgot you for me you are great hero ; You were victim of vil slander by people who don’t have humanity but be stronger than them , you have my support.

    Peace upon you and your family
    From 15 000 miles to you

  • catherine myles
    May 29, 2011, 7:03 pm  

    As a female who works closely with Ken I find all the accusations made against him deeply offensive. His wife has incredible warmth and generosity of spirit, she is a beautiful soul..
    You will not meet warmer kinder human beings tha Ken and his family.His dedication to his family and the cause is above reproach.He works tirelessly for no money and no personal gain. He has the most incredible warmth and resect for women and all of the human race.I find it more offensive that he is required to answer any of the Zionuts accusations.. I am Kens unpaid and PA, happy to volunteer and assist Ken and his family in any way.Anyone who is blessed to have Ken in their life will know exactly what I am saying.. Ken and his family have paid a very heavy price for the freedom of Gaza, more than most could endure.
    Stay strong all..We will succeed in our mission and the Zionists will not deter us..I will happily continue in Kens place while he spends some much earned time with his family.. One love
    Cate xx

  • May 30, 2011, 7:52 pm  

    Wonderful
    Alhamdulliah

  • MJ
    May 31, 2011, 6:33 am  

    What a touching post!

    Let the dogs bark, the Caravan will move on!
    Do not show them anything!

    I’ve been following TJP for years now and wished I could be with you, but like you I have family responsibilities.

    Peace and blessings,
    MJ

  • Gail Coleman
    May 31, 2011, 12:31 pm  

    Ken, you literally are in my thoughts every day, you and your family back home. Your wife must be an amazing woman! I’m so happy for you on the news of your new baby! Ignorant people will always be out there but I know you are a wonderful brother to so many–may Allah reward you deeply and richly!

  • Tye
    May 31, 2011, 2:45 pm  

    Allah yirdah alek w’ala a7lak kul7um ya Ken! You are an angel! As a Palestinian, away from her homeland…the work you have done for Palestine and her people is humbling, touching, gives us hope and we thank you! Thank you is such an understatement i’m almost shy to use it. May Allah reward you and your family for the undying support and blood sweat and tears you and they have shed through all you have done. They gave it all up for us, for Palestine, for justice.

  • Roase
    June 1, 2011, 8:02 am  

    Dear Ken,
    I have not been following any of the slander or nonsense -and so thankfully have not been coloured by any of their manipulations. I never did like the name “Twitter” it sounds, and probably is, nothing other than an electronic form of village gossiping.
    Your words are beautiful and profound and clearly written from the heart. As a sister, mother, wife and daughter and having been born in a country where Imperialism overtook centuries ago, I can identify with the oppression of all peoples.
    I wrote about something similar when I realised that every oppressed country is the same as any oppressed or abused wife and that the oppressed feminine principle, somehow, will always find ways of expressing itself. The Truth is never going to be beaten down. The Feminine has a quiet way of working that can be as powerful, if not more powerful than all the rampaging of “in your face” activism.
    I am immensely grateful to the strong masculine principle and the warrior- like courage it takes to stand against any oppressor. And you and your brothers and sisters who have bravely stood up, and continue to stand up to any form of tyranny, have my deepest respect. I truly admire your strength and courage.I am not of that persuasion- not having the courage to stand up and be obvious .
    I have however firmly held on to my principles and beliefs and spent much time instead meditating and sending thoughts of support to all those who have been in the firing line.
    Perhaps both actions are equally valid ? -I do believe that thoughts are as powerful as actions if generated from the spirit of Love and Truth. Many of us may not be there in body but we are certainly there at a different level and will always be there to provide the force needed to take courageous action. I see the world in the same way as you, and we are all God’s children. May your time with your family be peaceful and joyful , for someone who has clearly been such a strong activist, it must also have taken some amount of courage for you to reach your decision and allow other processes to come into play.
    May you and your family keep safe

  • pink nails
    June 1, 2011, 11:43 am  

    God bless you

  • silvana parlagreco
    June 3, 2011, 9:00 pm  

    Dear Ken, as you can feel nostalgia for a person who has never known? … maybe I left mad? or maybe after meeting through your writings and those of your friends, or even through your photos what you have done in Palestine, I understand that you are a special person? n this second thing I think and I thank you for this, because people like you are always a great gift in life .. I want to embrace you as a true friend I want to wish to be happy label Conlie your family, as you deserve! Hello. Your friend Sivana

  • VanguardThoughts
    June 4, 2011, 8:58 pm  

    The fire of courage is ignited, for the spirit is flammable so.

    The people begin to see in the lightening gloom, and feel in the burgeoning warmth.

    The attention leveled, the energy expended, shock-waves echoes from sea to shore.

    The journey out, and the journey in, begins for each new person, in the present or the past.

    The pillars you are erecting, help form the foundations of a brighter world to come.

    Let all rejoice in love and goodness, and feel their family true.

    And may those who persist in hate and war, be found in the very few.

  • Cris
    June 5, 2011, 11:23 am  

    Dear brother,
    You have done a great work and you know that. Lots of people will always be thankfull!
    All the best to you and your family.

    Your sister from Copenhagen, Cris.

  • BRM
    June 15, 2011, 8:32 am  

    Ken,
    I am a Palestinian American and I just discovered you a few days ago with my sister while we were searching for videos of Palestine because we miss it so much! and came across you, we have watched almost all of your videos on YouTube, proudly showed you off by sharing your videos with all of my family members and friends, and were basically obsessed with you lol!
    and when I discovered Vittorio from your videos and realized how much he has helped Palestinians in Gaza and it was so devastating to hear he was assassinated, it broke our heart!
    But I still had hope because I knew you were still supporting the Palestinians. But then I ran across your twitter and read this blog it literally brought tears to my eyes! I cant believe someone would treat u like this after everything you have done for Gaza and the attention you have brought to the injustice of Palestine. I hope that this did not alter your feelings towards the Palestinian people! and I pray that you will not give up on Gaza and your fellow brothers and sisters in Palestine.
    You are a very VERY unique man! There are not much people out there who would give up sooo much to help the innocent people of Gaza, but you are just one of the few out there who actually has the courage, strength, intelligence, and sincere whole-heatedness to be a part of the end of the injustice that Israel puts upon the Palestinian people. I don’t even see Palestinians, including myself, who are brave enough to do the things that you have done for our own people of Palestine.
    I would like to personally thank you for all that you have done and to let you know that there are so many people out there who support you and what you are doing, I apologize for what has happened to you! I wish you the best in life and hope to see more of you 🙂 and mabrook! (congratulations) on your second child!

  • June 16, 2011, 2:33 pm  

    Hi Keef,

    You are an exceptional human being, thank you so much for who you are.
    Even though it’s sad to know we won’t hear much of you now, it’s important for you to be close to your loved ones. I was a regular on your twitter site and will never forget what you did for this world.

    God bless you

    Amaria

  • June 16, 2011, 6:57 pm  

    Sorry I meant Ken , I mispelled you first name, again sorry about that

    Amaria

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