Never let it be said that I don’t read / listen to both sides with as much objectivity as possible . . . . We must all follow the truth, . . . . where-ever it leads!
I invite you to watch a video, one presented to supposedly contradict the recent violence on the supposedly humanitarian aid Flotilla by the blockade runners.
Kenneth O’Keefe, appears on BBC’s “Hardtalk”.
Because of my pro-Israel activism, Palestinians send me their propaganda to try and convince me they’re correct ….. as objective as I can be, it usually falls flat! This one, was presented to another nation and wouldn’t be seen here if not for this expose’. This came from elias@Intifada-Palestine.com
O’Keefe tries to present himself as a peaceful protestor but his hate pathetically belies his statements; he doesn’t come close to pulling it off!
O’Keefe describes himself (see his biography below) as “an entrepreneur”, a Marine conservationist” ….. conservationist, seems to be true.
A former U.S. Marine, who now hates the U.S., enough so that he has renounced his U.S. citizenship; he is accused of being a mercenary ….. heading to Gaza to train Hamas to fight the Israelis. Keep that in mind if you have the patience to watch this propaganda film – an attempt to confront the truth of videos shown by Israel. If you want to watch this propaganda, click here.
Introduced with dramatic music and colorful graphics, Kenneth O’Keefe, is skillfully interviewed on BBC’s Julia Irwin ….
Kenneth O’Keefe, may sound like a normal person … that’s if he were on radio ….. and that’s how the Pro-Palestinians should have handled it, had they wanted a somewhat convincing story ….. Okeefe’s fanaticism is shown on camera, in the tattoos on his face – a tear, under his corner of his left eye, and an “abreviated circle, with a dot” alongside his right eye ….. (not sure what that stands for), and around his neck. One does not see his hand covered in tattoos until he begins waving it at her. (Maybe that’s more common in Ireland and England.)
He contradicts all the claims of Israel and states the first person shot by the Israelis was shot right in the forehead, and was a photographer and did not have a weapon. No proof exists although there were Pro-Palestinian reporters on board.
“It wasn’t a boarding; it was an attack.” They used concussion grenades, live rounds, rubber bullets, and paint guns which are used for riot dispersal, O’Keefe claims.
All this taken in stride, he claims “the 9 lives lost were worth it because Israel has loosened it’s blockade.” He ignores, the footage showing those on board were shown committing to violence against the IDF, to the extent of being martyrs!
When confronted by the fact that the videos show the beating of the first troops down the ropes, with clubs, and iron bars, O’Keefe, says he subscribes to ‘Ghandi’s version of non-violence ….. that one should “try peaceful methods first but when attacked they have a right to defend themselves.” The only problem with that is that there is no violence shown before the soldiers are flung off the ropes and beaten!
The interviewer. Julia Irwin, (playing devil’s advocate) says that’s what Israel is doing …. When she tries to keep O’Keefe from going into a diatribe about how they were justified because of the intolerable violence against Gaza’s children, O’Keefe’s anger, eyes bulging and glaring clearly show his disdain for being challenged; his outrage is more than obvious.
Evidently, this picture would show, he was involved in the assault . . . .
Absolutely no mention is made of the rockets and mortar rounds shown found hidden behind the sacks of grain . . . . O’Keefe claims it was all humanitarian aid. WATCH THE UNLOADING – – – IT WASN’T!
Irwin again raises his ire when she quotes ship occupants “Either we will reach Gaza or we will die.”
O’Keefe defends his position, animated, with voice raised, he admits they used clubs, and metal bars sawn off the rigging of the ship to beat the soldiers ….. pointing his finger at her, in his anger, he states, “I have no problem with that.” He also shows his contempt when he quotes ….. not an acceptable patriot like Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me Death” ….. but rather chooses to quote “Malcolm X instead: “the price for freedom is Death!”
Notwithstanding the publicity his company would benefit from, if his invitation were accepted, he closes the interview by inviting Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandella to be on the next flotilla, as if they’d be associated with smuggling weapons into a terrorist organization.
When asked again if it was worth it, he responds, “It was absolutely worth it; we need to do it again.”
He admits they took 3 soldiers hostage, but says they released them.
According to the IDF soldiers, the truth is, they had already stabbed one, before (as shown on camera) throwing him to the deck below, head first, and then proceeded to gut him, while below deck letting him lie on the floor with his innards hanging out; he lived.
Sources tell that they had hoped to turn the ship back facilitating kidnapping the soldiers on board, secreting them onto another ship in the flotilla, to hold them with Galid Shalit.
Over and over, O’Keefe skirts answering questions by changing the focus. When challenged by Irwin, about the IHH being terrorists, O’Keefe actually answers a question; he replies: “It’s not my job to investigate the background and activity of every person I deal with.” He goes on to compare Hamas with the IRA ….. and says they might be peaceful if …..
When she points out that Hamas (Iran’s proxy terrorist fighters) will not change their charter and that they deny the right of Israel to even exist, he continues to shout over her, waving his finger at her, turning every justification around best he can, he again shoutingly claims “the biggest terrorist on the planet, is the United States government …..”
Following, somewhat calmed, he is confronted with the statements about Israel’s being under attack by rockets, and Hamas being caught smuggling rockets, he denies it by saying, “and if you believe that I have some swampland in Florida to sell you as well.”
“What? Where’s this guy been since 1948?” (My comment.)
He continues accusing the U.S. of “conducting state-sponsored terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan”
As an addendum tot his video, I now invite you to watch a subsequent video; it’s about another member of the Hate-America-First Club, one of President Obama’s friends ….. It speaks for itself …
Excerpt of Kenneth O’Keefe Biography – Source: Kenneth Website – World Citizen – Ken O’Keefe
I was born in July of 1969, I have worked as an entrepreneur, marine conservationist, and Human Rights Activist. Born in California, I renounced my American citizenship on March 1, 2001 in Vancouver Canada. I now proudly hold Irish, Hawaiian and Palestinian citizenship. although my ultimate allegiance is to all people and thus I am in truth a world citizen.
Before I was conscious however I served in the United States Marine Corps. During the 1991 Gulf War I was ordered, along with several hundred thousand other service members, to take experimental injections and pills that have since been identified as a factor in “Gulf War Syndrome”, many have subsequently died from this condition. I also have reason to believe that I/we were exposed to Depleted Uranium while in Kuwait and on the border of Iraq.
As a Marine I spoke out openly about abuse of power by my “superiors” and as a consequence I paid a heavy price. I realised that honour and integrity were virtues which are often punished rather then rewarded and the Marines supplied me with my first serious taste of injustice. This experience taught me one central lesson, just how precious freedom is. Upon my discharge for the Marines I vowed to never relinquish my freedom again and to defend freedom without fear.