posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 07:21 AM
From Ken O'Keefe, a former U.S. Marine, and a passenger on board the Mavi Mamara.
This is his website. www.worldcitizen.uk.net...
I said this straight to Israeli agents, probably of Mossad or Shin Bet, and I say it again now, on the morning of the attack I was directly
involved in the disarming of two Israeli Commandos. This was a forcible, non-negotiable, separation of weapons from commandos who had already murdered
two brothers that I had seen that day. One brother with a bullet entering dead center in his forehead, in what appeared to be an execution. I knew the
commandos were murdering when I removed a 9mm pistol from one of them. I had that gun in my hands and as an ex-US Marine with training in the use of
guns it was completely within my power to use that gun on the commando who may have been the murderer of one of my brothers. But that is not what I,
nor any other defender of the ship did.
I took that weapon away, removed the bullets, proper lead bullets, separated them from the weapon and hid the gun. I did this in the hopes that we
would repel the attack and submit this weapon as evidence in a criminal trial against Israeli authorities for mass murder. I also helped to
physically separate one commando from his assault rifle, which another brother apparently threw into the sea. I and hundreds of others know the truth
that makes a mockery of the brave and moral Israeli military.
We had in our full possession, three completely disarmed and helpless commandos. These boys were at our mercy, they were out of reach of their fellow
murderers, inside the ship and surrounded by 100 or more men. I looked into the eyes of all three of these boys and I can tell you they had the fear
of God in them. They looked at us as if we were them, and I have no doubt they did not believe there was any way they would survive that day. They
looked like frightened children in the face of an abusive father.
But they did not face an enemy as ruthless as they. Instead the woman provided basic first aid, and ultimately they were released, battered and
bruised for sure, but alive. Able to live another day. Able to feel the sun over head and the embrace of loved ones. Unlike those they murdered.
Despite mourning the loss of our brothers, feeling rage towards these boys, we let them go. The Israeli prostitutes of propaganda can spew all of
their disgusting bile all they wish, the commandos are the murders, we are the defenders, and yet we fought. We fought not just for our lives, not
just for our cargo, not just for the people of Palestine, we fought in the name of justice and humanity. We were right to do so, in every way.
The article continues with a condemnation of their treatment whilst in Israeli custody where O'Keefe claims they were physically and mentally
While in Israeli custody I, along with everyone else was subjected to endless abuse and flagrant acts of disrespect. Women and elderly were
physically and mentally assaulted. Access to food and water and toilets was denied. Dogs were used against us, we ourselves were treated like dogs.
We were exposed to direct sun in stress positions while hand cuffed to the point of losing circulation of blood in our hands. We were lied to
incessantly, in fact I am awed at the routineness and comfort in their ability to lie, it is remarkable really. We were abused in just about every way
imaginable and I myself was beaten and choked to the point of blacking out… and I was beaten again while in my cell.
Ken O'Keefe after Israeli custody.
A disarmed Israeli commando being treated by one of the passengers on the Mavi.
I'm sure some will claim that this is propaganda from the 'other' side, and of course to some extent it is. I am happy to spread it to counter the
Israeli propaganda machine.
But I will take the word of Ken and any other passenger on board that ship over the commando's, Netanyahoo's or any other Israeli apoligist.
Israel's politicians have shown themselves to be completly morally bankrupt. This operation had nothing to do with the average Israeli citizens
safety and everything to do with keeping the illegal siege on Gaza intact and thus keeping the Palestinians divided and stalling the Obama
administration's 'attempt' at restarting the peace process.
Kudos to Ken and all those on the Mavi.
May those who were murdered by this 'State Terror' directly financed by the U.S. Rest in Peace.