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“All I saw in Israel was cowards with guns”

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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.

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 abused.

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.

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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 07:53 AM
reply to post by Peruvianmonk

Cheers for this PM.

As you say, Kudos to Ken and all his brothers and sisters for their bravery in the face of state sponsored terrorists and murderers.

But, imagine what would have gone on and happened to them, if the eyes of the world had NOT been on the bastards doing this torture?

I dread to think.

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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 08:14 AM
This is closer to reality than any Israeli propagandist is capable of. Great article. I can't wait for all the truth to come out.


posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 08:29 AM
reply to post by spikey

To be honest apart from the wholesale slaughter of ALL those aboard the Mavi i do not see how it could have been much worse. And that gos for the Israeli citizens, who see the truth, but will have to put up with the consequences of the decisons of their leaders.

Ken O'Keffe was also a main organiser of the Human shield mission in Iraq during the illegal bombing and invasion in 2003.

[edit on 7-6-2010 by Peruvianmonk]

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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:08 AM
Some absolute bollox from the IDF.

At least five of the activists aboard the 'Mavi Marmura' have links to terror organizations, the IDF announced on Sunday night. The five were named as Fatima Mohammadi, Ken O'Keefe, Hassan Ansey, Hussein Orush and Ahmed Omemun. It was unclear whether the activists were specifically involved in the violent clashes with Navy commandos last week.

Specifically, the army said that O'Keefe, who tolds both US and UK passports, was trying to "reach Gaza in order to help Hamas."

O'Keefe now holds Irish and Palestinian citizenship.

More on O'Keefe's brutal treatment in Israeli captivity.

Ken O'Keefe said on Saturday that he was brutally attacked by Israeli soldiers at the airport before being sent off to Turkey. O'Keefe underwent physical violence at least three times after being escorted off the ship. He was hospitalized after allegedly suffering beatings.

I wouldn't be surprised if O'Keefe was singled out for this brutal, illegal treatment by whoever was making the decisons, becasue of his links to the U.S..

As a signal to remind Obama that the U.S. does not tell Israel how to run it's affairs or how to behave.

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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:30 AM
If it were not such a serious situation,it would be absolutley laughable that the Israelis have claimed that Ken O'Keefe had terror links,after all a true terrorist would not have taken the bullets out of the handgun-rather he would have used that gun to kill some of the commandos.

Well done Ken O'Keefe,and I hope he recovers fast and fully from his ordeal.

I agree that he was probably targeted for especially brutal treatment due to being a former US marine.

Well done Israel(big sarcasm).

The USMC stick together you know-and now you have abused one of their family.

Not a wise move.

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:38 AM
reply to post by Silcone Synapse

Well of course if he did have these links with terror groups ( I know longer place Hamas in that category) then surely the Israeli authorities would have charged him with attempted aiding and abetting these groups.

O'Keefe showed those 'elite' 'highly trained' commandos, who at the same time were portrayed as victims by a lot of the media in Israel and in western countries, how it is done.

The thing is though i am sure a lot of American citizens will see O'Keefe as a traitor becasue he renounced his American citizenship and now holds dual Irish/Palestinian citizenship.

What do you think will be made of that?

[edit on 7-6-2010 by Peruvianmonk]

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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:40 AM
Ken O'keefe, I salute you brother. You are the true spirit of what it means to be a man and a US Marine. He will probably never read my words but a braver, more steadfast soul was never created. For laying YOUR life on the line for humanity, both on the Mavi mara and in the Iraq human shield operation you have my eternal gratitude.
Finally, I know I have heard the truth of what happened. Eff the news organizations and blogs that have reported on this! I don't believe this man would lie, he doesn't have it in him to do so.

Thank you for giving me pride in America again!
Thank you Peruvianmonk for bringing this to my attention.
Respects, ATA

[edit on 7-6-2010 by Asktheanimals]

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:43 AM

[edit on 7-6-2010 by funkmob_starchild]

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:50 AM
The thing about The U.S Corporation is that some of the Illuminati's family descendants come from Israel so the U.S. always backs the Israel Government.

Will this change anything, not likely.

More have-nots attacking the Corporation, the people that defend it, the United States Marine Core, what happened to United States of America?

So you see soldiers whom fight and defend for the U.S. is really fighting for a corporation.

They have given up their rights when they signed a contract to be admitted into the Military and now show it when anyone salutes.

Check my signature it may shed light on the corporation.

Edited to add: I am not bashing on anyone just trying to make people aware of whom they are working for.

[edit on 7-6-2010 by Quickfix]

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 11:13 AM
Some members of the flotilla who made me proud to be British.

Peter Venner

Sakir Yildirim

Sarah Colborne

[edit on 7-6-2010 by Peruvianmonk]

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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 11:55 AM
trouble with the iserail commados is they are use to beating up old ladies and kids and think they are invincible but they don't look so good when they come up aganst someone their own size.

Yes we need a full and open investigation in to the attack and america needs to remove it's weapons from Iserail instead of going around Bullying the word whilst saying it's policeing the world.

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 12:23 PM
reply to post by LieBuster

Indeed. Or having their arses kicked by Hizbullah in Lebanon.

There seem's to be some credence to calls that some if not all of those killed on the Mavi may have been executed by the 'commandos'.

This is the conclusion of the autopsy conducted by the Turkish Council of Forensic Medicine, which also did autopsies on the eight other Turkish citizens killed in the Israeli raid on the Mavi Marmara ferry and five other smaller boats in the so-called Freedom Flotilla. Of the other eight dead, the medical examiners found that five had been shot in the back, or in the back of the head.

In this current case of the Israeli commando assault on the Gaza aid flotilla, if victims were shot in the back or in the back of the head, then one is left really with only two possible conclusions: either the shooters, who were the Israeli commandos (according to Israel, no Israeli soldiers were themselves shot, plus all the recovered bullets were 9 mm, the type of shells in the Israeli weapons, making it clear who had the guns), fired at people who were fleeing from them, or alternatively they shot people from the front, and later executed them with shots to the back of the head, which is maybe even worse (certainly a war crime).

So brave. So heroic. Definitely worthy of a medal.

[edit on 7-6-2010 by Peruvianmonk]

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 01:02 PM
Why is it that a reasonable person would find this O'Keefe person to be a liar, the only way the Israeli were seperated from their weapons was while they were dangling from the droplines and helpless, they were in such a position from lack of relaible intelligence from the Isaeli military, O'Keefe is a moslem sympathizer and is unrelibale.

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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 01:08 PM
reply to post by Eagleheart56

A Moslem sympathiser? If you mean sympathetic to the Arab's plight in Gaza and the West Bank, a population that includes many Christians, then yes your right.

The FACT this man is an ex-marine and the IDF have confirmed that several of their commandos were disarmed during the operation is why a reasonable person would conclude that there is at least some truth in O'Keefe's claim.

His claims of abuse look pretty clear cut. If you look at the picture of the man following his arrival in Turkey earlier in the thread he has clearly been beaten.

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 01:09 PM
All I see in Palestine is idiots with bombs strapped to them!

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 02:03 PM
No matter how hard the Israeli authorities try the truth is emerging.

A kind reader pointed out that Israeli troops and the Israeli authorities have now admitted to firing bullets at the deck of the Mavi Marmara before the commandos landed, and I think the evidence is that these bullets wounded some passengers and provoked the resistance to the landing.

“T. said he realized the group they were facing was well-trained and likely ex-military after the commandos threw a number of stun grenades and fired warning shots before rappelling down onto the deck.” The NYT also reported that the Israeli military fired rubber coated steel bullets before landing on the ship.

Alarmingly, there is now good evidence that the Israelis systematically erased much of the photographic evidence of their aggressive assault on the ship after they confiscated it from the passengers and journalists. No wonder the Israelis are rejecting an independent commission to investigate the massacre– it would find that not only were crimes committed, but that there was then a concerted cover-up.

The crack of an Israeli sound grenade and a hail of rubber bullets from above were supposed to disperse activists, but instead set them in motion. And when three Israeli commandos slid down ropes out of helicopters to take over the ship, a crowd set upon them.

Vladimir Lenin ''A lie told often enough becomes the truth''.

Not these days Mr Lenin. There are too many of us seeking the truth today, and we shall not be silenced.

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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 02:09 PM
Look out here come the rabid pro-zionist lap dogs! There are other ways of disarming an armed opponent, certainly you are aware of this? Even the israeli krav maga teaches to disarm an opponent. The man is a HUMAN sympathizer. Since he stands against what he sees as atrocities commited by ur zionist masters he's automatically a liar and terrorist huh? You make me sick!

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 02:14 PM
reply to post by InfaRedMan

"I can't wait for the truth to come out."

It already has here; it never will in the mass media. Zionism has too many powerful friends in the corporate media.

posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 02:17 PM
lot of people forget Israel shipping drugs into the US with CIA approval during the Iran Contra scandal, along with weapons to Panama.

Jews only further their own stereotypes, it's got to the point where it's not racist it's actually true, they will screw over their own allys when it comes to money. They will even give guns to muslims if the price tag is right. Just look at Iran Contra.

Jews scream about antisemitism but it's only a cover to try and change the herd mentality to think they are most innocent. When in fact Jew stereotypes are 100% truthful. They just try to cover it up.

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