An articulate and angry Kenneth O’Keefe, in a pretty intense interview, with BBC. He was on the MV Mavi Marmara ship carrying aid to Gaza, when Israeli commandos raided the ship, killing nine peace activists onboard and wounding several. Kenneth claims he helped disarm the Israeli commandos. He starts of at the very outset by stating, “Palestinians are  killed everyday by Israelis and we never hear about it in the Media.” A classic  BBC HARDTALK, every bit worth watching.

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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 realized 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.


  1. dc on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #


  2. Steve Johnson on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Ken, you missed the golden opportunity to point out that the reverse-color-infrared video shown by israel is fake. It was shot on the sister ship of the Navi Marmara, which was docked in Haifa.

    the way you can tell this is cuz it’s missing the crane for the lifeboats, which the Navi did have.

  3. travisbaskerfield on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #


    Just saw the Hard Talk interview.

    I felt sorry for the interviewer who automatically changed the subject whenever your shredding of Israeli lies became too risky. She chickened out entirely.

    Stay well

  4. audrey on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    well done kenneth….. re the ira and violence and their political representatives now in power, the biggest recruitment drive for them were the atrocities of bloody sunday in derry, 1972, when 13 unarmed civil rites activists were murdered by british armed forces….. the enquiry of which this week, totally slated the soldiers and their commanders and finally absolved the dead of any blame…… can we not see the same is happening in palestine….. violence by hamas is indeed an armed resistance to the atrocities perpetrated by israeli forces, both military and governmental, freedom for palestine now

  5. Danny on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Bravo Kenneth. May The Force remain with you.

  6. Deborah on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    That is what a warrior looks like; wow. Thank the Universe for you; no kidding. He absolutely charged me with his inflamed determination to end the horror that the 1% demands of all of us…except them of course.
    He was focused, he was intense, he was righteous…we need more like him.

  7. henry beck on the 26. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    thank you kenneth.

    I feel deeply ashamed, knowing as much as you do, but doing as little as the the rest of the onlookers.

    I’m an old man, yet I will try to muster some strength to change that.

    thanks again for shaming me as I deserved.

  8. Earlaiman on the 27. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    She, playing the Devil’s Advocate, a trained and professional word-spinner and Media twister of meanings, the master of narrowed vision and innuendo, goes up against a Combat Marine… pisses him off… and the twit doesn’t stand a chance.

    Yes, I think she is playing to O’Keefe’s stance, an absolutely impenetrable stance for Right and Justice, one against which all the Bullshit, Lies and word-spin in the world does not stand a chance.

    Be careful about going back in there, Ken, for you, sir, are on a list and they will have an armed, dedicated and dangerous man looking to nail your ass on the next voyage.

    You will not need to have a weapon or threat in your hand in order for them to shoot you… they will provide one after you are dead.

    I know, you’ll go anyway, and that is what makes men like you the only hope humanity has in this mad-dog eating mad dog world we have made of it.

    Assalamualaikum, Sir, Godspeed and alhamdulillah.

    I, too am an old man, stove in, leaking at the garboards, soft in the stem, once a warrior who can no longer see or piss very far downrange, but I salute you, sir, it is all I can do.


  9. Expatriate on the 27. Jun, 2010 remarked #


    Just to let you know – the goal of BBC’s Hard Talk is to Talk Hard. They always try to take down the guest – doesn’t matter who it is.

    And I think it’s a great format used by the BBC to really challenge guests.

    I don’t agree with everything the Beeb does, and I don’t feel they are as impartial as they claim. But in this case, it works.

    Ken was spectacular against all the ‘tough’ questions and that’s the way it should be. It’s much better than the fluff questions that the press often use to cozy up to their sources.

    She’s doing her job – and I don’t know what side of the fence she is on. But I do know that Hard Talk is always like this.

    They do the same thing to the Right.


    I published this piece at AFP by the way.

    Which is a google news source.


    I hope it gets watched wide and far.

    O’Keefe did a brilliant job.

  10. Sarah Connors on the 28. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    For those of us who is not at his level is a movie that is amazing. 13th Warrior; it is a story of a viking king/warrior he is in fact the only know documented story with this cultured, Arab, writer who joined the cause, unwillingly. He is soft but thrown into a crusade to challenge an ancient evil with 12 warriors and 1 writer. This is so today; someone thrown into a situation that you have no choice but to fight. Beautifully created, story line is amazing and inspiring. Val Halla to my fellow warriors; I will see you there.

  11. Huss on the 28. Jun, 2010 remarked #

    Kenneth O’Keefe, SIR, you deserve all the respect and support of this world.
    This is not politricks, but high moral standards and ethical lessons for the corrupted leaders/governments(“empty handed you came in this world and empty handed you will go out of this world”), but SIR, I pray that your hands will be full or righteous actions InshaAllah.

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