In addition to helping out with Ken’s Northwest talking tour, Salem-News.com is shooting a documentary to counter a very poor use of information in a program that was highly disingenuous;
the BBC Panorama’s ‘Death in the Med’
(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Ken O’Keefe, a former U.S. Marine who battled Israeli commandos last May when they raided the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, arrived in Portland tonight. He went through scrutiny from Homeland Security, but this peace activist that Israel dubbed a terrorist, was treated well by U.S. authorities, unlike his experience with Israel’s.
He was met by his mom Pat Johnson, who had not seen Ken since the tragic attack last May that left nine of his fellow crew members dead from Israeli bullets, including one U.S. citizen.
Ken is a Salem-News.com contributing writer and one of the central figures in the world in the fight to free the people of Gaza from poverty and terrible, inhumane conditions imposed by an Israeli blockade deemed illegal by the United Nations.
Author Eileen Fleming, also a Salem-News.com contributor, and Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org, is also here for the speaking tour Ken will be conducting over the coming days.
In addition to helping out with Ken’s Northwest tour, Salem-News.com is shooting a documentary to counter a very poor use of information in a program that was highly disingenuous; the BBC Panorama series program titled, ‘Death in the Med’.
The BBC has gone to much effort to portray Ken’s role in the flotilla incident as something it wasn’t, and the same goes for the rest of the activists. The BBC portray the crew of the Mavi Marmara as dangerous toward Israeli commandos, when the commandos raided the ship in international waters killing nine and losing none, which according to maritime law, is piracy.
Ken O’Keefe’s tour through the Northwest begins immediately, the schedule is included below.
Week One of Ken O’Keefe’s Tour:
MON. Sept 20 @ 7 pm, Harris Hall, 8th & Oak, Eugene, OR.
TUES. Sept. 21 @ 3PM Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St. EUGENE, OR.
WED. Sept. 22 @ 7PM Corvallis Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd Street, CORVALLIS, OR.
WED. Sept. 29 @ 6PM Portland at PSU, PORTLAND, OR.
FRI. Sept. 24 @ 6PM 777 NW Beach Dr., 2nd Floor, Nye Beach/NEWPORT, OR.
Ken O’ Keefe is a former U.S. Marine who served in the 1991 Gulf War and subsequently spoke out about the use of depleted uranium as a “crime against humanity” and the US military using soldiers as “human guinea pigs” with experimental drugs that were directly linked to Gulf War syndrome. He is also a social entrepreneur utilizing direct action marine conservation, he is more widely known for leading the human shield action to Iraq and as a survivor of the Israeli attack on the MV Mavi Marmara in which he participated in “defending the ship” and “disarming two Israeli Commandos”. On January 7, 2004, O’Keefe burned his US passport in protest of “American Imperialism” and called for US troops to immediately withdrawal from Iraq. He replaced his US passport with a “World Passport”, subsequently proclaiming himself a “Citizen of the World” with “ultimate allegiance to my entire human family and to planet Earth.” His is also legal citizen of Ireland and Palestine citizenship. Read Ken O’Keefe’s Biography, you can also visit Ken’s Ken’s Website alohapalestine.com
Note: Salem-News.com Writer Eileen Fleming has spent the last several years chronicling the life of Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, and is promoting a new book on this major world level story.
Eileen Fleming is the Producer of “30 Minutes with Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu” Founder of WeAreWideAwake.org, Eileen is a Feature Correspondent for Arabisto.com, Author of “Keep Hope Alive” and “Memoirs of a Nice Irish American ‘Girl’s’ Life in Occupied Territory” and the soon to be released “BEYOND NUCLEAR: Some of my Experiences of Mordechai Vanunu and the Holy Land: 2005-2010″ youtube.com/user/eileenfleming. Eileen is a unique leader in her state and she intends to run for a Florida Congressional seat in the future, to help speed the process of change that is so demanded today. Like many who walk in similar steps, Eileen, like other writers at Salem-News.com, is an outspoken advocate for humanity and she has no tolerance for the oppressive forces of the world.
You can send Eileen Fleming an email at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com’s Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines.
Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation’s only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 65 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can send Tim an email at this address: email@example.com