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‘Gazan kids suffer from barbaric siege’

Ken O’Keefe talks to Press TV about the awful plight of Gazan kids, and explains why he is going on a 30 day hunger strike.

He was also recently interviewed by Jonathon Azaziah on The Ugly Truth, and the interview, which is well worth worth listening to, can be accessed on their site.

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22 Responses to ‘Gazan kids suffer from barbaric siege’

  1. Daniel Mabsout September 16, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    We have to understand the circumstances and the field of action and the conditions in the field of action and whether the field will sustain such an action and bring it to fruition or not. Mursi will not open the Rafah border and he has answered this finally by blowing the tunnels up . The US will not curb Israel. HAMAS and Fateh have both abandoned armed struggle . So none of those mentioned above are susceptible to humanitarian pressure and capable to stand against Israel. There is nothing to expect from those .The other NGOs promoting this cause are funded by the friends and allies of Israel , therefore we should not put our eggs in their basket. The only parties that are in real contradiction with the elements and the circumstances of injustice suffered by the Palestinians are Hizbullah of Lebanon, Iran and Syria .
    We feel that brother Ken O’Keefe and his likes of honest genuine activists – in order to operate any serious change – should give up their hopes on the International Community and Media and NGOs and their investment in a certain level of ethics and humanity they attribute to this civilization because this civilization has not proved the existence of such levels . Real hope comes only from those who have proved their commitment to such levels , those who are sacrificing their lives in standing up for these levels against imperialism and injustice and oppression whether in Venezuela , Iran or Syria or elsewhere. There is no place in the middle . We invite Ken O’Keefe to stand on this side as the real soldier of humanity that he is.

  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos September 16, 2012 at 6:03 pm #

    This is not clear:

    ‘We invite Ken O’Keefe to stand on this side”

    What do you mean by that? He waited for no one’s invitation. Long ago he chose the side he wanted to be part of.

    • Daniel Mabsout September 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      i am inviting him to my house , i am making him more welcome

  3. fool me once... September 16, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    With respect Daniel, some questions. Are you saying that Ken should give up trying to appeal to peoples conscience because it’s a waste of time?
    “There is no place in the middle.”
    Are you implying that he’s somehow sitting on the fence?
    If he is as you say a “real soldier of humanity” surely where ever he is , IS the right place.
    What is your “side”? Please be more specific if you can.

    • Daniel Mabsout September 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm #

      what i am saying is : it is something to appeal to peoples’ conscience but it is another thing to free the is a great thing to appeal to peoples’ conscience admirable and beautiful but that is not the key to the door of prison

    • fool me once... September 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      Thanks for your answer Daniel. So what does the key look like and where can it be found? There have been so many forgeries on the market in recent years, so how will we know if the key you mention is the genuine article?
      btw The last two keys I caught a glimpse of were made of lead and gold, but they’ve been around a long time and just seem to increase the prison population.

      • Daniel Mabsout September 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

        more than a thousand Palestinian political prisoners from all factions were released from israeli prisons , they did not go on hunger strikes ; how were they released ?

  4. Daniel Mabsout September 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

    The two sides are that of the International Community and NGOs and corporate media and Mavi Marmara and betting on the world ethics and on the capacity of the western world to heal and recover and the other side being the countries and movements which are really achieving something on the ground in the desired direction of removing oppression and acquiring autonomy , be it Hizbullah that has defeated Israel or Iran that is capable of defending itself against the most powerful enemy which is USA or Syria that has resisted the determined international schemes to ignite sectarian and religious war in it . These are the two sides.

    • who_me September 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

      i see what you are saying, dm.

      • Daniel Mabsout September 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

        thank you who_me

      • Ariadna Theokopoulos September 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

        Can’t say I do.
        If this is one side:
        “the International Community and NGOs and corporate media and Mavi Marmara”
        I would have expected the corporate media to give the Mavi Marmara more and totally different coverage

    • fool me once... September 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

      That’s much clearer now Daniel, thanks for explaining.

      • Daniel Mabsout September 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

        thank you fool me once…

  5. Ariadna Theokopoulos September 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    There is action and action, Daniel.
    I think Ken has done as much anyone to unmask the barbarity and thus the illegitimacy of Israel. No, he has not actually broken open any Israeli prisons to liberate inmates but he has given –and continues to do so– Palestinians courage and support in continuing their resistance as few people manage to do. I never saw any sign in his statements ever that appealed to the conscience of those in power.
    By spitting on Mavi Marmara and ranging it alongside NGOs we would be lumping together “like” and “unlike.”
    It is people like him and Vittorio who with unstinting personal sacrifice embolden the resistance and do not allow the world to forget Palestine and, when the next intifada comes, joe in the street will not longer be fooled into seeing it as sold by the MSM.
    When you and the rest of us write here to whose conscience are we appealing? We are not talking to the resistance unless we think they are hanging on their laptops following the English language sites. Are we NGOs then?

    Why do you think he needs to feel more welcome? I very much doubt he feels rejected by Palestinians in Palestine.

  6. Daniel Mabsout September 16, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    i have to clear something here that i am in no way criticizing brother Ken nor underestimating what he did and he knows that he is dear brother held in esteem. i am speaking about the Palestinian Cause and the international activists who have to realize where they stand considering that there is a totally new situation on the ground where many changes have taken place. Activists should find a new way to act in this new political situation.

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos September 16, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

      1. Can we spare from criticism anyone else who was on that corporate media ship or only brother Ken? The Turks?
      2. Specifically what is the new way you recommend? What would you have brother Ken do?

  7. Daniel Mabsout September 16, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    1 – you should ask Ken O’Keefe , he was there.
    2 – we have to understand the new circumstances .Activists who are not affiliated to dubious NGOs like Atzmon and O’Keefe have many challenges to face .

    • Ariadna Theokopoulos September 17, 2012 at 2:12 am #

      How new are the new circumstances? Vittorio was killed, Ken was on the ship where several activists were killed. Was all that part of the old, easier challenges?

  8. fool me once... September 17, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    “i have to clear something here that i am in no way criticizing brother Ken”
    In all fairness Daniel, it not only sounds as though you are unnecessarily criticising Ken but also challenging him to engage in actions that are against his stated convictions.
    When you replied to AT’s question with;
    “you should ask Ken O’Keefe , he was there.”
    That would suggest to me that K has on-going issues with the internal affairs of the Mavi Marmara mission. If so, is that not his business or has he asked you to make public his discontentment?
    I have an idea on what you are eluding to with regards the Palestinian Cause in your comments and maybe that’s the reason why you are being so non-specific.
    So Daniel, as the old saying goes, in a friendly way of course;
    “Shit or get off the pot” 😉

  9. Daniel Mabsout September 17, 2012 at 5:02 am #

    @fool me
    i am not criticizing people who were at the Mavi Marmara i am just asking what really happened on the Mavi Marmara and why ? and for this i have really no definite answer .

  10. Daniel Mabsout September 17, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    @fool me , this all has been gone thru somewhere sometime before , it feels like deja vu ; i will take your advice and get off , and thank you.

    greetings to you Ariadna the quickest gun in the west.
    there is a difference between inviting and challenging ; i was inviting and not challenging. by what authority ? by the authority of the cause that lives within all

    my greetings to our brothers O’keefe and Atzmon , the defectors from the enemy camp
    i wish them all the support of good people
    and the success of the cause
    may they be there when the banners of victory of humanity are raised and when the victory of humanity is celebrated

  11. Blake September 17, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    He also told Jonathan Azaziah on uglytruth he was going on this hunger strike.