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Samouni Family Olive Tree Orchard in Gaza

Help restore Gaza's families by replacing olive trees.

Ken O'Keefe and interpreter Noor Ahmed Harazeen, pose with the Samouni family.
Ken O'Keefe and interpreter Noor Ahmed Harazeen, pose with the Samouni family.

(GAZA) - This is a short video I made to promote our project to plant an Olive Tree Orchard on Samouni family land. Make it happen everyone, small amounts are great as well. Here is a link to support the cause;

As referenced in this report, The Samouni Family Children - Survivors of the Israeli Massacre:

January 12, 2011 is a day I will never forget, visiting the Samouni family could not possibly be anything but a life-changing event.

Words simply cannot describe the devastation wrought upon this family by a marauding band of Israeli psychopaths, otherwise known as the Givati Brigade of the Israeli Defence Forces. Today my team heard from mothers and fathers and children the story of the hell on Earth created by Operation Cast Lead.

Twenty-nine people were killed in this family, children shot in front of parents, parents shot in front of children, a group of 97 in one home blasted to bits by rockets and mortars. Made to live amongst the mutilated and dead for several days, ambulances were kept away and some died slowly over hours and even days.

If you knew the details of this story you would conclude as one mother did, those soldiers that committed these acts, could not be considered human.

These were demons with the latest high-tech weapons, courtesy of the US tax-payer and if the good people of the US knew what was done in their name here, they would be sick to their stomachs. Shame on all of us for allowing this to happen and to go completely unpunished.

I want us to do one small thing for this family, to plant one Olive Tree for each family member murdered, on Samouni Family land. I would like to plant one larger tree to represent the spirit of the entire family. If possible we will look to create some sort of plaque for each tree with the name of the family member.

If we do this it will be a gift from all the people of conscience outside of Palestine.

Learn more about the family by visiting this link: A Mother's Loss - Operation Cast Lead Mass-Murder

(Editor's note: Please do what you can to help this project, visit the link and help as you can. Ken says these funds will be used to set people up with the olive trees that have been stripped from their land. The more donations, the better quality the trees: Samouni Family Olive Tree Orchard)

Ken 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

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