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US Congress: Falsely Labeling Peace Activists as 'Terrorists'?Tim King Salem-News.com
Against a backdrop of madness, HR 3131 lists Ken O'Keefe & other Human Rights Activists as 'terrorists'.
(SALEM) - Who would have thought that McCarthyism could rear its ugly head in 2012? Americans thought the smoke would clear after Bush- when in reality, it only became more noxious. Now a new/old reality sets in... a paranoid government's overreaction; buckling to the desires of a fundamentalist religious government of murderous fanatics that laugh at human rights.
One of America's closest 'allies' commits war crimes, possesses undeclared nuclear weapons and maintains an apartheid government. 'Apartheid' means 'separate but equal' and in South Africa, for decades, one set of laws existed for whites, and one for blacks. Needless to say, white people were permitted far more in the way of rights, and consequentially, black people faced harsher laws in comparison. South Africa banished apartheid in the last century, but Israel has not been forced to follow a similar path.
Ever since 1951, Israel has maintained one set of laws for Jews, and another set for all those who are not Jewish. Israel assigns the indigenous Palestinian Arabs significantly longer prison sentences than Jews, and Palestinian children can be arrested at half the age of Israeli children, who can't be placed in cuffs until they are 12. Indeed, Israelis literally arrest 6-year olds. There are "Jewish only" roads throughout Israel and needless to say, Palestinians can't drive on them and face severe punishments if they attempt to.
It is against this backdrop of madness, in defence of that type of lunacy and evil, that the U.S. government has listed one of our closest friends and allies as a terrorist, officially. The baseless designation against a U.S. Marine Combat Veteran named Ken O'Keefe is little more than parroting of the allegations made by Israel after their deadly attack on a humanitarian aid ship off the coast of Palestine in 2010.
A telescopic sight for a gun? You're seeing this too, it is as crazy as it sounds. Israeli forces slaughtered people with automatic weapons and even their stretched desperate description of the items aboard the ship they call 'weapons' only results in a gun sight and a gas mask? Metal rods? It has been well proven that the knives were for cooking, from the ship's kitchen.
The Bill, House Resolution 3131 was introduced 6 October 2010. It is a sickening piece of legislation, drafted along political lines, it was written to reflect 120% in favor of Israel. Not only does it include lies about weapons onboard the Mavi Marmara (there were none), it effectively states nothing except the eternally repeated information about the rocket attacks that have killed a total of 29 Israeli people in all time. The loss of 29 people are important, but the rhetoric would make people think that number is in the thousands. Israel, which killed 400 children of over 1400 Gazans during its notorious 'Operation Cast Lead', has been accused of an endless series of war crimes connected to the events of the 2008-2009 winter siege. Still, few Americans know the truth.
The United States blocked Israel from having to answer to the crimes in the UN by using what is called 'super veto power'. Every time Israel faces war crimes, the United States uses this special power that other nations do not possess, to strike the matter from existence and eliminate the need for them to acknowledge responsibility.
Everything I reference here; the attack on the Mavi Marmara, the apartheid laws and murder rate of Israel, and a third incident during which Ken and a group of activists attempted to use a hired Greek freighter to move supplies to Gaza, have been large matters in world press, but the U.S. media in particular has given the stories poor treatment if they cover them at all. Oh, there are the occasional reports on Democracy Now! and on popular blogs, but mainstream viewers see none of it.
U.S. media and press fully dismiss the massively disproportionate ratio of dead Palestinians for dead Israelis. It is simple math, but they stick with their programming, instead of looking at what has actually taken place. The banner immediately below this paragraph will take you to a story that details Israel's habit of exterminating Palestinian children. This article is a perfect representation of the verifiable material that exists which shows a pattern of terrible proportions.
The mission of the Mavi Marmara, which originally led to Ken's being branded as a 'terrorist' by Israel, was to aid the starving people of Gaza who are kept in a perpetual choke hold by Israel and its allies. It is widely known that Israel subjects the people of Gaza to a horrific prison camp life behind fences and walls. Israel routinely flies over Gaza and kills "suspected terrorists" and almost every single time there are collateral victims. If any government in this region is "terrorist", it is Israel.
The players in this game are simple: the group the CIA created to fund the Afghan insurgency against the invading Russians during the 1980's, given the name by U.S. officials 'al Qaeda', is a myth, it is not an actual organized group in the Middle east. I have been there, I have talked to endless numbers of people about it in the affected regions. The Taliban in Afghanistan is extremely real, the al Qaeda group is the product of U.S. politicians and their legion media representatives.
Hamas is a group in Palestine that rose to political power and ultimately assumed control of Gaza; an isolated section of Palestine bordered by the sea, Israel, and a small section of Egypt. Hamas, which both terminated and renounced suicide bombing, is responsible for 29 Israel deaths from rocket attacks since they were first launched in the 1990's.
It is Hamas that Ken was falsely tied to by Israel, after the incident in May 2010 aboard the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish vessel that was attacked by Israel in open international waters without provocation. Backed by the U.S., it was strictly an act of murder, Israeli snipers were killing journalists aboard the ship before their first helicopter deposited Israeli commandos on the deck.
Ken and others aboard the Mavi Marmara were directly involved in the disarming of two of the Israeli soldiers who were spraying lead at the unarmed peace activists. As the video to the left indicates, Ken O'Keefe had taken possession of not one, but two Israeli military weapons. One, an automatic assault weapon, was tossed overboard. The second weapon was a handgun, Ken removed the clip of "real bullets" and hid the pistol on the ship in hopes of it later being useful as evidence against Israel's crimes.
Somehow, the crimes of Israel were spun in circles until they have been completely turned around, and have been successful in not facing the music at all, which is not in keeping with international law or anything decent.
Now, without question, the U.S. is actually embracing Israel's ridiculous assertion that Ken was enroute to Gaza to "train Hamas". The BBC and other western media sided with Israel in the matter, and common sense was dismissed. In spite of the fact that Ken removed fully loaded weapons from Israeli soldiers and didn't use them against the soldiers, is all anyone should need to know.
In spite of that, Jane Corbin of BBC Panorama, a widely followed, long time reporter who has many awards to her credit, featured an Israeli soldier :17 seconds into her program who stated with regard to Ken O'Keefe and other activists, "They were trying to kill each and every single one of us." (see the report: The Truth about Israel's Attack on the Mavi Marmara, as Opposed to what The BBC Reports)
Corbin's unethical, deceitful behavior should lead to her firing from The BBC, especially in light of the fact that her husband is a key advocate for Israeli politics. A collection of videos below with Ken O'Keefe deconstruct the fictitious aspects of Corbin's program.
As Ken explains, in the last year and a half he has been jailed three times, once by Israel (where he was beaten repeatedly), once by Canada (under terrorism laws) which I was there to personally witness, and once most recently on bogus 'Fraud by misrepresentation' allegations made by past colleagues-turned-hijackers of the 'Trade Not Aid' mission, and carried out by the disgraceful UK Police.
The United States government is following the direction established by Israel- and what benefits Israel. It is funny, because Israel didn't just take Ken's personal camera and laptop from the Mavi Marmara, they took the property of every single person aboard the ship and never gave it back. The dozens of various tapes and discs confiscated from the humanitarians contain graphic evidence of Israel's "execution style" killing of the majority of the nine activists, according to the UN report. It is without the presentation of this evidence, that Israel and now the United States, makes this ridiculous claim about Ken.
In spite of Ken's political victories and accomplishments, not to forget his amazing survivability, he has been the subject of a number of attacks from governments, and also through Facebook groups by people who represent themselves as pro-Palestinian, but are in fact working for Israel, a government with infinitely deep pockets that easily fund its treacherous maneuvering.
While some of the attacks on Ken sprang from online media groups, the most recent and damaging event thwarted Ken's efforts to deliver an important overland convoy of aid to Gaza meant to empower self-sustainance, called"Trade Not Aid".
A woman who had worked closely with Ken for months in London, Catherine Myles, deceived him and thereby stole a fleet of vehicles "Trade Not Aid" had purchased along with all the contents donated for the children of Gaza. This abuse of trust has landed the convoy in storage, far far from the people that need it all so badly. Ken asked his assistant to register the vehicles and she did, in her own name!
Again, well funded antics from Israel, the only benefactor in the mix. A land of spies and laws that fail to recognize human rights, Israeli lackies have fully infiltrated the pro-Palestine camp and undermined real, sincere efforts of O'Keefe and others who seek to make the world a better place, a more peaceful place. It really is that simple.
Countering The BBC's Panorama episide, 'Death in the Med'
Jane Corbin and The BBC lost a great deal of public credibility with the Panorama program titled: "Death in the Med". The two clips above incorporate Corbin and the clearly pro-Israeli BBC perspective, in the video clips below, Ken O'Keefe debunks Corbin's biased and non-factual account of the deadly event piece by piece.
The Video series, also available on YouTube, is posted below:
Part two of this story: Ken O'Keefe on 'Trade Not Aid'
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