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BBC Interview with Ken O’Keefe – Flotilla Attack

By Dark Politricks

I watched this interview when it first aired on BBC News last month and I have just watched it again on YouTube. It’s a great interview with Ken O’Keefe and a great response to those that believe the Flotilla attack was justified in any way by someone who was slap bang in the middle of the attack.

Kenneth O’Keefe is an ex US Marine and an active peace protester who joined the Flotilla in the hope of breaking the blockade of Gaza.

Whilst he does not deny the Flotilla members defended themselves from the attack using poles and other sticks he denies that they attacked the Israelis first. He claims to have personally witnessed the IDF fire live rounds into the Mavi Marmara from their boats which killed at least one photographer.

He also claims to have help personally disarm up to 3 IDF troops of their side arms and even though as a Marine who had the ability to shoot to kill, with people being shot all around him, he managed to restrain himself from retaliating in kind.

Remember the following points:

  • The Gaza blockade is deemed illegal under international law in many peoples eyes as its collective punishment of a whole population for the crimes of a few e.g Hamas.
  • The Flotilla was in international waters and therefore Israel had NO right under any known international law to board it in the way it did.
  • The people on the Flotilla however had EVERY right under international law to defend themselves from attack in international waters.
  • The autopsies of the 9 dead bodies from the Flotilla attack show bullet wounds consistent with execution at very close range. Numerous bodies had multiple gunshots in their back and head and between the eyes. We also have seen footage of an injured passenger being executed on board the Mavi Marmara.
  • We have also witnessed since the attack how Israel has lied to the media about the boardings, confiscated video and other evidence that contradicts their point of view, stall any kind of inquiry into the attack as well as release fake video and audio onto the net which tried to portray the Flotilla as an Al-Qaeda owned holocaust denying terrorist armada.

If you would like to read the alternative view of the nights events then you can read this article from the Jerusalem Post which gives the story from the IDF’s point of view.

Make your own minds up.

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