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Ken O'Keefe: Survivor of Mavi Marmara Attack, Visits Northwest

Ken is now a legal citizen of Ireland and Palestine.

Ken O'Keefe
Ken O'Keefe will offer an eye opening review of Israel's attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, last May.

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - At 8 PM on September 19, 2010, former Marine and contributing author of Midnight on the Mavi Marmara: The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How It Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict, arrives at Portland International Airport to begin a two-week speaking tour through North West America.

O’Keefe who served in the 1991 Gulf War and then began speaking out about such "crimes against humanity" as the use of depleted uranium and the US military using soldiers as "human guinea pigs" with experimental drugs that were directly linked to Gulf War syndrome.

Ken is also a social entrepreneur utilizing direct action marine conservation, but is most well known for leading the human shield action to Iraq and as a survivor of Israel’s attack on the MV Mavi Marmara as it navigated in international waters on Memorial Day morning 2010. Ken participated in "defending the ship" and disarmed 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.

During Ken's visit, will record a
documentary to counter this recent piece by The BBC

Ken is now a legal citizen of Ireland and Palestine and explains that as a "Citizen of the World my ultimate allegiance is to my entire human family and to planet Earth."

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.

FRI. Sept. 24 @ 6PM 777 NW Beach Dr., 2nd Floor, Nye Beach/NEWPORT, OR.

SAT. Oct. 2 @ 7:15 AM KCXF 90.3 FM SEATTLE, WA.

SAT. Oct. 2 @ time TBA VFP 92 SEATTLE, WA.

If you have questions or want to have Ken speak to your group about his background, goals and aspirations, please send an email to:

Note: Writer Eileen Fleming will also be in the NW for Ken O'Keefe's tour. 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.

For more information regarding Ken’s tour, contact: newsroom

Eileen Fleming is the Producer of "30 Minutes with Vanunu" and "13 Minutes with Vanunu" Founder of, Eileen is a Feature Correspondent for, 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" 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, 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:

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D. Evans September 22, 2010 12:11 am (Pacific time)

I Saw Ken O'Keefe speak in Corvalis. An inspiring message and vision for REAL change, not the canned propaganda of politics.

Matt Johnson September 19, 2010 5:41 pm (Pacific time)

This is a real gift for the NW, will be sure to make it to one of the events, thanks!

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