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Ken O'Keefe's Northwest Speaking Tour Meets Positive ReactionTim King Salem-News.com
Ken speaks in Newport Friday at 6:00 p.m.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Ken O'Keefe's speaking tour of the NW is off to a great start, so far Ken has appeared twice in Eugene, Oregon, once in Corvallis, and the next date is Newport, Oregon, that happens tonight at 6:00 p.m. The details are listed below.
The tour has been boosted by the vibrant presence of Eileen Fleming, another Salem-News.com writer, also a strong activist and investigator in recent years, who has traveled to Israel and Palestine seven times. Her interviews with Israeli Whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, and her upcoming book, are riveting subjects that she has been sharing with those attending the tour locations. Eileen's Website is WeAreWideAwake.org.
A clip from Ken's talk at Tsunami Books is included with this brief update. It features Ken talking about his night aboard the Mavi Marmara, 29 May 2010, when Israeli commandos attacked the unarmed passenger ship with deadly accuracy by helicopter and boat.
Ken specified during this talk that contrary to media reports, the Israeli soldiers did not rappel onto the deck of the Mavi Marmara, they used a 'fast rope' method which is quicker and does not involved a harness mechanism.
O'Keefe and other members of the crew have been criticized by Israel for attempting to defend their ship without any guns while their Captain navigated in international waters.
Their weapons aboard the Mavi Marmara were limited to slingshots, sections of hand rail and deck chairs.
Still, O'Keefe, a former U.S. Marine and Desert Storm Veteran, disarmed two Israeli commandos and took their weapons. A third Israeli Defense Force soldier was also captured and disarmed.
No Israeli soldiers were shot.
They were given medical treatment aboard the Mavi Marmara after they were taken below deck.
Later they were released, after the order was issued to stop resisting the attack on the vessel.
Nine people aboard the Mavi Marmara were killed that night, many more were injured.
One died recently from injuries sustained during the Israeli attack, bringing the total number of people killed to ten.
Some of the events of that night are described in this clip.
Ken's NW tour comes at a historic time, as the United Nations released its fact finding report on the Gaza Flotilla attack Wednesday.
This is the most serious governmental reaction so far to the deadly attack. The Freedom Flotilla's Intent was simple; to break the blockade of Gaza which Israel and Egypt have forced for years.
As in the case of the Israeli attack on the Mavi Marmara, the blockade is illegal according to International and Maritime law.
While this is a subject of major current interest and huge importance, Ken also takes time to discuss other developments, history and hopes that he sees for the future.
Ken's scheduled appearances include:
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: email@example.com
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