Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Police investigate Mavi Marmara man hate speech

    Ken O'Keefe:
    Ken O'Keefe: "I'm answering the question, shut your mouth."

    A controversial former US Marine is being investigated by police following allegations that he incited racial hatred at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

    Ken O'Keefe screamed at audience members, said Israel "must be destroyed" and claimed Mossad was "directly involved" in the September 11 terror attacks on the United States.

    He told an audience at Middlesex University's Free Palestine Society: "If Israel is inherently a racist, apartheid state, then I want no part of it. Israel has no place in this world and it must, in its current form, if you want me to use some inflammatory language, be destroyed.

    "The Jewish state is acting on behalf of the Jewish people. You [the Jewish people], like the Nazis, now have a special obligation. The decent Germans of World War Two, what did they do when the Nazis came to power and instituted their policies? Did they do enough to stop the Nazis? No, they didn't.

    "What are the Jewish people doing right now? Are you doing enough to stop your racist, apartheid, genocidal state?"

    Mr O'Keefe, who travelled on the Mavi Marmara ship as part of the flotilla to Gaza in 2010, appeared with Liberal Democrat peer Jenny Tonge and Palestinian author Ghada Karmi.

    Baroness Tonge's resignation from the Lib Dems came after her refusal to apologise for anti-Israel comments made at this event.

    There were heated scenes as Mr O'Keefe clashed with supporters of Israel following his comments, and organisers repeatedly threatened to throw out Zionist Federation co-vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman.

    Mr O'Keefe, who said his wife and children were Palestinian, also accused Ashkenazi Jews of running an apartheid regime in Israel against other Jews.

    He said: "Ashkenazi Jews have no claim to this land at all, and that's a fact. They are the ones you find in all the high positions of power. The Sephardi Jews, who actually come from that region, are not in the same level at all. Never mind Ethiopian Jews and Jews from other parts of the world."

    Challenged by Jewish audience members, he shouted: "I'm answering the question, shut your mouth."

    Mr O'Keefe said Palestinians had been pushed to commit suicide bombings because of "extreme oppression" and claimed Mossad vehicles containing explosives had been found travelling to New York at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

    "Israel and Mossad were directly involved in 9/11," he said. "Israel continues to spy on America and Britain and continues to falsify terrorism. The major tactic of the Zionists and their collaborators is slander and lies."

    He described himself as a "warrior willing to die for Palestine" and denied allegations he was either an Al-Qaeda operative or a Mossad agent.

    Following last Thursday's event, two pro-Israel activists in the audience reported Mr O'Keefe to police. A Barnet Police spokesman said: "Evidence from the event is being reviewed. This is obviously a delicate investigation that will require balancing the right to free speech, and the rights of people not to be discriminated against".

Uk News

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'

Marcus Dysch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'
Uk News

UCL publishes investigation into UCLU event

Daniel Sugarman

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

UCL publishes investigation into UCLU event
Uk News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
Uk News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees
Leaders

The JC leader: On Corbyn, and on Arkush

The JC Leader

Friday, January 20, 2017

The JC leader: On Corbyn, and on Arkush
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid
World

Jewish groups angered at Trump HMD message

Daniel Sugarman

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jewish groups angered at Trump HMD message
Education features

Allegations of anti-Semitism Oxford University Labour Club

Baroness Jan Royall

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Allegations of anti-Semitism Oxford University Labour Club
Uk News

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'

By Simon Rocker

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Limmud: Food for thought at session on 'ethical eating'