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Lions of Palestine… Review

{This is a final copy of a review for Salem-News submitted April 2012 and published shortly thereafter.  The recording is found here…  The narrator is Ken O’Keefe.  The review is located here:  Two months later, this writer recorded an introduction to “Spirit Of The 99” by Agron Belica found here: }


Hopefully this is something acceptable, Tim. I suggest filling in musician data and publishing data. Feel free to edit and otherwise alter to suit your needs. Thanks for the consideration. Health wise, I am taking life day by day. By years end, I hope to be with my Habibti in the UK, resting and working on my book… and, of course, articles for Salem-News.

Love to all

The Professor


Lions of Palestine” is a new music release by ACE (Boston area activist author and noted hip hop musician, Agron Belica) that pays homage to our slain brother, Vittorio Arrigoni (4 February 1975 – 15 April 2011) reporter, writer, pacifist and activist. Vittorio, more commonly known as “Vik” and greatly loved by the Palestinian families with whom he worked, deeply touched and inspired the many international volunteers of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement (ISM) in the Gaza Strip, with whom he also worked from 2008 until his death.

He was murdered by suspected members of Tawhid wal-Jihad, a Palestinian so-called Salafist group in Gaza. There is ample reason to believe that, much like the MEK in Iran, Tawhid wal-Jihad or “The Brigade of the Gallant Companion of the Prophet Mohammed bin Muslima,” (the faction, never before heard of, who posted claim for his capture on YouTube) is a group trained and financed by Israel and the US either directly or through an assortment of NGO front groups. Of note, the murder, 11 days earlier, of Juliano Mer-Khamis (‎29 May 1958 – 4 April 2011) an Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist who, on 4 April 2011, was assassinated by a masked gunman in the Palestinian city of Jenin, where he had established the Freedom Theatre which continues to operate to this day. These murders “coincidentally” occurred shortly before a planned “Flotilla” of activists was to set sail in an international effort to break the illegal blockade of Palestine by Israel. Of further note, several of the “flotilla” craft were sabotaged in a most professional manor while the Israeli gov’t worked feverishly behind the scenes, politically ($$$) to sabotage the activists and a Law group of dubious character attempted to burden the activists, ship owners, and insurance companies with threats of lawsuits.

Lions of Palestine” also pays tribute to noted Jazz Musician (saxophone), political activist, writer and brilliant author, Gilad Atzmon, whose recently published (and quickly going international) book, “The Wandering Who: A Study of Jewish Identity Politics” has greatly (and incorrectly) magnified criticism of him as an anti-Semite. Gilad’s book, in this writer’s opinion, represents what is perhaps the most introspective journey anyone of Jewish descent could, in honest pursuit, make and the most complete, to date, attempt to place critical perspective on the phenomenon of Jewish influence in global politics. Truly a seminal work that will find audience for generations throughout academia.

And lastly, but far from least, “Lions of Palestine” gives nod to surviving activist, Ken O’Keefe, who has literally, survived gun fire while at work in Palestine where he has been engaged in assisting families to create sustainability through trade, and assault and more gunfire while aboard the Mavi Marmara, part of a “Flotilla” attempting to break the illegal Israeli blockade of Palestine, on which were assassinated 9 fellow passengers and scores more injured. Ken, as many now are aware, is noted for having disarmed at least one Israeli assassin while helping to protect many of his fellow crew members. Ken, in recent months, has survived repeated verbal and written assaults by individuals from within the Free Palestine Movement and has seen his hard work co-opted and destroyed by same. Questions remain as to the genuine motives of these individuals who have spent so much effort maligning him, however, their actions and responses demonstrate a tragic reality of any movement. Infiltration by well placed agents of disruption, whether by forces of the opposition, egoistic pretenders or misguided activists supplicant to egoistic, and often sociopathic, pretenders within a movement, targets the creation of chaos which all to often harms those who the actors claim to support. Through it all, Ken continues to move forward, knowing in his heart that in the final analysis the work stands out before the person and lives on long after the person has met an end. Listen to the narrative in this musical piece by ACE and you will hear the steady and determined voice of Ken, a man not beat down… a man who, instead, continues to find ways in which he, and we, can address the crisis that long has been the burden of such a beautiful land…Palestine.

Open your ears, your minds and your hearts to this new release, “Lions of Palestine” and spread the words FREE FREE PALESTINE!!

Review by M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D.




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