Christmas in Palestine - A New Year in Iraq
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Free Palestine graffiti

As Ken travels through the Middle East this Christmas and New Year he will endeavour to keep a weblog (with photos) which is currently available on:
Truth Justice Peace (TJP)

Those wishing to meet Ken can do so at the Saraya Hotel in Amman Dec 20, 21. Entry into Palestine and Iraq to be discussed there. I will also be back at the Saraya before I travel to Iraq so check with the Hotel.

"I will be exactly where my heart and soul dictate I be at this time of year, at this point in human history. I look forward to meeting all those who understand my reasons why. TJP & Love, Ken O'Keefe." Dec. 12, 2003

Christmas in Palestine - A New Year in Iraq

UPDATE Dec. 19, 2003 - Ken O'Keefe arriving in the Middle East Dec. 21, 2003

I have not really solicited any funds for this Christmas, New Years trip but I shall do so now. Any and all donations at this point will be used to buy gifts for the people of Palestine & Iraq; Olive Trees, blankets, etc. So any and all donations are infinitely appreciated.


"There are times when you have to obey a call which is the highest of all, i.e., the voice of conscience even though such obedience may cost many a bitter tear, and even more, separation from friends, from family, from the state to which you may belong, from all that you have held as dear as life itself. For this obedience is the law of our being." - Gandhi

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Following this historic act the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and "to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories."

Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,

Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,

Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,

Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,

Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.