Documents reveal how US let Israel off the hook over ‘execution’ of American Furkan Dogan

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American citizen Furkan Dogan was killed by Israeli forces as they raided the Mavi Marmara ship on May 31, 2010. (Photo via Associated Press)

In May 2010, 18-year-old American citizen Furkan Dogan was shot at point-blank range by Israeli naval commandos as he was standing on the deck of a ship and filming the violent raid on the flotilla to Gaza. It took three days for the U.S. to contact his family–and that was after the U.S. made repeated inquiries to the government of Israel for information about his death.

That information was recently revealed by the Center for Constitutional Rights after obtaining documents that have now been published as a result of Freedom of Information Act requests to the U.S. government. The documents reveal new details on the U.S. government’s actions in the aftermath of the flotilla.

In the immediate aftermath of the flotilla raid, Ahmet Dogan, the father of Furkan, desperately called U.S. officials to inquire about the whereabouts of his son, who was a passenger on the flotilla trying to break the blockade of Gaza. Ahmet did not know where his son was, but was extremely worried after he saw news reports stating that the Israeli military had violently raided the ship in international waters and killed 9 passengers in the early morning hours of May 31, 2010. On June 3, 2010, Ahmet Dogan identified his son’s body as being amongst the dead after he saw his son’s body riddled with bullets in Turkey.

That same day, e-mail messages between U.S. officials in Istanbul and Washington concerning the death of Furkan Dogan were being sent back and forth. One morning message from Richard Appleton, the U.S. Consul General in Ankara, Turkey, confirms that by then the U.S. government knew about the death of Furkan. “Here is what we know,” wrote Appleton in an e-mail. “Turkish-American Furkan DOGAN DOB 20OCT91 was one of the killed in the Gaza Flotilla event.” In a separate e-mail sent in the afternoon of that day, Appleton wrote that “his family had been calling at least twice a day for several days…Before we contact we are going to get confirmation thru [the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs].”

Appleton and other U.S. officials repeatedly said they would speak with Ahmet Dogan only after talking to the Israeli government. (After the Israeli government failed to give details to the U.S. about the death of Dogan, Appleton finally decided to contact Ahmet Dogan.)

The e-mails are a telling snapshot of the larger story of how the U.S. government abandoned one of its own citizens who was killed by the Israeli military and deferred to Israel. And just as the U.S. failed to pressure Israel over the death of Furkan Dogan, they failed to pressure Israel over the returning of property, like electronic equipment, to American citizens who had also taken part in the flotilla. While this narrative is by now well-known, the documents show conclusively how the U.S. treats its citizens who challenge the Israeli government’s rule over Palestinians.

The e-mails from Appleton and other U.S. government documents were published by the CCR, which has been working with the Dogan family and other American citizens to try and obtain accountability for Israeli human rights violations committed in the course of the takeover of the Mavi Marmara. Other revelations include the fact that Federal Bureau of Investigation counter-terrorism squads had conducted research on 561 individuals involved with the flotilla, though the details of the FBI investigation are largely redacted.

“The documents related to Furkan reveal that the U.S. has an unquestioning deference to the government of Israel, even when the life of an American teenager is at stake,” Jessica Lee, a lawyer working with the CCR on the aftermath of the flotilla, told Mondoweiss. “Despite this barbaric murder…the U.S. declined to investigate and deferred to Israel.” Though Ahmet Dogan repeatedly demanded a U.S. investigation into his son’s killing–and at one point wondered whether the U.S. didn’t care about Furkan because he was a Muslim–the U.S. has refused to do so.

Another telling episode revealed by the documents was a February 23, 2011 meeting in Washington between Ahmet Dogan and James Pettit, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services. Months earlier, the documents show, the State Department said that the Israeli government had “not yet provided detailed information” on Furkan Dogan’s death. But at the 2011 meeting, Pettit told Dogan that the U.S. would not conduct an investigation into Furkan’s death and was waiting for the UN Secretary General’s report on the flotilla incident. Pettit told Dogan that “as a rule” the U.S. does not conduct investigations into the deaths of citizens overseas, though State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said in June 2010 that “we have the option of evaluating the circumstances and if we think a crime has been committed, then working with the host government we have the option of our own investigation.”

At the meeting with Pettit, Dogan brought up the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) report (pdf) on the flotilla raid which said that Furkan Dogan was killed in a “summary execution.” The report states:

Furkan Doğan, a 19-year-old with dual Turkish and United States citizenship, was on the central area of the top deck filming with a small video camera when he was first hit with live fire. It appears that he was lying on the deck in a conscious, or semi-conscious, state for some time. In total Furkan received five bullet wounds, to the face, head, back thorax,  left leg and foot. All of the entry wounds were on the back of his body, except for the face  wound which entered to the right of his nose. According to forensic analysis, tattooing around the wound in his face indicates that the shot was delivered at point blank range.

The Turkish government’s investigation told a similar story. The UN HRC report also said that, while activists involved with the Turkish organization IHH prepared to defend the ship from a takeover by Israeli forces and did so with makeshift weapons, the commandos had fired from helicopters before landing on the Mavi Marmara. The report concludes that “much of the force used by the Israeli soldiers on board the Mavi Marmara and from the helicopters was unnecessary, disproportionate, excessive and inappropriate and resulted in the wholly avoidable killing and maiming of a large number of civilian passengers.”

But Pettit dismissed the UN report as “rushed.”

Still, no U.S. investigation was launched even after the UN Secretary General-backed Palmer Report stated that “Furkan Doğan, was shot at extremely close range. Mr. Doğan sustained wounds to the face, back of the skull, back and left leg. That suggests he may already have been lying wounded when the fatal shot was delivered, as suggested by witness accounts to that effect.”

The U.S. government’s insistence that the Israeli government was up to the task of the investigation came despite past U.S. disapproval of how the investigation into Rachel Corrie’s death was carried out. Corrie, an American, was run over by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to protect a Palestinian home from being demolished. In 2004, a year after Corrie’s death, “Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, wrote that Israel had not fulfilled its promises of a thorough, credible and transparent investigation,” according to the Washington Post.

The deference to Israel “happened with Rachel Corrie. This happened with Furkan Dogan. And unfortunately from what we’re seeing, this might happen again, because the U.S. is not taking the safety of its citizens seriously,” said the CCR’s Lee.

The U.S. trust in the Israeli investigation (the Turkel Commission) into the flotilla incident, which said that Furkan Dogan wanted to be a martyr based on a Turkish media report, also came despite early indications that Israel may have been trying to hide something. (Asked by Haaretz about the media report that Furkan wanted to be a martyr based on a diary entry Furkan wrote, Ahmet Dogan said: “As far as I know, his last entry was written that night, when it was feared that something bad was about to happen. Under normal circumstances, he never would have written anything like that. If my son had planned to become a martyr, he would not have gone out of his way to ask me to submit his university application forms in the event that he got held up in Gaza. He had big plans, he was very ambitious. You think he all of a sudden forgot about all of his plans for the future and decided to die?”)

U.S. government documents show that the day after the flotilla raid, a consular official named Eve Zuckerman trained in the identification of remains visited the morgue in Israel where the victims were taken.

A CCR analysis of the flotilla documents states that “instead of viewing the bodies of the deceased passengers, she was shown what she was told were photos of nine men killed during the attack, which were frontal photos from the shoulders up. None of photos of the deceased showed evidence of bullet wounds, damage, or distortion, except for bruises and hematomas.” After returning to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Zuckerman was shown a photo of Furkan Dogan, but said that she did not see anybody that looked like him at the morgue in Israel.

“It seems that Israel was hiding the fact that he was killed,” said Lee.

Lee insists that the U.S. could have done more to demand adequate Israeli action on Furkan’s death, even if the U.S. did not want to launch its own investigation. “We don’t see a lot of high-level pressure to ensure that this [Israeli] investigation was carried out in an appropriate and non-biased manner,” said Lee.

Part I of the Israeli investigation into the flotilla concluded that the Israeli naval forces had the right under international law to raid the ship and that Israeli forces used appropriate force and that the activists on board the ship had engaged in violence against the Israeli commandos. But Human Rights Watch, and other human rights organizations, cast doubt on the credibility of the internal Israeli investigation. Amnesty International said that the report “certainly appears like a ‘whitewash’, with the Israeli authorities exonerated of wrongdoing although their actions left nine people dead.”

In addition to documents relating to Furkan Dogan’s death, the CCR published additional documents related to the electronic equipment taken from American passengers on the flotilla. While U.S. officials repeatedly inquired about the status of the electronic property and expressed frustration at the Israeli response, there was no high-level pressure to ensure that it was returned.

The electronic property held by Israel included the video camera Furkan Dogan was holding on the ship, which may contain evidence as to what transpired on the Mavi Marmara. A CCR analysis concludes: “As of February 2013, property belonging to the U.S. passengers aboard the 2010 Gaza flotilla remains missing, presumably within Israeli custody.”

Lee said: “It’s very troubling that the United States wasn’t able to get this property back.”

49 Responses

  1. Woody Tanaka
    February 22, 2013, 5:50 pm

    This report is infuriating. It just goes to show what a cancer israel is and how it poisons everything it touches.

    • Accentitude
      February 24, 2013, 4:28 am

      My sentiments exactly. Sadly, the United States has a history of turning a blind eye towards the actions of Israel, even if tax-paying U.S. citizens are the ones maliciously victimized by the Israelis. One of the most well-known examples is attack on the U.S.S Liberty when U.S. sailors were killed in what was basically Israeli state terrorism. To this day no one in Israel has ever been held accountable for that massacre. No one has ever been held accountable for Rachel Corrie’s death, and no one will ever be held accountable for this kid, Dogan’s death.

      • Hostage
        February 24, 2013, 9:23 pm

        No one has ever been held accountable for Rachel Corrie’s death, and no one will ever be held accountable for this kid, Dogan’s death.

        Just a couple of quick points:

        *Turkey has resumed the Gaza flotilla trial of the former heads of the IDF. link to jpost.com
        * The Mavi Marmara was registered and flagged in Comoros, a State party to the Rome Statute of the ICC.
        *All of the ICC State Parties have granted the Court jurisdiction for any of the crimes listed in the Statute, if they are committed on their territory or aboard vessels or aircraft registered in their States.
        *While Turkey’s laws permit trials in absentia, the Rome Statute does not.

        The Prosecutor cannot consider that any State is able to prosecute a defendant if it does not have that person in custody. That’s one of the things that triggers the Court’s jurisdiction under the terms of Article 17(3):

        In order to determine inability in a particular case, the Court shall consider whether, due to a total or substantial collapse or unavailability of its national judicial system, the State is unable to obtain the accused or the necessary evidence and testimony or otherwise unable to carry out its proceedings.

        link to untreaty.un.org

  2. Citizen
    February 22, 2013, 5:58 pm

    It’s a travesty of justice. USS Liberty crew, Rachel Corrie, Furkan Dogan, and how about the Jewish American girl who lost her eye to the IDF? Americans are dumb animals, and deserve to be ruled by Zionists, both the smart Jewish kind concerned only with their own lives as they desire, and the really dumb Christian kind who live in a future heaven while they are manipulated easily on earth.

    • Avi_G.
      February 24, 2013, 2:46 am

      The Israeli attack on the USS Liberty and the subsequent coverup by US authorities set quite the precedent.

      What truly angers me are the implications from all this. That is to say, countries around the world, big and small, cower in fear and acquiesce to US requests and demands, and yet when it comes to that little state called Israel, the power balance is reversed; it is a strong indicator of how much control Israel has over the US. More importantly, however, that a little state like Israel can have that much leverage and control over the world’s sole superpower is nauseating for it proves how pernicious Israel truly is.

      One final note:

      The electronic property held by Israel included the video camera Furkan Dogan was holding on the ship, which may contain evidence as to what transpired on the Mavi Marmara. A CCR analysis concludes: “As of February 2013, property belonging to the U.S. passengers aboard the 2010 Gaza flotilla remains missing, presumably within Israeli custody.”

      I’d be willing to bet a $100 that the property in question had been divvied up among the soldiers and Furkan’s camera is being used by one of them as we speak.

      To the victor go the spoils.

      In 1948 Palestinian property was looted by Israeli forces.

      In 1967 the same took place, in the newly-occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and in the Sinai where Israeli forces looted Egyptian banks.

      In 1982 Israeli forces stole property and looted homes in Lebanon.

      Since 1967, Israeli forces have been stealing from arrested Palestinians whatever they could get their hands, be it money or jewelry.

      And after the raid on the Mavi Marmara, one of the passengers discovered that his/her credit card had been used for unauthorized transactions.

      But when you steal an entire country, a camcorder is nothing in comparison.

  3. American
    February 22, 2013, 6:00 pm

    ”In total Furkan received five bullet wounds, to the face, head, back thorax, left leg and foot. All of the entry wounds were on the back of his body, except for the face wound which entered to the right of his nose. According to forensic analysis, tattooing around the wound in his face indicates that the shot was delivered at point blank range”

    As always I am shocked–even though I have seen time and again how they murder people with no provocation.
    I am no longer shocked however to see how the US cares nothing about the outright murder of Americans……realized that a good while ago.

    • Kathleen
      February 22, 2013, 8:50 pm

      the brutal actions of the IDF go unpunished and have been so normalized. Terrifying…the double standards

    • seafoid
      February 23, 2013, 7:14 am

      Of course they saw him and figured he was Muslim therefore dispensable. The cynicism. They then shot him in the back.
      They run a militaristic system but they don’t even have military honour. Executing prisoners vs the soi disant “most moral army in the world.”

      To protect their grubby state and speed the return of the Messiah as well as fulfil CZ scripture. How dismal the whole setup is.

    • Joe Ed
      February 23, 2013, 9:22 am

      This stuff turns your stomach. Makes your blood boil.

      • Kathleen
        February 24, 2013, 9:46 am

        No accountability what so ever. Kill an American and others with tape recorders and cameras and Israel runs free. Despicable

      • WinstonSmith714
        February 27, 2013, 10:38 am

        ditto!

    • Accentitude
      February 24, 2013, 4:35 am

      It begs to be asked, how Dogan was an “immediate threat” to the lives of the Israeli Naval Commandos when he was 1) only carrying a video camera and 2) was shot not once, not twice, but at least 5 times from a direction behind him.

  4. American
    February 22, 2013, 6:07 pm

    Well, the US can’t claim it is deceived by Israel any more–not after everything it’s done time afer time—it’s been right in it with them for a long time now. BWTTGASO

    link to haaretz.com

    ‘Israel misled U.S. diplomats during Sabra and Shatila massacre’
    American researcher uncovers recently declassified transcripts of conversations between Israeli and American officials during First Lebanon War.

    By Ofer Aderet | Sep.20, 2012 Ariel Sharon feared genocide charges over Israel’s role in Sabra and Shatila

    Israel deceived the United States and hindered the country’s efforts to prevent the massacre by Christians of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps during the First Lebanon War, according to a U.S. researcher.”

    &

    link to haaretz.com

    Ariel Sharon feared genocide charges over Israel’s role in Sabra and Shatila
    Notes from 1983 cabinet meeting show former defense minister was concerned that the entire government, including Prime Minister Menachem Begin, would be accused of genocide in the massacres at Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon if the Kahan commission’s findings were accepted”

    • Hostage
      February 22, 2013, 7:46 pm

      Ariel Sharon feared genocide charges over Israel’s role in Sabra and Shatila

      He had very good reason to worry. The same UN organ that codified and defined the international crime of genocide in UN General Assembly resolution 260 A (III), also condemned the Sabra and Shatila camp massacres and declared them to be an example of the crime of genocide in the text of its resolution 37/123 Part D.
      *Resolution 260 A (III)
      link to un.org
      *Resolution 37/123 Part D
      link to un.org

  5. akayani
    February 22, 2013, 6:40 pm

    It’s time to get tough and stop letting anyone or any government off the hook. That includes the Australian government, in the lead up to the election here in September, where we are absolutely sure to hear every major party leader make a statement in the media that “I support Israel’s right to exist” televised on all channels. Well guess what, I don’t! I don’t support the right of murderous nations to bullshit us in the mainstream media. That is reason enough to be made non-existent!

  6. atime forpeace
    February 22, 2013, 7:03 pm

    Poor kid never stood a chance neither did Rachel Corrie.

  7. pabelmont
    February 22, 2013, 7:34 pm

    And never forget the USS Liberty, attacked and nearly sunk in Mediterranean (near Israel) in 1967 war. Many USA sailors killed. All very deliberate. USA flag flying. Johnson called off help to USS Liberty, called off inveseetigation, made the whole thing a military secret to avoid USA-Israel spat.

    A lot of writing about the Liberty. See here (wiki) and here (USS Liberty website):

    On June 8, 1967, US Navy intelligence ship USS Liberty was suddenly and brutally attacked on the high seas in international waters by the air and naval forces of Israel. The Israeli forces attacked with full knowledge that this was an American ship and lied about it. Survivors have been forbidden for 40 years to tell their story under oath to the American public. The USS Liberty Memorial web site tells their story and is dedicated to the memory of the 34 brave men who died.

  8. CloakAndDagger
    February 22, 2013, 7:39 pm

    Makes me cringe that our government is so subservient to the will of a foreign nation that only survives because of our protection, that the same government fails to discharge its primary duty of protecting the rights, security, and well-being of our own citizens.

    Treason. Hang every I-firster.

  9. sardelapasti
    February 22, 2013, 7:51 pm

    After reading the Turkish press of the last 2 years, supported by reading this and the tales about the other victims of this open act of piracy, then the so-called independent investigations, the UN committee investigation, and the direct movie recordings, there are two things that no amount of propaganda or bulletin-board bots here can erase from the minds of millions of people in Turkey, in fact the overwhelming majority (with dissidence from rare supporters of the former military dictatorship:)
    1. The US is pwned; it’s officially an Israeli colony
    2. The Zionists are the Nazi come back to life, period.
    These may not be very nuanced and carry some slight oversimplification, but it doesn’t look like anyone can convince the people with the usual sophistry.
    Does anyone believe that public opinion in many (non-UK) other European countries is very different from that?
    Whoever doesn’t like these conclusions and needs to go on discussing how many angels can dance on the tip of a needle, help yourself. It may still work in the US, perhaps a little yet in our English-speaking territories without a vote like the UK and Australia; forget about anywhere else.

  10. Les
    February 22, 2013, 8:02 pm

    [More US/Israel collaboration makes for another BDS target that violates international law, Genie Energy, headquartered in Newark, New Jersey]

    Israel approves oil drilling in Golan Heights
    Israel has given permission for an American based energy company to drill for oil in the Golan Heights, a plateau it captured from Syria in 1967.

    By Jamie Lindsay

    5:38PM GMT 21 Feb 2013

    Genie Energy had been issued an exclusive permit on Wednesday by Israel’s Energy and Water Resources Ministry to drill for oil.

    This allows for oil exploration in a 153 square mile in the south of Golan Heights.

    “Based on its preliminary analysis and interpretation of existing geological data, that the newly issued license area may contain significant quantities of conventional oil and gas in relatively tight formations, the development of which would entail significantly different technical approaches and project timelines than the other projects,” Genie Energy said in a statement.

    Israel annexed Golan from Syria in June 1967 after a six-day war, with an estimated 2,500 Syrian fatalities and 591 taken prisoner. Despite being annexed in 1981, this move is not internationally recognised.

    Israel-Syria peace talks halted oil permits for the area 20 years ago, with the relinquishment of Golan being one of the key facets. The talks however were never resolved.

    Effi Eitam is the man who heads Genie Energy. He is a 60-year-old former right wing Israeli Cabinet minister who earned Israel’s Medal of Distinguished Service in the Yom Kippir War. He currently resides in Golan Heights.

    With President Barack Obama set for a visit to Israel in the spring, the drilling permit raises concerns it could draw international condemnation.

    link to telegraph.co.uk

    • kalithea
      February 23, 2013, 4:47 pm

      Yes, Zionists are again capitalizing on the misery of others, in this case Syrians embroiled in a civil war that Zionists amongst others have a hand in, to rob Syrians blind while their backs are turned. What could be more despicable except for the murders they’ve committed over the years to keep their illegal operation going.

  11. Kathleen
    February 22, 2013, 8:48 pm

    The extreme brutality of the IDF in this case and so many others is absolutely suffocating. Glad you put the UN’s report up. Folks should read it.
    link to un.org Devastating. Heard Ahmat Dogan speak at one of the Occupy Aipac events in DC…moving and oh so depressing. The kid was filming for christ sake…FILMING what was going on. The IDF executed him. Total brutal human rights crime and nothing nothing was done about by the US state dept. Know Colonel Ann Wright had a couple of letters into then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about this killing and other issue. Don’t think that Clinton ever responded to retired Colonel Ann Wright. So glad to hear Dogan’s father is still pushing

    These are questions to be asking Clinton if she runs for Prez next time around. If you ever have a chance to ask Clinton questions ask her why she never responded to Colonel Ann Wrights relevant questions?
    link to archive.truthout.org
    Clinton Refuses to Answer My Questions About Gaza Flotilla

    Friday 06 August 2010

    by: Ann Wright, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

    Clinton Refuses to Answer My Questions About Gaza Flotilla
    (Photo: marcn; Edited: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t)

    Dear Secretary of State Clinton,

    I am a retired US Army reserve colonel with 29 years in the US Army and Army Reserves, and a former US diplomat who resigned after 16 years in the US State Department in opposition to the war on Iraq.
    I was one of fourteen American citizens on the Gaza flotilla.

    On June 14, 2010, I delivered to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of American Citizen Services a letter to you requesting investigation of the Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla in which one unarmed American citizen was killed by Israeli commandos and fourteen other American citizens were kidnapped from international waters and taken to Israel against their will, imprisoned, and their personal possessions stolen by Israeli commandos.

    Despite numerous inquiries to the State Department about the status of the response to my letter, after seven weeks I have not received a response to the letter, nor to the 80 questions that I requested that the United States government pose to the Israeli government concerning their attack on the Gaza flotilla.

    • flyod
      February 23, 2013, 8:44 am

      never mind clinton these are questions that should be asked of the sitting president.

      • Kathleen
        February 23, 2013, 3:00 pm

        Clinton is running for 2016 of course these are questions for Clinton and President Obama.

        Colonel Anne Wright has asked them clearly. No response

    • just
      February 23, 2013, 9:02 am

      Well, Mrs. Clinton certainly was very vocal about getting Gilad Shalit released.
      Pretty clear whose ‘side’ we are on, and it is not the truth when it comes to Israel.
      It confirms to much of the world our erstwhile hypocrisy.

      This is helpful, though, in disputing the peddlers of hasbara out there, who constantly cite the ‘investigations’ that have exonerate Israel wrt the Liberty, Rachel Corrie, and the flotilla.

  12. Blownaway
    February 22, 2013, 10:50 pm

    Why is anyone surprised by this? It’s not the first time (e.g. The Liberty) Rachael Corrie and many other nationals . Israel acts with US guarantee of impunity. There is no one and nothing that can stop them except grassroots boycot by the people O’s these puppet countries

  13. ToivoS
    February 23, 2013, 12:06 am

    This story about Furkan Dogan reinforces something that has been slowly occurring to me over the last 30 or so years.

    I was aware of the Nakba when I first became politically aware — early sixties or so. I accepted that injustice because after WWII many national minorities suffered terribly. Between 1945 and 1950 there were many peoples suffered — Moslems and Hindus in India, Germans in Eastern Europe and more. Hey, life is not fair, it is time to move on sort of justification.

    After the attack on Liberty I was willing to accept that the Israelis made some kind of terrible error. I excused them for that.

    Sabra and Shatilla seemed like a real atrocity. No problem, we could blame Sharon’s poor judgment for that– after all it was the Falangists that carried out those massacres. That was not Israeli policy.

    They then murdered Rachel Corrie. That could be excused as some over zealous driver of a Catepillar machine.

    Of course, superimposed over all of these “error” is the West Bank colonialisation movement and efforts to remove Palestinians from even more of their land. This is not just some spasm of ethnic cleansings that was so common in the the 1940’s, this is something that is going on today. Why is that: we all know the answer and that is because the US supports these policies to this day. (need not explain why but just to mention, there is one major Israeli lobby inside the US that actively supports those suppressions and active proIsraeli policies.)

    It important to recall the fate of Furkan Dogan as it reminds us all of this history. I do have to say that Mondoweis has been very successful in keeping this story alive. Quite frankly, these are all incidents that I would have forgotten ( or suppressed or whatever). But these stories remain alive here and hopefully will eventually lead to some kind of justice for the Palestinian people.

    • ritzl
      February 23, 2013, 2:11 am

      Great progression, ToivoS. It’s really hard to conclude that over decades, nigh a century, Israel has all been just a series of fortunate “mistakes.”

    • pabelmont
      February 23, 2013, 10:50 am

      Israel acts unilaterally, illegally, with force and violence, to achieve what it wants — not what it needs, and not what it is entitled to.

      Zionists say, “there is much illegal violence in the world, why single out Israel for approbrium — and response (punishment)?”.

      To this, one might reply, “Well have we not the right to act unilaterally and legally, using such tools as are available to us — not force and violence, but political acts, boycotts, divestment campaigns, requests on governments for sanctions [BDS]?”

      If Israel acts in that way without the right to do so, have not we the right to oppose Israel where, in fact, we do have the right to our acts?

      Israel’s demand to be let off because others also act illegally is like a GROUP of murderers in a large city saying that — because the police fail to punish many murderers, that therefore, as a consequence of such failure, the police should not be allowed to punish the members of the GROUP.

      In other words, sure, let’s stop all policing because it is not 100% effective, and let’s cancel all international law, and return to the entirely untrammeled “might makes right” (as the USA does with Israel and with BIG-BANKS).

    • G. Seauton
      February 26, 2013, 1:52 am

      Let us NEVER forget the death of Furkan Dogan nor the deaths of the other victims of the attack on the Mavi Marmara. One of the great values of this website is that we can make sure that these deaths will never be forgotten.

      And when the time comes, we will present the evidence we have gathered (or others will), and the perpetrators of these crimes will fear for their lives or their freedom.

      • sardelapasti
        February 26, 2013, 10:17 am

        G Seauton – More than enough evidence has been gathered and presented. The result is no different than with any other of the thousands Zionist crimes. So it is not a matter of collecting evidence but of destroying Zionist control on the US.

  14. ritzl
    February 23, 2013, 12:21 am

    At dKos, InAntalya, who lives in Turkey, spoke directly with Furkan Dogan’s parents and wrote about it.

    Not the be all end all about this, but useful and complementary insight wrt Dogan’s family’s contemporaneous feelings about his son’s execution.

    link to dailykos.com

    or,

    link to dailykos.com

    or,

    link to dailykos.com

    And, obtw, Dogan’s execution weapon was a suppressed Ruger, .22 crowd control (i.e. if fired from a distance it is “only” painful), weapon. Needless to say, if fired at close range into your head, it will, I don’t know, kill you.

    FWIW.

  15. pabelmont
    February 23, 2013, 10:57 am

    Did I read right that Furkan Dogan was filming when he was killed? Just goes to show how dangerous filming is — if you are filming the IOF. Even, it seems, filming whilst in international waters becomes — in effect — a “crime” in Israel’s eyes, and the summary execution of such “criminals” by IOF becomes clothed in immunity and impunity by the kindly old USA. And, of course, I presume that the camera was stolen.

    What’s needed is a new technology — a satelite-linked video camera whose pictures are transmitted simultaneously world-wide (although I dare say such a thing, apart from other problems, could be “jammed” by Israel).

    • Philip Munger
      February 23, 2013, 2:19 pm

      People attempting to cover the Mavi Marmara interception and boarding live did the best they could. There was an intermittent live stream coming off the vessel, and one could track its exact position via the bridge transponder, up until the Israelis commandeered the bridge and turned it off. At the time of interception and boarding, the Mavi Marmara was headed away from the coast. From images sent out before boarding, one could see a lot of people making videos, taking photographs, and there were rows of computers, monitors and laptops set up. Dozens of passengers tweeted, called on their cell phones, and so on. Israeli jamming attempts were only partially successful.

      Dogan most likely was murdered not because of the fact he was filming, but because of what he had captured on camera.

      It might be timely to go back through my live blog of the Mavi Marmara’s run to the coast:

      link to my.firedoglake.com

      and Siun’s live blog of the interception and boarding:

      link to firedoglake.com

      Iara Lee’s smuggled video composite is compelling:

      link to my.firedoglake.com

      Maybe a new movie could be made – “1,000 broken cameras” ….. ?

      To me, the most compelling images that succeeded in getting out on the time of the Israeli assault, were of the humane care taken by passengers and organizers on the cruise ship, with captured Israeli soldiers.

      link to progressivealaska.blogspot.com

  16. amigo
    February 23, 2013, 11:12 am

    Obama should have his Nobel Peace Prize taken back as he is an aider and abbeter in the carrying out of war crimes and illegal assassinations,

    Alfred Nobel did not have war mongers and murderers in mind for Nobel Prizes.

    In any case, how can the US complain about Israel.They carry out these killings all the time.

    • piotr
      February 26, 2013, 11:18 am

      Americans do complain about their own torture, indefinite detention and assassinations by drones. At least some, quite comparable with the criticism of Israel. With a pressure from American government, Israel would reform in 10 minutes. Israeli atrocities are American domestic problem, so we should complain about it.

  17. justicewillprevail
    February 23, 2013, 12:46 pm

    Well, if anybody is in the slightest doubt about the pernicious influence of Israel on American politics, look no further. An American citizen is murdered, shot point-blank in the head by the ‘security’ services of a foreign state, which declines to punish the perpetrator, or even find anything wrong with this. Which leads us to conclude that the murderer is carrying out that foreign country’s government policy. And for what crime is he murdered? Filming the invasion of a ship carrying medicine and relief for an isolated people.
    How weak must a government be, which does not find anything in this to protest about in the strongest possible terms, or threaten sanctions against the offender? If the assailants had been Iranian or Afghan, what kind of reprisals would the US government and media demanded?
    Israel has a free pass to do anything, ignore and flout international laws and agreements, murder civilians, and write US legislature to its own satisfaction. How can any US politician not be ashamed to call themselves representatives of the US and its citizens, when they all put the interests of a warring, belligerent demagogic little country above their own. Every time this happens, as it has on numerous other occasions, Israel feels even more emboldened to murder, attack and dispossess defenceless people, safe in the knowledge that the mighty and powerful US will not utter a word of protest, but lie and down and act like a doormat for Israel to walk over. Lobby? It’s not a lobby it’s a shadow government, there to further Israeli policy and crush any hint of dissent, Mr Hagel.

  18. dbroncos
    February 23, 2013, 1:33 pm

    Great report, Alex. The attack on the USS Liberty and the subsequent US coverup is all the proof Israelis need that they can murder Americans with impunity and without any risk of disrupting the flow of gravy train from American taxpayers.

  19. Miriam
    February 23, 2013, 1:35 pm

    How many times have photo journalists been shot at and/or murdered by IDF over the years? it seems that it is NOT exceptional to assassinate any benign observer with camera…Remember British film maker James Miller, targeted one night in Gaza after being watched filming all day there? .remember young photo journalist, Fadel Shana in Rafah whose clearly marked AFP automobile was hit by an IDF missile? I cannot remember names of so many of the other press members shot at or killed while clearly marked as PRESS on the scene in Palestine. Remember the targeting of Al Jazeerah media center in 2003 AFTER being given their exact coordinates?…and of course the most recent example.. Emad Burnat co-director of Five Broken Cameras who is in California for the Oscars this week end as a living testament to a miracle…as he was shot at whilst filming the idf in his village. The Camera saved his life. How many other eye witnesses have been mowed down by Israeli uniformed thugs? My blood boils with each new assault on life…while Uncle Sam sits idly by forking over another few billions to their parasitic craven associates.

  20. Jan
    February 23, 2013, 1:54 pm

    When Chuck Hagel said that Israel controls the State Department he was correct. The evidence is there for everyone to see. It is too bad that he didn’t also say that the US government is controlled by Israel.

    It is way past time to end this unholy alliance.

  21. NickJOCW
    February 23, 2013, 2:19 pm

    The article is like opening a door to Hell.

  22. W.Jones
    February 23, 2013, 3:00 pm

    Eternal Memory.

  23. Kathleen
    February 23, 2013, 11:50 pm

    EXCLUSIVE: New Video Smuggled Out From Israel’s Flotilla Assault 2 of 2

  24. Kathleen
    February 23, 2013, 11:57 pm

    Ambassador Peck who was on the Mavi Marmara
    link to pulsemedia.org

    Raw Footage on the Mavi Marmara that made it out to the public/Culture of Resistance

  25. amigo
    February 24, 2013, 6:03 am

    “On 18 August 1977, Biko was arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 and interrogated by officers of the Port Elizabeth security police including Harold Snyman and Gideon Nieuwoudt. This interrogation took place in the Police Room 619.[where?] The interrogation lasted twenty-two hours and included torture and beatings resulting in a coma.[7] He suffered a major head injury while in police custody, and was chained to a window grille for a day.”Wiki

    At the end of the movie about Beko a list is shown of the Prisoners who died in prison and the cause of death.

    Not once was the truth told, which was “death by torture”.

    The White Supremacists have much in common with their Zionist cousins except that their days are over and that is yet to come for zios.

    Rest assured, IT WILL.

  26. amigo
    February 24, 2013, 6:19 am

    Apologies, my above post was meant for the article covering the suspicious death of a Palestinian prisoner.

    AAADD= Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

    But I can still differentiate between Right and wrong .

  27. Cliff
    March 4, 2013, 8:36 am

    Can the brave IDF reservist hasbarists at MW chime in and enlighten us as to why Israel showed Eve Zuckerman photos of dead bodies instead of the dead bodies? And why wasn’t Zuckerman able to identify Furkan Dogan among the bodies?

    Why has Israel witheld the belongings of passengers for 3 years?

    Brave IDF reservists, explain away.

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