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OCTOBER 1, 2010 10:13AM

UN: Israel summarily executed US citizen in flotilla raid

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 Furkan Dogan
Furkan Dogan (1991-2010)

On September 27 the United Nations issued its report on the Israeli attack on the "Gaza Freedom Flotilla" last May. Halfway through the report we can find details of the death of nineteen year-old Furkan Dogan, a young activist who held both Turkish and US passports. The evidence shows that he was summarily executed - shot in the back at point blank range while lying immobilized on the ship's deck.

Regarding the attack as a whole, the report concludes among other things:

264. The conduct of the Israeli military and other personnel towards the flotilla passengers was not only disproportionate to the occasion but demonstrated levels of totally unnecessary and incredible violence. It betrayed an unacceptable level of brutality. Such conduct cannot be justified or condoned on security or any other grounds. It constituted a grave violation of human rights law and international humanitarian law.

265. The Mission considers that several violations and offences have been committed. It is not satisfied that, in the time available, it has been able to compile a comprehensive list of all offences. However, there is clear evidence to support prosecutions of the following crimes within the terms of article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention:

• Wilful killing;

• Torture or inhuman treatment;

• Wilfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health.

For its part, the US State Department is saying that the report's "tone and conclusions are unbalanced." 

Both the Huffington Post's Gareth Porter and Salon's Glenn Greenwald have already filed detailed articles on the findings this morning, so for my blog I will simply post the relative section on Dogan's death contained on page 29 and urge my readers to check out the full report, along with Porter's and Greenwald's articles.

Was Dogan's death justified? Was Israel's response to the Gaza flotilla appropriate? Is the killing in cold blood of a US citizen (not to mention the other eight activists killed in the assault) by Israeli forces an action that demands consequences from the Israeli government? Please read the report and the articles before jumping to your own conclusions. 


From the  Report of the international fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance

"Furkan Dogan, 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. Furthermore, the trajectory of the wound, from bottom to top, together with a vital abrasion to the left shoulder that could be consistent with the bullet exit point, is compatible with the shot being received while he was lying on the ground on his back. The other wounds were not the result of firing in contact, near contact or close range, but it is not otherwise possible to determine the exact firing range. The wounds to the leg and foot were most likely received in a standing position."

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The report on this young man's death reads like a medical examiner's report in a morgue. It is direct and objective and yet I can see the sequence of events leading to his death as clearly as if I had been there. Camera vs. point blank bullet to the face. No contest. Evil is walking this earth.
Stellaa, I'm afraid that's the whole answer right there.

RW, yes, the USS Liberty fits straight into this category.

Linnnn, My feelings exactly.
I'll patiently wait for the JDL & AIPAC apologists to start slamming this report... oh, wait they already have via their bought and paid for government representatives in the State Department.

BTW, I'd encourage everyone to call/write/email their respective Congress people and ask them "WTF"???? Since when is declaring the muder of 9 innocent people in international waters "unbalanced"???
The Israelis have been killing and torturing innocent Palestinians ever since Israel was established as a country. Is a death only significant if it is an American?
Jan Sand,
Obviously not, as should be evident from the context.
Israel has been getting away with it for so long with US support they are confident they can get away with anything, and have taken no responsibility for the havoc they have caused in international relations. It's going to take just as much a shift in perception on the part of Jewish Americans as it is Israelis to make them cease and desist. The fear is that the old guard is actually going to have to die off before it becomes a nation with a conscience.
Stellaa and rwnutjob made the points that I would have, so leave it at amen.
(R)ated for keeping on top of subjects that Rudolph Murdock and Time-Warner apparently don't to any degree.
Well, the Turks decided to make a demonstration there, to pressure Israel.
It was a signaling game, with live rounds of human beings.
I wish states wouldn't do that, because if it is fun for the power elites at some level, the dead people are usually a lot younger.
There are people, real people, men and women and kids who want no more than to live reasonable lives, dying for the disgusting psychotic crap of the Muslims, Jews and Christians and exploitative economic aims of powerful countries. This has been going on for centuries and it is totally dismaying as a view of humanity.
Hopefully this will bring attention to the subject from the public and they will demand action; although unfortunately it may not happen soon enough. I suspect that the skeptics may be right at least in the short term. However in the long term I hope the more attention this receives the better. I hate to say this but as Edward Herman might say since he is a US citizen he might be considered a “worthy victim” and therefore get more attention. In the long run we need to pay equal attention to all victims not just those who have political power. Ignoring those without political power breads what they call terrorism or in the words of those without political power perhaps “freedom fighting.” Whether this is justified or not isn’t as important as whether or not it is effective. The peaceful protests have proven to be more effective while the violent rebellion just leads to more suppression and the continuance of violence.