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Take Action: Justice for Furkan Doğan

by Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director
May 31st, 2013


Tell President Obama to Investigate Doğan’s Death; Hold Israel Accountable

Three years ago today, the Israeli navy intercepted in international waters a flotilla of ships attempting to deliver humanitarian goods to the Gaza Strip and to break Israel’s illegal blockade.

Israeli commandoes stormed the ships and killed eight Turkish citizens and 18-year-old U.S. citizen Furkan Doğan aboard the Mavi Marmara.

The U.N. Human Rights Council chillingly documented Israel’s “extra-legal, arbitrary and summary execution” of Furkan, who was

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…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. [1]

But instead of investigating Furkan’s killing and holding Israel accountable, the Obama administration engaged in diplomatic efforts to prevent fully independent, credible investigations into the attack and deferred to Israel’s investigation, which predictably exonerated all of the Israeli soldiers involved and failed to provide any details regarding Furkan’s killing, according to documents obtained by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. [2]

John Kerry, Ahmet Doğan and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.

Earlier this month, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan brought Prof. Ahmet Doğan—Furkan’s father—on an official visit to Washington, D.C. [3]

During the visit, Prof. Doğan met with Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss his request for the United States to investigate Furkan’s killing and to deliver a letter to President Obama to this effect. [4]

Let’s help Prof. Doğan by showing him that thousands of Americans agree that the United States should investigate his son’s killing and hold Israel accountable. 

Please take a minute to add your name to this petition calling on President Obama to investigate Furkan's killing and hold Israel accountable.

We’re launching this petition today with CCR, RootsAction, and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee and we hope to deliver at least 10,000 signatures to the Obama administration in June.

Make sure yours is one of them by signing the petition right now


Josh Ruebner
National Advocacy Director

[1] Human Rights Council, A/HRC/15/21, September 27, 2010.
[2] Gaza Freedom Flotilla, Center for Constitutional Rights.
[3] “Father of Mavi Marmara victim joins Turkish PM’s delegation to US,” Hurriyet Daily News, May 16, 2013.
[4] See Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu’s Tweets in Turkish here and here.