yet Obama just keeps sending more…..

American Citizen Among Dead Flotilla Nine

By Nathaniel Hines

Authorities from Istanbul and Washington have confirmed that one of the nine people killed during an Israeli commando raid on the Gaza flotilla this week was a United States citizen of Turkish descent.

As the funerals of Turkish citizens concluded today, June 3, 2010, the U.S. now faces a more complicated diplomatic position as the international community and the United Nations vent more frustration with Israel’s raid on the six ships’ foray trying to break a three-year-old naval blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Nine bodies accompanied hundreds of activists that had been under Israeli guard since the detention of the ships on Monday, as Israel quickly released all of the detainees in an effort to quell the fervor of growing angst over the raid and sent them home by airline.

Their efforts to rehabilitate the incident fell on deaf Turkish ears.

“Turkey will never forgive this attack,” President Abdullah Gul said on national television. “Turkish-Israeli relations can never be as before from now on.”

Although one of the dead has been identified as an American, senior official declined to publically identify him by name. Washington has confirmed that the victim was American. The Turkish press however has identified Furkan Dogan, a 19-year-old, U.S. born citizen, who moved to Turkey after turning four.

Dogan’s brother, Mustafa, said his parent had given the young activist their blessing before leaving with the flotilla, according to the Turkish daily Zaman.

“We didn’t expect him to come back like this,” Mustafa said. “However, we were not sorry to hear that he fell like a martyr.”

According to another news agency, Dogan suffered a shot in the chest and four bullets fired into his head from close range.

On Thursday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a statement that all the activists had been deported besides those requiring additional medical help. In addition, one of the injureds wife and two more that have been held for documentation abnormalities.

The incident ignited early Monday morning when Israel sent its military commandos into international waters to stop the flotilla carrying humanitarian aid, including construction materials, toys and used clothes, to Gaza. The commandos boarded five ships without incident, but when they swooped in from helicopters onto the largest, the Mavi Marmara, soldiers opened fire when they said they were attacked by its passengers with chains, knives, bars and clubs.


Another American family that knows the pain issued a statement as well…..

Corrie family ‘heart-sick and outraged’ by flotilla raid

The parents of an American activist killed in Gaza say they are devastated over Israel’s deadly raid on an international aid flotilla bound for the Gaza Strip.

“We are heart-sick and outraged about the brutal attack launched by the Israeli Military on the Free Gaza Movement’s flotilla of boats,” Cindy and Craig Corrie said in a statement.

“The boats were carrying civilian passengers and humanitarian aid into the besieged Gaza Strip, and were clearly in international waters when this illegal attack occurred, in violation of international law,” they said.

The number of dead and injured are still unconfirmed, but lowest figures reported are nine killed and 34 injured. Israel has not released their names. Over 700 citizens from nearly 40 countries were on board.


  1. lydia said,

    June 3, 2010 at 19:05

    It is so sad, so unjust, so revolting. Im very sorry for all the families who had lost people on this terrorist atack and Im so sorry for Gaza. And thanks for writing about this. I love your blog. Thank you.

  2. June 3, 2010 at 19:07

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  3. Ahimsa said,

    June 3, 2010 at 20:14

    Remembering Rachel Corrie and others:

  4. June 3, 2010 at 20:20


  5. skulz fontaine said,

    June 3, 2010 at 20:42

    No one should expect President Binyamin Obama to condemn Israel for murder, piracy, and terrorism. I mean, look at the track record of Binyamin Obama and that speaks for itself. Did you know that in Americanese, Obama means ‘smarmy lickspittle and warmongering shill’?

  6. Iain Yuile said,

    June 3, 2010 at 22:28

    Two questions people:

    1) Did anyone expect Israel to act dferently than what they did?

    2) Did anyone expect Obama to act differently than what he did?

  7. flek said,

    June 3, 2010 at 22:29

    This situation is a real mess. Attacking humanitarian aid ships in international
    waters is an act of depravity of the lowest levels…by any peoples or nation.
    Sadly, we hear the silence of Israel’s leash holder. The imperial guard…the old Anglo/Dutch/American alliance, we begin to understand that silence is complicity…and we do not comply.
    We also witness the frantic flailing of the old media putting the spin-cycle on so high it’s about to fry the machine. We see the lies. We recognize the deception. We’re waking up…
    And that’s a good thing.

  8. nizaminz said,

    June 4, 2010 at 02:32

    You could see videos of Rachel Corrie that was murdered by Israel at the age of 23 here:

  9. count us out said,

    June 4, 2010 at 13:06

    We should send the US Navy Seals’ Snipers along with the Turkish warships who are supposed to be escorting the MV Rachel Corrie, laden with aid for Gaza! President Obama sent them to protect the Captain and Crew of the Maersk Alabama, laden with aid for Mombassa, Kenya, that was raided by pirates in international waters. Oh we were so proud of the captain and the crew of that aid ship! They opened up a can of whoop ass on those raiders! The pirates were surprised by the crew that fought back! They’d never had that happen before. We were so proud of our people for fighting back! The Somali pirates were only punished with bullets between the eyeballs by our HEROIC NAVY SEALS but, as a nation, we wished there was more we could have done to them.

    Before and after that cordial meeting between pirates and the provocating aid ship, the pirates WARNED what they’d do if folks kept going into those (international) waters. (guns, blood, violence, death – that sort of thing)

    We answered before and after the terrorist attack on the dear, innocent pirates by the bad bad bad crew of the Maersk Alabama that we’d go anywhere we damned well pleased in international waters AND the MISSION of carrying AID to needy nations was worth the risks.

    We also said, in the future, ships’ crews could carry guns to protect themselves and/or we’d send the Navy along to – –

    hmmm to what? oh –

    to protect innocent, pirates who board aid ships in international waters who might be confronted by knife, pipe, or AK47 wielding crews or passengers on aid ships. Yes that’s what we meant, didn’t we.

    Furkan Dogan, Americans didn’t know you before you were killed but you will always be remembered. Rest in peace beside our Beloved Rachel Corrie – Two Heroic, Forever Young, Fellow Americans.

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