Deeply disappointed that the US State Department has not probed the death of a 19-year-old American citizen shot five times at close range by Israeli soldiers, the young man's father is seeking redress in American courts. Ahmet Dogan, father of Furkan Dogan, writes in the Albany, NY Times-Union that "it is my responsibility to speak for my son and voice his concern for Palestinians in Gaza. It is my responsibility to stand up to an Israeli propaganda effort that has attempted to paint our beautiful child as a fanatic and not the caring young man we knew him to be."
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I've had a chance to meet Dr. Dogan, a professor at Erciyes University in Kayseri, Turkey, interviewed him and his family, and have followed this story since it first broke.
In an interview with the Israeli publication Haaretz, Dogan said: "I want the United States to demand justice for its citizen, and support decisions related to this [injustice] at the UN. We are very disappointed by the way the U.S. has handled the events until now, because in theory the U.S. is supposed to view all of its citizens equally." Doğan believes the U.S. gives more weight to its relationship with Israel than to the welfare of its own citizens.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International has characterized Israel's report on the commando raid May 31, 2010 as "a whitewash."
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