"Why is the US Government Deaf to What Has Been Done to My Son?" asks Ahmet Dogan, father of American citizen Furkan Dogan, who was shot five times at close range by Israeli soldiers. He and 13 U.S. passengers from the Gaza Freedom Flotilla have written an open letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing their anger "at the lack of any visible, active effort on the part of any agency in our government to conduct and release an independent investigation of the killing of one and assaults on other Americans by a foreign military force, the Israeli commandos."
In their letter, the U.S. passengers assert that "the State Department has allied itself with Israel, ignoring its responsibilities to its own citizens." The letter stated that they "are appalled at the lack of any visible, active effort on the part of any agency in our government to conduct and release an independent investigation of the killing of one and assaults on other Americans by a foreign military force, the Israeli commandos."
Vincent Warren, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, writes that his organization is seeking to answer some of the American citizens' questions through Freedom of Information Act requests.
A report by the International Bureau of Humanitarian NGOs (IBH) and the Friends of Charities Association (FOCA) found that several of the videos the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Israeli Defense Force released to support their version of events were digitally enhanced, computer-manufactured or fraudulent.
- US Media Ignore Israeli Flotilla Executions: "What would the consequences be if an American teenager was executed by Iranian commandos? The Times Union, and the rest of the American media, would be filled with cries of outrage. There would be demands for bombing Tehran, demands that might well be met. Because Dogan was murdered by an American ally, the response has been nothing but the silence of complicity."
- Furkan Dogan's 19th Birthday.
- Visiting Furkan's Grave
- Former US Marines condemn murder of Furkan Dogan: "Snipers secure in the aircraft indiscriminately killed activists with a scope. It was a real, profound act of cowardice. Like Ken, I am a former U.S. Marine. Honorable military groups do not attack unarmed civilians, at least by accepted policy, but Israel does."