Fulkan Dogan Died For Your Sins
Nineteen-year-old Fulkan Dogan, with duel US-Turkey citizenship, was shot five times from less than 45cm (18 inches), in the face, in the back of the head, twice in the leg and once in the back, according to the autopsies of the victims of an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship.
Furkan Dogan was a high school student studying social sciences in the town of Kayseri in central Turkey and planned to become a doctor.
Fulkan Dogan was born in Troy, N.Y., and moved to Turkey at the age of 2. Son of Dr. Ahmet Dogan, Associate Professor at Erciyes University, Fulkan Dogan was Turkish-American, with two siblings.
Fulkan Dogan joined other Muslims onboard the ship for morning prayers on the upper deck of the Mavi Marmara in international waters on the morning he was shot to death. In his case, and in the cases of at least 8 others, death descended from above in the form of Israeli commandos.
The Free Gaza Movement launched eight other sea missions to Gaza. The Freedom Flotilla was acting in line with universal principals of human rights and justice in defying a blockade identified as illegal by the United Nations and other humanitarian organizations.
Palestinians in Gaza have a right to the basic supplies that Israel bans from entering, including cement and schoolbooks, as well as a right to access the outside world.
The Freedom Flotilla coalition called on all signatories to the Fourth Geneva Conventions to pressure Israel to adhere to its obligations under international humanitarian law, to end the lethal blockade on Gaza, and to refrain from attacking this peaceful convoy.