Furkan Doğan

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Furkan Doğan
Furkan Doğan.jpg
Born (1991-10-20)20 October 1991
Troy, New York
Died 31 May 2010(2010-05-31) (aged 18)
near Ashdod, Israel (killed in the Gaza flotilla raid)
Nationality Turkish
American (by birthright)
Occupation Activist
Known for İHH activity
Home town Kayseri
Parent(s) Ahmet Doğan

Furkan Doğan (20 October 1991[1] – 31 May 2010) was a Turkish American who was residing in Turkey permanently.[2] He was the youngest person killed by the IDF on the MV Mavi Marmara, in the Gaza flotilla raid and became a political symbol after his death.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Furkan Doğan was born to ethnic Turkish parents in Troy, New York[5][6] in the United States and moved to Turkey at the age of two.[7]

He was a high school student at Kayseri Özel Hisarcıklıoğlu Fen Lisesi in Kayseri, Turkey.[8][9][10] He wanted to study medicine.[11] He had planned to visit New York in the summer of 2010.[12]

His father, Ahmet Doğan, who graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with an MBA in accounting, is an assistant professor of accounting at Erciyes University.[5][13]

Gaza flotilla and Doğan's death[edit]

Dogan was not intensely interested in politics, and his participation in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, was volunteered by himself.[11] He was killed in the Gaza flotilla raid.[14] Doğan's father said that "Furkan was a US citizen only and he never thought that he would be killed since he was an American citizen."[2] In his final diary entry written on the ship, he wrote about the beauty of martyrdom:

"It is the last hours to martyrdom, insha'Allah. I am wondering if there is a more beautiful thing. The more beautiful thing is only my mother, but I'm not sure. The comparison is very difficult. Martyrdom or my mother? Now, the hall has been evacuated. So far people were not serious, but they have become serious recently."[15]


An autopsy revealed he had suffered five gunshot wounds, to the nose, back, back of the head, left leg, and left ankle,[18] at a distance of 45 centimeters. A UNHCR concluded he was also shot at after he fell wounded on the floor.[11] He was shot when he was filming the events in the ship.[19] A video from İHH which was posted in many websites including haber7 claims to show a person being shot by IDF soldiers. It is claimed that the person shot was Doğan by haber7.[20] This video was also posted at the on-line news collective This Can't Be Happening: [2]

The US alleges the autopsy report was never handed over to US authorities despite repeated requests to that effect.[21]

Reactions to his death[edit]

On 3 June 2010, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed his death and said U.S. officials had met with Doğan's father to express their condolences.[22] Clinton said,

"Protecting the welfare of American citizens is a fundamental responsibility of our government and one that we take very seriously. We are in constant contact with the Israeli Government, attempting to obtain more information about our citizens."[23][24]

U.S. authorities in Turkey have offered U.S. consular services.[25][26] His funeral service was held at the Fatih Mosque in Istanbul on 3 June 2010[27]

The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) condemned the attack.[28] Ray McGovern questioned Israel's killing of Americans without being held accountable.[29] The Christian Science Monitor reported that his US citizenship may make it difficult to avoid a diplomatic confrontation between the US and Israel.[30]

The Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, criticized the USA Government for being silent after Doğan's death. He asked: "Why is his death not followed by the USA, is it because of his Turkish origin?"[31]

Center for Constitutional Rights lawsuit[edit]

In May 2011, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. government to release documents related to its knowledge and role in the attack, which it has thus far blocked.[32]


  1. ^ Rotamız Filistin Yükümüz İnsani Yardım Özet Raporu (PDF) (Report). İHH. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Furkan Doğan'ın Babasi Oğlum Amerikan Vatandaşı Olduğuna Güvenip Yola Çıktı", Milliyet, 6 June 2010
  3. ^ Champion, Marc (9 July 2010). "Turkey Buries U.S. Teen Killed on Flotilla - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Turkey Buries Flotilla's U.S. Teen", Marc Champion, The Wall Street Journal, 5 June 2010
  6. ^ "Troy native among activists slain in Israeli military raid", Selcan Hacaoğlu and David Rising, Times Union (Albany), 3 June 2010
  7. ^ American citizen, Furkan Dogan, 19, among dead in botched Israeli raid of Gaza-bound flotilla, New York Daily News, by Michael Sheridan, 3 June 2010
  8. ^ "American Furkan Dogan Killed on Gaza Aid Flotilla - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 3 June 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Furkan Doğan'ın karnesi ailesine iletilmek üzere okul müdürüne verildi" Archived 29 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Zaman, 18 June 2010
  10. ^ "Furkan Doğan'ın örnek karnesi", haber7, 18 June 2010
  11. ^ a b c Roger Cohen (5 September 2011). "Israel Isolates Itself". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-06. 
  12. ^ "Mourning Furkan Dogan", The Wall Street Journal, 5 June 2010, Nichole Sobechi Demotix
  13. ^ "Yrd. Doç. Dr. Ahmet DOĞAN". Iibf.erciyes.edu.tr. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Furkan Doğan'ın ölüm anı!" Archived 19 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Gazete5, 16 June 2010
  15. ^ "Şehit Furkan DOĞAN'ın günlüğündeki son sayfa...", Şehit Furkan Doğan Resmi Web Sitesi, 11 February 2011
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2011. 
  18. ^ "Gaza flotilla attack: Autopsies reveal intensity of Israeli military force", The Guardian, Robert Booth, Harriet Sherwood, Justin Vela, 4 June 2010.
  19. ^ Report of the international fact-finding mission to investigate violations of international law, including international humanitarian and human rights law, resulting from the Israeli attacks on the flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian assistance* (PDF) (Report). Human Rights Council. 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  20. ^ A video from haber7 showing how one activist, alleged by some to be Doğan, was shot Archived 13 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ US complains requests for Furkan’s autopsy fell on deaf ears
  22. ^ "Thousands in Turkey Mourn Victims of Israeli Raid", International Herald Trubune, Sabrina Tavernise, 3 June 2010
  23. ^ "Secretary Clinton on Death of American on Flotilla: 'Protecting the Welfare of American Citizens is a Fundamental Responsibility of Our Government'", ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper, 3 June 2010
  24. ^ Nicole Gaouette (3 June 2010). "American Citizen Was Shot Dead During Israeli Raid on Flotilla, U.S. Says". Bloomberg L.P. 
  25. ^ Rising, David (3 June 2010). "Turkey honors 8 slain activists, including U.S. teen". Washington Times. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  26. ^ "Flotilla dead mourned in Turkey". Jpost.com. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  27. ^ Funeral service for Furkan Doğan[permanent dead link]
  28. ^ "American Citizen Among those Killed in Israeli Attack on Mavi Marmara", The Salem News, 4 June 2010
  29. ^ "US emboldens Israel to kill Americans" Archived 16 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Press TV, 14 June 2010
  30. ^ "Israeli raid on Gaza Freedom Flotilla killed US citizen Furkan Dogan", The Christian Science Monitor, Scott Peterson, 3 June 2010
  31. ^ "Erdoğan'dan ABD'ye 'Furkan' sitemi", CNNTÜRK, 12 July 2010
  32. ^ "Rights group brings FOIA suit on 2010 Israeli raid", Reuters. 26 May 2011. Accessed 12 June 2011