Family of U.S. Citizen Furkan Dogan Murdered by Israeli Forces Sue in U.S. Federal Court Former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak was sued in the United States in October 2015 over his role in the 2010 slaying of Turkish American citizen Furkan Doğan by Israeli commandos who stormed a boat attempting to break the siege on Gaza. Doğan’s family brings the case against Barak under the Alien Tort Statute, which allows foreign nationals to use US courts in cases alleging violations of international law.
The former Israeli prime minister was served court documents when he was in Los Angeles, California, for a speaking event in November 2015. Doğan, 19, was shot multiple times at point-blank range during the raid on the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish boat in a flotilla sailing in international waters. His parents, Ahmet and Hikmet Doğan, filed the lawsuit against Barak. Barak was defense minister when Israeli forces shot and killed eight Turkish nationals, in addition to Doğan. A tenth victim died from his injuries in May 2014.
The complaint states that Doğan “was tortured and killed” during the raid on the flotilla: “Four of the shots struck Doğan from behind, hitting his head, back, left leg and left foot. The fifth shot struck his face at point-blank range, likely while he was lying on the ground on his back.” In September 2010, a United Nations fact-finding mission found that Doğan was not killed instantly, but was “lying on the deck in a conscious, or semi-conscious, state for some time.”
In January 2016 Defendant Ehud filed a motion to dismiss the case.
In May 2016, the U.S. submitted a Statement of Interest followed by Suggestion of
Immunity for Israel.
On October 13, 2016, the U.S. District Court granted the defendant’s motion to dismiss,
but in May 2017, the Dogan family submitted an appeal of the court’s decision and the
Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Rachel Corrie Foundation filed an Amicus brief.
A complete timeline of the case can be found here.