Fallout from the Gaza Blockade

Israel’s enforcement of its Gaza blockade has involved storming aid ships in international waters, including the 2010 assault on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara in which Israeli commandos killed nine people, a case that has now led to a lawsuit against former Israeli Defense Minister Barak, writes Ann Wright.

By Ann Wright

A lawsuit has been filed in the United States against former Israeli Prime Minister and Defense Minister Ehud Barak for his role in the 2010 Israeli commando attack upon the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in which eight Turkish citizens and one American citizen were killed by Israeli forces and over 50 Turkish passengers were wounded.

The trial would be the first time a former Israeli Prime Minister would be put on trial for reasons of international terrorism.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak meeting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2007

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak meeting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2007

The family of Furkan Dogan, the American citizen who appears to have been executed in the attack — shot five times, including point blank to the head, according to the family’s lawyers — filed the lawsuit in the Central District Court of California. Notice of the trial was handed to Barak on Oct. 20 in Los Angeles when he spoke in the Distinguished Speaker series of Southern California.

According to a press release from the Turkish International Humanitarian organization that sponsored the Mavi Marmara ship, charges against Barak include his planning and leadership in the murder of Furkan Dogan and others in international waters, willful killing, attempted willful killing, intentionally causing serious injury to body or health, international terrorism, plundering, intentionally causing damage to property, restriction of people’s freedom and instigating violent crimes.

American attorneys Hydee Dijsktal and Dan Stormer; the British law firm, Stoke & White; British Professor Dr. Geoffrey Nice; and UK attorney Rodney Dixon are the legal team for the Dogan family.

Other legal proceedings against Barak and other senior members of the Israeli government are in the works.  In 2010 in France, the widows of Cevdet Kiliçlar and Necdet Yildirim, two others executed by Israeli commandos, brought a lawsuit against Barak which he evaded when he was informed of the French lawsuit as he was about to deplane in Paris to attend a weapons expo.

In a case brought in the International Criminal Court (ICC), the ICC prosecutor has ruled that the attack by Israeli commandos upon the Mavi Marmara in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla was a war crime.

Additionally, the Seventh High Criminal Court in Istanbul, Turkey, has issued a “red notice” for the arrest of four senior Israeli government officials in a lawsuit filed in Turkey. The Israeli officials named by the court are Israel’s former Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, former navy chief Eliezer Marom, former military intelligence head Amos Yadlin, and former air force intelligence chief Avishai Levy.

Due to political considerations dealing with the State of Israel, the Ministry of Justice of Turkey has delayed sending to Interpol the “red notice” much to the consternation of those seeking justice.

Ann Wright served 29 years in the U.S. Army/Army Reserves and retired as a Colonel. She also was a U.S. diplomat for 16 years and worked in U.S. Embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia. She resigned from the U.S. government in March, 2003 in opposition to the Iraq war. She was on the 2010, 2011 and 2015 Gaza Freedom Flotillas and has been to Gaza six times after Israeli attacks on Gaza.

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9 comments for “Fallout from the Gaza Blockade

  1. October 23, 2015 at 05:13

    I made this comment at another online site and will paste in the essence of it here:

    Great and hopeful news! Ann Wright is a hero (and one of the victims of the wholeness of the Mavi Marmara war crime of May 31, 2010), and all the 66 or so tragic casualties on the Mavi Marmara are heroes who should be recognized and honored by bringing to full and true justice bastards like Ehud Barak.

    I would gently correct Ann in a “one human” way: I am very sure that a ninth Turkish citizen, after lying gravely wounded for many months, passed and made the Mavi Marmara-murdered count “10” instead of “9” (including of course, the young and lamented Mr. Furkan Dogan).

  2. Zachary Smith
    October 22, 2015 at 17:45

    Not an easy story to find! My Google News search of a minute ago had two ‘hits’ – the Fultion County News somewhere in Kentucky, and the Washington Times.

    As for why other sites haven’t publicized this – I can only guess that jobs are not that easy to find and covering this would be a stupid way to self-terminate.

  3. Self hating American letting Israel dictate it's polig
    October 22, 2015 at 17:05

    If they attacked America’s ship and we’re let go, you think of something further would happen. Not to bash the article, just getting to the point what “is the situation”.

    • Self hating American
      October 22, 2015 at 17:08

      It’s policy

    • Self hating American
      October 22, 2015 at 17:10

      …it’s policy

    • goldhoarder
      October 27, 2015 at 02:59

      USS Liberty

  4. alexander
    October 22, 2015 at 10:04

    Wow ! Ms Wright,

    One of “Israel’s high profile luminaries being sued on” terrorism” charges ?

    What a story !

    You would think it would be all over the news, with in depth coverage and research being done on what constitutes high sea’s terrorism , piracy, and international maritime law ?

    An in depth profile of the victim , Mr Dogan, and his family…their very real suffering at the loss of their child.
    Sunday morning talk shows awash with “terrorism” commentaries.
    and perhaps a new “high seas patriot act” quickly pushed through congress to protect vulnerable Americans in open water against “vicious terrorist thugs”.

    But it seems every major newspaper and every major network is completely silent on the story.

    i guess the heroic “war on terror” doesn’t mean much when the victim is an American and the perpetrator is Israeli..

    Its almost like it never happened at all.

    • Greg
      October 22, 2015 at 12:35

      Exactly.

      It never happened at all.

      Move along.

    • William
      October 27, 2015 at 18:21

      I hope that you are not surprised by the “silence” of the major U.S. media about international charges against Israeli crimes. The proper word is not “silence,” but “suppression.” U.S. media have suppressed Israeli crimes against international law and crimes against basic humanity for decades, and they will continue to do so.
      Actually, there is no U.S. free press at all. The mainstream media are dedicated to the service of Israel, not America, as as congress continues to support Israel even at the expense of their U.S. constituents.
      Citizens of the U.S. must regain control of their country or else be content to watch the Israeli Star of David fly over Washington.

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