At a Glance
CCR submitted an amicus brief to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on May 26, 2017.
The parents of 18-year-old Furkan Doğan, who was killed by Israeli forces while traveling on a flotilla to Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid
CCR submitted an amicus brief in this case on behalf of the parents of Furkan Doğan, who was killed in the 2010 attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. The flotilla, which carried more than 700 civilians from almost 40 countries, was attempting to bring humanitarian aid and rebuilding supplies to the Gaza Strip as well as to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza when the Israeli military boarded in international waters and killed nine passengers. Doğan was shot several times as he was filming the 4:00 a.m. raid and then shot in the face at point-blank range as he lay wounded. In response to this case, the government of Israel has sought immunity from the U.S. for its role; the U.S. complied by filing a Suggestion of Immunity in the case. CCR's amicus brief argues that the former Israeli official defendant is not entitled to immunity for the killing of Doğan. Over the years, Israel has killed or gravely injured numerous U.S. human rights defenders, including Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old who was crushed by a Caterpillar bulldozer as she stood in front of a home in Gaza to protect it from demolition while the family was inside.
CCR has litigated a Freedom of Information Act case seeking documents from eight U.S. departments and agencies related to the U.S.'s knowledge of the 2010 flotilla attack and any actions it took in response. These cases form part of CCR's larger work challenging Israeli human rights violations and U.S. complicity, including a case against Caterpillar on behalf of the parents of Rachel Corrie as well as four Palestinian families whose loved ones were killed or injured when their homes were demolished on top of them. That case was dismissed based on the U.S. Government’s intervention that the case would interfere with U.S. foreign policy because the U.S. paid for the bulldozers at issue. Immunity was also invoked and granted in two CCR cases brought against former Israeli officials, Avi Dichter and Moshe Ya’alon.