web analytics
August 28, 2014 / 2 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Turkish Court Rejects Claim Against Israel for Mavi Marmara


Footage taken from the "Mavi Marmara" security cameras, showing the activists preparing for an attack against IDF soldiers. May 31, 2010.

Footage taken from the "Mavi Marmara" security cameras, showing the activists preparing for an attack against IDF soldiers. May 31, 2010.
Photo Credit: Photo by IDF Spokesperson / FLASH90.

On Wednesday, Dec. 25, a Turkish court rejected a claim for compensation from the state of Israel by the relatives of a man who died during the battle between Israeli soldiers and anti-Israel protesters who were attempting to breach the internationally-recognized legal blockade of Gaza.

The family of Furkan Doğan, one of nine who died aboard the ship during the raid by Israeli soldiers in May, 2010, was seeking four million Turkish Liras in compensation from Israel, according to Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News.

The basis for denying the claim, the judge wrote, is that Israel, a sovereign nation, cannot be tried in Turkish courts. Most western countries have laws known as “sovereign immunity,” which means sovereign nations and their representatives cannot be sued in courts outside of their own jurisdiction. An example of that on a very local level is that ambassadors from other nations cannot be tried for traffic or other criminal infractions in U.S. courts.

The ruling comes at a time when Israel and Turkey are engaged in discussing compensation Israel voluntarily agreed to pay – with strong “guidance” from the United States government – to the Turkish families of those who died.

The head of the local IHH, the organization behind the anti-Israel protesters attempted breach of Israel’s legal blockade, said that the plaintiffs will appeal the ruling.

In May, 2010, several organized anti-Israel groups boarded several boats, forming a flotilla, in an attempt to breach Israel’s blockade of Gaza.  When other sea vessels had attempted to breach the blockade, the Israeli navy gave repeated warnings and was able to persuade sailors to dock at an Israeli gate near Gaza.  Any humanitarian goods carried by the seafaring protesters were then brought on land, through the checkpoints, and distributed in Gaza.

The passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara refused to turn back and in order to prevent the blockade from being breached, Israeli soldiers were dropped down a rope onto the deck of the boat, where they were beaten.

If a legal blockade is breached even once, it can no longer be enforced.

A September 2011 UN report stated that Israeli soldiers responded with weapons only after those soldiers who were descending onto the sip were met with an “extreme level of violence” from the protesters on the ship.

“The soldiers from the first helicopter were met with an extreme level of violence from a group of passengers on the vessel. They were shot at and attacked with clubs, iron rods, slingshots and knives,” according to the report, which followed Israel’s own investigation.

It said the Israeli soldiers resorted to lethal weapons “in response to the violent resistance faced.”

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

9 Responses to “Turkish Court Rejects Claim Against Israel for Mavi Marmara”

  1. Nathan Katz says:

    a bit of justice, how refreshing.

  2. Lori, in fact there was little in the way of real "humanitarian goods" on those boats. For instance, there was medicine that had already passed the expiration date or was coming close to it.

  3. MERCI….mais pourquoi choisir NOEL pour un agréable cadeau…Les TURCS sont
    Musulmans ( sauf les RESCAPES ARMENIENS ) et les JUIFS NE SONT
    pas— CHRETIENS !!….."it's a joke..man"…..Merci quand même -
    Cela évitera j'espère des nouvelles tentatives du même genre ?

  4. Adam Schmidt says:

    Israel should have sunk that ship!!!

  5. Walter Richards says:

    If Netanayhu allows even one shekel to those terrorist thugs then he should be removed. but of course he won't.
    Tbhat's why israel's postion grows increasingly more precarious

  6. Yechiel Baum says:

    Turkish courts are expected to practice unbiased jurisprudence.The ship's surveillance camera showed that that it was the pirates on board the vessel that initiated the attack against Israel, hence the family of the dead should also be compelled to repay Israel for its expenses to defend itself against the members of the deceased and his family.

    AS their terrorist family member was sent by the Turkish PM, he they should be asking money from the turish pm personally from the pm's vasts assests.

  7. Don Mcglaun says:

    REGARDLESS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW, LOCAL JURISPRUDENCE, OR COMMON SENSE, IN THIS DAY AND AGE IT'S A MOST WELCOME MIRACLE FOR A COURT IN A MUSLEM COUNTRY TO ISSUE SUCH A RULING. WAY TO GO TURKEY!!

  8. ha ha ha.. just another knock on the head for edrogen as though he is not drowning in his own misery now… there is a god

  9. Budd Margolis says:

    What about the international court system ala the Hague?

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
The three salesmen -Netanyahu, Ya'alon and Gantz
Netanyahu Tries to Sell Bill of Goods that Israel Won Goals in the War
Latest News Stories
First Day of School

It’s Rosh Chodesh Elul, and that means school has begun in the Chareidi school system.

Dell Smitherman at The Jewish Press.

Smitherman has witnessed firsthand both how damaging income inequality has been to the poor and how it negatively impacts families and communities.

Nick Di Iorio at The Jewish Press last week.

“It was embarrassing to be asked, Why is Egypt right now a better ally than America? Why is Israel doing more than the U.S. to protect Israel?”

The three salesmen -Netanyahu, Ya'alon and Gantz

Has Netanyahu ever heard of Lincoln’s phrase, “You cannot fool all of the people all of the time?”

This shot may have come from a Syrian tank…

Hamas recently indicated to international press that it would continue building up its underground network while restocking arsenal, rockets and other weaponry

Iran vowed on Monday to “accelerate” its rearming of PA Arabs in Judea and Samaria, one day after it claimed that it shot down an Israeli spy drone over its airspace.

The case of missing U.S. yeshiva student Aaron Sofer, studying in Israel, remains unsolved after six days.

“We are strong chassidic women and we take the name, we embrace it, and we own it.”

After a month, should the quiet hold, Israel and Hamas will restart indirect negotiations in Cairo on easing Israel’s blockade of the coastal strip and disarming the enclave.

Israel’s political landscape awoke Wednesday to the latest ceasefire with a sharp round of criticism for Prime Minister Netanyahu, and jostling for position amongst senior politicians who have begun to smell the aroma of early elections, possibly in the first half of 2015.

Palestinian terrorists threw stones at Jewish-owned cars in the Wadi Joz section of Jerusalem Wednesday. Three children were injured and treated on the spot. A 22-year-old man was arrested, and police told Israel Radio the man has confessed to other incidents as well. In Shuafat, in northern Jerusalem, Palestinians threw rocks at the Jerusalem light […]

Nearly 90 percent of Gaza residents support attacks on Israel, say rockets help ‘deterrence’

Chaim Yellin: We don’t want government support. We need quiet in the morning.

Mortar fire crossed the border into northern Israel from Syria near Quneitra. Two cars were damaged. Accidental shelling?

NYC lawmaker Laurie Cumbo presses Miami-Dade officials to find Rabbi Joseph Raksin’s murderer.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
William Schabas, named to chair the UNHRC Commission on Gaza, deep  its his repeated denunciations of Israeli leaders as war criminals.

Simon Wiesenthal Center called on US to denounce the rigged UNHRC Commission on Gaza.

Gazan children celebrate what they believe is a Hamas victory against Israel, with the Aug. 26 cease-fire.

Neither side achieved its stated goal: the Gaza blockade will not be lifted and Hamas will not be disarmed.

Israelis in Gaza border communities need to get out; who will help them?

The US has been sidelined in the Middle East. Egypt, the UAE and the Saudis are the new police force.

Rockets launched at Jerusalem were fired from Gazan schools compound.

Al Qaeda affiliate released an American journalist on Sunday, Aug. 24.

Whether Hamas IS equivalent to ISIS or Hamas simply hearts ISIS remains unclear.

Hamas murdered a 4 yr old Israeli boy with a rocket launched next to an UNRWA school/shelter for Gazan refugees.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/turkish-court-rejects-claim-against-israel-for-mavi-marmara/2013/12/25/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: