US Peace Community Brings Condolences and Support to Turkish People after Israeli attacks

Contact: CONTACT: Medea Benjamin, 415-235-6517
Joan Stallard, 202-422-6275

June 3rd, 2010

WHAT: Peace Community holds press conference outside the Turkish Embassy
WHEN: 11am Friday, June 4, 2010
WHERE: Turkish Embassy: 2525 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W Washington, D.C. 20008

WASHINGTON- Members of the U.S. peace community will be meeting with Turkish embassy officials to deliver a wreath, cards and other expressions of condolences for the deaths of the Turkish citizens on the nonviolent Gaza Flotilla.  Israel's brutal and illegal attack, that occurred in international waters on a Turkish-flagged vessel, also took the life of Furkan Dogan, an American citizen of Turkish decent.

The group, consisting of interfaith peace activists, will also thank the Turkish people and their government for the strong stand they have taken in support of the Flotilla and in opposition to Israel's blockade against the Gazan people. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rightly characterized the Israeli operation as "a blow to world peace and against international law" and vowed not to "sit by in silence."

The group appreciates Turkey's position of condemning the Israeli attacks on peace activists in international waters, demanding an end to the siege on Gaza and reaffirming its commitment to aid the Palestinian people.

"We thank the Turkish government for its vigorous condemnation of the Israeli attack and wish that our government would take the same position," said CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin, one of the event organizers. "We will be pushing our President and Congress to follow Turkey's lead in calling for accountability and pressuring Israel to lift the crippling siege of Gaza."

“We also mourn the death of one of our own citizens, 19-year old Furkan Dogan, a Turkish-American who was killed with weapons donated by our government to Israel's military and used indiscriminately on Palestinian, Turkish and now American unarmed citizens,” said Benjamin.