Unter den auf der Mavi Marmara ermordeten war ein junger Mann namens Furkan Dogan. In Amerika geboren, amerikanischer Staatsbürger, Medizinstudent in Kayseri, Türkei, wo sein Vater, ein Professor, lehrt. Nach dem 31.5. wurde meist von 9 getöteten Türken geschrieben – nicht falsch, denn er hatte durch seine Eltern auch die türkische Staatsangehörigkeit.
In den USA war sein Tod kein Thema. Wenn sonst wegen getöteter Amerikaner dort regelmäßig große Empörung herrscht, gab es hier nur lautes Schweigen. So laut, dass selbst der nicht sonderlich palästinafreundliche Kommentator der NYT, Roger Cohen, über den Toten einen Kommentar schrieb und dies thematisierte:
I have little doubt that if the American killed on those ships had been Hedy Epstein, a St. Louis-based Holocaust survivor, or Edward Peck, a former U.S. ambassador to Mauritania, we would have heard a lot more. We would have read the kind of tick-tock reconstructions that the deaths of Americans abroad in violent and disputed circumstances tend to provoke. (Epstein had planned to be aboard the flotilla and Peck was.)
I also have little doubt that if the incident had been different — say a 19-year-old American student called Michael Sandler killed by a Palestinian gunman in the West Bank when caught in a cross-fire between Palestinians and Israelis — we would have been deluged in stories about him.
But a chill descends when you have the combination of Israeli commandos doing the firing, an American with a foreign-sounding Muslim name, and the frenzied pre-emptive arguments of Israel and those among its U.S. supporters who will brook no criticism of the Jewish state.
I called the State Department, where an official said the U.S. ambassador in Turkey has offered the Dogan family assistance. (He also denied reports that the United States plans to designate I.H.H. a terrorist organization.)
Any further action, including a possible F.B.I. investigation of Dogan’s death, will hinge on the results of the inquiry being led by a retired Israeli Supreme Court justice and including two foreign observers. The Dogan family could also request F.B.I. action.
But it seems they have few illusions. Professor Dogan, who teaches at Kayseri University, told the Wall Street Journal’s Marc Champion (who wrote the best piece on Dogan) that he’s been wondering what the U.S. response would have been if his son had been a Christian living stateside. Having lived in America, he said, “I know what people do there when a cat gets stuck in a tree.”
It’s different, however, when an American Muslim male gets stuck in a hail of Israeli gunfire.
Es ehrt Cohen, diese beschämende Tatsache öffentlich zu machen. Es scheint in den USA nicht anders zu sein als in Europa: Muslime sind second class citizens.