Friday 4 June 2010


June 3, 2010

Lawrence of Cyberia


Here is a brief introduction to the nine people shot dead on 31 May 2010, by Israeli soldiers who illegally attacked the Turkish vessel M.V. Mavi Marmara, on the open seas, as it attempted to transport humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

1. Ibrahim Bilgen, 61, an electrical engineer from Siirt. Member of the Chamber of Electrical Engineers of Turkey. Ran as a Saadet (Felicity) Party candidate in the Turkish general election of 2007 and the Siirt mayoral election of 2009. Married with 6 children. (link - link - link - link)


2. Ali Haydar Bengi, 39, ran a telephone repair shop in Diyarbakir. Graduate of Al-Azhar University, Cairo (Department of Arabic Literature). Married to Saniye Bengi; four children - Mehunur (15), Semanur (10) and twins Mohammed and Senanur (5, pictured below). (link - link - link - link)

3. Cevdet Kiliçlar, 38, from Kayseri. A graduate of Marmara University's Faculty of Communications, he was a print journalist for the National Gazette and the Anatolia Times. For the past year he was a reporter and webmaster for the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH). Married to Derya Kiliçlar; one daughter, Gülhan, and one son, Erdem.

See him participating in an IHH African relief project here. See his Flickr photos here. (link - link - link - link)

Cevdet Kiliçlar_2

4. Çetin Topçuoglu, 54, from Adana. Former amateur soccer player and taekwondo champion, who coached Turkey's national taekwondo team. Married with one son, Aytek. See Çetin Topçuoglu's Facebook page here. (link - link - link)

Çetin Topçuoğlu

His wife, Çigdem Topçuoglu (below, right), was also aboard the Mavi Marmara, but survived. (link - link - link)

Cetin and Cigdem  Topcuoglu

5. Necdet Yildirim, 32, an IHH aid worker from Malatya. Married to Refika Yıldırım; one daughter, Melek, aged three. (link - link)

Necdet yildirim

6. Fahri Yaldiz, 43, a firefighter who worked for the Municipality of Adiyaman. Married with four sons. (link - link - link)

Fahri Yaldiz Fahri Yaldiz family2

7. Cengiz Songür, 47, from Izmir. Married to Nurcan Songür; six daughters and one son. (link - link - link - link)

Cengiz songur

8. Cengiz Akyüz, 41, from Iskenderun. Married to Nimet Akyüz ; three children - Furkan (14), Beyza (12) and Erva Kardelen (nine). (link - link)

Cengiz Akyüz_2

9. Furkan Dogan, 19, in his senior year at Kayseri High School where he was awaiting the results of his university entrance exams; hoped to become a doctor. Loved chess. Son of Dr. Ahmet Dogan, Assoc Prof at Erciyes University. A Turkish-American dual national, with two siblings. (link - link - link - link - link - link - slideshow)

Furkan Dogan

(This post liable to change as more details become available).

1 comment:

  1. Hardly the extremists Israel would have us believe.

    All those partners, children, loved ones. Good people who just cared about the world they lived in, murderd by that filthy regime with a license to do as it pleases.


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