Castor will not say if aid to Israel should be cut following death of American
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06/03/10 Seán Kinane & Kate Bradshaw
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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D).


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF (Jul. 2009)

A U.S. State Department official says one of the at least nine people killed in the Israeli raid on an aid flotilla Monday was a 19-year-old man, Furkan Dogan, who has dual U.S. and Turkish citizenship.

Reports from Turkey indicate he had been shot five times in the head and once in the chest by the Israeli military during the raid.

Israel has rejected calls from the United Nations and from a number of countries for an international investigation of its deadly raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Press Association wants Israel’s army to stop using videos confiscated from reporters on board the ships in the flotilla.

The FPA says the military is selectively using footage to boost its claims that commandos opened fire only after they were attacked.

The U.S. sends Israel billions of dollars every year for military aid. There have been calls for the U.S. Congress to sever that funding. Today WMNF’s Kate Bradshaw asked Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor if she thought Congress would move to end military funding to Israel.

On Friday May 4, solidarity activists in Tampa will protest Israel’s attack on the flotilla from 3:30 p.m. until 6 on the corner of 56th and Fowler. They are calling for an end to all U.S. aid to Israel. For more information, email loworigins@gmail.com .

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