Former prime minister Ehud Barak is being sued in the US over a deadly raid of six Turkish boats trying to break Israeli blockade of Gaza in 2010, an event that still affects relations between Turkey and Israel.
The Turkish parents of 19-year-old Furkan Dogan, among nine killed in the raid, sued Barak in federal court in Los Angeles on 16 October. The parents’ lawyers say Barak was sued on Tuesday after giving a speech near Los Angeles.
The lawyers say Barak is a war criminal and that Dogan’s family deserves justice.
Dogan, a US citizen living in Turkey, was killed on 31 May 2010 along with eight other Turks when Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound flotilla. The UN found the deaths “unacceptable.”
The Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles couldn’t immediately provide a contact for Barak, who is still in the area.