PM: Al-Dura libel case a 'victory’ over propaganda

February 19, 2012 17:11

A French court’s decision on Wednesday to acquit Dr. Yehuda David of libeling the father of Muhammad al-Dura, the 12-year-old boy killed in Gaza at the outset of the Second Intifada in 2000, is an Israeli victory over “Palestinian propaganda's long tale of lies,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

Netanyahu’s comments came at Sunday’s weekly cabinet meeting, just after he met and thanked David for what he said was his noble fight “on the public diplomacy battlefield in the great battle for the truth.”

Netanyahu termed David, a French immigrant, an “Israeli hero.”

The court accepted David's appeal of an April 2011 ruling, clearing him of guilt in a lawsuit filed by Jamal al-Dura claiming he had broken doctor-patient confidentiality and slandered him in a magazine interview by claiming his injuries were not sustained in the incident in which his son died, but rather in an earlier incident.

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