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(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)
A French court’s decision last 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
propoganda’s long tale of lies,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said
His comments came at yesterday’s weekly cabinet meeting, just
after he met David and thanked him for what he said was his noble fight “on the
public diplomacy battlefield in the great battle for the truth.” Netanyahu also
called David, a French immigrant, an “Israeli hero.”
The court accepted
David’s appeal of an April 2011 ruling that ordered him to pay Jamal al-Dura NIS
30,000 in damages.
Al-Dura’s lawsuit alleged David 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.
Muhammad al-Dura, 12, became a symbol
of the second intifada when he was shot to death at the Netzarim junction in
Gaza on September 30, 2000.
The France 2 television station aired footage
of al-Dura and his father seeking cover while ostensibly caught in the crossfire
between Palestinian gunmen and IDF soldiers. The report claimed that the two had
been targeted by the IDF, and the younger al-Dura was hailed as a martyr
throughout the Arab world – but the report’s accuracy has been debated for
David operated on the elder al-Dura at the Sheba Medical Center in
Tel Hashomer, and said in an interview with a French Jewish publication that the
hand injury al-Dura claimed to have suffered as a result of IDF fire in
September 2000 had actually been sustained in 1992. Al-Dura then filed the
“This mendacious story caused more damage to the State of Israel
than any other account in recent years, more than any other libel, and Dr. David
set out to puncture this lie with the truth,” Netanyahu said.
said David’s victory was not only a personal one, but “a victory for justice and
for truth,” and a victory against Palestinian propaganda “which is spreading
around the world, and according to which Israel is guilty even if it is proven
Netanyahu said he wanted to commend “the personal example of
one man, a Zionist and an Israeli patriot, a proud Jew, who took upon himself an
extraordinary fight for truth.”Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this
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