(photo credit: DR)
Israeli Dr. Yehuda David was convicted of slandering the father of Muhammad al-
Dura, Jamal, by a French court on Friday.
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 – Rosh Hashana.
Television station France 2
showed footage of al-Dura and his father seeking cover while ostensibly caught
in the crossfire between Palestinian gunmen and IDF soldiers. The France 2
report controversially reported that the two had been targeted by the IDF.
Muhammad al-Dura was hailed as a martyr throughout the Arab world. The accuracy
of the France 2 report was widely debated in the following years.
Yehuda David said in an interview with a French Jewish publication that Jamal
al-Dura, on whom he had operated at Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer in
1994, had sustained a hand injury in 1992 that he now claimed came as the result
of IDF fire in the September 2000 episode.
Al-Dura then filed a lawsuit
against David claiming he had broken doctor-patient confidentiality and
slandered him in the interview.
On Friday, David was ordered by the court
to pay al-Dura NIS 30,000 in damages.
David plans to appeal the verdict.
Vice Premier Moshe Ya’alon and Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs
Yuli Edelstein notified David that the government would fund his defense going