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French Court Confirms Palestinian Father Lied in Notorious Intifada Shooting


Jamal al-Dura and his 12-year-old son Muhammad under fire

Jamal al-Dura and his 12-year-old son Mohammed supposedly under fire
Photo Credit: France's Channel 2 TV

A French Court of Appeals on Wednesday ruled in favor of  Dr. Yehuda David of Tel Hashomer Hospital, who had been found guilty of slander by a lower court, in a case involving a Palestinian man who claimed he was injured by the IDF  during the second Intifada.

The Palestinian man, Jamal al-Dura, and his 12-year-old son Muhammad, became the symbol of the Intifada, when they were caught in a fire exchange in the Netzarim Junction in the Gaza strip. The boy was killed in the incident, and the Palestinians accused Israel for his death, while Israeli officials insisted he was hit by Palestinian fire (However, there has never been evidence that the boy was killed at all, and the whole event may have been staged).

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 coverage suggested 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 years that followed.

But as the child’s father was relaying his story to the media, showing the scars he said he had sustained from Israeli fire, Dr. Yehuda David of Tel Hashomer Hospital revealed that the scars were, in reality, the result of surgery the father had undergone years before, after being attacked by Hamas activists suspecting him of working for Israel.

The father, Jamal al-Dura, decided to sue Dr. David in French court which last year ruled against the doctor simply because he revealed patient information from al-Dura’s medical records without his authorization. He was ordered to compensate al-Dura with €13,000, but appealed the ruling at a higher French Court.

“It couldn’t have turned out better,” David told Ynet News after the ruling against him had been overturned. “It means that I spoke the truth, and the father just lied.”

“We managed to deconstruct their false statements. All the scientific evidence that we collected for the past 12 years proves that the incident was staged and fake. They made up the father’s injury, and the IDF troops never shot the boy.”

David has been raising funds on a Facebook page, to fight what he calls the “Palestinian’s false anti-Israel propaganda,” and said that Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon has joined the effort.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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7 Responses to “French Court Confirms Palestinian Father Lied in Notorious Intifada Shooting”

  1. LT says:

    Although the Palestinians were responsible for the death of that little boy, I wish you wouldn’t print the picture; after all, he did die, and its a terrible thing, even though Israeli troops did not kill him.

  2. hanna says:

    the truth was revealed at last! hallelujah!thank g-d for good Samaritans!!

  3. artcohn says:

    Given the well publicized Paliwood propaganda lying only an ignoramus, or an Israel-hater would have believed the original French TV presentation. It is sacandalous that the IDF did not immediately deny it!

  4. artcohn says:

    There is no documented evidence that he died.

  5. Benezra says:

    It’s not sure that the boy died and his picture was immediately published by all the western and arab media, becoming a symbol of IDF ( Israeli cruelty).

  6. dmmd says:

    The Palestinian enemy is ruthless and the end justifies any means, civilized or not, to attain the goal (to destroy Israel and kill Jews). The Christian world is no better and will always side with the barbarians.

  7. Sara Mandell says:

    Bless all of your who stayed on this story and showed the world what a lier the Arabs are. Israel has bent over backwards to show the world how kindhearted they are to thier ENEMIES to the point where it’s rediculous. And the palestinians go out of their way to lie about Israel, Jews & tell the truth when they say they will never stop trying to kill us. But the world won’t believe that. They see them as poor, homeless, people without a land. All Arab countries are poor & homeless. You are either rich or poor. They are all run by Terrorists, Dictators, & Monarchs. They make their own neihborhoods unsafe 7 poor.They buy bombs instead of homes and seeds for grass & gardens.

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