Here’s a Jerusalem Post story that should be of interest to you, relating to the Al Dura case from the second Intifada. I’ve also provided the video of this past week’s cabinet meeting, in which PM Netanyahu speaks about Dr. David’s efforts on behalf of the State of Israel (courtesy of Arutz Sheva)
A French appeals court on Wednesday acquitted Israeli Dr. Yehuda David of libeling the father of Muhammad al- Dura, a symbol of the second intifada, killed in Gaza in 2000.
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.
Dr. 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.
In April, David was ordered by the court to pay al-Dura NIS 30,000 in damages. He immediately appealed the verdict.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke David following his acquittal, telling him he was “an example in the struggle for truth in the State of Israel and in clinging to the justice of the path of our people.”
The prime minister added that on Sunday, the cabinet would support draft legislation according to which the state will pay Dr. David’s legal fees.
Dr. David thanked the Prime Minister and said that, “Today, the justice of the Jewish People has triumphed.”