May 22, 2008

Karsenty Wins Decision in Appeal

Augean Stables has all the links and details on the ruling in favor of Philippe Karsenty in his appeal of a libel conviction in a French court, in the al Durah matter. Noah Pollak summarizes in his contentions post:

Some welcome news this morning: a French court has overturned the libel judgment against Philippe Karsenty, the French media watchdog who publicly accused France2 television of airing staged footage of the (alleged) Mohammad Al Dura killing in 2000, an incident instrumental in helping ignite the second intifada and one that has come to symbolize, in the Arab and European world, Israel’s crimes. Richard Landes, who has been intensely covering this most famous instance of what he calls Pallywood, notes that

[i]n order for an appeals court to reverse a decision, they must have strong evidence to the contrary. The fact that they did indicates that their written decision will be very critical of France2. The implications of this decision are immense.

That written decision will be handed down tomorrow, and what remains to be seen is the extent to which it will implicate a renowned French journalist, Charles Enderlin, in promulgating what has been one of the most egregious and destructive libels against Israel in its history. Why did the lower court declare Karsenty guilty while the appeals court has exculpated him? The appeals court demanded to see France2’s raw footage of the incident.

This is a gratifying moment in what has been a long grind for Karsenty and all those who have been convinced that this lie should not be allowed to stand. Many have died because of the hoax, and this development offers hope that the truth will out.

An interview of Karsenty by Phyllis Chesler, hours before the decision.

UPDATE 5/24: Karsenty writes for PJM (via FPM)

Posted by dan at May 22, 2008 11:13 PM