Critic of French Al-Dura Coverage Convicted of Defamation


mohammed-al-duraFrench media analyst Philippe Karsenty was convicted of defamation this week for accusing state television network France 2 of staging a video that depicted a young boy, Mohammed al-Dura, being killed in a firefight between Palestinian gunmen and Israeli soldiers. Karsenty accused the network’s Jerusalem bureau chief, Charles Enderlin, of fabricating parts of the segment.

Last month, an official Israeli government report concluded that al-Dura was not harmed by Israeli forces and did not die in the exchange of fire. Prime Minister Netanyahu said the accusations aired on France 2 were “a manifestation of the ongoing, mendacious campaign to delegitimize Israel.”

{ Israel News Bureau}


  1. This is insane. Karsenty proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the al-Dura coverage was fabricated.

    Apparently defaming Israelis is OK, but accusing them of defamation is illegal.