Court Recognizes Ha\'aretz Slander Of Hevron Jews

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The Hevron Jewish Community sued Ha\'aretz newspaper - and won! Ha\'aretz staffer Amira Hass, a Jewish resident of Ramallah, wrote several months ago that the residents of Beit Hadassah in Hevron abused the corpse of a terrorist. She wrote that the residents kicked, spat on, and danced atop the body of a dead Arab terrorist, who had just been shot and killed by soldiers shortly after he threw a grenade at them. The plaintiffs cited an announcement by the IDF spokesman at the time asserting that the Jewish residents did not abuse the body in any manner. The Hevron residents demanded an apology, which Ha\'aretz did not provide. They then sued the paper for 250,000 shekels, and Ha\'aretz did not even submit a defense. Yesterday, Hon. Shalev Gertel awarded the full sum to the Hevron community, in addition to 20,000 shekels for legal expenses.

Hevron spokesman David Wilder told Arutz-7 today, \"This ruling should have some kind of effect on the way the public looks at Ha\'aretz. People who perhaps are unaware of its prejudices, should be aware of the fact that an Israeli court has ruled against a major Israeli daily publication.\" The full interview with Mr. Wilder can be heard at: \"http://www.israelnationalnews.com/metafiles/asx/engnews/features/haaretz-libel-suit.asx\". Another spokesman, Moshe Ben-Zimra, said if the money ever comes - \"Ha\'aretz will certainly appeal\" - it will be used for the continued building of the Jewish Community of Hevron.





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