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Remember the case of Muhammad al-Dura, the 12-year-old boy who was shot by unknown gunmen, which the media assumed to be Israeli soldiers? Al-Dura became an icon of the Palestinian Intifada.

A lesser-known aspect of this story is that the boy’s father, Jamal al-Dura, engaged in his own bit of media manipulation. Shortly after the incident, he held a press conference where he lifted his shirt to show journalists the scars on his chest as “proof” that Israeli soldiers had fired on him. In truth, these scars were the result of tendon transplant surgery that Jamal had undergone years earlier at an Israeli hospital, after being severely wounded by Palestinian thugs.

Dr. David Yehuda, the surgeon who operated on Jamal, recognized the scars:

“His wounds are not bullet wounds, but were produced by two things – first, the knife of the Palestinian who cut him, and second, my knife that fixed him. He faked the case.”

Jamal had displayed the height of ingratitude: After being saved by an Israeli doctor, he turned that around to foist a libel on the Jews.

If that wasn’t enough chutzpah, Jamal then sued the Israeli doctor for slander!

The case has been winding its way through the French courts, and last week the French Supreme Court finally ruled in favor of the Israeli doctor.

Jamal al-Dura thus joins Oscar Wilde and Alger Hiss in the pantheon of those who brought libel suits – and ended up destroying their own reputations.

A small bit of justice in this very disturbing case.