Time to fight Jenin lies / Op-ed: Get over reluctance to persecute Mohammad Bakri, director of libelous anti-Israel film (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Noah Klieger Published: 05.13.12, 22:23)
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Ten years after Mohammad Bakri released his documentary style film
Jenin, Jenin on the battles that were fought in the refugee camps in
Operation Defensive Shield, the attorney general is considering
launching a criminal prosecution against the director – and for good
The justification is that on the basis of paragraph 6 of the law
prohibiting slander and libel, “someone who publishes libel
intentionally to harm goes to jail for a year.”
Until now, in brief, this film is completely based on “testimony”
from Jenin residents – testimony that all the international bodies
for human rights that investigated the matter in depth already
rejected as “unreliable.”
“Unreliable”, or in other words, complete lies.
Bakri simply produced a film on the basis of the lies of the
residents of Jenin and released it as a “documentary.” Even he
himself knows there is no truth in this “documentary.” Until now
Bakri and his Israeli attorneys have succeeded in exploiting the fine
print in the law and also the reluctance of the judges to convict an
Arab Israeli filmmaker.
Freedom of speech?
Even the judges, who had strong reservations about the film and its
lies, like other supporters of Bakri, repeated the “freedom of
speech” mantra. For whatever reason I have a feeling that “freedom of
speech” – when speaking of Israel – always applies to cases in which
the Jewish state is attacked.
“Israel is again trying to strangle freedom of speech,” the champions
of justice declare. As if Israel does not have the right to defend
itself against libelous statements, lies, and wild and frivolous
inventions from the Muslim side and its supporters.
Recently, German author Günter Grass published an anti-Israeli poem,
a bluntly deceitful piece of work, and in light of the criticism
against this writer immediately the champions of freedom of speech
got up to defend him. But when angry reactions arose against these
champions, they started shouting and called this criticism a lie.
It is the same with Bakri. As long as he disseminates lies this is
freedom of speech. But when the injured parties seek justice
according to the law, this is a blow to the same mantra. Strange.
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