Tuesday, November 06, 2012
MAJOR Victory for the Good Guys!
Ha'aretz Journalist to Pay Settlers $50 Thousand for Slander
By: Jewish Press Staff
Published: November 5th, 2012
Latest update: November 6th, 2012
Long-time Ha'aretz columnist Neri Livneh has been ordered by a court
to pay NIS 200,000 ($50,000) in compensations for slander to two
residents of the settlement Itamar.
The complaint was filed last March, by Attorney Doron Nir Tzvi, legal
advisor for the Committee of Samaria Residents, following Livneh's
appearance on the Channel 1 TV program "Politics," where she described
Itamar residents' behavior as "especially aggressive," adding that
"every two years a murderer comes out of there," Walla reported.
The law suit claimed that Livneh referred to the two plaintiffs as
murderers who apparently were products of the settlement.
The court ruled that Livneh must to pay damages for slander after the
journalist failed to file a defense statement in time and had not
requested an extension to do so.
Last week Livneh, a veteran columnist at Ha'aretz, was called in for a
hearing, as part of a wave of cutbacks in the paper.
Members of the Committee of Samaria Residents were pleased with the
decision and said that "this verdict is a warning signal to anyone who
wants to lash out in an unrestricted and malicious manner against
Jewish settlers. The false and irresponsible statement reflects the
attitude of many in the media towards the Jews of Judea and Samaria
and it's a good thing that the court took a harsh approach against
Livneh has not yet issued a response.