07 April 2009
High court awards peace activist libel damages
A peace activist has secured a payout of £30,000 after successfully claiming that comments made about him in a newspaper were libellous.
Raphael Cohen launched legal proceedings against the Jewish Chronicle (JC), which is published every Friday.
In a letter printed in the publication in November last year, it was suggested that Mr Cohen had sheltered two suicide bombers five days before they blew up a bar in Tel Aviv.
The attack, which occurred at Mike's Bar in April 2003, killed three people and injured more than 50 others.
Recently, the JC accepted that the allegations were false and should never have been published.
It apologised for the distress and embarrassment caused and agreed to pay Mr Cohen damages and legal costs.
The peace activist, who is part of the International Solidarity Movement, said he intends to donate a substantial proportion of the money to charities which provide humanitarian relief to Palestinian people.