Yasser Abbas libel case dismissed
The critics who look at every alleged Israeli infraction through a distorted microscope and every Palestinian one with the lens cap on will ignore this. The libel case against an analyst who accused Mahmud Abbas’s sons of profiting from corruption, their father’s, has been dismissed.
Jonathan Schanzer, a political analyst and vice president of the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, was sued for libel after he wrote an online opinion post for Foreign Policy magazine in June 2012 that questioned PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s two sons’ wealth.
Judge Sullivan, federal court in the District of Columbia, applied the District of Columbia’s anti-SLAPP† statute, which aims to curb suits intended to silence critics. He said, Schanzer’s statements in the article “are either not capable of defamatory meaning or are protected statements of opinion” under the First Amendment.
Yasser Abbas had to show that he was capable of winning the case on its merits — he failed.
- An American Blogger vs. Palestine’s First Family, Sohrab Ahmari, The Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2013
- American Analyst ‘Grateful’ for Dismissal of Libel Case Brought by Son of Mahmoud Abbas, the Algemeiner, October 3, 2013
- Federal Judge Tosses Out Suit by Yasser Abbas against Jon Schanzer of FDD, New English Review, September 29, 2013
- PA officials scandalized at disclosure by Abbas’s son of vast personal fortune, Khaled Abu Toameh, Jerusalem Post, April 16, 2009
†SLAPP–Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation