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Passion Islam I May 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 11
Activist in Jewish
Chronicle libel win
The Jewish Chronicle has agreed Cairo. published a full and prominent apology
to pay £30,000 in damages, plus In the high court Cohen’s solicitor, on the pages of The Jewish Chronicle,
costs, to a man wrongly accused of Stephen Loughrey from Carter- and has undertaken never to publish
“harbouring” terrorists. Ruck, said: “Particularly through its allegations of this kind concerning the
In a letter printed on 7 November use of the words ‘discovered’ and claimant at any time in the future.
last year, the paper published ‘harbouring’, the letter suggested that “In addition, it has agreed to pay
allegations that Raphael Cohen “was the claimant was knowingly involved the claimant a substantial sum by way
discovered harbouring two suicide in that atrocious crime. of damages together with his legal
bombers five days before they blew “In fact, as the defendant now costs.”
up the Tel Aviv bar”. accepts, the claimant did not ‘harbour’ Afterwards, Cohen said: “I am
he attack in question, at Mike’s Bar the bombers. He met them briefly and delighted by today’s result. The
in April 2003, killed three people, and by chance at a memorial ceremony allegation published by The Jewish
injured more than 50 others. for Rachel Corrie, an International Chronicle was completely untrue. I
Cohen is a member of the Solidarity Movement volunteer, am pleased that I have been able to
International Solidarity Movement, which was held five days before the clear my name and that The Jewish
which, according to its website, is a bombing. Chronicle has apologised.”
“Palestinian-led movement committed “However, he did not know them Cohen said he was donating “a
to resisting the Israeli occupation of and he certainly had no idea, or substantial proportion” of his damages
Palestinian land using non-violent, grounds to suspect, that they planned to charity.
direct-action methods and principles”. such an attack. The apology appeared on 12
He is a British citizen, but lives in “The defendant has already December last year.
Racist escapes terror charge after
threat to behead and bomb Muslims
was shut down. Mr Saeed insisted he was not
“There has been criticism for the seeking to minimise the seriousness
lack of exposure this case has got, of Islamic terrorism cases.
but this stems from how the case “All we are calling for is consistency,
was originally handled,” SIF chief and the authorities have to explain
executive Osama Saeed said. “Had why the heavy books of the Terrorism
he been a Muslim, we suspect that Acts were not thrown at MacGregor,”
counter-terror police would have been he said.
involved from the outset, and it would Mr Saeed said the federation
The Crown Office has been accused have been processed in a completely would request evidence from the
of double standards by Scotland’s different manner.” case to be released under Freedom
biggest Islamic group for not bringing Mr Saeed drew a parallel with the of Information laws.
terrorism charges against a man who case of Mohammed Atif Siddique, a The hearing was told MacGregor
threatened to blow up a mosque and student from Alva, Clackmannanshire, admitted sending an e-mail to
behead Muslims. who was jailed for eight years for Strathclyde Police, threatening to
The Scottish Islamic Foundation internet-related terrorist crimes. blow up Glasgow Central Mosque if
(SIF) has written to Lord Advocate “No-one seems to have looked certain demands were not met.
Elish Angiolini querying the decision into the internet habits that radicalised Included in the message was a
to prosecute Neil MacGregor for a MacGregor to take copycat revenge threat to behead one Muslim a week.
breach of the peace, not terrorism for (British hostage] Ken Bigley’s The court heard MacGregor, from
offences. assassination in Iraq,” he said. Derbyshire, followed that e-mail with a
MacGregor, 35, has admitted “We can be sure if he had been 999 call to police on 5 February, 2007,
threatening to blow up Scotland’s Muslim and had been inspired to in which he claimed he was from the
biggest mosque and to behead one replicate it, the result would have NF and that a bomb was going to go
Muslim a week until every mosque been quite different.” off at Glasgow’s Central Mosque.
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