Expert opinion: Kfar Duma graffiti not by Ben Uliel
Updated: Nov 1, 2022
Since the July 2015 arson attack on the Dawabshe family’s house in Kfar Duma, Honenu has assisted many Jews accused of involvement with the crime. For a selection of posts describing Honenu Attorneys’ representation of defendants and GSS interrogees, click here. To familiarize our readers with the case, Honenu has gathered – click here – various articles and short videos on the subject.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019, 12:47 The expert opinion submitted to the Central District Court in Lod on Wednesday, July 24, on the graffiti found in Kfar Duma refutes the claim in the bill of indictment which accuses Amiram Ben Uliel of writing both sets of graffiti on the night of the arson. According to the opinion, the graffiti found at the scene of the arson does not match Ben Uliel’s handwriting, and also was written by two different people. The psychologist and graphologist who wrote the expert opinion, Dr. Batia Cohen Croitoru, will testify today (Wednesday) as a witness for the defense in the Kfar Duma trial. The testimony will strengthen the line of defense which asserts that Ben Uliel is not connected to the arson. Dr. Cohen Croitoru was asked to determine whether or not the graffiti found in Kfar Duma matched Ben Uliel’s handwriting and whether or not the two sets of graffiti were written by the same person. Ben Uliel was asked to write by hand several samples, which Dr. Cohen Croitoru compared to the graffiti. Dr. Cohen Croitoru found a complete lack of a match between Ben Uliel’s handwriting and the graffiti: “After a thorough, intensive and methodical examination a complete lack of similarity between the two documents (the sets of graffiti) and the [other] set of documents (written by Ben Uliel) was found at an extremely high level of significance.” Concerning a possible match between the two sets of graffiti Dr. Cohen Croitoru wrote, “Moreover, after a thorough, intensive and methodical examination a complete lack of similarity between the two documents (the sets of graffiti) was found at an extremely high level of significance. In other words, the documents were written by two different people.” Additionally, Dr. Cohen Croitoru examined the reenactment of the graffiti that Ben Uliel was asked to write while being interrogated under duress by the GSS, at which time he confessed to the arson. Also concerning this graffiti she determined that, “There is a complete lack of similarity, at an extremely high level of significance.” Dr. Cohen Croitoru detailed the characteristics which she examined: the size of the letters, the angle of writing, starting and concluding letters, differences in length, width and form of the letters, thickness of the lines, slant of the letters and more. These findings completely contradict the bill of indictment, which states that Ben Uliel was alone in Kfar Duma on the night of the arson and that he wrote both sets of graffiti.