JDL Leader in U.K. Convicted of Assaulting pro-Palestinian

Roberta Moore discharged a dye spray in the face of a retired British Library professor and book seller at Palestine literature festival.

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Pro-Palestinian demonstrators in London in 2010.Credit: Reuters

The leader of the Jewish Defense League in Britain was found guilty of assaulting pro-Palestinian activists at an event last year, The Jewish Chronicle reported Monday.

The incident took place at the Tottenham Palestine Literature Festival in Haringey, according to the JC. Roberta Moore, 43, discharged a dye spray in the face of Andy Simons, a retired British Library professor and organizer of the festival, and did the same to Simon Assaf, a book seller at the festival.

The judge, Julia Newton of the Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, dismissed Moore's claim that she used the spray in "self-defense." Rather, she ruled the spray caused harm after it Moore discharged it at point-blank range in Mr. Simon's face.

Moore's co-defendant, Robert De Jonge, was also found guilty of assault for punching Simons in the face. Simons testified that De Jonge struck him so hard that his glasses fell to the floor and he suffered a concussion, the JC reported.

Sentencing will take place March 23.