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Israeli Murdering of Palestinians for their
By Khalid Amayreh
August 20, 2009
OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM --
Israeli officials and spokespersons have been railing against a
leading Swedish newspaper for publishing a report claiming that the
Israeli occupation army murders Palestinians in order to use their organs
for transplants for Jewish patients.
The Tabloid Aftonbladet, one
of Sweden’s most popular newspapers, on Tuesday, 18 August, reported that
Israeli occupation soldiers had been murdering Palestinian youngsters in
the West Bank in order to extricate their organs and sell them. The report
carried a photograph showing the body of a victim of such an execution,
with a large scar running from his chin to abdomen.
quotes the family of one of the victims as saying that “our sons were
plundered from their organs.” The report also makes a connection with the
recent corruption scandal in New Jersey involving elected officials,
rabbis, and illegal organ trading.
The author of the report,
Donald Bostrom, spoke of a strong suspicion among Palestinians that young
men’s organs were harvested by the Israeli army. He suggests that the
International Court of Justice in the Hague should open an investigation
into the matter.
Bostrom quotes a
Palestinian witness as describing one case in which the Israeli occupation
army shot dead a young Palestinian from a West Bank village and then
extricated his organs. The Palestinian victim is identified as Bilal
“He was taken away by a military helicopter and
brought back by the army five days later, dead. As his family members
buried him, they saw a large scar running from his stomach to his chin.”
Bostrom also quotes other eye-witnesses testifying that their sons
were used as “forced organ donors.”
spokesperson and Foreign Ministry officials were raving and ranting
against Aftonbladet accusing the mass circulation newspaper of
indulging in “blood libel” and making “canards” against Israel .
Israeli spokesman Yigal Palmor said the Swedish newspaper had “turned the
demonization of Israel into a sacred cause.”
officials threatened to sue the Swedish newspaper for libel, claiming that
the report was an expression of anti-Semitism.
Israel has been
reacting with exaggerated sensitivity toward international criticisms of
its manifestly harsh treatment of Palestinians and the brazen racism
associated with this treatment.
Earlier this year, the Israeli
army, using internationally-banned weapons launched a massive and deadly
blitzkrieg on the virtually unprotected population of the Gaza Strip,
killing, maiming and incinerating thousands of innocent civilians,
including hundreds of children.
Human rights organizations
described the huge rampage of terror and death, which lasted for
more than 20 days, as “clear war crimes” and “crimes against
Similarly, Israel had killed thousands of innocent
civilians in the West Bank , and many of the victims were sent to the Abu
Kabir forensic institute for autopsy operations.
However, it is
unclear if the vital organs of these young victims were always
disposed of or taken out for transplant in Jewish patients.
Israeli army, which exerts huge political and legal influence in Israel,
nearly always resisted scrutiny of its operations in the West Bank which
are carried out in utter violation of international law, especially the
international humanitarian law.
In January, 2002, an
Israeli cabinet minister tacitly admitted that organs taken from the
bodies of Palestinian victims might have been used for transplants in
Jewish patients without the knowledge of the Palestinian victims’
The minister, Nessim Dahan, said in response to a
question by an Arab Knesset member that he couldn’t deny or confirm
that organs of Palestinian youths and children killed by the Israeli army
were taken out for transplants or scientific research.
say for sure that something like that didn’t happen.”
Knesset member who posed the question to Dahan is believed to be Ahmed
Teibi. Teibi pointed out that he had received “credible evidence” proving
that Israeli doctors at the forensic institute of Abu Kabir extracted such
vital organs as the heart, kidneys, and liver from the bodies of
Palestinian youth and children killed by the Israeli army in Gaza and the
West Bank .
During an interview with al-Jazeera TV in 2002,
the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat accused the Israeli
apartheid regime of murdering Palestinian infants, children, and youths
and harvesting their vital organs for transplants.
our kids and use their organs as spare parts` Why is the whole world
silent? Israel takes advantage of this silence to escalate it's oppression
and terror against our people," said an angry President Arafat.
During the interview, which took place on 14 January, 2002,
Arafat held up photos of the mutilated bodies of the children.
"I'm not worried about myself", as the President is under house arrest,
"I'm worried about the Palestinian people who have been under siege for
the past 15 months."
Israel had admitted that doctors at the
L. Greenberg Institute of Forensic Medicine at Abu Kabir had harvested the
organs of 3 Palestinian youth killed by the Israeli army near Khan Younis.
After 10 days the bodies of the three victims were returned to
their families for burial but with their organs and even their eyes
Israel never carried out a serious investigation into
this and other incidents involving the extrication of vital organs from
the body of Palestinian victims killed by the Israeli occupation forces.
According to reporter Saira Soufan, the illegal harvesting
of the organs of Palestinian soldiers and freedom fighters has been
documented since before the 1990's.
“Upon return of the soldiers'
bodies to their mourning families, the pillage of body parts is discovered
during the burial process.
“ The empty cavities have been filled
with garbage such as cotton wool, garden hoses, and broomsticks, then sewn
up as a result of a so-called ‘autopsy.’”
Israeli authorities steal body organs from the bodies of tourists who die
in Israel .
An unpublicized instance occurred in
1998, when a Scotsman, Alistair Sinclair, died under mysterious
circumstances in the Ben-Gurion Airport lockup.
parents sued the Israeli authorities upon finding that their
son's heart and other organs missing. A replacement heart and organs were
sent to his mother, who didn’t believe that these were those of her