The Organ Theft Affair

Now Israelis Are Boycotting IKEA…

Swedish photojournalist Donald Boström has really infuriated the Israelis and its supporters. On August 17, Sweden’s most widely circulated newspaper, Aftonbaldet, carried an article by Boström entitled “Our sons plundered for their organs.” ((English version available here.))

The usual suspects immediately cried “anti-Semitism,” claiming that the old blood libel accusation has been brought to life again. ((Don’t forget the old anti-Semitic accusation that Jews poison wells, which is now reality in Palestine.)) The Israelis have even threatened to sue him. Such reactions were anticipated, however. Innumerable hate mails have found their way into Mr Boström’s inbox since the publication, including death threats. More surprising is that Sweden’s ambassador to Israel, Elisabet Borsiin Bonnier, issued a condemnation of the article. It was “as shocking and appalling to us Swedes as to Israelis,” the ambassador claimed in a press release that was later withdrawn, having attracted criticism from the Swedish foreign ministry as well as from the government.

On top of that, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has demanded that the Swedish government renounce the article, something which would be unconstitutional in Sweden. A statement from Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman managed to tacitly draw the attention to—you guessed it!—the Holocaust: “It is regrettable that the Swedish foreign ministry does not intervene when it comes to a blood libel against Jews, which reminds one of Sweden’s conduct during World War II when it also did not intervene.” (I would urge Lieberman, himself a hard-core racist, to read Lenni Brenner’s excellent 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis.)

Lieberman’s Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt blatantly refuses to cave in: “As a member of the Swedish government, acting on the Swedish constitution I have to respect freedom of speech, irrespective of the personal views that I might have.” His boss, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, also rejects commenting on the article. Bildt is expected in Israel in about a week’s time, but Israelis are threatening to cancel his trip.

Despite all the fuss, this isn’t the first time Donald Boström publicly vents suspicions about Israelis stealing organs from Palestinians. One chapter of the book Inshallah: konflikten mellan Israel och Palestina (“Inshallah: the Conflict between Israel and Palestine”), edited by Boström and first published in 2001, was an account of what happened to a 19-year-old Palestinian boy. It includes the photo now published in Aftonbladet. Donald Boström decided to shed new light on the affair following the mass arrest in New Jersey of people involved in illegal organ trade that included a shockingly high number of Rabbis.

This affair originates from a visit to the village of Imatin in 1992. Boström was witness to how 19-year-old Bilal was shot dead, his body abducted and five days later returned. The young man had been cut open – stitches were running from his abdomen up to his chin. The account below is quoted from Boström’s article:

I was in the area at the time, working on a book. On several occasions I was approached by UN staff concerned about the developments. The persons contacting me said that organ theft definitely occurred but that they were prevented from doing anything about it. On an assignment from a broadcasting network I then travelled around interviewing a great number of Palestinian families in the West Bank and Gaza – meeting parents who told of how their sons had been deprived of organs before being killed. One example that I encountered on this eerie trip was the young stone-thrower Bilal Achmed Ghanan. (…)

When Bilal was close enough they needed only to pull the triggers. The first shot hit him in the chest. According to villagers who witnessed the incident he was subsequently shot with one bullet in each leg. Two soldiers then ran down from the carpentry workshop and shot Bilal once in the stomach. Finally, they grabbed him by his feet and dragged him up the twenty stone steps of the workshop stair. Villagers say that people from both the UN and the Red Crescent were close by, heard the discharge and came to look for wounded people in need of care. Some arguing took place as to who should take care of the victim. Discussions ended with Israeli soldiers loading the badly wounded Bilal in a jeep and driving him to the outskirts of the village, where a military helicopter waited. The boy was flown to a destination unknown to his family. Five days later he came back, dead and wrapped in green hospital fabric.

A villager recognized Captain Yahya, the leader of the military column who had transported Bilal from the postmortem center Abu Kabir, outside of Tel Aviv, to the place for his final rest. “Captain Yahya is the worst of them all,” the villager whispered in my ear. After Yahya had unloaded the body and changed the green fabric for a light cotton one, some male relatives of the victim were chosen by the soldiers to do the job of digging and mixing cement.

Together with the sharp noises from the shovels we could hear laughter from the soldiers who, as they waited to go home, exchanged some jokes. As Bilal was put in the grave his chest was uncovered. Suddenly it became clear to the few people present just what kind of abuse the boy had been exposed to. Bilal was not by far the first young Palestinian to be buried with a slit from his abdomen up to his chin.

The families in the West Bank and in Gaza felt that they knew exactly what had happened: “Our sons are used as involuntary organ donors,” relatives of Khaled from Nablus told me, as did the mother of Raed from Jenin and the uncles of Machmod and Nafes from Gaza, who had all disappeared for a number of days only to return at night, dead and autopsied.

Boström took a picture of Bilal’s lifeless body. He was buried without being cut open a second time. Hence, there is no certain evidence that Bilal’s organs were stolen. So, are the Palestinians merely spreading baseless, anti-Semitic rumours? Circumstances suggest otherwise. In 1992, 133 Palestinians were killed by the Israeli army. Bilal was one of dozens of Palestinian victims to be cut open. The Israelis claim they are merely carrying out postmortem examinations in order to conclude how they died. But why, Boström asks, would autopsies be necessary when the cause of death is already known? After all, Bilal was shot dead by the Israelis just before they snatched his body. So why go through the trouble of a postmortem? The Israeli explanation doesn’t add up. Boström is perfectly right in calling for an investigation. Illegal organ trade is a highly lucrative business. It is not unthinkable that people in “the most moral army in the world,” as the Israelis like to call their army, were involved at some level in this trafficking.

Donald Boström has spoken to about 20 of the Palestinian families who had a loved one that ended up in the same conditions as Bilal. They have their suspicions as to what happened. It is hardly surprising then that Boström is not the only one to have come across suspicions of organ theft. Dr. A. Clare Brandabur, teaching at the Department of American Culture and Literature at Fatih University in Istanbul, Turkey, has lived and travelled extensively in Palestine. Upon reading about the affair, Dr. Brandabur commented:

This information resonates with reports from Palestinians in Gaza which I heard during the first Intifada. When I interviewed Dr. Haidar Abdul Shafi, head of the Red Crescent in Gaza, I mentioned to him reports of shootings of Palestinian children at times when there were no “clashes” going on — a solitary 6 year old entering his school-yard in the morning with his book-bag on his back. The soldiers abducted the wounded child at gunpoint, then his body would be returned a few days later having undergone an “autopsy at Abu Kabir Hospital.” I asked Dr. Shafi if he had considered the possibility that these killings were being done for organ transplant, since (as Israel Shahak notes in Jewish History, Jewish Religion, it is not allowed to take Jewish organs to save a Jewish life, but it is allowed to take the organs of non-Jews to save Jewish lives. Dr. Shafi said he had suspected such things but since they had no access to the records of Abu Kabi Hospital, there was no way to verify these suspicions. ((Some of Dr. Brandabur’s articles are available here.))

And there’s more. Palestinian journalist Kawther Salam, living in exile in Vienna, says she is volunteering to testify on Boström’s behalf if the Israelis go through with their threats to sue. “The issue of stealing the Palestinian organs is known to everybody in Palestine,” she writes. Having worked as a journalist under Israeli occupation for 22 years, she has seen a lot. Salam continues:

I personally was witness of the Israeli soldiers and military vehicles kidnapping the bodies of dead Palestinians from the emergency rooms of hospitals, in some other cases I saw the soldiers following the Palestinians to the cemetery, to steal the body from the family before the burial. This vile practice became so widespread that many people started carrying the bodies of the murdered to be buried at home, in the garden, under the house or under trees, instead of waiting for the ambulance to take them to the hospital. ((“The Body Snatchers of Israel.”))

Palestinian sources now claim they have solid evidence of organ theft. ((“Palestinian news agency ‘confirms’ organ snatching story,” Jerusalem Post online, August 23, 2009.)) Whether their claims are accurate remains to be seen. However, these suspicions are far from new; they have been voiced for decades. When Boström wrote about Bilal and the suspicions as to what had happened to him in his book eight years ago, it was met with silence. Further, he doesn’t say there’s a direct link between the murdered Palestinians and the wicked New Jersey Rabbis (there probably isn’t one, given the time line). However, following the mass arrest, people were more open to the idea that Israelis might be stealing organs from Palestinians after all. Boström was hoping Bilal might get some justice even after all this time.

Ostensibly, Israel is using the article to get a message across: Sweden is an anti-Semitic country. They are set to pressure the Swedish government until it condemns the ‘blood libel accusation’. All of a sudden everyone is discussing good old anti-Semitism instead of Israel’s state terrorism and its apartheid policies towards the Palestinian people.

An online petition is now circulating in Israel, calling for a boycott of IKEA. 10,000 Israelis have signed it so far. Needless to say, IKEA has nothing to do with this. But what can possibly be more Swedish then IKEA? In the short term, Israel might be able to divert attention from the more serious issues. In the long term, Israel is only making enemies. There was a time when the entire Western World supported Israel. Those days are long gone.

Kristoffer Larsson studies Economics at a Swedish university. He holds a BA in Theology and is on the Board of Directors of Deir Yassin Remembered. He can be reached at: Read other articles by Kristoffer.

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  1. Michael Kenny said on August 27th, 2009 at 9:18am #

    Double standards: when some Muslim groups outside Europe asked the Danish government to condemn the infamous Mohammad cartoons and were given much the same answer, the ranks of Israel’s supporters could scarce forbear to sneer at those “uncivilised savages” who dared to challenge “free speech”!

  2. brian said on August 27th, 2009 at 2:48pm #

    The israeli boycott of Ikea is ironic, given israeli criticism of anyone boycotting them!

    Here the israeli boycott instead of investigating the allegation of organ theft(yes it does happen!) is revealing.

  3. B99 said on August 27th, 2009 at 3:28pm #

    Leaked Obama peace plan for Palestine:

    A draft of the Obama peace plan, which is expected to be released at the UN Assembly meeting in New York, or at the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh has surfaced. The state of Palestine is recognized by more than 100 nations, and the United States intends to wait until 2011 before recognition if the peace process succeeds.

    The 11,000 Palestinian prisoners in Israel will be released over a period of three years, longer than Guantanamo Bay. But will Marwan Barghouti be released in time to partake in the negotiations? The answer to this is no.

    Netanyahu will send his special envoy Yitzhak Molcho and Defense Minstry chief of staff Mike Herozog to Washington next week to again discuss again the U.S. demand that Israel implement a settlement freeze. But, will the Israeli envoy come here to question “how”, in regards to the settlement freeze, or “why”?

    The International Middle East Media Center’s website leaked the alleged draft of Obama’s peace plan given to them by Palestinian Legislator Hasan Khreisha.

    According to Khreisha, the draft includes ten main points detailed as follows:

    1.       International presence in the Jordan Valley, Palestinian Plains area, and other areas in the West Bank.

    2.       Annexing some parts of East Jerusalem to remain under Israeli control, while Muslim holy site would be under Arab control.

    3.       All Palestinian factions would be dissolved and transformed into political parties.

    4.       Large settlement blocs in the West Bank would remain under Israeli control, while negotiations would be conducted within three months of the plan agreement?, to discuss the future of smaller settlements.

    5.       Several areas in the West Bank would be disarmed, and Israeli would maintain aerial control.

    6.       Intensifying the Palestinian-Israeli security coordination.

    7.       The Palestinian Authority would not be allowed to have military alliances with regional countries.

    8.       The United States would guarantee the establishment of a Palestinian State in the summer of 2011.

    9.       Allowing an agreed upon number of refugees to return, and to be settled in the Plains area and other areas in the West Bank, particularly in the cities of Ramallah and Nablus. A special fund for supporting the refugees would also be established.  

    10.   Israel starts releasing the Palestinian political detainees immediately after the peace deal is signed. Three years would be allocated for the release of the detainees.

    Israel is expected to accept these terms on the premise that the Obama aAdministration adopts a stronger position towards halting Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The same nuclear program that US chief of intelligence has confirmed in his findings in a 2007 report, did not exist.

    A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), issued in November 2007 by the sixteen US intelligence agencies, clarified that Iran was not pursuing a nuclear weapons program. 

    Iran stopped increasing the count of operational enrichment centrifuges at its Natanz facility roughly three months ago.

    No one can be sure this is the final draft of the Obama peace plan, but it has the resonance of credibility. The plan fails to address borders, water, trade and the annexation wall. This might be the plan in that was expected around mid-August, but in five or six weeks there are bound to be changes. So far, there has been no reaction from either party, Israeli or Palestinian.

  4. Max Shields said on August 27th, 2009 at 4:23pm #

    The USA is an imperial empire and its imperial CEO (Obama) has plans for Israel/Palestine?

  5. bozh said on August 27th, 2009 at 5:28pm #

    Hurrah to all swedes who stand by bostroem and sweedish constitution, its governance and present gov’t.
    Now we hope denmark, holland, austria, belgium, norway chime in. We need china to condemn israel.
    Will canada be disturbed by latest news? I hope so! How about US gov’t? A sure NO!
    But amercians may be disturbed enough to complain to their clergy and pols. tnx

  6. kalidas said on August 27th, 2009 at 5:47pm #

    My good friend never tires of being extremely insightful…

    “and one more thing, goys:

    do not, repeat, do not buy items barcoded “729”, especially lampshades made from palestinian skin, soap made from palestinian fat, palestinian kidneys and other sweetmeats, because palestinians are an endangered species.”

  7. Jeff said on August 27th, 2009 at 6:33pm #

    You know, maybe not, but I for one have had enough. Israel, use your nuclear arsenal to blow up the whole half of the side of the planet of which Israel geographically belongs. Come on for ‘gods’ sake. Grow some fucking balls and just do it. A fucking gorilla has more balls while pounding it’s own chest.

  8. Shabnam said on August 27th, 2009 at 7:57pm #



    As long as Americans stayed as foolish as they are and get screwed from all sides by Jewish Lobby and their puppet Barack Obama nothing is going to be changed.

    People of the region must be united against these arrogant and stupid people and be ready to eliminate them all from our region by froce if they refuse to get out immediately. They are killing our children in large numbers while fucking Americans and the resident of WH rubbing each other behind and giving large party to celebrate dead of millions of our people and destruction of our civilization and societies . We are fed up with you bast*rd and your silence and inactivity to do anything. You should go out and set fire on the WH, pentagon, senate, and congress or you will be damned and hated as long as human lives. How stupid one can get. Shame on you all.

    I guess thin fu*king ‘two state solution’ is the one that some stupid Americans are longing for. WE NEVER ACCEPT IT. GET OUT EDIOT.

  9. Andres Kargar said on August 27th, 2009 at 10:59pm #

    Throughout the world, not just the Palestinians, people have been victimized by the Israeli Zionist murderers. Don’t forget Israel’s other victims from South Africa to Nicaragua, …, Argentina,…

  10. brian said on August 28th, 2009 at 3:12am #

    shabnam…keep your language clean please…you are not making any greater impression with your rant.

  11. Shabnam said on August 28th, 2009 at 5:04am #


    It is easy to say that for you. Iranian people and people of the region are suffering for a long time. Children are gunned down every day. Iraq is destroyed and your ambassador to Iraq warned people of Iran in Charlie Rose that America is not leaving Iraq period. They are going to stay forever. Hundreds of people are killed by bombs that your government is planted every day directly or through their proxy such as Saudi Arabia. This month the US and its proxy have killed hundreds of People in Iraq alone. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? Now, Israel wants Iran destroyed totally like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Sudan. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

    A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), issued in November 2007 clarified that Iran has no weapons program. Yet, Israel is forcing
    YOUR PUPPET GOVERMENT to ‘stop’ Iran otherwise must be bombed like Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and other country. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

    Jewish lobby has pressured Obama, the puppet, to bring gasoline sanction against Iran if Iran does not stop enrichment program under NPT, an International program. To make sure that Obama is following Israel order, Israel is linking Iran legal program to Israel illegal settlement, and guess…. Obama, your puppet president agrees. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE? This is declaration of WAR
    Israel has done most of the settlement building and is willing to postpone it for a while to fool Obama and bring him on board for tightening the screw on Iran. Guess…. Obama has followed the order again. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

    It is easy for you to say your rant, however, it is different for the people of the region to watch your cooperation with war criminals because MAJORITY OF YOU BENEFITS FROM MASSACRE OF OTHER

  12. Shabnam said on August 28th, 2009 at 9:20am #

    Barack Hussein Obama’s June 4th speech in Cairo was awaited with keen anticipation by a global population of 1.3 billion Muslims outraged at the abuse that Zionism has long inflicted on its neighbors—with U.S. support. Ten weeks have since passed. The potentially positive impact of his remarks was immediately offset when he appeared the next day at the Buchenwald death camp in Germany. The timing of that Holocaust photo-op resolved all doubts about who stage-manages this presidency.
    Media attention immediately shifted back to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In the lead-up to the Cairo speech, Obama’s White House handlers enabled this right-winger to proclaim—from the White House—that peace with the Palestinians ranked a distant second to Tel Aviv’s concerns about Iran. Soon after the Cairo speech, Netanyahu reluctantly referenced a “two state solution”—though only under duress from Middle East envoy George Mitchell. Obama quickly portrayed as an “important step forward” this grudging referral to an agreed-to strategy.
    In truth, Netanyahu announced several giant steps backward. Rather than agree to negotiate a two state solution, he set preconditions certain to preclude two states, leaving nothing to negotiate. Again negating the potentially positive impact from Cairo, Obama praised the Israeli leader even as he insisted that Palestinians recognize Israel as a “Jewish state” where Jerusalem as “Israel’s capital will remain united.”
    Netanyahu also insisted on Israel’s right to colonize even more Palestinian land by expanding the very settlements destined to preclude a viable Palestinian state. By applauding this defiant speech, Obama inflamed the very conditions that have precluded peace in the Middle East for more than six decades. In the ensuing ten weeks, Netanyahu’s stance has only further hardened—with Obama’s tacit approval.
    Anticipating pressure to negotiate in good faith, Tel Aviv opened a three-front assault. First, Foreign Minister Avignor Lieberman (from Moldova) began talks in Moscow. By conducting diplomacy in fluent Russian, he showed that Israel could—and would—turn elsewhere for the “special relationship” that Tel Aviv has long enjoyed with the U.S.
    Second, the Israel lobby opened a domestic assault on Obama by announcing, “Jewish leaders are deeply troubled by his recent Middle East initiatives.” The lobby also reminded Obama, a political product of Ashkenazi funding from West Side Chicago, just where his presidential bread is buttered.
    Third, as soon as Middle East envoy George Mitchell opened talks with Damascus, the first negotiations since the U.S. withdrew its ambassador in 2005, Netanyahu gave a speech on Syria in which he made no mention of the Golan Heights (seized during Israel’s preemptive 1967 war) while including terms certain to ensure that peace with Syria would also remain beyond reach.
    Yet again the Obama team appeased the Israeli leader. With no need to cite the high-profile Holocaust photo-op, the official Syrian newspaper noted simply, “This is the principle that always guides Israel when approaching the Zionist-Arab conflict. The Israelis see themselves as victims rather than the aggressor.”
    By again failing to stand up to the Zionist state and its extensive lobby in the U.S., Obama once again enabled the very conduct that most endangers U.S. national security. While his words in Cairo promised a “new beginning,” his actions both before and after that speech signaled business-as-usual.
    The costs of this entangled alliance in blood, treasure and hard-earned credibility are known. By his concessions to the Israel lobby and by his appeasing an extremist minority at the expense of the majority, Barack Obama INVITES A CHARGE OF TREASON.


  13. Agatha said on August 28th, 2009 at 9:36am #

    If this is true, this has to be about the most immoral thing I have ever heard of one set of people doing to another.

    The question is, how can any of us help to stop this type of stuff. Seems like our plates are full of disgust these days. I hardly know where to start. Writing congress people has done nothing, trying to start discussions with other people in my community is basically impossible. Nobody seems to either know anything or they dismiss the facts. Or they appear bored.

    What can people do? I am at a loss of this question. This question has been with me the last eight years and I still have not discovered any way an individual can help. Its all so overwhelming.

  14. mary said on August 28th, 2009 at 2:51pm #

    Not just organs but human eggs for IVF it seems.

    The comments numbered 10, 11 and 18 seem to come from a well informed source.

  15. Mulga Mumblebrain said on August 28th, 2009 at 5:09pm #

    After Googling this business, which has been pretty well suppressed here in Australia (while the Chinese practice of removing the organs of executed criminals is being highlighted, as part of the current Sinophobia hysteria [led, incidentally by local Rightwing Jews])and noting the usual febrile hysteria and rage of the Judeofascists (invariably, I find, a sign that they have something to hide) I’ve begun to smell a great, big, Zionist rat.
    While I don’t doubt that certain Israelis are eminently capable of such atrocities and have committed worse in the past, scores of times, the evidence here is thin. But it has given the Judeofascists a chance to screech ‘anti-Semite’, ‘blood libel’ and, of course, ‘Holocaust’, and bury the ongoing , everyday, undeniable atrocities that the Palestinians are subject to. Netanyahu’s refusal to cease Judaic colonial expansion in the Occupied Territories. Obama’s despicable ‘peace plan’ that ‘grants’ a Palestinian state as electronic zoo, that imposes brutal and humiliating provisions on the Palestinians but demands nothing of the Judaic Herrenvolk, the ongoing brutal siege of Gaza, Israel’s increasingly belligerent threats against Iran (a war crime itself)the call for a peaceable state that has fulfilled all its IAEA obligations to be ‘hit’ by brutal sanctions, on the demand of the planet’s not-so-secret-anymore rulers, the Zionist elect etc, all forgotten as another contrived hysteria over ‘anti-Semitism’ rages.
    This reminds me greatly of a similar case that occurred here during Israel’s brutal assault on Gaza. As public anger grew at the sheer barbarity of it all, the Melbourne broadsheet ‘The Age’, normally grovellingly obsequious to the Chosen People (although still abused and defamed by the Judeofascist ultras because it occasionally hints that the Palestinians might be semi-human, after all)suddenly published a nasty anti-Semitic article, by one of its business columnists. It was stupid, vulgar stuff, libeling all Jews as greedy, loudmouthed, bullying, ie just the sort of racialist stereotyping so typical of anti-Arab, Islamophobic hatemongering that our local Israelites lead the field in here. The columnist in question had never been noted for ‘anti-Semitism’ in the past. His speciality had been , in my opinion at least,snide and arrogant anti-Chinese and anti-Asian observations.
    Well, of course, Gaza was forgotten in a trice. The question now was ‘anti-Semitism’, ‘The oldest hatred of them all’ as they say with typically narcissitic self-absorption. As the bombs rained down in Gaza, ‘The Age’ obediently turned the subject to anti-Semitism, the Holocaust (always so useful at such times, and mobilised with such cynical aplomb and the ‘Arabs’ refusal to recognise (all together now!) ‘Israel’s Right to Exist’.
    Am I being too cynical, or does this smell of a Mossad set-up? The better to bully and intimidate any who dare support the Palestinians, for an entire European country, Sweden, to be targeted so that the Zionazis can display their power, to prepare the Western public for the coming bloodbath in Iran and for the imposition of a ‘peace settlement’ on the Palestinians that will make the Bantustan system look idyllic. Never to forget, however, that there are Israelis absolutely prepared to act in this way-it’s just that I doubt that even they are so arrogant (and sloppy) as to leave any evidence lying around, unless they intended to do so.

  16. Shabnam said on August 28th, 2009 at 6:43pm #

    For those who want more information on organ stealing from Palestinians by the zionists and organ trafficking , please read the following article.

    In 2007 Israel’s Ha’aretz newspaper reported that two men confessed to persuading “Arabs from the Galilee and central Israel who were developmentally challenged or mentally ill to agree to have a kidney removed for payment.” They then would refuse to pay them.

  17. kalidas said on August 29th, 2009 at 8:06am #

    Hmmmmmm, I wonder if there is a precedent here…

    Alison Weir – Counter Punch August 28-30, 2009

    Israel’s first heart transplant

    Israel’s very first, historic heart transplant used a heart removed from a living patient without consent or consulting his family.

    In December 1968 a man named Avraham Sadegat (the New York Times seems to give his name as A Savgat) (2) died two days after a stroke, even though his family had been told he was “doing well.”

    After initially refusing to release his body, the Israeli hospital where he was being treated finally turned the man’s body over to his family. They discovered that his upper body was wrapped in bandages; an odd situation, they felt, for someone who had suffered a stroke.

    When they removed the bandages, they discovered that the chest cavity was stuffed with bandages, and the heart was missing.

    During this time, the headline-making Israeli heart transplant had occurred. After their initial shock, the man’s wife and brother began to put the two events together and demanded answers.

    The hospital at first denied that Sadegat’s heart had been used in the headline-making transplant, but the family raised a media storm and eventually applied to three cabinet ministers. Finally, weeks later and after the family had signed a document promising not to sue, the hospital admitted that Sadagat’s heart had been used.

    The hospital explained that it had abided by Israeli law, which allowed organs to be harvested without the family’s consent. (3) (The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime includes the extraction of organs in its definition of human exploitation.)

    Indications that the removal of Sadagat’s heart was the actual cause of death went unaddressed.

  18. mary said on August 29th, 2009 at 8:27am #

    She also writes of this mysterious Scottish death in her article on
    Israeli Organ Harvesting
    There has been little in the media. She is a reputable author and the article is well researched and provided with references. Surely an impartial international medical enquiry has to be held into this matter. It is not good enough, however the death occurred, for the relatives to receive back their loved one’s body with the cavities filled with stuffing and no further explanation. It is a ghastly topic we are discussing.

    ‘In 1998 a Scot named Alisdair Sinclair died under questionable circumstances while in Israeli custody at Ben Gurion airport.

    His family was informed of the death and, according to a report in J Weekly, “…told they had three weeks to come up with about $4,900 to fly Sinclair’s corpse home. [Alisdair’s brother] says the Israelis seemed to be pushing a different option: burying Sinclair in a Christian cemetery in Israel, at a cost of about $1,300.”

    The family scraped up the money, brought the body home, and had an autopsy performed at the University of Glasgow. It turned out that Alisdair’s heart and a tiny throat bone were missing. At this point the British Embassy filed a complaint with Israel.

    The J report states:

    “A heart said to be Sinclair’s was subsequently repatriated to Britain, free of charge. James wanted the [Israeli] Forensic Institute to pay for a DNA test to confirm that this heart was indeed their brother’s, but the Institute’s director, Professor Jehuda Hiss refused, citing the prohibitive cost, estimated by some sources at $1,500.”

    Despite repeated requests from the British Embassy for the Israeli pathologist’s and police reports, Israeli officials refused to release either. (5,6,7)’

  19. Shabnam said on August 29th, 2009 at 8:46am #

    Here is evidence that US administration, A ZIONIST PUPPET since the presidency of Bill Clinton is a proxy. It is the time for those who are fixed only on ‘US IMPERIALISM’ to wake up and see the reality. No country in the world accepts a racist, terrorist, apartheid entity to write the foreign policy of that country to serve the interest of a foreign entity. If that was acceptable then we never would have seen protest and revolution around the world. If the citizens of that country are impotent and foolish enough to let this happens and take no action then they will be viewed as fool and people think they deserve to be ruled by a foreign entity. No one respects them, especially when this passive behavior and their cooperation with the corrupt elite is harming groups far away to expand the interest of this group and not the interest of American people.
    You must be pretty ignorant and impotent to let your treasure to be used for the expansion of power of a corrupt elite in the WH, the Senate, Congress, and the Pentagon who are let by international Zionism. As Haaretz reports:

    [The Obama Administration will put forth new peace initiatives only if Israel wants it to, said Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in his first comprehensive interview on foreign policy since taking office.

    “Believe me, America accepts all our decisions,” Lieberman told the Russian daily Moskovskiy Komosolets.]

    Believe me, this kind of ‘nation’ has no respect around the world and you cannot use an excuse such as ‘we have no power’ to justify your cooperation with killing and torturing of millions of people in faraway places to continue your meager existence. You may kill each other as much as you wish and no one will interferes in your conduct, but when this passive behavior leads to the killing of our children, our sons and daughters every day by your WMD, while you are shopping at the mall to support a corrupt and broken economic system that values $$$$ over the lives of billions of people around the world to maintain the WMD, then it is our DUTY to warn you, if you wish to stay part of the human race, that enough is enough. Your support of a corrupt system with your tax $$$$$$$ and your silence against war crimes in order to expand elite ‘cleavage culture’ will be attacked.

  20. brian said on August 29th, 2009 at 7:14pm #

    aljaeerra on the organ theft story

  21. Mark said on September 2nd, 2009 at 10:59am #

    Stealing organs or misrepresenting donor’s intent is a reflection of the demand for transplant surgeries in the United States. As awful as the allegations in the story, the nexus of the problem is the organ allocation system currently used in the United States.

    If you live in one of the 38 states that has adopted the 2006 Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, it is presumed that you are an organ donor unless they can find information contrary to their assumptions. This change was made expressly to increase the supply of organs, tissue and body parts so that the $20 Billion in annual revenues for organ related medical services could keep growing.

    With organ transplant programs bringing fame, prestige and enormous profits, transplant centers in the United States don’t have much of an incentive to ask too many questions about how the organ arrived at their doorstep. A whole body donation is worth $1 to $5 million to a transplant center, its doctors, tissue banks and big pharma.

    Brain death and donation after cardiac arrest for as little as 75 seconds is becoming the standard in hospitals to start the organ harvesting process.

    Removing your name from any list or erasing your consent from your driver’s license means absolutely nothing under the 2006 version of the act.

    Even if you have a written Advance Healthcare Directive that forbids the use of machines to keep your body alive, they can do so as long as they are talking to your family to give consent to start the organ harvesting procedure.

    If you don’t express a preference on organ harvesting, your family has to make the decision. Organ Procurement Organizations and Tissue Banks have to follow your instructions if you register your preferences with a known donor registry.

    Unfortunately, no state that has adopted the 2006 UAGA has a state donor registry that allows you to register as a “no” or allows donation on condition of just compensation to your family or estate.

    If you are one of the estimated 10% of Americans who does not support organ harvesting, you can register your objection and explore your options under the law at

  22. Scott said on September 5th, 2009 at 5:34pm #

    Look, you can’t recover organs from a corpse!

    Hospitals can only recover organs from brain-dead donors on life support. Pick up a phone and ask a surgeon.

  23. Ronald said on September 8th, 2009 at 7:53am #

    The antisemitic component here does not consist in stating a well-stablished fact (i.e. the Tsahal steals the organs of abducted Palestinians before returning their bodies back to the family) but in linking this to a trafficking network in the US, somehow implying that diaspora Jews are complicit with it. There is no evidence whatsoever pointing to such a link.