Aug 25 2014
Time magazine retracted allegations that Israeli soldiers harvested and sold Palestinian organs. On Sunday, the magazine deleted the allegations from a two-minute video on its website about the Israel Defense Forces and added a correction, writing at the end, “Correction: The original version of this video cited a false allegation in a 2009 Swedish newspaper report as fact. The allegation has been removed.”
Forward The video, titled “The IDF: A look inside Israel’s powerful military,” said the “IDF is not without controversy,” reporting that “in 2009 a Swedish report came out exposing some Israeli troops of selling organs of Palestinians who died in their custody.”
According to the watchdog website Honest Reporting, “The reference is to a completely made up tabloid-style article in an obscure Swedish paper that even the author admitted was not based on any evidence.” The allegation appeared in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. Of the allegation, the author of the piece said, “But whether it’s true or not – I have no idea, I have no clue,” according to Honest Reporting.
THESE conspiracy theories have been reported as fact by Arab and Iranian media, including Press TV, a state-funded Iranian news channel, as well as Al Jazeera and Al-Arabiya networks. These have, in turn, spawned various editorial cartoons depicting Israelis as evil slaughterers, happily severing the body parts of Arabs and trading in their organs.
International articles have been generated, as well, in Algeria, claiming Jewish gangs abduct Algerian children for their organs in the Ukraine, accusing Israel of abducting 25,000 Ukrainian children a YouTube video claiming Israeli rescue teams in Haiti may have stolen organs.
These are just a few fallacious claims that have spread internationally like wildfire, ominously reminiscent of blood libel incidents from the Middle Ages, where Jews were accused of using Christian blood with which to bake Passover matzah. Later incarnations of the blood libel include Damascus in 1840, Kiev in 1913, New York in 1928, and Kielce, Poland, in 1946.
Most recently, claims that the Jews harvest the blood and organs of non-Jews have been published and disseminated throughout the media, particularly in Arab or Muslim parts of the world. These claims have even been printed in United Nations documents, according to the National Post, as Iran and Libya, notoriously anti-Israel countries, are leading candidates for election to the UN Human Rights Council.
The only people harvesting organs for sale and profit in that part of the world are not Israelis: