By Khalid Amayreh 

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. 

The report 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 Ahmed Ghniyan. 

“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.” 

“Blood libel” 

Israeli 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.” 

Other Israeli 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 humanity.” 

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.

The 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’ families. 

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. 

“I couldn’t say for sure that something like that didn’t happen.” 

The Arab 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. 

“They murder 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 removed. 

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.’” 

Occasionally, 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. 

Mr. Sinclair’s 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 son’s.



  1. David said,

    August 20, 2009 at 14:53

    Once again, I must register my objections to your reprinting mere speculation from a Swedish “yellow journalist.” If the goal is to score the point that Jews have no regard for the dead of non-Jews, you certainly are succeeding in perpetuating this nonsense. At the very least, charges like this must be handled as factually and neutrally as, say, the pedophilia scandal that hit the Catholic church, with an emphasis on the corruption aspects: verifiable memos, officials involved, hard dates, and proven victims. But you just keep reprinting rumors, as if a single case had ever been documented. The question is: why? The answer is apparent.

  2. Ionnes said,

    August 20, 2009 at 15:30

    “At the very least, charges like this must be handled as factually and neutrally as, say, the pedophilia scandal that hit the Catholic church, with an emphasis on the corruption aspects: verifiable memos, officials involved, hard dates, and proven victims.”

    …which all occurred AFTER the rumors and speculation started flying – and these have been flying for sometime!

    Everything has to start somewhere – and the best way to stop or confirm these rumors would be simply to have independent observers exhume and examine bodies.

    If Israel has nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear, eh?

  3. Sephardi said,

    August 20, 2009 at 16:53

    During the Gaza Holocaust there were reports that Israeli soldiers were kidnapping Gazan teenagers. Have any of those young Gazans reported missing ever returned or have they been flushed down the memory hole by Jews?

    So much for Judaism’s racist claim that its adherents are somehow superior to others. If there were any difference between us, our organs would not be interchangeable.

    In China, organs are “harvested” from Chi Gong practitioners for the crime of meditating.

  4. maggie said,

    August 20, 2009 at 16:57

    These people (israeli zionists) make me so ill that it’s hard to get up in the morning. I keep praying for Karma to balance things out.

  5. StructuralEngineer said,

    August 20, 2009 at 17:03

    Hey, we’ve got rabbi’s doing it here in the U.S….expect them to be doing it in israel too, wouldn’t you?

    oh but the israeli govt. would never have anything to do with this sort of thing huh?…ahahahahaha!…. id expect that from them too.

  6. ah but said,

    August 20, 2009 at 19:19

    nothng can be worse than murdering people for something other than their clarinette’s and their piccolos.

  7. George Wanker Bush said,

    August 20, 2009 at 19:40

    We all know how much the Isralis have been brainwashed into hating Palestinians. Imagine if one of them finds out that what’s keeping them alive is the heart of a Palestinian boy the IDF killed.

    The damned thing ain’t kosher!

  8. Cadavre said,

    August 20, 2009 at 20:44

    A Turkish produced movie in English with Gary Busy and Billy Zane dealt with the same topic, titled Valley of the Wolves Iraq, Israeli operators inside Iraq were plundering the near dead and kidnapping the living to trade human organs on the steps of the temple for a fist full of shekels. The movie has been effectively banned in the US. Israeli blog defenders were posting comments like, ” … just wait till he [Busey or Zane] need the services of a Jewish doctor in HollyWood … yada yada yada ..”.

    Most recently, in New Jersey, more than a few Rabbis and the public official partner in crimes have been indicted for laundering money from the unregulated trade of organs

    You know this s big news because mainstream news and talking about it – about all they have time for these days is to call all Americans Nazis and Racists.

    A few days ago a blog ran an hilarious expose of America’s Jewish AQ Terrorists, and the comment section as pepepered with accusation of Anti Semite.

    I shouldn’t need to remind, and you would now get the same advice from Abe Foxman, be very careful whom you accuse of antisemitism – all those trinkets – all that bling – all the stuff you think important would be forfeit in a law suit. Be careful – very careful. Those days of loose and easy with that accusation are well behind us. The goy are not afraid and they will bite you.

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  10. michael mazur said,

    August 21, 2009 at 11:34

    `A replacement heart and organs were sent to his mother, who didn’t believe that these were those of her son’s`

    After Israel’s monstrous crimes against humanity, i can’t help but ponder the possibility that had the replacement heart and organs set been those of a sheep or a pig, would anyone have noticed ?

    What do the funeral directors do if they suspect it is not human ? Distress the relatives by laboratory testing? Hardly.

    Would the Israelis do this ? I believe they would if the heart and organs of a Palestinian weren’t handy, as they know they could get away with it for the above reason, and also given that non Jews are `human cattle`, there is no ethic impeding a animal substitution for human parts; which would be an `improvement` on `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`.

    Yes, Mr Sinclair’s parents would have been right in their suspicions.

  11. brian said,

    August 24, 2009 at 02:45

    israeli soldiers can also be harvested:

    More Horror – The Result Of Abu Kabir


    The family of IDF soldier Daniel Heller is calling it “organ theft,” joining the increasing list of bereaved families accusing the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute of taking organs from their loved ones without permission.

    The family rejected autopsy findings in Israel, prompting the distraught father to exhume his son’s body himself and leave it in his home until an independent pathologist was appointed. The autopsy’s preliminary results indicate many internal organs were taken from the soldier’s body without the family consent or knowledge.

    In this case, as in many previous cases, the family is demanding an investigation and the dismissal of chief pathologist Prof. Yehuda Hiss. Other cases also document that Hiss and his staff took organs without requesting or informing relatives. Jars containing body parts of civilians and soldiers have been found in the forensic institute, but to date, no government agency has taken any action against Hiss, not even the minimum – suspending him from duty pending an investigation.

    Abu Kabir’s official findings stated Heller committed suicide, a position that was rejected by the soldier’s parents. The bereaved parents believe the death was the result of an accidental discharge of Daniel’s weapon. On Wednesday, at noon, Heller will be laid to rest for a second time, in the Dimona cemetery.

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