It’s 2009, but you wouldn’t know it from reading this Swedish newspaper article. It’s like a mixture of urban legend and anti-Semitic blood libel. It’s so awful, you just have to wonder: Are the editors of this newspaper out of their effing minds?
Leading Swedish daily Aftonbladet claimed in one of its articles that IDF soldiers killed Palestinians in order to trade in their organs.
[…] The report mentioned Brooklyn resident Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, who is accused of involvement in the recent human organ-trafficking case that caused a storm in the US and Israel. The report said Palestinians claim youngsters were forced to give up theirs before being executed. This suspicion, the report said, may lead to an international war crimes investigation against Israel.
And who, pray tell, is feeding the author this information?
Aftonbladet also said Palestinian youths who were snatched from their villages in the middle of the night were buried after being dismembered. The reporter, Donald BostrÃ¶m, said he was informed of the alleged atrocities by UN employees while he was working on a book in the West Bank.
Those would be the same eyewitnesses that said that Israeli soldiers were bulldozing hundreds of bodies in Jenin. Yes, the ever-reliable Palestinian eyewitnesses—there’s no stopping their imaginations, in any case. As to their truthfulness, well—it’s been proven to be extremely limited.
Put this one in the same category as Palestinians who insist that Yasser Arafat was killed by Israeli death rays, Israel is giving Palestinians gum that increases their libido, and, of course, the Suha Arafat claim that Israel is poisoning Palestinian children. There is nothing, it seems, that people won’t blame on Israel. But that’s not much of a surprise. They blamed Jews for poisoning wells, too.
You would think that in this day and age, lies like this would not be published. But then you would be vastly underestimating the widespread insanity that I like to call Israel Derangement Syndrome. If Israel didn’t exist, they’d still be blaming us Jews in pretty much the same way—we just would be blamed for doing it to Swedes instead of Palestinians.
I would like nothing more than to wake up and find that this article was one big hoax. I suspect that won’t happen.