Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Swedes pass on a 'blood libel'

Sweden's largest circulation daily has published an article suggesting that Israeli soldiers killed Palestinians and harvested their organs. Essentially, the story is a modern reprise of the medieval 'blood libel' in which Jews were accused of killing Gentiles in order to use their blood to make matzos. It also builds on the recent arrest by the FBI of Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, a New York resident who allegedly sought to buy a kidney from an Israeli and sell it to an American patient for $160,000.

The article was strongly criticized by another major Swedish newspaper, as well as by Swedish and Israeli officials. As to the story's veracity, its author said he was worried by the allegations but could not vouch for their accuracy. "It concerns me, to the extent that I want it to be investigated, that's true. But whether it's true or not -- I have no idea, I have no clue." Nothing like hard-hitting investigative journalism! (Thanks to CNS News.)

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