Doctor Admits Israeli Pathologists Harvested Organs Without Consent

Ian Black, The Guardian:

Israel has admitted pathologists harvested organs from dead Palestinians, and others, without the consent of their families – a practice it said ended in the 1990s – it emerged at the weekend.

The admission, by the former head of the country’s forensic institute, followed a furious row prompted by a Swedish newspaper reporting that Israel was killing Palestinians in order to use their organs — a charge that Israel denied and called “antisemitic”.

The revelation, in a television documentary, is likely to generate anger in the Arab and Muslim world and reinforce sinister stereotypes of Israel and its attitude to Palestinians. Iran’s state-run Press TV tonight reported the story, illustrated with photographs of dead or badly injured Palestinians.

Ahmed Tibi, an Israeli Arab MP, said the report incriminated the Israeli army.

The story emerged in an interview with Dr Yehuda Hiss, former head of the Abu Kabir forensic institute near Tel Aviv. The interview was conducted in 2000 by an American academic who released it because of the row between Israel and Sweden over a report in the Stockholm newspaper Aftonbladet.

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  • Synapse

    Why is this news?

    For one, in America it is common practice for morgues to harvest extraneous organs (i.e. Eyes and Corneas and skin and bones, much like in this article) all the time without requesting permission, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A DONOR!

    The only reason we hear about it here is because Palestinians were among those who were harvested from and people looking to rile up people have another thing to cry about. Not exclusively, not even singled out, but amongst those harvested. Why is it a big deal that Palestinians pass through the same morgues and received the same treatment? If they died in America the same thing would have also happened.

    And of course, at the end of the day, truly there should be nothing wrong here at all as dead people don't need their extraneous organs. Living people do. How many Palestinians (most likely in Israeli hospitals as well) were also the recipients of these “organs” harvested without permission? Now that's information that doesn't interest these kinds of people or the media.

    • James T.

      If an arab claimed proof that Jews have a spark of Satan within us, that piece of shit rag would print it. The Guardian isn't fit to line my dog's crate.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    funny how any time someone is critical of israel it is always antisemitism,
    israel is always right and arabs are always wrong,
    all that matters really is weather or not harvesting organs without consent is legal under Israeli law,
    if it isn't all those involved should be prosecuted.

    • Synapse

      Half your comment is irrelevant as no one brought up those issues, neither are they true.
      Concerning the other half, it was legal when they did it, and then it became a discontinued policy.

      My point is that it's non-news. This occurred almost 20 years ago, and they only care because Palestinians were involved. It's still policy in America and no one is outraged.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

        being a policy and being legal are 2 different things,
        some people, like myself, are sick of israel getting a free pass for anything they do because, they didn't have the stones to defend themselves several decades agg.

        • Synapse

          In what way does Israel have a free pass? I would maintain that they certainly don't as they are under constant and intense scrutiny for everything they do, whether you call it anti-semitic or not, with everyone telling them what to do. The only people here with a free pass are the Muslim/Palestinian extremists who are literally entirely ignored by media everywhere unless they do something big enough (i.e. celebrating 9/11 in Gaza received little to no coverage).

          Israel is a state like any other. Yet for some reason, the smallest thing Israel does is front page news EVEN when the exact same situation elsewhere would not even be notable. Why do the Israelis deserve special condemnation when other countries do the same or worse? I don't recall anyone complaining that it's illegal for non-muslims to be a citizen in Saudi Arabia or for non-muslims to run for office in many Muslim countries or their numerous human rights abuses or the UN ever sanctioning them. Why is Israel so special?

          The only way Israel has a free pass is to be paid attention to as they don't have to do very much to have everyone pay attention to them.

    • James T.

      Apparently they harvested Jews' organs, too. Does that mean Israel is antisemitic? While it was wrong, it is not a major incident, except to those who wish to make everything Israel does into a major incident.

  • Synapse

    In what way does Israel have a free pass? I would maintain that they certainly don’t as they are under constant and intense scrutiny for everything they do, whether you call it anti-semitic or not, with everyone telling them what to do. The only people here with a free pass are the Muslim/Palestinian extremists who are literally entirely ignored by media everywhere unless they do something big enough (i.e. celebrating 9/11 in Gaza received little to no coverage).

    Israel is a state like any other. Yet for some reason, the smallest thing Israel does is front page news EVEN when the exact same situation elsewhere would not even be notable. Why do the Israelis deserve special condemnation when other countries do the same or worse? I don’t recall anyone complaining that it’s illegal for non-muslims to be a citizen in Saudi Arabia or for non-muslims to run for office in many Muslim countries or their numerous human rights abuses or the UN ever sanctioning them. Why is Israel so special?

    The only way Israel has a free pass is to be paid attention to as they don’t have to do very much to have everyone pay attention to them.

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