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Committee formed to investigate ‘organ harvest’

Press TV [1]
Friday, Sept 4, 2009

The Palestinian Authority (PA) forms a committee to probe the ‘organs harvest’ issue after the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet and families of Palestinian victims raised the issue.

An August 17 article titled They plunder the organs of our sons sparked a diplomatic crisis between Israel and Sweden for suggesting that the Israeli army kidnapped and killed young Palestinians to harvest their organs for the black market.

Hasan Abu Libda, the secretary-general of the Palestinian Ministerial Council in Ramallah said on Thursday that a committee has been formed under the direct orders of the PA to investigate the claims made in the article.

Abu Libda, who made the comments in an interview with Palestinian Radio, added that the committee would act internationally, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) reported.

He said that the PA will have a direct and sharp response to the issue, as organ harvesting is a clear violation of international law, the basic principles of human rights and also a direct violation of religious beliefs.

The committee will include the interior, health and foreign ministers, who will head the investigation, he said.

“If these allegations prove true, we will take an unequivocal stance,” Abu Libda added.

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After failing to extract and apology from the Swedish government through diplomatic channels, the Israeli government said that it will take legal action against the paper, seeking USD 7.5 million in compensation.

This is while Swedish freelance journalist Donald Bostrom, who authored the article, says that the article was based on his observations and claims of the Palestinian families who lost their loved ones in 1992, during the first Palestinian uprising.

“The article is not accusing the (Israeli) army of snatching organs. The Palestinian families, the Palestine mothers, say that they think or they are sure that ‘someone’ took organs from their young men,” Bostrom told Press TV last week.

He said that the purpose of his article was to call for an investigation into numerous claims in the 1990s that such activity was going on.