Swedish paper’s organ harvesting article draws Israeli outrage
He wrote the piece in reaction to a recently unveiled corruption scandal in New Jersey that allegedly involved the private sale of a kidney from a donor in Israel.
Bostrom stressed that he has no proof that Israeli soldiers were stealing organs, and that the purpose of his opinion article was to call for an investigation into numerous claims in the 1990s that such activity was going on. One of those claims is from the family of Bilal Ahmed Ghanem, a 19-year-old Palestinian man who was shot and killed in 1992, allegedly by Israeli forces, in the West Bank village of Imatin.
“I was present that night, I was a witness,” Bostrom said.
He said Ghanem’s body was taken away and returned several days later by the Israeli military with a cut in his midsection that had been stitched up. Ghanem’s family said they believed that his organs had been removed.
After that incident, at least 20 Palestinian families told Bostrom that they suspected the Israeli military had taken the organs of their sons after they had been killed by Israeli forces, and their bodies taken away — presumably for routine autopsies.
“I was in the West Bank 50 times in the early ’90s when I experienced this,” Bostrom said. “I think it should be further investigated.”
In his op-ed, Bostrom calls on the International Court of Justice — the principal judicial body of the United Nations — to investigate the allegations.