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A Swedish blogger has found out that the journalist who published the article in Aftonbladet apparently published essentially the same text in 2001 the book Inshallah, which was financed by among others, get this, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs!
That Swedish blog has the same date (23 August) as the following NYT piece: Accusation of Organ Theft Stokes Ire in Israel
"Israel is under assault," said Daniel Seaman, director of Israel's Government Press Office. The Aftonbladet article, he said, was part of a "premeditated campaign to vilify the State of Israel." He added that anti-Semitic blood libels had led in the past to pogroms and attacks against Jews. "We cannot afford to turn the other way."

The article, by the Swedish journalist Donald Bostrom, ran on an inside page of the newspaper on Aug. 17. It was based on accusations Mr. Bostrom heard from Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza in the 1990s, and which he published in a book on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2001. Mr. Seaman said Mr. Bostrom last worked here in 2006.

Mr. Bostrom apparently revived the allegations by linking them to the July arrests of 44 people in New Jersey in a major corruption and international money laundering conspiracy that included several assemblymen, mayors and rabbis. One of its members, Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, faces charges of conspiring to broker the illegal sale of a human kidney for transplant.

(h/t the NYT's frekonomics blog)
Why the Israeli Organ-Harvesting Story Is Probably False
Al Roth, the Harvard economist whose work on matched-pair organ donations has started to transform the organ-transplantation scenario, told me he found the accusation unbelievable because of the logistics of organ harvesting itself. "Organs don't last very long and have to be matched rather particularly," he said, "so it would be hard to take them on spec for an international market. So I think black market organs must mostly be from live donors. Live donors can take blood tests well in advance and travel to where the patient is. Deceased organs have to be put on ice, and the clock starts ticking immediately and fast."
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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 26th, 2009 at 09:23:09 AM EST
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