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Journalists does not use proofs. They use sources who can be so anonymous that it is impossible to verify. I thought that was the case here. But someone have actually identified "relatives of Khaled from Nablus" "the mother of Raed from Jenin and the uncles of Machmod and Nafes from Gaza" and asked them?

Interesting, do you have a link?

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Aug 26th, 2009 at 11:28:29 AM EST
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Source.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Aug 26th, 2009 at 12:05:30 PM EST
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Well, all that is said there is that no one of the immediate family intervued by the Jerusalem Post told the swedish photographer about any organ theft. Not that they rule it out:

Family: We didn't tell foreign media organs were stolen | Middle East | Jerusalem Post

The mother denied that she had told any foreign journalist that her son's organs had been stolen.

However, she said that now she does not rule out the possibility that Israel was harvesting organs of Palestinians.

One of them confirmed that the rumor was and is circulating and supported the need for an inquiry:

Family: We didn't tell foreign media organs were stolen | Middle East | Jerusalem Post

Jalal and other members of the family said that "rumors" about Israel killing Palestinians to steal their organs have been circulating for a long time.

"I can't tell you if these rumors are true or not," the brother said.
"But in light of the investigative report in the Swedish newspaper, we are demanding an international commission of inquiry into the case."

If I understand the JP article correctly, the family lives in Imatin and is probably not the "relatives from Nablus" that is quoted in the AB-article.

So the conclusion at this point would be that the journalist did not talk to the direct family, who confirms that the rumor exists but they have no proof in the case.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Aug 26th, 2009 at 01:16:15 PM EST
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A swedish kind of death:
So the conclusion at this point would be that the journalist did not talk to the direct family, who confirms that the rumor exists but they have no proof in the case.
This is beginning to look like a blood libel, to be honest.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Aug 28th, 2009 at 04:20:00 AM EST
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Still, serious journalists always use two unrelated sources when they have not witnessed something with their own eyes.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Aug 26th, 2009 at 12:06:47 PM EST
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And really serious journalists never report on an event unless the can quote two different sources taking opposite positions on what happened (or even whether it happened). And it's not just me saying it
In a way this goes beyond my original point, which was the unwillingness of the news media to referee a controversy by actually reporting the facts. Now it seems that a fact isn't worth reporting unless someone is prepared to deny it.


En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Aug 26th, 2009 at 12:19:29 PM EST
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Yes, but serious journalism is rarely found in the evening papers.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Aug 26th, 2009 at 01:17:44 PM EST
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