Israel denounces Sweden’s silence on IDF organ harvest article (Israel is the only “democracy” that do not respect other countries laws and press. supprise?)

sraeli officials demanded that the Swedish government denounce a recent article by a top Swedish newspaper alleging that Israel Defense Forces soldiers kill Palestinian civilians in order to harvest their organs.

On Friday, the Israeli Ambassador to Sweden Benny Dagan met with Deputy Foreign Minister of the Scandinavian country and urged his government to issue a denunciation of the article. Deputy Foreign Minister Frank Belfrage emphasized his country’s freedom of speech and how it limits the ability of the government to respond to articles in the media.

Dagan rebuffed Belfrage’s explanation, saying that in the past the Swedish government responded to similar articles and their reluctance to do so in this case has made it unclear what their stance is.

The stance of the Swedish deputy foreign minister was backed up on Saturday by the country’s prime minister.

A Netanyahu aide said that “Israel does not wish to infringe upon the freedom of the press in Sweden. However, as much as the Swedish press is entitled to freedom, the Swedish government should enjoy the freedom of denouncing such reports.”

The article claims that as far back as 1992, the IDF had removed organs from Palestinian youths killed in clashes. It also makes a link to an alleged crime syndicate in New Jersey, which includes several members of the American Jewish community, as well as one Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, who faces charges of conspiring to broker the sale of a human kidney for a transplant.

Belfrage told Dagan that Bildt had responded to the article in a blog entry, which Dagan told him was not sufficient because it is unclear in a blog whether or not he is speaking as a private citizen or as the foreign minister.

Dagan then told Belfrage that the historical legacy of the Holocaust made the issue all the more important to Israelis, in that hateful words and anti-Semitism can often evolve into violent actions. Dagan also expressed his fear that the article could lead to violence against Jews.

Dagan told Belfrage that Israel believes the responsibility for cooling tensions over the article lies with the Swedish government, and said it was imperative for Sweden to resolve the crisis before the country’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt visits Israel on September 10th.

The meeting had been scheduled before the article was published, officials in the Swedish foreign ministry told local news agencies on Friday that it would now be used to address the escalating tension between the two countries.

Swedish officials said Thursday that comments by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in response to the article “had aroused anger” in Stockholm.

The article in Sweden’s biggest-selling newspaper, first reported internationally by Haaretz.com on Tuesday, has sparked fierce widespread debate both in Sweden and abroad.

Lieberman on Thursday criticized Sweden for not intervening in “the blood libel against Jews.” He said that “the affair is reminiscent of the state’s [Sweden’s] stand during World War II, when it also did not intervene.”

On Thursday, Bildt rejected Israeli calls for an official condemnation of the article.

Lieberman had asked Bildt to print a a state rebuttal to the piece. Dagan was expected to make a similar request during his meeting with Swedish Foreign Ministry officials.

Bildt denied the request, however, writing in a blog post late Thursday that he would not condemn the article as “freedom of expression is part of the Swedish constitution.”

“Freedom of expression and press freedom are very strong in our constitution by tradition. And that strong protection has served our democracy and our country well,” Bildt wrote.

“If I were engaged in editing all strange debate contributions in different media I probably wouldn’t have time to do much else.”

Bildt said he understood why the article stirred strong emotions in Israel, but said basic values in society are best protected by free discussion.

The article has enraged Israeli officials, who called it blatantly racist and said it played on vile anti-Semitic themes.

Bildt, meanwhile, says the rejection of anti-Semitism is “the only issue on which there has ever been complete unity in the Swedish parliament.”

Israeli measures

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem had been doubtful that the Swedish government would publish a condemnation of the article, and was considering other measures. One idea is to cancel an upcoming visit by Bildt to Israel, set take place in 10 days.

Another idea was to allow Bildt to make the visit, but to use the trip as a well publicized criticism of the article, and for Israeli officials to refuse to speak with him about any subject other than the article.

Foreign Ministry officials the crisis would not end without official Swedish condemnation of the article.

Lieberman has informed Foreign Ministry employees to consider the cancellation of government press cards given to Aftonbladet reporters in Israel, as well as to refuse to assist the paper in any way whatsoever in covering Israeli news.

It also emerged Thursday that Defense Minister Ehud Barak is considering a libel lawsuit against Donald Boström, the writer of the article. Boström has reportedly been trying to publish a version of the article about Israel harvesting organs since 1992.

The Swedish government on Thursday distanced itself from a statement by its ambassador to Israel, in which she criticized the article saying that “the condemnation was solely the judgment of the embassy [in Tel Aviv], and designed for an Israeli audience.” The comments came in a statement released Thursday by the Swedish Foreign Ministry.

“The article in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet is as shocking and appalling to us Swedes, as it is to Israeli citizens,” said Ambassador Elisabet Borsiin Bonnier on Wednesday.

“Just as in Israel, freedom of the press prevails in Sweden,” Bonnier said. “However, freedom of the press and freedom of expression are freedoms which carry a certain responsibility.”

Ref: Haaretz

Also read:

Israel fury at Sweden organ claim

Israel is to lodge an official complaint with Sweden over claims in a newspaper that Israeli soldiers killed Palestinians to sell their organs.

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Amazing as it is, it´s true!

Israel is bulling another country to think, act and talk as Israel wants. Everyone that do not do what Israel wants is a “palestinian”. Everyone that the jews + zionist do not like is an antisemite. Meanwhile the ethnical cleansing of Palestine  and the israeli organ theafts countinues.

But let´s not talk about that.

Facts are boring when  you are an israeli.

/a


2 Responses

  1. Hi,
    I fear you won’t regard my opinion highly but it’s worth a try.
    I have reviewed certain parts of your blog, and as might as I feel in agreement with certain ideas you have, it is still a blunt shock for me to see what you are willing to believe in, in the name of “humanity”.

    You say “Facts are boring when you are an Israeli” and I say – facts?! Where are those mysterious “Facts” ?! You tag along a very horrifying story about organ trade in NY and connote it to Gaza and it really takes a washed up mind to make this link to Israel and the IDF.

    I guess it doesn’t really matter when it comes to bashing Israelis. No surprises noted.

    The sad thing is that, as I might agree to certain ideas (so does most Israelis) such as the the Palestinian state, even a greater number of Israelis will fear you (“you” being one sided Israel haters). Will fear the re-occurrence of the world’s indifference to the jewish interest in – yes – a jewish country (being the only country for my people).

    Do you REALLY want to make a difference??
    Do you REALLY want peace??
    DO you REALLY want justice??

    Weigh, at least, the considerations of the other side – the one that you are not so very fond of.

    Try to understand that the side that you don’t like also needs to feel secure. Needs to feel that there will be at least ONE country where he can feel safe from discriminating acts (verbal and physical). The feeble publication in the Swedish “news”paper is just one example.

    Anyone can make up awful unsupported accusations. You are willing to believe anything as long as it attacks Israel. Where are the facts corroborating those allegations? I wonder…

    • Moti,

      Thanx for visiting my blog.
      And I feel also that you will not regard my opinion higher than an Palestinian which means
      basically not at all. Anyway, let me answer some of you comments.

      First of all. You beloved Israel is a NOTORIOUS organ trafficking country with numerous international
      scandals. This is a FACT. Now Moti, weather you want it or not that´s a part of you country that you
      need to embrace to at all progress from the ditches where you and other pro-israelis shoot to kill
      any criticism.

      “Bashing Israelis”?!
      You make me laugh. I need not to distort or apply a “washed up mind” to show the real face of the Israeli occupation, aggression and racism. All I do here is to bring up all the knowledge production produced around the atrocities produced and reproduced by Israel, Israelis and Americans. With other words, you do the job very well with your banality, screaming holocaust, practicing shoah, building the apartheid system, ethnically cleaning east Jerusalem and the west bank, massacring Gaza and the list goes on. Is this Israeli practices that you support Moti?

      Moti, really grow up! This illusion of that it is Israel against the world is NOWADAYS totally created by that Israel. You are the enternal victims, David, in your own eyes. Only you, the Jewish interest, seems to be both the topic and headline in EVERY bashing of INTERNATIONAL LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS aso.

      Is Israel the only country for Jews? Are jews living in other countries not living in their country????
      And what do you call a country that is reserved for one ethnicity and all others are discriminated against? 1930s Germany? No 2009 Israel. What a glorious country you live; built on the white man´s guilt, established by the white man´s organization and then by aggression and ideology your beloved country has occupied, murdered, invaded and violated humans, laws, morality and dignity. And get your country hold the moral high ground by your claiming that the very ones murdering have high moral. And then you urge me to “understand the other side”. Because you do not feel secure? With all you bombs, weapons of mass destruction, superior army, well supported by USA in both arms supply and in the UN…

      By the way, how “safe” is Israel? Would you take a walk on the beach by the night in Tel Aviv? How trustworthy are your politicians which displays a rotten face of corruption, rape etc?

      Why should you Moti have the right to feel secure and use that longing while you deny others the same and use “security” for violating not only international laws but also to kill? What is it with YOU that makes your feelings, dreams, right to own and travel superior to others? We all know it´s not because the old myth of being a “beacon of light”. Why oh why can´t you see and consider the other side?! It´s right there Moti. Around the corner behind the apartheid wall, below the new settlements, in the arab parts of you society, on the ground that has been ethnically cleansed for “jewish” neighbourhoods aso? Maybe your blindness and inability to see that is the sum of the Zionist education and state propaganda?! What does Adorno tell us?

      Now Moti, take a step outside the pit your are scream/crying from and please consider this. Do you think that you ever will achive SECURITY by denying others their right to live with security? Do you honestly believe that occupying other people land and forcing them to leave or live without dignity will make you more SECURE?

      You ask for facts. Why do you not instead provide facts that this is not done???
      Well I told you that there are numerous facts that Israel a notorious organ trafficking country. Please, do you research here Moti.Search for the Scottish tourist, Alastair Sinclair, who at the airport was taken to the prison and there “died”. Why was his organs removed? Well, that question was raised by his family and they got the organs back with 2,2 milion. Now Scottish people are normally white but still. And then you demand claims that this has NOT been done to Palestinians whom live under siege and apartheid and whom we all know, even you Moti,
      that Israel and Israelis regard/treat and shoot at as trash. Maybe even you have shoot one or two during your IDF service?

      Start digging Moti and please return with comments.

      That is if you REALLY want to make Israel a better place??
      If you REALLY want peace??
      If you REALLY want justice for all and not for Jewish interests?

      Until then I will wonder why it comes to natural for Israelis to cry, scream and demand
      loyalty to an ideology and practice that for 70 years ago was directed towards them.
      Why do we never learn from history?!

      Have a nice day!

      /a

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