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Blood Libel and ‘Peace’ — A Bad Middle Eastern Mix

Obama pushes Netanyahu for more concessions while the Arab media slanders Israelis as organ thieves.

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P. David Hornik

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September 17, 2009 - 12:30 am
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Once again, the usual discord. On the one hand, U.S. envoy George Mitchell is in Israel to try — once again — to drum up Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that in President Obama’s vision are supposed to blossom, and in a rather short time, into an overall Arab-Israeli peace. On the other hand, the latest hit in the region is Jews as murderous organ harvesters.

A story first offered by Algeria’s al-Khabar daily — and now spreading like wildfire, the Jerusalem Post reports, in “the anti-Semitic blogosphere and many Arab and Muslim media outlets,” notably including Iran’s official Press TV agency — claims that:

Bands of Moroccans and Algerians have … been roaming the streets of Algeria’s cities kidnapping young children, who are then transported across the border into Morocco. From the Moroccan city of Oujda, the children are then purportedly sold to Israelis and American Jews, who then harvest their organs for sale in Israel and the United States. The organs are said to fetch anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000.

Although the al-Khabar story (Google something like “Algeria Morocco organs Jews” to see how popular it is) is reticent on the ultimate fate of the alleged kidnapped children, a similar report a month ago in Sweden’s Aftonbladet offered gruesome details, claiming that during a 1992 Israeli “campaign aimed at having the … public register for postmortal organ donation … young Palestinian men started to disappear from villages in the West Bank and Gaza. After five days Israeli soldiers would bring them back dead, with their bodies ripped open.”

In this now-famous case, the Israeli government protested vigorously to the Swedish authorities — who refused even to publicly criticize the article and its author, Donald Boström. Meaning that if even “enlightened” Sweden regards this latest variant of the archetypal anti-Jewish blood libel as a valid point of view, worthy of wide dissemination in a large daily like Aftonbladet, its growing currency in Arab and Muslim media is hardly surprising.

Indeed, both the Aftonbladet and al-Khabar reports make much of the actual case of Rabbi Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum of Brooklyn, arrested in July on charges of, as the New York Times put it, “enticing vulnerable people to give up a kidney for $10,000 and then selling the organ for $160,000.” In the Swedish or Algerian or Iranian fever swamps, this alleged corruption gets easily transmogrified into grisly Israeli and Jewish murder-for-profit activities.

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