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UN Circulating Document Alleging Israelis ‘Harvesting Human Organs’

Just Journalism, a British think tank monitoring coverage of Israel, reports that the UN Human Rights Commission will examine the libelous charge.

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March 31, 2010 - 12:00 am
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The International Organization for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (EAFORD), a Libyan-founded non-governmental organization, has submitted a document to the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council — the body that commissioned the Goldstone Report, which alleged Israel was guilty of war crimes in Gaza — to investigate allegations that “Israeli physicians, Medical Centres, rabbis and the Israeli army” may be stealing the organs of “dead, kidnapped and killed” Palestinians for sale on the black market.

The document has been circulated by the Human Rights Council as Agenda item 7 for the body’s thirteenth session (A/HRC/13/NGO/23), and although it has been covered by the Jerusalem Post and Canada’s National Post, no British media outlet has so far reported on it.

EAFORD was accredited as an NGO by the UN in 1981, and its focus, judging by its website and publications, is on equating Zionism with racism and South African apartheid.

Its present submission had been screened for publication by the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a post currently held by Navanethem Pillay, and granted the certified logo of the United Nations.

By way of introduction, EAFORD accuses Israel of “ethnic cleansing and massacres” against the Palestinians, “occupy[ing] the rest of Palestine,” creating the “largest open-air prison in the world,” whose “consequences amount to an act of siege and economic genocide.”

EAFORD then proceeds to state the following:

It is the turn of the dead, kidnapped and killed Palestinians. Their human organs, as reported in the press, can be a source of immense wealth through illegal trafficking in the world market. Israeli physicians, Medical Centres, rabbis and the Israeli army may to be involved, according to reports published in the Swedish press and criminal investigations in the United States. After Israeli physicians remove organs they think marketable, the soldiers bury the bodies in graves that carry only numbers and no names, or place them in sealed caskets and deliver them under curfew conditions to the families and supervise the digging of the graves and burial.

The document went on to call for an international boycott of Israeli doctors and medical centres, for UN Secretary General Kai Ban Moon to refer the allegation to the UN Security Council and the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court of Justice, and for the Human Rights Council to authorize its Special Fact Finding Commission to investigate Israel’s supposed organ theft.

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