But it did not stop him from writing the story.
A report in Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet earlier this week alleging that Israel was harvesting Palestinians’ organs for transplant continued to cause ripples on Wednesday with statements by Israeli officials, the Swedish Embassy in Tel Aviv and the writer of the report.
Swedish Embassy “shares Israel’s dismay” over report IDF abducts Palestinians to steal organs.
“I have a personal opinion, it concerns me that it’s true,” Donald Bostrom, who penned the story, told Israel Radio en route to an emergency meeting at the editorial offices Aftonbladet, presumably to discuss the aftermath of the report.
“I was [present] during the interview that night, I was a witness. It concerns me to the extent that I want it to be investigated,” Bostrom told the station. “But whether it’s true or not – I have no idea, I have no clue.”
He was referring to a Palestinian witness who recounted an incident where a Palestinian was allegedly taken by the Israeli military and his body returned several days later – lacking some internal organs.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon responded to the report by saying: “This is a blood libel and the worst type of anti-Semitism.”
Ayalon called on the Swedish government to condemn these accusations and said Israel “sees a correlation between the Swedish government’s public statements, which are extremely critical of Israel, and anti-Semitism in the press.”
Related: Swedish Jews: Story doesn’t resonate
1930′s all over again.
(many thanks to Speranza for the tip)
Tags: Blood Libel