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November 12, 2009

Aftonbladet Reporter Said to "Rethink" Organ Charges


The Aftonbladet saga continues. According to Israel Army Radio, reporter Donald Bostrom has backed away from his crude, unsubstantiated charges that Israeli soldiers harvest the organs of Palestinians for trafficking. After speaking on a media panel in Dimona, and apparently deciding not to attend an anti-Israel event in Lebanon he is quoted saying:

"The visit to Israel and the fact that I was part of a fair dialogue made me rethink the whole issue,"

OK. Let's assume Donald Bostrom really has had a change of heart after defaming Israel with horrific charges and inciting anti-Semitic cartoons and campaigns in the Arab world.

The question is will he try to make right the wrong he's done? Will the reporter and his editors set the record straight in a full and forthright retraction, laying out for readers the truth and acknowledging the paper's role in spreading lies and hatred?

That would signify a true change of heart -- and a commitment to ethical journalism.

Posted by AL at November 12, 2009 05:24 PM


Exodus 23:1 Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness.

Indeed, Bostrom has a daunting task ahead of himself if he is to right this wrong. Perhaps he could publish a soul-searching self-analysis describing the attraction of anti-Semitism for the modern European.

Why do they so relish demonizing the Jewish State and sanctifying its enemies?

Posted by: Ezra Ben-Shalom, Editor of Jewish State at November 12, 2009 08:54 PM

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