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November 03, 2009

Aftonbladet Reporter Visits Israel

Donald Bostrom, the protagonist of the Aftonbladet affair, spoke at a media conference in Dimona yesterday. Ha'aretz reports:

Speaking at a media conference, where he was frequently interrupted by hecklers, Donald Bostrom admitted that he had no proof beyond the allegations of the families of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army. . .

" . . . The fact is that the families said what they said. That's a normal article," Bostrom said.

But as the Jerusalem Post reported Aug. 24, 2009 ("Family: We didn't say organs taken"):

The family and relatives of Bilal Ahmed Ghanem, the Palestinian at the center of the organ-theft story in the Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, said on Monday that they didn't know if the accusations were true or not. . . .

The mother denied that she had told any foreign journalist that her son's organs had been stolen. . . .

Ibrahim Ghanem, a relative of Bilal, said that the family never told the Swedish photographer that Israel had stolen organs from the dead man's body.

"Maybe the journalist reached that conclusion on the basis of the stitches he saw on the body," he said. "But as far as the family is concerned, we don't know if organs were removed from the body because we never performed our own autopsy. All we know is that Bilal's teeth were missing."

Posted by TS at November 3, 2009 03:30 AM


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