Below is a follow-up report and translation by our Swedish correspondent CB about the recent revival of the blood libel in Sweden’s largest newspaper. CB includes this introductory note:
Here’s an interesting update on the Swedish blood libel that Aftonbladet peddled last month about the IDF as virtual organ harvesters. It’s a bizarre irony that the same newspaper — which proudly stated just days ago that they would not be party to xenophobic hatred, and thus would refuse election ads by the Sweden Democrats — has apparently become party to xenophobic hatred against Jews. And that in a part of the world where Jews can get into serious trouble.
Will we now see an advertised editorial about the dangers for a newspaper of going fishing in murky waters, where Aftonbladet will use Donald Boström’s article as an example?
Donald Boström, who wrote in Aftonbladet about the alleged Israeli theft of Palestinians organs, has received the Algerian Journalist Association’s honor prize, according to Al Arabiya an equivalent of $5,000. He is on a tour which will also make stops in Egypt, Jordan and Syria.
In Algeria Boström met with several high representatives of the Algerian state, such as Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem, who praised his journalism.
That shows that Boström is a big inspiration for the Arab world’s journalist corps. For example, Algeria has its own organ-theft story now, the spread of which is investigated by the state’s representatives as part in the brainwashing of the oppressed population (Algeria is in 121st place in the index of press freedom). Al Manar [original in English]:
The organ theft scandal in Israel is likely to have a domino effect as similar crimes by Israeli organizations in the Arab world have been unearthed; an international zionist conspiracy to kidnap Algerian children and harvest their organs.
The story was first reported by Algeria’s Al-Khabar daily which revealed that bands of Moroccans and Algerians have allegedly 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.
Dr. Mustafa Khayatti, head of the Algerian National Committee for the Development of Health Research, has linked the crime to the group of pro-Israeli US politicians and rabbis who were arrested recently in New York. But Khayati warned that although “these Jewish organ trafficking gangs have been arrested, other such gangs remain active in several Arab countries.” The Iranian Press TV linked the gang to Israeli Rabbi Levi Rosenbaum who was recently arrested in New Jersey for his direct role in illegal human organs trade.
Most likely Åsa Lindeborg is feeling proud that her culture page’s story — which she herself admits doesn’t hold water — now feeds into anti-Semitism in the entire Arab world.