• This article was amended on 21 December 2009. The headline was changed as it did not reflect accurately the contents of the story. Nancy Scheper-Hughes's name was misspelled as Nancy Sheppard-Hughes in the original text.
because "the symbolism, you know, of taking skin of the population considered to be the enemy, [is] something, just in terms of its symbolic weight, that has to be reconsidered."
Alder Hey organs scandal: the issue explained
by David Batty and Jane Perrone
Friday 27 April 2001
Hi Paul R "Reports in a Swedish newspaper falsely accused Israeli soldiers of selling organs of slain Palestinians and Swedish officials responded with the claim that it’s “freedom of the press”. PS. when Muslims protested the Muhammad cartoons, it was also said 'freedom of the press'. why freedom of the press should be accepted by one group and not by others?
- It was the Israeli media that broke the story (a sign of a strong, independent media and an open society, no?)
- Corneas etc were taken, reported The Guardian, from "Israeli soldiers, Israeli citizens, Palestinians and foreign workers, often without permission from relatives". So, as the source of the story, Prof Nancy Sheppard-Hughes, stated, "Palestinians were 'by a long shot' not the only ones affected".
- The Guardian notes that "there was no evidence that Israel had killed Palestinians to take their organs, as [Aftonbladet] reported.
- The Guardian mentions at the bottom of its report this very telling piece of information: "Hiss was removed from his post in 2004, when some details about organ harvesting were first reported".
So what we have here is a disgraceful practice which was exposed some five or six years ago resulting in the dismissal of the senior person responsible. This practice, while indefensible, bore no similarity to the antisemitic blood libel spread by the Swedish and Arab media and anti-Israel polemecists. In fact it is more akin to the scandals which hit Britain's National Health Service a few years ago when it became apparent that body parts had been removed from the dead without relatives' permission and stored away for research (see attached article)."
http://society.guardian.co.uk/alderhey/story/0,,450736,00.html is the link to a story about similar malpractice in the United Kingdom. At least in Israel and the UK the malpractice was exposed and (hopefully) stopped.