[News] The IDF: Israel's Organ Grinder

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Gilad Atzmon - The IDF: Israel's Organ Grinder

Atzmon • Aug 19th, 2009

The IDF's Chief Rabbi, OC Chaplaincy Brig. Gen. 
Avichai Ronzki and OC Medical Corps Brig. Gen. 
Nachman Ash both signed up for an organ donation 
card during a ceremony in the Kirya Military 
Headquarters in Tel Aviv. One wonders if they are 
aware that, if the claims are true, their very 
own IDF has at least on several occasions been 
involved in obtaining younger organs from 
Palestinians they have killed, returned to their 
families after five days and had buried in a 
regime of a night-time blackout under Israeli-enforced Palestinian curfew.

There is an old Jewish joke that tells the story 
of a dying Jewish merchant who calls his son to 
his sickbed just before he perishes. He tells 
him, “Listen to me Moisha’le, life is not just 
about money
 you can also do gold and diamonds.”

Monitoring Israeli and Jewish news reveals a 
devastating fact, it is not ‘just’ about money. 
It may also be about human organs. A few weeks 
ago we learned about a ring of American Rabbis 
who had been arrested in New Jersey upon 
suspicion of 
organs trafficking (amongst many other 
crimes).  Rabbi Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, we read, 
enticed “vulnerable people to give up a kidney 
for $10,000 which he would turn around and sell 
for $160,000." Not too bad, I thought to myself 
then. We are living in hard times, financial melt 
down, credit crunch, Wall Street is licking its 
wounds, the car industry is 
evaporating.  Seemingly, kidney trafficking is still booming.

In fact, the ring of the Rabbi in New Jersey 
didn’t take me by complete surprise. For years we 
have been hearing about Palestinians claiming 
that Israel is “deep into organ trafficking.” We 
also learned that the family of Alastair 
Sinclair, a Scottish tourist who hanged himself 
in an Israeli jail, “was forced to bring suit for 
his return with 
body parts."

In 2002 the Tehran Times reported: “The Zionist 
state has tacitly admitted that doctors at the 
Israeli forensic institute at Abu Kabir had 
extracted the vital organs of three Palestinian 
teenage children killed by the Israeli Army 
nearly ten days ago. Zionist Minister of Health 
Nessim Dahhan said in response to a question by 
Arab member of the Zionist Parliament 'Knesset', 
Ahmed Teibi, on Tuesday that he couldn't deny 
that organs of Palestinian youths and children 
killed by the Israeli forces were taken out for 
transplants or scientific research.”

But now the news about Israeli trafficking of 
human organ is spreading to Western mainstream 
media. Ynet, the biggest Israeli online 
today that  “Leading Swedish daily Aftonbladet 
claimed in one of its articles that IDF soldiers 
killed Palestinians in order to trade in their organs.”

A few weeks ago we had a debate here on PTT 
whether Zionism is a colonial apparatus or not. 
One of the Materialist arguments against the 
perception of Zionism as a colonial practice was 
that Palestine has never been too attractive 
economically; it lacks oil, gold or minerals. 
However, this may change now. People who 
specialise in organ theft may find Palestine to 
be heaven on earth. In the light of the latest 
vastly spreading accusations, the Jewish national 
project maybe is colonial after all.

Though the Israeli government denies the 
accusation, and I myself far from being qualified 
to know what the truth of the matter is, one 
cannot deny that we are facing here a shift of 
consciousness within the Western discourse. At 
the end of the day, after watching the Israeli 
army dumping great quantities of white 
phosphorous on a civilian population in broad 
daylight, after seeing Israelis gathering 
gleefully en masse on the hills around Gaza just 
to watch their military spreading death and 
physical suffering in a genocidal manner, after 
reading that 94% of the Israelis supported the 
IDF military campaign against the elderly, women 
and children, most of whom were refugees with 
nowhere to escape and seek further refuge, organ 
theft seems to be a ‘light crime’.

Whether or not the Swedish paper’s accusations 
are genuine is yet to be revealed. However, one 
fact has already been established: after so many 
years of Western inclination to dance to the 
relentless crying violin of the Jewish 
melancholic victim serenade, the Western media is 
now changing its appetite, it is willing to 
confront Jewish institutional crime.

Rather than talking about the rise of 
anti-Semitism, we better discuss the growth of Jewish institutional crime.



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