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Jerusalem - AP Report: Israel Harvested Organs in '90s Without Permission

Published on: December 20, 2009 01:17 PM
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Jerusalem - Israel has admitted that in the 1990s, its forensic pathologists harvested organs from dead bodies, including Palestinians, without permission of their families.

The issue emerged with publication of an interview with the then-head of Israel’s Abu Kabir forensic institute, Dr. Jehuda Hiss. The interview was conducted in 2000 by an American academic, who released it because of a huge controversy last summer over an allegation by a Swedish newspaper that Israel was killing Palestinians in order to harvest their organs. Israel hotly denied the charge.

Parts of the interview were broadcast on Israel’s Channel 2 TV over the weekend. In it, Hiss said, “We started to harvest corneas ... Whatever was done was highly informal. No permission was asked from the family.”

The Channel 2 report said that in the 1990s, forensic specialists at Abu Kabir harvested skin, corneas, heart valves and bones from the bodies of Israeli soldiers, Israeli citizens, Palestinians and foreign workers, often without permission from relatives.

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In a response to the TV report, the Israeli military confirmed that the practice took place. “This activity ended a decade ago and does not happen any longer,” the military said in a statement quoted by Channel 2.

In the interview, Hiss described how his doctors would mask the removal of corneas from bodies. “We’d glue the eyelid shut,” he said. “We wouldn’t take corneas from families we knew would open the eyelids.”

Many of the details in the interview first came to light in 2004, when Hiss was dismissed as head of the forensic institute because of irregularities over use of organs there. Israel’s attorney general dropped criminal charges against him, and Hiss still works as chief pathologist at the institute. He had no comment on the TV report.

Complaints against the institute, where autopsies of dead bodies are performed, at the time of Hiss’ dismissal came from relatives of Israeli soldiers and civilians as well as Palestinians. The bodies belonged to people who died from various causes, including diseases, accidents and Israeli-Palestinian violence, but there has been no evidence to back up the claim in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that Israeli soldiers killed Palestinians for their organs. Angry Israeli officials called the report “anti-Semitic.”

The academic, Nancy Sheppard-Hughes, a professor of anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley, said she decided to make the interview public in the wake of the Aftonbladet controversy, which raised diplomatic tensions between Israel and Sweden and prompted Sweden’s foreign minister to call off a visit to the Jewish state.

Sheppard-Hughes said that while Palestinians were “by a long shot” not the only ones affected by the practice in the 1990s, she felt the interview must be made public now 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.”

While insisting that all organ harvesting was done with permission, Israel’s Health Ministry told Channel 2, “The guidelines at that time were not clear.” It added, “For the last 10 years, Abu Kabir has been working according to ethics and Jewish law.”


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 Dec 20, 2009 at 02:41 PM Matt Says:

I can't believe how stupid the govt. of Israel is to not keep this info suppressed

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 01:26 PM Anonymous Says:

My great-aunt died in Haifa and when my aunt went to id the body, the eyes were hollow and stitched closed. It was horrific.

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 01:55 PM In the 90's?? Says:

And what is doing since? There is a real Israeli style conspiracy going with him, as he is never actually caught even tho there is tons of evidence about him.

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 04:07 PM Anonymous Says:

And you want to know why the Chareidim protested agains him for always ordering autopsies . This is why he did it . He admits to only a small amount of the dirty things he really did . And the Zionim knew about it and allowed it to happen

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 04:43 PM such logic Says:

Reply to #1  
Matt Says:

I can't believe how stupid the govt. of Israel is to not keep this info suppressed

you cant believe israel didnt keep this crime aganist humanity secret enough? wow i guess hitler's (y's) only mistake was not keep his crimes under the carpet.

some of the opinions i see here astonish me. i cant believe how some people believe it is mysteriously ok for jews (usually israelis since their version of a jew usually commits these crimes against humanity) but when anybody else does these things it is never right and they should be bombed.

besides have you all forgotten how much you all defended israel aganist the swedish press (sweden should be bombed right?) because their antisemetic media claimed israel was harvesting organ. now we find out they actually are harvesting organs (palestinians included) and your problem matt (and many other people here on VIN) is that this information was exposed.
when have yidden lost their ability to be logical?

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 05:00 PM Anonymous Says:

This is just further proof that Israel is capable to do what the mother, that is accused of starving her son, claims. Let me see all you Israeli goverment protectors rush to their defence. Why the silence?

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 05:12 PM oy, Gevald! Says:

As the Navi Yeshaya said: "Meharsayich U'Machrivayich Mimeich Yetzayhu!" If this report is indeed true--and not just another attempt at Blood Libel--then, there are not enough words of contempt for such practices. It certainly points to the larger problem, that when science is divorced from humanity and ethics, then the true monster emerges from man's heart.

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 05:12 PM E.A. Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

My great-aunt died in Haifa and when my aunt went to id the body, the eyes were hollow and stitched closed. It was horrific.

I don't believe everything I read, even your sad story.

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 05:46 PM Anonymous Says:

How can anyone who is a religious Jew stand for this? The medinah harvested Jews! They desecrated the bodies of Jews in Eretz Hakodesh! May HKBH forgive us, send messiach and peacefully end the state.

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 06:58 PM Anonymous Says:

Those involved in this unspeakable evil are not bnei Avraham,Yitzchak V'Yaakov, that's an understood. When there is cruelty like that, our sages tell us that they are not the descendants of our patriarchs and matriarchs, B'H.

Pure unadulterated evil! The world has descended to such a low & so many things coming out of the state of Israel (the Erev Rav). What a chilul. We must all do tshuva and pray hard for Moshiach Tzdkeinu. We
need the Geulah Shleimah desperately.

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 08:56 PM ish emes Says:

Where is Charlie Hall and the other religious bashers usually in VIN.. Do u doubt that Barak, Peres and Rabin were not capable of lying to the Yemenite parents that their children died while they actually sold them to Europe and these children are now surfacing by the thousands. Do you truly believe that Barak is Not using this Hesder Yeshiva thing for his own political gain and manipulation. These actions with the autopsies are what the Satmar Rebbe ztza'l (zechuso yogein al klal yisroel)
was upset at the Zionists and proves he was so right. And these animals are screaming against those who protest against Shabbos (which I do not agree with their violence!) . These are the animals who leave this same person in charge of pathology/ These are the same seculars who have taught such hatred afgainst religious Jews. Charlie say something vicious against religious Jew. Or mr M where are u?? This shames all Jews the worls thruout!

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 10:27 PM Ich shaym zich oych nisht Says:

Reply to #8  
E.A. Says:

I don't believe everything I read, even your sad story.

EA -it doesn't seem u even read the interviewers article where he states they admitted glueing the eyes together. my friend 86% Israeli businesses (recent secular study) will not hire religious Jews ! Fact! why? Because of the same people who did this autopsy story.. They are religious bashers. But this forensic doctor still being in charge could not happen without Israeli officials agreeing. So u really can't believe this! u must be thick, If niot true they would go down for defamation of character nad slander.. Don't u realize that? Why did Barak apologize in 2000 (running for PM ) for the sale of newborn Yemenite children to the Sephardic community.Because the whole bunch in the Labor party for years and years had the the same motif operandi. The anti Zionists were right and I was wrong to believe in them.

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 Dec 20, 2009 at 11:18 PM Charlie Hall Says:

"Do u doubt that Barak, Peres and Rabin were not capable of lying to the Yemenite parents "

Yes, I doubt it. Barak was nine years old at the time of Operation Magic Carpet. Peres was a purchasing agent in the Defense Ministry and Rabin was an IDF officer with no political role. Check your history before you spew any more motzi shem ra.

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 Dec 21, 2009 at 01:03 AM me Says:

The Hiss case came to light when it became known that he had a "collection" of body parts. he later admitted that he had taken barious parts and organs for his "research" collection without family approval. In any other country he would still be sitting in jail. In the Zionist Bolshevik country, HE STILL HAS THE SAME JOB!!! but they changed his titled. Stealing body parts is a crime in almost every civilized country. The man wasn't even dismissed from ZIONIST GOVERNMENT JOB. be sure to bash chareidim for protesting chillul shabbos and turn a blind eye to this zionist who stole body parts without family permission. (Do not make him out to be a modern day Robin Hood, because he stole corneas to help the blind. He likely was paid for that as well, but who do you justify his body parts collection or the fact he still in the same job after admitting he broke the law for years?

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 Dec 21, 2009 at 02:22 AM A. Nuran Says:

A few weeks ago, when the Swedish press broke this story, everyone here including me screamed "Blood libel!"

Obviously, we were wrong.

This is a shameful thing. The Israeli government should vigorously prosecute everyone involved in this chillul Hashem.

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 Dec 21, 2009 at 07:20 AM Anonymous Says:

This is a shameful thing. The Israeli government should vigorously prosecute everyone involved in this chillul Hashem.

mmm and how will the evil government prosecute themselves? The Israeli Government is the problem.

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 Dec 21, 2009 at 03:47 PM Sad but not shocked Says:

This reminds me when my baby, who was born way too soon, died in an Israel hospital, we signed that we don't allow his body to be used for medical research. Friends who worked in Zaka tipped up off to grab the baby's body back and hand it directly to Chevre Kedisha because despite the signature, they absolutely would take the body for medical research since they figured what the family doesn't know can't hurt them.
Time and again it seems you just can't trust Israel's medical system.

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 Dec 21, 2009 at 04:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #13  
Charlie Hall Says:

"Do u doubt that Barak, Peres and Rabin were not capable of lying to the Yemenite parents "

Yes, I doubt it. Barak was nine years old at the time of Operation Magic Carpet. Peres was a purchasing agent in the Defense Ministry and Rabin was an IDF officer with no political role. Check your history before you spew any more motzi shem ra.

You totally missed the point. On what bases do you assume that they have any morality if we see how their predecessors operated. Because they say so? Why cover up this act and not all the other acts of indiscretion that the Yishuv Hayoshon accuses the Zionist of? Their modus operandi is to bash and dehumanise the Chareidim so the general public will ignore them when they are just screaming for survival and protection from G-D's enemies. Yes. Enemies

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 Dec 22, 2009 at 11:16 AM Anonymous Says:

First of all, let me say this practice was a complete abomination, and the perpetrators should be severely punished.

BUT, no one seems to notice that this episode is being used to tar the State of Israel and by extension, its citizens of this crime, in other words assigning collective guilt to a non-collective crime.

Let's say one of the "foremost forensic pathology labs" in the United States (or Sweden), even one run by the federal government, committed such an act. Would the headlines scream, "United States (or Sweden) guilty of harvesting organs in the 90s without permission?" Of course not. The headlines would read, "Lab in the United States (or Sweden) found to have been harvesting organs in the 90s without permission."

BUT, when this happens in Israel, it's "Israel" doing the harvesting. Get it, you antisemites????????

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 Dec 22, 2009 at 06:15 PM Anonymous Says:

thats disgusting. As a strong supporter of Israel, i find it painful to hear some of the barbaric things t commited. a zionist country with no fear of Hashem, is not a Jewish country at all.

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