The Harvest

The Harvest

Monday, 09 November 2015 17:20
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Israel ‘harvesting Palestinians’ organs

From the Book of Joel (Hebrew Bible)

Joel 3:13
13 Put in the sickle,
for the harvest is ripe.
Go in, tread,
for the winepress is full.
The vats overflow,
for their evil is great.

The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations (UN) says the Tel Aviv regime is harvesting the organs of Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the occupied territories.

Riyad Mansour said in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday that the bodies of the Palestinians killed by Israeli forces are “returned with missing corneas and other organs, further confirming past reports about organ harvesting by the occupying power.”

“A medical examination conducted on bodies of Palestinians returned after they were killed by the occupying power found that they were missing organs,” Mansour wrote in the letter.

The Palestinian envoy further protested Israel’s “persistent aggression against the Palestinian people” over the past month and the regime’s “insistence on use of violent force and oppressive measures.”

The issue of organ theft by Israel was first brought to the fore in a report published by Sweden’s most highly-circulated daily Aftonbladet in 2009.

US daily The New York Times also said in an August 2014 report that transplant brokers in Israel have pocketed enormous sums of money. Based on the Timesanalysis of major organ trafficking cases since 2000, Israelis have played a ‘disproportionate role’ in organ trafficking.

The Palestinians whom Mansour was referring to were killed amid tensions in the occupied territories, which have dramatically escalated in recent weeks.

This file photo shows an Israeli soldier checking the identity card of a Palestinian woman crossing the Kalandia checkpoint between al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah. (Photo by AP)

The Israeli regime’s imposition of restrictions in August on the entry of Palestinian worshipers to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) has become the lightning rod for the surge of recent confrontations.

According to the latest figures by the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 74 Palestinians have lost their lives at the hands of Israeli forces since the beginning of October. At least 11 Israelis have also been killed during that period.

The bodies of the Palestinian victims are most often held in Israeli custody for long periods of time before they are returned to relatives.

“After returning the seized bodies of Palestinians killed by the occupying forces through October, and following medical examinations, it has been reported that the bodies were returned with missing corneas and other organs,” PA envoy to the UN Riyad Mansour said, according to a report in Days of Palestine.

Mansour added: “This confirms previous reports about Israeli occupation harvesting organs of Palestinian martyrs killed during clashes or in protests.”

Dany Danonm, Israeli representative to the UN sent a message to the UN Secretary General asking him to criticise Mansour’s remarks, accusing him of being “anti-Semite.”

This is not the first time that it has been revealed that the Israeli occupation harvest human organs. Credible international sources and investigators have on several occasions times proved that.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, founder of Organ Watch, is the Chancellor’s Professor of Medical Anthropology at the University of California Berkeley, has described “Israel” at the “top of a list of countries involved in human organs trafficking. “It [Israel] has tentacles reaching out worldwide,” she said.

Scheper-Hughes, the founder of Organ Watch, said: “Israeli organ traffickers have a pyramid system at work that’s awesome…they have brokers everywhere, bank accounts everywhere; they’ve got recruiters, they’ve got translators, they’ve got travel agents who set up the visas.”

She added: “Israeli traffickers have utilised people from diverse locations—the West Bank and Gaza, the Philippines and Eastern Europe.”

In a subcommittee testimony Scheper-Hughes stated: “Human rights groups in the West Bank complained to me of tissue and organs stealing of slain Palestinians by Israeli pathologists at the national Israeli legal medical institute in Tel Aviv.”

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