Jews are stealing organs from Palestinian children and selling them, aren’t they? After all, the Swedish paper Aftonbladet said so.
The only problem is, they made it up. Or repeated jihadist propaganda.
“Aftonbladet editor admits: No evidence,” from the Jerusalem Post, August 24 (thanks to all who sent this in):
The Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, which caused a media stir in recent days with an article claiming IDF soldiers were harvesting organs from Palestinians, published an editorial on Monday denying Israeli claims.
“I’m not a Nazi,” Aftonbladet editor Jan Helin wrote. “I’m not anti-Semitic.”
No kidding, really?
Instead, he described himself as “a responsible editor who gave the green light to an article because it raises a few questions.” He did note, however, that the paper had no evidence that such horrific practices were being carried out.
On Sunday, Aftonbladet published a follow-up article, defending the offending report written by freelance journalist Donald Bostrom. The second article maintained that the organ-harvesting matter “should be investigated, either to stop the relentless Palestinian rumors, or, if the rumors prove to be true, stop the trade in body parts.”
That’s a significant retreat, you’ll notice, from claiming that it was actually happening.
And yet Bostrum and Helin will probably still continue to enjoy a reputation as responsible journalists.