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Original article in Swedish daily
Original article in Swedish daily 
 
 

Iranian reporter: Swedish article on IDF organ harvesting 'credible'

Kusar Aslam says that during her 22 years of reporting in Gaza, West Bank she saw 'thousands of Palestinian bodies snatched from hospitals'

Dudi Cohen
Published: 09.01.09, 13:25 / Israel News

"New details exposed on trafficking of Palestinian organs," read Tuesday's headline of Iranian newspaper Kayhan, which is considered Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's mouthpiece.

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The newspaper, which appears to be attempting to inflame Iranian public opinion in the wake of the controversy surrounding the Swedish article accusing IDF soldiers of harvesting organs from Palestinians, quotes Arab reporter Kusar Aslam as saying that, "Since the early 1970s the Israelis have snatched thousands of Palestinian bodies from hospitals in the territories and transferred them to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute."

 

Aslam, who claims she was stationed in Gaza and the West Bank for 22 years said, "My personal experience verifies the report published by (Donald) Boström," referring to the Aftonbladet reporter who published the original article.

 

According to Aslam, some of the Palestinians were still alive when they were "kidnapped" by IDF soldiers.

 

"I personally witnessed Israeli soldiers and army vehicles snatching Palestinian bodies from emergency rooms," the Iranian reporter said. "In other instances I saw soldiers follow Palestinians to cemeteries with the intent of stealing bodies before they were buried.

 

"This became so widespread that many people began to bury those murdered by IDF forces near their homes – in the yard or under a tree," she said.

 

The Iranian newspaper said the Aftonbladet article has "chilled relations between Tel Aviv and Stockholm."

 

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