Are Israelis stealing organs for transplant from the bodies of Palestinians in Gaza?

This Writer is ill, so I haven’t had time to do much research on this. However: it seems there are claims that agents of Israel are stealing organs for transplant from the bodies of Palestinians in Gaza:

There are a lot of false claims around this.

One is that there is no point in harvesting organs from the dead and a body must be alive for them to be taken; this is not true. They can be harvested up to 48 hours after death.

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Another is that Israel steals organs from the bodies of others because Jewish people need to be buried whole, according to their religion; this is not true either. Organs may be harvested because the preservation of life takes priority over all other religious commandments.

According to Euronews,

Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said on Sunday it had “concerns” about possible organ theft from Palestinian corpses, following reports by medical professionals in Gaza who examined some bodies after they were released by Israel.

The NGO claimed it has documented Israeli forces confiscating dozens of dead bodies from the al-Shifa and Indonesian hospitals in northern Gaza, alongside others in the south.

Medical professionals reportedly found vital organs, such as livers, kidneys and hearts, alongside cochleas and corneas, were missing, which the Euro-Med Monitor called “evidence” of potential organ theft.

They also claimed Israel exhumed and confiscated corpses from a mass grave that was dug more than 10 days ago in a courtyard at al-Shifa.

Israel has previously denied harvesting organs from dead Palestinians without the consent of families, calling such accusations “antisemitic”.

Organ theft cannot be proven or disproven by forensic medical examination alone since multiple bodies underwent surgery prior to death, doctors at several Gaza hospitals were cited as saying by Euro-Med.

A full examination of the recovered corpses is not possible given the intense Israeli attacks on Gaza, they claimed. This follows comments by Palestinian health officials in Gaza that they can no longer even count the dead because the enclave’s health system has collapsed.

In her book Over Their Dead Bodies, Israeli doctor Meira Weiss claimed organs were taken from dead Palestinians between 1996 and 2002 and used in medical research at Israeli universities and transplanted into Israeli patients’ bodies.

A controversial Israeli television investigation in 2014 included confessions from high-ranking officials that skin was taken from the bodies of dead Palestinians and African workers to treat Israelis, such as soldiers with burn injuries.

In it, the director of the Israeli Skin Bank revealed the country’s reserve of “human skin” reached 17 square meters – a huge number relative to Israel’s population.

Israel is thought to be the biggest hub for the illegal global trade in human organs, according to a 2008 investigation by the American CNN network.

The 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, which Israel has not ratified, requires combatants to respect the dignity of the dead, including preventing despoiling, mutilation, or any disrespectful treatment of their bodies.

Euro-Med also accused Israel of holding the remains of dozens of Palestinians killed during its military operation in Gaza since 7 October, though some have been handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

This is considered by some a punitive practice to deny families the chance of burying their loved ones.

Refusing to hand over the bodies of the dead to grieving families for burial may amount to collective punishment, which again is forbidden under the Fourth Geneva Convention, Euro-Med monitor pointed out.

Burying the dead is considered a fundamental and significant religious duty in Islam, which carries deep cultural and spiritual significance.

Propaganda can be spread by both sides in a war.

It may be that Israel is innocent of these crimes.

But the available evidence suggests otherwise. Wouldn’t you agree?

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  1. Ludus57 January 21, 2024 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    The Israelis have worked hard to devalue the word “terrorist” by using it indiscriminately. Asymmetric warfare is not terrorism even though to the layperson it can be misrepresented as the Israelis do.
    The same is happening with “antisemitism”. It is being abused to the extent that when it is deployed in appropriate circumstances, many people no longer stop and reflect on how serious the significance of its use should be.
    But historically, this is par for the course for Zionists, and that, in itself, is a searing indictment of them.

  2. Martyn January 28, 2024 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Israel,The US, the UK and others who support Israel and its Genocide against Palestine and the Palestinians are the new ‘Axis of Evil’…. They have even put Hitler’s Nazis in the shade…

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