Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Israeli organ traffickers bring their business to Philipines

Do you recall when the Swedish news story broke, way back, on the Israeli organ trafficking?
I covered the original news in this post Israel and the business of organ harvesting

"There were shrieks of denial and of course derision for the journalist and the usual accusations of antisemitism and racism."

All designed to distract you away from the facts of the matter.
The fact is Israeli organ trafficking is ongoing and is big business.
Here is a news article, very lengthy (8 pages), so I will only excerpt it.

Israeli organ traffickers bring business to Philippines/ October 4/2010

In May this year, thorough surveillance and investigation led to the arrest and indictment of six suspected members of an organ trafficking ring in Israel that included a retired military general.
The indictment included various instances of "organ harvesting" from donors in exchange for money in shekels, which was often not given in full. (which was not paid)

The Israeli prosecutor handling the case, Bassam Kandaleft, described the case as a "shameful phenomenon" happening in their country similar to "modern [day] slavery."
"The defendants treated the victims of trafficking as if they are immovable containers with organs, which can be removed and sold," Kandaleft said in a copy of the Indictment e-mailed to this writer.
What has the Philippines got to do with the Israeli organ trafficking case?
As many as 12 transplants facilitated by this syndicate were performed in the country, using fraudulent documentation that were made to appear legal (or were legal?) in order to pursue the procedure on the kidney patient and the donor, Kandaleft said.

The documents are prepared in Israel, complete with certification from the embassy ( don't mention fraudulent certification, so...) that the patient and donor are related. Flights are arranged, usually via Hong Kong, then to the Philippines. And here, the traffickers know which hospital to go, which medical personnel and doctors to talk to complete the transaction. A week after the operation, the patient and the donor are sent back to Israel.(Keep that sentence in mind as you read the rest)

In the Philippines, the law forbids the buying and selling of human body parts. But people who are ill are prepared to pay huge sums of money for a second chance on life. In the same breadth, equally desperate people driven by poverty are forced to sell their kidney to feed their families.
Into this organ trade have encroached individual brokers or organised syndicates, prepared to dupe people into giving up a kidney, often for a measly amount.

Israel organ ring
According to the amended indictment furnished on July 23 by Kandaleft, the syndicate charges organ recipients as high as $100,000 for each transplant, a huge portion of which goes to the pockets of the suspects, after paying for the cost of operation abroad and the donor, who often doesn't get the full amount promised them.
"The defendants also took part in creating fraudulent documentation regarding the purported family relationship between the victims of trafficking and the patients, and drafted false affidavits according to which the "donors" of the kidneys had given their agreement willingly and freely, being of clear mind, and not for monetary consideration or promise of monetary consideration - all in order to fraudulently obtain the authorization of the competent committees abroad to perform the transplant operations," the indictment said.
Money transfer
Abueva met Kandaleft personally at a conference in Vienna on trafficking sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and they discussed the Israeli case.
Quoting Kandaleft, Abueva said it was also the brothers who sent the money through wire transfers to two Filipino doctors as part of their professional fee. But the names of the doctors will not be mentioned in the story as Kandaleft has yet to respond to email queries confirming their identity.
Hotspot- Phillipines
In 2007, a total of 1,046 kidney transplants were done in the 25 hospitals doing transplants all over the country. This figure represents a big leap from the 207 transplant procedures done in 1999. And behind a number of transplant cases are syndicates or just individuals, who have made the lucrative backdoor kidney trade flourish, Chua said.
True enough in the same year, the WHO identified the country( Phillipines) as one of the five organ trafficking hotspots along with Pakistan, China, Egypt and Colombia.
But, your wondering? "This is an Asian news outlet", where is the western media coverage?
Well lacking as usual and not only lacking, but, not reported on until months later including in Israel (check the dates of the two linked stories)
I found this, but no follow up. Police smash Israeli organ-trafficking ring
A retired army brigadier general is among six suspects arrested by Israeli police investigating an organ-trafficking ring, police say.
The organisation offered as much as $100,000 (£65,600) for kidneys, which were transplanted by doctors in poor countries, a sting operation uncovered.
Police said they had been "shocked" by the extent of the smuggling ring.
Retired Gen Meir Zamir, arrested in connection with the trafficking, won a medal of valour in the Yom Kippur War.

Haaretz covered the news of the arrest when it happened, but, no follow up that I can find.
Israel police uncovers organ trafficking ring in north
Police on Tuesday arrested six men suspected of being involved in an organ trafficking ring in northern Israel. Among the suspects are an IDF reserves brigadier-general and two lawyers.
The department for fraud and misappropriation in northern Israel has been conducting an undercover investigation which began following a complaint by a 50-year-old woman from Nazareth, who replied to an advertisement in Arabic offering 100,000 dollars for a kidney.

Interesting, the ads were in Arabic, which means they were targeting the Palestinians residing in Israel for organs.... It didn't mention that in the initial news story, only that the parties were all residents of Israel, but, somehow I just did not think they could be the followers of Judaism.
Even though it is true, it is factual and it is documented that Israelis are involved in organ trafficking, Israel will tell you it is 'antisemetic'. Dam the facts all to hell!


  1. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    - Aangirfan

  2. "If a Jew needs a liver, can you take the liver of an innocent non-Jew passing by to save him? The Torah would probably permit that. Jewish life has an infinite value, he explained. There is something infinitely more holy and unique about Jewish life than non-Jewish life."
    – Chabad Lubavitch Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburgh in Jewish Week, the largest Jewish publication in the United States.

  3. Donald Boström, a Swedish photographer who worked in the West Bank in 1992, was tipped off by UN officials to follow the bloody trail of Israeli soldiers who had kidnapped young Palestinians and returned their dead bodies five days later “with a slit from the abdomen up to the chin.” The families in the West Bank and in Gaza felt that they knew exactly what had happened: “Our sons were used as involuntary organ donors; they disappeared for a number of days only to be returned in the dark of night, dead and autopsied. Why did they keep their bodies for five days before letting us bury them? What happened to their bodies in the meantime? Why are they performing autopsies, against our will, when the cause of death is obvious? Why were their bodies returned at night time? Why was this done with a military escort? Why was the area closed off during the funeral? Why was the power supply interrupted?”

    These questions continued to haunt Boström. He took gruesome pictures of the returned bodies. Like Vanunu, he smuggled his films abroad. When back in Sweden, he offered the story to Dagens Nyheter, a liberal newspaper which, incidentally, is owned by the Jewish Bonnier family. DN refused to publish it. The story was laid to rest until now, when the Social Democrat newspaper Aftonbladet decided to let it run.

    It is easier to express ‘outrage about the old canard’ than to answer the questions posed by Bostrom. The facts are disturbing, and the accusations are not new. There were too many reports of such goings on, beside the cases mentioned by the Aftonbladet. Knesset Members Ahmed Tibi and Hashem Mahmid accused the Abu Kabir institute of forensic medicine of expropriating the inner parts of Palestinian corpses. They said that Palestinian doctors have complained about receiving the bodies of their dead emptied of their innards. Israeli newspapers reported that in 2007 three Palestinian teenagers were killed near Khan Younes in Gaza Strip and their bodies were returned to their parents all cut and brutalised six days later. Israel often does not even return the dead bodies of Palestinians to their families but has them buried in a secret cemetery. This causes even more suspicions.

    Worse, it fits into a larger pattern.

    All over the world, Israel and Israelis are involved in trafficking human flesh, this modern form of cannibalism. Beside the case of the New Jersey ring mentioned in the Boström’s article, there are plenty others.

    Turkey: An Israeli professor Zaki Shapira was arrested in Turkey for allegedly cutting into live Turks for spare parts, reported the Jerusalem Post.

    South Africa: Another paper, the New York Times, reported on an Israeli trafficking ring active from South Africa to Brazil.

    Brazil: An Israeli officer, Gedalya Tauber, was arrested in Brazil for inducing the poor to part with their body parts. He spilled the beans about activity of his fellow countrymen.

    The Ukraine: The Jerusalem Post reported the arrest of “an Israeli illegal organ-smuggling ring” that flew their donors and recipients to the Ukraine.

    In many cases, Israelis were the doctors, traffickers, smugglers and recipients of the body parts, as the Jewish state is the only country in the world where the state pays for, and best doctors are legally engaged in, the transplanting of illegally obtained organs, reported Ha'aretz. The next step was the evolution of international networks for this sort of traffic. Jews are well positioned to get involved in this sordid business: there are many Jewish doctors, there are many ties between Jewish communities in different countries, and there are few moral inhibitions.

    This lack of moral inhibitions allowed a leading Chabad rabbi, Yitzhak Ginzburgh, to give his religious permission to a Jew to take a liver from a goy even without his consent. He said that “a Jew is entitled to extract the liver from a goy if he needs it, for the life of a Jew is more valuable than the life of a goy,

  4. Good god, these rabbi's are truly psychotic, are they not?

    And they call Islam the religion of violence?!