I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from various folks in response to my recent article about a Swedish journalist’s baseless organ theft accusations. Most of it has been in good taste, but certainly not all. I’m happy to see that people are discussing it at least. One email that stuck out sent from a friend in Chicago read:
Good article — and good defense of principles in the struggle for the interests of humanity. If we throw away principles to fight against those without principles we have already lost. It is neither necessary nor helpful.
And Per Bjorklund, a Swedish journalist based in Cairo, gives an interesting perspective about the original article and the implications that this story and Israel’s reaction will have in Sweden (excerpt):
The Swedish government, in turn, probably isn’t very concerned that this affair might hurt diplomatic relations between the two countries. Israel won’t suddenly expel the Swedish military attaché from Tel Aviv, for example (if they ever did it would be extremely ironic, since withdrawal of the military attaché and an end to all military cooperation between the two countries has long been a major demand of leftist and pro-Palestinian groups in Sweden) or cancel trade deals with the European Union.
A lot of people have also been sending me links to related articles as proof that Israel is guilty of harvesting Palestinian organs. But I’m still yet to see any firm evidence published to backup these claims. As I wrote in the article, “I am not trying to argue here that Israel or some Israelis could never have trafficked stolen Palestinian organs.” If people are certain that it did occur then I’m glad that they are investigating the matter further and I’m confident that the truth will emerge.