Israelis deep into organ trafficing

Israel Asper   Letter 01   10-May-2002   They left their hearts in Tel Aviv
 

"The family of Alastair Sinclair, a Scottish tourist who hanged himself in an Israeli jail, was forced to bring suit for the return of missing body parts." — Jonathan Rosenblum
 


  10 May 2002
 


Israel Asper
Executive Chairman
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Israel Asper:

In one of your newspapers, The Windsor Star of 09-Apr-2002, p. C10, I read that your father, Leon, was a violinist trained at the Odessa Conservatory and your mother, Cecilia, was a concert pianist.  Your parents seem to have managed their accomplishments in Ukraine in the face of what writer Zev Singer would have us believe was an adverse environment: "Escaping the pogroms of their native Ukraine, Cecilia and Leon Asper came to Canada in the early 1920s."

In order to avoid giving the impression that you are using your newspaper empire to keep alive the nurtured hatreds and hyperbolized grievances of your ancestors, I wonder if you could not introduce some balance to your coverage of Ukrainian-Jewish relations?

Was a Ukrainian Murdered That A Jew Might Live?

For example, a story that is both more recent and more urgent than that of your parents escaping Ukrainian "pogroms," and perhaps more credible as well, and one which I don't think you have permitted your newspaper empire to allude to as yet, is the following:

 


 

UKRAINIAN ECHO   07 January 2002     Page 22

A view of the press in Ukraine

 
  • KHMELNYTSKY

    "Returned from foreign labor ... without his heart."  Underneath such a headline, this newspaper relates that, reduced to despair by extreme material straits, a 39-year-old Khmelnytsky resident took a job in Israel.  However, the terrible news shortly arrived that he had died there of poisoning by a tainted alcoholic beverage (even though all domestic sources insist that he never drank!).  The body of the unfortunate worker was returned to Ukraine for burial.  However, medical experts discovered that he was missing ... his heart!  At the moment, this dreadfully-inhuman affair is being investigated with the help of Interpol....  (Ukrinform, 23 November).

  • Maybe Ukrainians Are Just Creating An Urban Legend?

    There are those who seem ready to disbelieve all reports of organ robbery, and who thus would likely consider the above story of organ robbery, perhaps preceded by murder as well, as an "urban legend," as at

    However, acknowledging that some organ-robbery stories are likely to be urban legends nevertheless leaves open several possibilities:

     

    • quite simply, that other organ-robbery stories are true;

       
    • that anyone interested in discrediting the true stories might do so by broadly disseminating false ones;

       
    • that one way of creating an urban legend is to label a true story an "urban legend."

       

    I touch below on several reasons for thinking that the above story of a Jewish organ robbery of a Ukrainian may be true.

    Was a Scotsman Murdered That A Jew Might Live?

    The highly similar fate of Scottish tourist Alastair Sinclair does seem credible:

     

    Moreover, [Jerusalem District Court Judge Ruth] Orr was well within her rights to be skeptical of the pathological findings of [government pathologist Dr. Yehuda] Hiss, who has long been the subject of controversy as director of Israel Institute for Forensic Medicine, at Abu Kabir.  Last November, a local Tel Aviv paper Ha'ir ran a 12-page expose of Abu Kabir and revealed how the national lab allows medical students to practice on bodies sent there for autopsies, and transfers body parts for transplants without permission from the family of the deceased.

    The family of Alastair Sinclair, a Scottish tourist who hanged himself in an Israeli jail, was forced to bring suit for the return of missing body parts.

    University of Glasgow pathologists who did an autopsy at the request of Sinclair's family, found that it had been returned without a heart (which they suspect was used for a transplant) and without the crucial bone needed to confirm the claim that he died from hanging.

    Jonathan Rosenblum, Presumed Guilty, Dei'ah veDibur, 07-Feb-2001, originally published in the Jerusalem Post, currently available at www.shemayisrael.com/chareidi/archives5761/beshalach/features.htm


    And because it appears plausible that Alastair Sinclair did not hang himself but was murdered, and because it also appears plausible that the motive for the murder was the harvesting of Alastair Sinclair's heart, the similarity to the Ukrainian story invites us to upgrade the plausibility of the latter at the same time — which is to say, to upgrade the Ukrainian story from possible urban legend to possible murder followed by organ harvesting.

    Three Palestinian Teenagers Murdered by Born-to-Kill Jews, then Stripped of Organs

     

     

    The sinister name of Abu Kabir (the Israel Institute for Forensic Medicine mentioned just above) comes to our notice once again in the story of Palestinian teenagers being the targets of Jewish murder and organ robbery, published on 09-Jan-2002, just two days after the Ukrainian story above:

     

    Israel Kills Palestinian Boys, Steals Organs For Transplants

    Teheran Times.com
    1-9-2

    AL-KHALIL (IRNA) — The Zionist state has tacitly admitted that doctors at the Israeli forensic institute at Abu Kabir had extracted the vital organs of three Palestinian teenage children killed by the Israeli Army nearly ten days ago.

    Zionist Minister of Health Nessim Dahhan said in response to a question by Arab member of the Zionist Parliament 'Knesset', Ahmed Teibi, on Tuesday that he couldn't deny that organs of Palestinian youths and children killed by the Israeli forces were taken out for transplants or scientific research.

    "I couldn't say for sure that something like that (taking out the organs) didn't happen."

    Teibi said he had received credible evidence proving that Israeli doctors at the forensic institute extracted such vital organs as the heart, kidneys, and liver from the bodies of Palestinian youths and children killed by the Israeli Army in Gaza and the West Bank.

    The Israeli authorities normally detain the bodies of martyred Palestinians for a few days without any explanation.

    The Israeli Army on December 30 killed three Palestinian boys, aged 14-15 near Khan Younis in unclear circumstances.

    The army issued conflicting reports on the killing, while Palestinian sources charged that Israeli troops murdered the three unarmed boys in cold blood.

    The bodies of the three boys were handed over to the Palestinians for burial on 6 January.

    However, shortly before burial, Palestinian medical authorities examined the bodies and found out that the main vital organs were missing from the bodies.

    The Israeli media have nearly completely ignored the affair.

    (IRNA)

    Reproduced on the Jeff Rense web site at www.rense.com/general19/israelkills.htm


    Photographs Need to be Explained

    Below are two photographs out of several available that lend credibility to the above charges — supposedly Palestinians whose organs have been harvested by Jews.  If the lengthy central incision has some explanation other than organ harvesting, then negative speculation could be diminished by re-publishing the photographs along with that alternative explanation.  For example, perhaps such an incision results from a standard autopsy, in which case it should be explained why an autopsy is performed in a case where the victim has undergone such massive damage that the cause of death is not in question:
     



    www.ummah.com/inewsletter/massacres/palestine/index14.htm



    An Organ Robbery in Beersheba

    The conjecture of Jews harvesting Palestinian organs is further strengthened by the Jewish admission below (of a case in which it might be assumed that if a victim of a traffic accident in Israel cannot be identified, then that victim is more likely to have been Palestinian than Jewish):

     

    Interestingly, the Israeli Anatomy and Pathology Law (1953) allows for "using part of a corpse when it is needed to save the life of a person" without any consent.  This law has very rarely been used and on one celebrated occasion may have brought more damage than benefit.  On June 19, 1993, a heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys were harvested from an anonymous traffic accident victim in Beersheba and transplanted in five patients in Israel.  After all attempts to identify the family failed, the hospital staff harvested the organs without consent.  This person was not carrying a donor card.  The story was described on the front pages of the daily newspapers as a case of "organ robbery," and public response was so unfavorable that no similar attempts have been made since.

    Ethical Issues in Organ Transplantation in Israel by Gershon B. Grunfeld, Ph.D., Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, P.O.B. 9649, 31096 Haifa, ISRAEL, on University of Tsukuba web site at www.biol.tsukuba.ac.jp/~macer/EJ66/EJ66O.html


    Seven-Year-Old Palestinian Boy Murdered by Born-To-Kill Jews, then Stripped of Organs

     

     

    That Jews allocated expensive resources to save "Israeli-Arab teenagers" is one detail that does not ring true below, and if true in this one instance, might have been implemented so as to justify and strengthen the precedent of harvesting Palestinian organs, but with the intention of channeling later supply to Jews — a hypothesis that could be evaluated by an examination of the number of organs that Israel has been allocating to Jews and Arabs respectively, should such data ever be released.  A question called to mind by the discussion of the influence of Jewish religion on organ transplanting policy at the bottom of the present letter is whether in the entire history of Israel, a Jewish organ has ever been transplanted into a non-Jew.

    Furthermore, the above claim of a Ukrainian victim of Jewish organ harvesting is considerably reinforced by the admission below that Gastarbeiter (foreign worker) donors constitute nearly half of all donors, with the claim that family permission for organ harvesting is obtained (in all cases, apparently) being a second detail that does not quite ring true.  Certainly permission being granted "by telephone" carries an air of informality, and places an obstacle in the path of any investigator attempting to verify that family permission had in fact been given.  Finally, it must be kept in mind that the bulk of Jewish transplants are conducted outside of Israel, as will be documented in the next section; the small numbers cited in the box quote immediately below fail to convey the volume of activity:

     

    During the first ten months of the year, 26 donors contributed to 91 recipients.  The donors included traffic-accident fatalities, operating-room deaths, and seven-year-old Ali Jawarish of Bethlehem, accidentally shot by IDF soldiers during riots outside Rachel’s Tomb.  He was pronounced brain-dead on Nov. 15; his organs were transplanted into three Israeli-Arab teenagers the next day.  Nearly half the donors during the first six months of 1997 were gastarbeiter whose families overseas gave their consent by telephone — sometimes in return for Health Ministry funding to fly the corpse home.

    Organ Transplants and Donations, ISRAEL YEARBOOK and ALMANAC, 1998 www.iyba.co.il/98/organs.htm


    That deaths among Gastarbeiter are so commonplace, and Gastarbeiter family permission to harvest organs is so dependable, that Gastarbeiter constitute nearly half of all organ donors is a claim that cries out for investigation — the suspicion being aroused that Jews murder Gastarbeiter in order to harvest their organs, and fall short of Western standards as to what constitutes obtaining family permission as well.  Jews obtaining organs that may be worth millions of dollars for no more than the cost of flying what remains of a Gastarbeiter body back home sounds like a good deal as well.

    Israel Is Deep Into Organ Trafficking

    As one cannot always rob, one sometimes is reduced to purchasing:

     

    Israel has recently become something of a pariah in the transplant world.  Without a strong culture of organ donation and under the pressure of angry transplant candidates, the Ministry of Health has refused to crack down on the country’s multi-million dollar business in transplant tourism that arranges junkets from dialysis clinics in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to medical centres in Europe and the United States.

    "Why should we Israelis be made to travel to third world clinics to get the kidneys we need to survive from the bodies of peasants, soldiers, or guest workers who may be in worse physical shape than ourselves?" a 71-year-old "kidney buyer" from Tel Aviv asked me rhetorically.  "Organs should be seen as a human, not as a national resource."  It was good to see "Avirham," an elderly gentleman, alive and happy with his revitalizing 22-year-old "peasant" kidney.  And his living donor?  "A peasant, without anything!" he replied.  "Do you have any idea what $1,000, let alone $5,000 means in the life of a peasant?"

    For most bio-ethicists, the "slippery slope" in transplant medicine begins with the emergence of a black market in organs and tissue sales.  For the anthropologist, it emerges much earlier: the first time a frail and ailing human looks at another living person and realizes that inside that other body is something that can prolong his or her life.  The desire is articulated: "I want that; I need that even more than you."  In terms of transplants, the kidney has emerged as the ultimate fetish, promising to satisfy the most basic of human desires — that for life, vitality and élan.

    The sale of human organs and tissues requires that certain disadvantaged individuals and populations have been reduced to the role of "suppliers."  It is a scenario in which bodies are dismembered, transported, processed and sold in the interests of a more socially advantaged population of organ and tissue receivers.  I use the word "fetish" advisedly to conjure up the displaced magical energy that is invested in the strangely animate kidney.  Avirham, who flew from Jerusalem to Georgia for his kidney, explained why he would never tolerate a donation from a corpse: "That kidney is practically dead.  It was probably pinned down under the wheels of a car for several hours...  I was able to see my donor.  He was young, healthy, strong.  Just what I was hoping for."

    Nancy Scheper-Hughes, The Organ of Last Resort, UNESCO, The Courier, July/August 2001 www.unesco.org/courier/2001_07/uk/doss34.htm


    Award-winning investigative journalism in Turkey uncovers Jewish plundering of Turkish organs:

     

    Ugur Dündar, Haluk Sahin, and M. Ali Önel of Kanal D's ARENA, Hürriyet Production, Turkey

    “The International Transplant Mafia,” broadcast in two installments in 1997, exposed a human organ black-market network linking Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Israel.  An Istanbul man, struggling to raise two young children, had agreed to sell one of his kidneys for $8,000 U.S. dollars but later contacted Arena, Turkey's lead investigative TV program, fearing that more than a kidney might be lost.  An Arena reporter with a hidden camera,

    “I had to do something, you know, to save the kids. That meant I had to give a part of body. God help anyone from making such a decision. It was awful.” — Ramazan, 27-year-old father of two, Arena

    posing as the donor's friend, accompanied him over the next several days to meetings with organ brokers and a Turkish surgeon.  The operation was aborted at the last minute, when the Arena crew entered the hospital, cameras rolling.  The surgeon was denounced by the country's medical board and was later tried, but Arena discovered another syndicate operating several months later in another city.  This time posing as the donor, an Arena reporter met with an organ broker and agreed to sell his kidney for $5,000.  A trip to the Czech Republic for the operation fell apart after Arena alerted police.  The man confessed he was paid to arrange kidney transplants by his boss in Israel, where Arena reporters later unsuccessfully searched for the syndicate boss.  Instead, they found the president of an association of patients waiting for kidney transplants, who said 50 Israelis had been saved in the last year by Turkish kidneys.


    1998 International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Award Finalists www.icij.org/about/finalists.html


    Americans may "harbor a deep reluctance" to purchase a poor man's kidney, but Israeli dialysis patient Moshe Tati isn't stricken by the same qualms:

     

    For Sale, Used Kidneys: Buyer Beware

    Michael Finkel © The New York Times Magazine Thursday, May 31, 2001

    [...]

    Mr. Tati was 43 years old, he was dying and not one of his family members was a suitable match for a kidney donation. So he called a broker.

    Mr. Tati lives in Israel, which happens to be one of the more active nations in the international organ-trafficking market.  The market, which is completely illegal, is so complex and well-organized that a single transaction often crosses three continents: a broker from Los Angeles, say, matches an Italian with kidney failure to a seller in Jordan, for surgery in Turkey.  [...]

    But the sale of human organs, whether from a living person or a cadaver, is against the law in virtually every country (Iran is perhaps the only exception) and has been condemned by all of the world's medical associations.  Yet, in Israel and a handful of other nations, including India, Turkey, China, Russia and Iraq, organ sales are conducted with only a scant nod toward secrecy.  Paying for an organ has become so routine in Israel that there have been instances in which a patient has elected not to accept the offer of a kidney donation from a well-matched relative.  "Why risk harm to a family member?" one patient remarked.  Instead, these patients have decided that purchasing a kidney from someone they have never met — in almost all cases someone who is impoverished and living in a foreign land — is a far more acceptable option.  American dialysis patients have been significantly less eager than Israelis to enter the kidney market.  Most Americans, it seems, harbor a deep reluctance to engage in such medical procedures, even though they are being done overseas.  [...]

    It was only after he was aboard a chartered plane at Ben-Gurion International Airport that Mr. Tati and three other kidney patients learned they would be going to Turkey.  The surgery to remove the seller's kidney, Mr. Tati says, was performed by a Turkish team; the transplant surgery was completed by an Israeli physician and nurses who had flown with them.  As Mr. Tati awoke from his transplant surgery, the Israeli doctor was at his bedside, grinning.  "He told me, 'Congratulations, everything's great,'" Mr. Tati said.

    OODr.com www.00dr.com/article.php3?id_article=59


    Although I have not found evidence of children being trafficked for their organs, suspicions have been raised in the case of Brazil, and alarm in the case of Romania, below:

     

    In all, the organ stealing rumor has its basis in poor peoples' perceptions, grounded in a social and bio-medical reality, that their bodies and those of their children might be worth more dead than alive to the rich and the powerful.  They can all too easily imagine that their bodies, and the bodies of their young children, may be eyed longingly by those with money.  As they envision it, organ exchange proceeds from the bodies of the young, the poor and the beautiful to the bodies of the old, the rich, and the ugly, and from the poor in the South to the rich in the North: Americans, Germans, Italians, Japanese and Israelis in particular.  [...]

    Finally, the child and organ stealing rumor reflects unscrupulous practices of international adoption.  In the shantytowns of Brazil I encountered several cases of coerced adoption and (in 1990 alone) two cases of child stealing by wealthy "patrons."  Each year nearly 1,500 children leave Brazil, legally, to live with adoptive parents in Europe, the United States, and Israel.  But if one adds the clandestine traffic in babies that relies on false documents and bureaucratic corruption in Brazil and abroad, exploiting the ignorance and the powerlessness of poor women, the number of children leaving Brazil has been estimated at 3,000 a year, or roughly 50 babies a week.

    The lively market in "spare babies" for international adoption is often confused with the lively market in "spare parts" for international transplant surgery.  As poor people in shantytowns see it, the ring of organ exchange proceeds from the bodies of the young, the poor, and the beautiful to the bodies of the old, the rich, and the ugly, and from poor nations in the South to rich nations in the North.  In the midst of the black market for organs and babies, poor people can hardly be blamed for thinking that their babies are wanted as much dead and for their organs as or their lives.  [...]

    Between 1985-1990 about 2,000 children have entered Israel from Brazil in a questionable manner.

    Nancy Scheper-Hughes sunsite.berkeley.edu/biotech/organswatch/pages/theftoflife2.html (footnote numbers removed)


     

    Romania probes Israeli adoption agency link in organ trafficking

    By Ran Reznick

    Romanian authorities are looking into possible links between Israeli adoption agencies and an illegal global conspiracy to sell organs for transplants.

    The Romanian Embassy in Israel has asked for, and received from the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry, a list of all children born in Romania who have been brought to Israel for adoption in recent years.  The Romanian officials are trying to ascertain if all such children arrived in Israel with all organs in their bodies.  [...]

    Responding to complaints and rumors, Romanian authorities have taken the highly unusual step in the past year of withholding authorization for the adoption of 16 Romanian babies destined for Israeli parents.  This delay has been enforced although the Israeli couples have paid $20,000 each to adopt the infants, and have already become acquainted with the babies in the foster homes and institutions where they are being held.  Romanian authorities insist they will not give the go ahead for the adoptions until inquiries about possible wrong-doing are completed.

    Ha'aretz, 12-Dec-2001 www.haaretz.co.il/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=105107&sw=Romania


    The BBC report below includes description of a young Moldovan engineer who had a kidney stolen in Turkey, possibly for Jewish use, in gruesome, urban-legend manner:

     

    MOLDOVA/TURKEY/ISRAEL — ORGAN TRADE

    Reporter: Sue Lloyd Roberts (BBC)

    LEAD STORY
    EPISODE 5
    SERIES 11 - 01-Aug-2001

    Synopsis:
    The Moldovan village of Minghia has the dubious distinction of being the world's best source of human kidneys.  At least 14 young men from the village have sold one of their kidneys in an extensive trade across three countries.  In an extraordinary investigation the BBC's Sue Lloyd Roberts even discovers one case of a young engineer who had his kidney stolen.  Lured to Istanbul on the promise of work, he was told the job had evaporated but he could earn his return fare by selling blood.  When he woke from the anaesthetic he had a major scar and an empty feeling in his left side.  He was told he could either accept the $3000 for his kidney (the going rate for Moldovan kidneys) or find his own way out of the predicament.

    "I was furious, it was a fait accompli" Sergei Timms

    In Turkey, Sue discovers that the surgeon responsible for the illegal trade is well known to the authorities, having been repeatedly exposed on Turkish TV, but seems to be continuing his trade with impunity.  Most of the recipients of the kidneys are Israelis because of the very low level of [organ] donations there.  From the health authorities in Israel we learn that the practice is now so widespread that insurance companies, subsidised by the Government, are funding these illegal transplants.  It's a shocking indictment of the ways supply and demand can distort the law and ethics.  For poor Moldovan villagers $3,000 may be their only chance of a reasonable future, for Israelis on dialysis $60,000 is a cheap price to get back their lives.  Meanwhile fortunes are being made by agents, middlemen and surgeons feeding this demand.  The organ trade is illegal in all three countries but the police and health authorities are either unwilling or unable to combat the pressures of these disturbing market realities.

    Australia Broadcasting Corporation Online, 01-Aug-2001 www.abc.net.au/foreign/2001/ep5-11.htm


    Jewish Fundamentalists Give A Green Light

     

     

    The passage quoted below discloses: (1) what is perhaps the main reason that Israel has a low rate of organ donations, and (2) that some Jewish thinking condones murder for any of several purposes, among which is the harvesting of non-Jewish organs for use by Jews.

    In view of the information in the present letter, and particularly in the quotation below, it may be wondered what inhibitions the Jewish soldiers pictured here might feel about delivering the Palestinians that they seize to an organ-harvesting facility, or what finders fees they may be paid for doing so.

    Also of interest would be to see photographs of the people sacrificed for their organs juxtaposed with photographs of those who receive those organs.

     

     



     

    In 1994 Rabbi [Yehoshua] Sheinberger [...] met with senior physicians from the Israel Transplants Association and discussed with them the Jewish religious prohibition on organ donations.  In Israel Haredi Jews refuse organ transplants from their and/or their relatives' corpses.  On this issue the Haredi position influences many people for superstitious as well as religious reasons.  Organ transplants in Israel are thus difficult to arrange.  Surgeons frequently request Haredi rabbis to appeal to their followers to agree to organ transplants from corpses of their relatives in order to save lives.  The surgeons' argument is based upon the Jewish religious law giving priority to saving Jewish lives.  In this discussion Rabbi Sheinberger put the condition that only a Haredi rabbi could authorize such transplants.  He explained: "Jewish religious law states that it is forbidden to transplant Jewish organs into either non-Jews or Jews who are not pious.  It is obvious that it is prohibited under any circumstances to transplant Jewish organs into Arabs, all of whom hate Jews."  Rabbi Sheinberger, when asked for his definition of a Jew who is not pious, replied that a rabbi must determine the status of every Jew.  Sheinberger's request caused a huge commotion and was rejected.

    Many non-Haredi rabbis allow an organ of a non-Jew to be transplanted into a body of a Jew in order to save the life of the Jew.  They, however, oppose the transplant of an organ from a Jew into the body of a non-Jew.  Some important rabbis go much further in discussing and ruling about differences between Jews and non-Jews on medical matters.  Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburgh, an influential member of the Habad movement and the head of a yeshiva near Nablus [...] opined in an April 26, 1996 Jewish Week article, reproduced in Haaretz that same day: "If every single cell in a Jewish body entails divinity, and is thus part of God, then every strand of DNA is a part of God.  Therefore, something is special about Jewish DNA."  Rabbi Ginsburgh drew two conclusions from this statement: "If a Jew needs a liver, can he take the liver of an innocent non-Jew to save him?  The Torah would probably permit that.  Jewish life has an infinite value.  There is something more holy and unique about Jewish life than about non-Jewish life."  It is noteworthy that Rabbi Ginsburgh is one of the authors of a book lauding Baruch Goldstein, the Patriarch's Cave murderer.  In that book Ginsburgh contributed a chapter in which he wrote that a Jew's killing non-Jews does not constitute murder according to the Jewish religion and that killing of innocent Arabs for reasons of revenge is a Jewish virtue.  No influential Israeli rabbi has publicly opposed Ginsburgh's statements; most Israeli politicians have remained silent; some Israeli politicians have openly supported him.

    Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel, Pluto Press, London and Sterling Virginia, 1999, pp. 42-43.


    Four Things You Might Consider Doing

    (1)  Balance your coverage of Ukrainian-Jewish relations

    Your relying on the folk legends of your ancestors to renew accusations of Ukrainian "pogroms" in the newspapers under your control, while at the same time ignoring stories such as Israelis murdering a Ukrainian guest worker in order to transplant his heart into a Jew, paints a distorted picture of the nature of Ukrainian-Jewish relations.

    A truer picture is that Ukrainians have historically played a role toward Jews similar to the one Palestinians are playing today, which is to say that Ukrainians have been exploited and oppressed and dispossessed, and have occasionally staged rebellions in an attempt to regain their freedom, rebellions which your ancestors chose to label "pogroms," and which you today prefer to label "terrorism."

    (2)  Warn guest workers and tourists

    You might consider using your newspaper empire to warn Gastarbeiter in Israel that they stand in danger of losing their lives, the more so if they are young and healthy.  Similarly, you might caution a young and healthy and non-Jewish tourist, especially one travelling alone, that organ-hungry Israel is capable of asking him to follow in the footsteps of Scottish tourist Alastair Sinclair, and you might caution such a tourist more particularly to avoid venturing alone on a tour of an organ-harvesting facility such as Abu Kabir.  Perhaps, too, your newspapers could recommend the movie Coma to non-Jews thinking of visiting Israel.

    (3) Stop the United States from repeating its favorite mistake

    The United States repeatedly makes the mistake of creating institutions that are inherently evil, that grow strong, and that then need to be destroyed, the regimes of Saddam Hussein, and of the Taliban, offering current examples.  Israel has today emerged as by far the biggest, and by far the most dangerous, instance of this same mistake.  Today's Israel has been created largely by the United States, it has degenerated into barbarism, its misbehavior is destabilizing not just the Middle East but the whole world, and yet the United States cannot at this point implement its habitual response of carpet bombing it into submission because Israel has acquired hundreds of nuclear weapons and because Jews exercise strong influence over the press and over the American government.

    The great problem faced by the world at the beginning of our century is that of de-clawing Israel without getting scratched, or perhaps more accurately, is that of defusing Israel without getting blown up.  By joining the effort to civilize Israel, you would become part of the solution; by continuing your defense of a savage Israel, you remain part of the problem.

    (4) Re-activate Jewish mechanisms of self-correction

    Israel's regression into barbarism and savagery was made possible, or rather was rendered inevitable, by the de-activation of mechanisms of self-correction within Jewish culture.  Jewish influence over the press, and the use of this influence to inhibit criticism of Jews, is the leading instance of such a de-activation of a mechanism of self-correction.  A current example of self-correction activated in the service of non-Jews is the evident Catholic effort to correct its sinning clergy, but with no comparable self-correction evident among Jews, even when the Jewish clergy stands in much greater need of correction, as I documented in my letter to Ezra Levant, titled Good Priests, Bad Rabbis, of 15-Apr-2002.

    Anyone who views the Catholic clergy being pilloried for its sins, even when some of these sins are feebly documented, while the Jewish clergy is granted comparative impunity for its more egregious and better documented sins — anyone who views this differential treatment, I say — as a victory for Jews is mistaken, for in fact it is a stunning Jewish defeat because impunity is a cancer and a curse.  It is, then, particularly the work of media lords like yourself that serves to drag the Jewish people down.

    From this point of view, the greatest service that you or anybody can perform for the Jewish people is to hold them not to a lower standard than the rest of mankind, but to the same standard; is to give then not the curse of immunity from criticism, but the blessing of criticism as severe as that given to others; is to give them not the disease of impunity for their crimes, but the health of full punishment.

    What the Jewish people need in order to be saved, in other words, is less of the sort of writing that you publish in your newspapers, and more of the sort that I publish on the Internet.  As this perspective is increasingly adopted, history will come to ask who has injured Jews most, and who has assisted them most, and according to this criterion will mark your work as having served to destroy Judaism, and will mark my work as having served to redeem it.

    As it is possible that in your reading of the present letter, the accusation of anti-Semitism will have intruded itself into your thoughts, I ask you to remember that in an impartial evaluation of our respective roles toward the Jewish people, it is likely to be concluded that it is you — together with the Born-to-Kill members of Jewish intelligence and police and armed forces units that your newspapers defend — who are playing the role of anti-Semites.




    Lubomyr Prytulak
     


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