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August 24, 2014 3:49 pm

TIME Magazine Retracts IDF Organ Theft Claim Following Criticism (UPDATE)

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Blood-libel Image: screen grab from Palestinian Media Watch

Blood-libel Image: screen grab from Palestinian Media Watch.

Time Magazine retracted a report on Sunday which claimed the Israeli army harvested dead Palestinians’ internal organs after a watchdog group accused the publication of propagating a “blood libel.”

In a scathing critique, Honest Reporting said, “Time Magazine should be ashamed for giving new life to a horrendous blood libel accusing the IDF of stealing Palestinian organs.”

Honest Reporting, noted a video about the IDF appearing in an August 23rd article about Israeli airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza, in which the narrator said that the “IDF is not without controversy”, then claimed:

….in 2009 a Swedish report came out exposing some Israeli troops of selling organs of Palestinians who died in their custody.

A later version of the video removed the statement and added a correction at the end saying, “The original version of this video cited a contested allegation in a 2009 Swedish newspaper as fact. The allegation has been removed from the video.”

The unfounded claim originally surfaced in 2009 when it was published by Swedish reporter Donald Boström in local tabloid Aftonbladet. The paper and the report were widely denounced as anti-Semitic.

“The reference is to a completely made up tabloid style article in an obscure Swedish paper, that even the author admitted was not based on any evidence,” the watchdog group said.

In an email, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center, told The Algemeiner that, “It seems that when it comes to Israel, many journalists have no collective memory of the facts – only of the (blood) libels.”

While Cooper suggested that, it “would be nice if someone was held accountable,” he cautioned that it was unlikely, and “…don’t hold your breath.”

The fact that this is a medical near-impossibility, due to cell necrosis, and a host of other complications, does not stop anti-Semites from regularly trotting out the claim in order to demonize the Jewish state.

“Repeating the story of a Swedish reporter who had no supporting evidence for this claim demonstrates the reporter’s lack of knowledge of organ transplants,” according to Judith Reishtein, a registered critical care nurse who worked with organ donors in Pennsylvania and who taught nursing at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

“There are specific protocols that must be followed to ensure that harvested organs are viable at the time they are removed from a donor, and that they remain viable until being transplanted into a recipient,” Reishtein told The Algemeiner on Sunday.

“The organs cannot pose an infection hazard to the recipient, who must take heavy doses of immune-suppressant drugs. The idea that Israeli soldiers can do all these things is ludicrous,” she stressed.

When the allegation was first published in 2009, Honest Reporting said at the time:

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet’s August 2009 story accusing the IDF of harvesting Palestinian organs caused an uproar. Donald Bostrom, the author of the offensive piece, duly demonstrated his utter lack of any basic journalistic standards when he said: “But whether it’s true or not – I have no idea, I have no clue.”

On top of this, the story was further undermined as one of the Palestinian families interviewed said they never told any reporter that their son was missing organs.

According to the Anti Defamation League, “The ‘blood libel’ refers to a centuries-old false allegation that Jews murder Christians – especially Christian children – to use their blood for ritual purposes, such as an ingredient in the baking of Passover matzah (unleavened bread). It is also sometimes called the ‘ritual murder charge.’

“The blood libel dates back to the Middle Ages and has persisted despite Jewish denials and official repudiations by the Catholic Church and many secular authorities. Blood libels have frequently led to mob violence and pogroms, and have occasionally led to the decimation of entire Jewish communities.

“The blood libel is particularly appalling in light of the fact that Jews follow the Hebrew Bible’s law to not consume any blood, which is found in the book of Leviticus. In order for an animal to be considered kosher, all its blood must have been drained and discarded,” the organization noted.

Despite being dismissed in most of the western world the claim that Jews imbibe others’ blood is rampant in the Palestinian media and throughout the Arab world, particularly in Iranian and Egyptian media.

Honest Reporting concluded: “Like other ‘Big Lies’ about Israel such as the Jenin ‘Massacre’ and the Al Dura video, the story about Israeli soldiers stealing Palestinian organs is one that just won’t die. But it is still astonishing that an institution such as Time Magazine would refer to this blood libel as fact and even add to it by showing recent footage of an Israeli attack on Gaza taken completely out of context.”

Watch Time Magazine’s offending report below:

UPDATE: This article has been modified to include Time Magazine’s retraction of the organ theft allegation.

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  • AW

    As if it wasn’t true thought. The only reason it is CONTESTED and not “Proved inaccurate” is because it’s true but Israel doesn’t want it to be true and are fighting the report behind the scenes.

    How is this confusing? Just two google searches solved this.

  • steven l

    Time Mag. knows exactly what it is doing: undermining Israel! They are with the NYT and Guardian, the new voice of Islam.

  • Beverley Price

    No it has not!!!!! and not been altered on YOU TUBE (1.22) Please sign this petition against TIME online – which has reached just over 300 in less than 48 hours. The name of the journalist who made the documentary begins with an S and her surname with a K. DId anyone get it?She needs to be brought to book too. Here is the petition

  • dcdoc

    Someone(s) put that video clip together and someone(s) had editorial responsibility for it. TIME should be expected to identify those individuals by name and not just let it go with a simple “correction” before moving along.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    I’ve cancelled my subscriptions to “Time” and that other
    rag, “Newsweek”, three years ago.

  • Jeff Phillips

    Historically, TIME magazine has been anti-Semetic as long as I can remember. They are shameful Jew-haters without a conscience or respect for facts. It is incredulous why they are still in business.

  • Estie Ash

    There should be a worldwide boycott of TIME. As they are aware, retractions never remove the taint of the original publication as no one pays attention to retractions. The details of the original publication is the one which remains in peoples minds. TIME achieved their objective and now we should achieve ours. They need to feel the consequences of their actions and the only way for that to happen is for Jews all over the world to boycott TIME. It is TIME to fight back.

    • eli

      every one need to stop buying all those magazines that are publishing lies.

    • zichronot

      I am finished with “Time” There is a line drawn…”Time” shares ISIS ideology..and Jihad Ideals.Its a form of defending the mindset of monsters.ANYONE even slightly leaning to this IS ISIS.Guilty of crimes to humanity.

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Time Magazine headquarters should be car bombed. It’s the only thing Islamic Nazi maniacs understand

  • Monty Lasovsky

    Time and CNN are typically anti Semitic as are most of the media. However, the truth is slowly coming out-very slowly but the lies and the distortions are being recognised by some of the world’s more intelligent people, who are now seeing through the media smokescreen. Islam is revealing itself for what it really is. Watching ISIS behead Foley on screen is what they and their fellow travellers like Hamas, Islamic Jihad are all about.
    Executing “collaborators” , using human shields, lying about everything they do against the west as instructed by the Koran ,is the tip of the Islamic plan to caliphate the world.
    If we don’t believe this, then we deserve what we get.

  • steve specterman

    Once more the “Blood Libel” rears its ugly head-

    However from another angle- Taking organs from the dead, who don`t need them to save the life of another seems to be quite humane.

    In the UK they are trying to say that organs will be taken unless you opt out .

    • yehudit rose

      I agree that taking organs from the dead so that others might live is a good thing, but if not done the right way all that happens is the dead person’s body is desecrated. The right way? Under sterile conditions, while the heart is still pumping oxygenated blood through the organs, at the appropriate blood pressure, with certain antibiotics and hormones added to the blood. The organs must be kept chilled, in sterile conditions, with appropriate fluids, and be transplanted into the recipient within a few hours. To pretend that this can be done by soldiers, or even by doctors who have not received specialized transplant training is ludicrous.
      Yehudit, RN, CCRN

  • This lie may have originated in the UK, with the notoriously antisemitic Baroness Jenny Tonge (yes after she lost her seat in parliament, while being known for surrounding herself with Muslim extremists and making outrageously anti-Israel and anti-Semitic statements) her political party, the Liberal Democrats elevated her to the peerage! After the Israelis were so demonstrably successful in helping victims of the Haiti earthquake, she accused them of harvesting organs from Haitians.

  • no need to read spengler … the west has already ‘untergang’… and naturally the ‘clercs’ are the first middle and last traitors of ‘western values’ — or you can say the opposite, the first middle and last to support western enlightenment jewhatred ala voltaire… couldnt think of anything worse to call the catholic church than jews? as for TIME… i saw this beginning in 1967 when right after Israel won the double-edged praise began the charge of jewish hubris….etc…

    as for europe, what’s left when the last jews go…. pagan judenrein blood rites theyll still charge israel with… never could would shall forgive us for the Jewish Gd … i mean look who they hang up in their churches… a crucified palestinian terrorist, hamas or plo. neither of which can read the bible, care for christianity except to exploit, and love mercy beheadings…

  • Lauren Goldman

    ‘Another example of what passes for “journalism” here in the United States. Please know that intelligent people treat reports like this as works of fiction.’ Sadly, our newspapers are being written at a fifth-grade literacy level (it was clear up to the sixth-grade level in the 1960s), so the intelligent people are not the majority of readers. I have seen it reported that ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ are seeing an upsurge in sales, and probably not by the intelligentsia. Some of the things that I have heard, here in San Francisco, lately, sound like they came right out of ‘The Protocols’ pages.

    Just this week, or the week before, hamas broadcast that IDF was baking Gazan blood into its bread. The mind boggles.

  • Eve

    P.S. And when is that FILTY television series, that video clip was from, going to be declared an INTERNATIONAL CRIME – – and *SUED* FOR?! SUED *BIG*!

  • Eve

    When is a class action suit going to be filed?! I’m ready to participate! How about you?

    These motherf*****s need to be SUED. That’s the trouble with the Jewish community; with all their lawyers, they don’t SUE THE TITS OFF ANYONE WHO SLANDER THEM!

    What would happen – – if Time Magazine inferred that black people were vampires, preying on the white community, to kill their children and steal their blood? That they killed white people to steal their organs? What kind of class-action lawsuit would ensue from so much as such a suggestion?! Do you all know the silly things for which the black community in the U.S has sued, and WON – – millions of dollars? Do you see how CAREFUL everyone is, about the black community? We developed a whole new protocol of “political correctness” that the entire country tip-toes around, in fear of being sued by schvartzes!

    When is the Jewish community going to start SUING for these things?!!!

  • L.M.

    What’s next in Times flying Purple People Eaters? or Unicorns? boycott that rag as I have.
    During WW11 they felt Hitler was a great Statesmen!!

  • Baht Harim

    In the 1970’s, Time Magazine, in educating its readers how to pronounce the new Prime Minister’s name (Begin) stated “rhymes with Fagin.” I see Time’s anti-Semitic bias has not abated in the passing years.

  • Diane Hewitt

    Utterly preposterous! You give this too much credence by devoting so much space to this ridiculousness from the Middle Ages.
    Two paragraphs would have sufficed. Stop being apologetic by over-explaining.

  • HaroldT

    If the Israeli government does not have the guts, is there not a single lawyer that will sue Time for its blood libel ?

  • Ivan Gur-Arie

    I knew there was a reason that I cancelled my subscription to Time Magazine. That magazine has to be called out in the public eye. WE should encourage all people who subscribe to the Magazine to cancel their subscriptions. Free press does not mean lying and misrepresenting press. To the owners and editors of Time magazine – Heil Hitler

  • Blood libels hurled at Israel or Jews,for that matter,
    should not be dignified by a response explaining its
    ludicrousness. However, Time should be dragged into court,
    as it was thirty years ago by General Ariel Sharon, to
    teach it again a lesson. The plaintiff this time ought to
    be the State of Israel and the venue ought to be London,
    where justice in libel cases can be more easily acquired
    than in New York.

  • Martin Bookspan

    You’re absolutely right, Doc. I’d like to see every Jewish reader or subscriber to Time Magazine opt out and never again pluck down a nickel for that disgusting magazine.

    • norm

      I was thinking of subscribing to TIME, but no way … nor will I bother reading them after this inexcusable blood libel. I’m glad to see that this publication is on its way out. Then again, there is always the New York Times, that never misses a chance to slander Isrel.

  • I have just now canceled my Time magazine subscription

  • Time publishing crap like that makes me embarrassed to be an American.

  • Milhouse

    The video has been corrected, but in the correction they call the allegation “contested”, rather than unambiguously “false”. That’s good, but not good enough.

  • judithg

    TIME. I’m surprised they don’t print it up in the oval office he’s such a deranged Jew hater.

  • jo

    Another example of what passes for “journalism” here in the United States. Please know that intelligent people treat reports like this as works of fiction. I find it disgusting amd outrageous that Time Magazine is “reporting” like a tabloid. As a Christian and a Registered Nurse I find this ludicrous and obviously an outright lie.

    • Nina

      You should read the french press. It’s worse.


      Dear Jo,

      As a fellow RN, and a Jew, I thank you for your support! I believe nursing nutures our
      emotional IQ and our sense of fairness.


  • Did you say Time Magazine or Der Sturmer?

  • Scott

    Time Magazine as in “Time Warner” owner of “CNN”……..

    America’s NEW Aljazeera. The original isn’t doing so well – news sensationalists abhor a vacuum.

    CNN is now known as the “Caliphate News Network”……

    Totally disgusting. Look who is running the editorial decisions at Time Warner and you’ll need ask no more questions. HINT – He’s there largest stockholder.

  • sjas


    I fully agree with everything you wrote in this story.

    However, Aftonbladet, is regretfully not ” an obscure Swedish newspaper.Aftonbladet is, regretfully, one of the largest national newspapers in Sweden. The paper has a long track record of highly biased stories about Jews and Israel.

  • DocReality

    C’mon folks! We’re not really surprised at TIME, are we? They’ve been anti-Israel and anti-Semitic since they first rolled off the presses.