Latin American TV network Telesur has published a report repeating some libels I have already debunked – that Israel is testing weapons on palestinian children and permitting pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on palestinian prisoners. But they also added in a reboot of an old one: that we authorize organ harvesting. In fact, this particular libel gets top billing in the headline:
Yet if you read the very same article, it becomes clear that there is no such report. This is just unsubstantiated speculation based on previous, unsubstantiated accusations.
Just weeks ago, Israeli authorities refused to hand over the body of prisoner Fares Baroud, who died in Israeli custody after suffering several illnesses including glaucoma and liver disease. There are concern and speculation from family and activist site, Palestine Libre, that Baroud was a test subject.
In 2015, the Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour accused Israeli security forces of harvesting organs from the bodies of Palestinians killed.
“After returning the seized bodies of Palestinians killed by the occupying forces through October, and following medical examinations, it has been reported that the bodies were returned with missing corneas and other organs,” Mansour said
The Israeli ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon responded by rejecting the allegations, saying that the charges were anti-Semitic.
Danon wrote to the then Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “I call on you to repudiate this sinister accusation and to condemn the ongoing incitement by Palestinian leaders.”
In fact, the palestinian Ma’an News agency has a similar report, but makes no mention of the organ harvesting.
Israeli Professor, Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, said that the Israeli authorities issues permits to large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian prisoners, according to Middle East Monitor news outlet.
Shalhoub-Kevorkian spoke at the Columbia University in New York City and revealed that while conducting a research project for the Hebrew University, she collected data confirming Israeli authorities permit large pharmaceutical firms to carry out tests on Palestinian prisoners.
In her recent talk, entitled “Disturbing Spaces – Violent Technologies in Palestinian Jerusalem,” she quoted a Palestinian child, who said “They check for which bombs to use, gas bombs or stink bombs. Whether to put plastic sacks or cloth sacks. To beat us with their rifles or to kick us with boots.”
Shalhoub-Kevorkian also revealed that Israeli military firms tested weapons on Palestinian children and carried out tests in Palestinian neighborhoods of occupied East Jerusalem.
It is noteworthy that last week, Israeli authorities refused to hand over the body of Fares Baroud, 51, who died due to medical negligence while in Israeli prison, raising suspicion that he possibly underwent such tests, which could be revealed through forensic investigations.
Telesur is headquartered in Venezuela and sponsored primarily by the government there. I assume this still means brutal dictator (and Israel hater) Nicolas Maduro is pulling the strings. So just wait for Roger Waters to latch on to this libel and disseminate it himself.