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Swedish Meatball

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Speaking of published garbage, the Swedish newspaper story about Israeli soldiers harvesting organs from Palestinians is the sort of demented nonsense that has reinforced 2000 years of anti-semitism. The “journalist” who wrote the piece apparently linked urban legends he’d been told by Palestinians in the 1990s…to–this is really fantastic–the recent New Jersey corruption scandal, in which a Jewish participant allegedly presided over the illegal sale of a kidney. There is freedom of speech in Sweden just as there is here–and so there is no need for the Swedish government to apologize or condemn the article–but the newspaper in question has some explaining to do. And I would guess that the Israeli government is well within its rights to slow-walk accreditation to reporters from that paper.