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The big lie of Israeli ‘Organ Harvesting’ resurfaces re Haiti Earthquake

New York, NY, January 21, 2010 … In a disturbing illustration of what can happen when one person takes a message of hate and incitement to the Internet, the Big Lie of Israeli organ harvesting for profit has again resurfaced and gone global practically overnight, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Claims that the Israel Defense Forces mobile hospital unit in Haiti may be involved in stealing organs were first made in a video posted on YouTube by a Seattle man who identified himself as “T. West” of “AfriSynergy Productions.”

The allegations in his video spread globally in less than a day – a phenomenon that ADL said “demonstrates both the power of the Internet to spread disinformation, and the ability of any individual to disseminate the Big Lie with ease.”

“We have entered a new era where any individual can perpetuate a lie and spread it globally from the confines of his home,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “The video-sharing technology enables one person to pick up something that is completely wrong and to push it out as fact.”

Several anti-Israel Web sites and Middle East news sources have reported as credible the allegations made by “T. West” that the Israeli medical mission in Haiti may be involved in stealing organs from earthquake victims. According to ADL, the charges of organ harvesting for profit have appeared on various Web sites, including that of Press TV, a state-funded Iranian TV news channel; the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, an armed wing of the terrorist group Hamas; and the site of Alex Jones, an American anti-Israel conspiracy theorist.

Each of the reports directly cites the YouTube video post from Seattle, in which “T. West” charges that the Israel Defense Forces in Haiti may attempt to steal organs. “People have to be aware of personalities who are out for money,” T. West states. “The IDF has participated in the past in steal [sic] organ transplants of Palestinians and others.”

“The world is watching the images coming out of Haiti, and Israel’s state-of-the-art medical facility has become a focus of many news reports,” said Mr. Foxman. “It is hardly surprising that Israel’s enemies are looking for ways to turn the story of Israel’s success in saving lives into a negative. What is surprising is the alacrity with which they pick up on any thread of spurious information on the Internet that may cast a negative light on the Jewish state, no matter how dubious or untrustworthy the source.”

In September 2009, rumors of Israeli organ harvesting in the Palestinian territories spread globally following the publication of a false and malicious article in a Swedish newspaper that Israeli soldiers were harvesting Palestinian organs for profit. Similar rumors were reported in newspapers across the Middle East. The false story quickly mushroomed into a full-blown conspiracy theory alleging a Jewish plot to harvest organs from Algerian children, and others.

ADL has called the rumors of organ harvesting for profit “a new version of the ancient blood libel” which alleged that Jews use the blood of Christian children to bake their Passover bread.

“T. West” is an online moniker used by Theautries West, a Seattle activist who has posted a number of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic videos on YouTube. In a six-part series of videos in August and September 2009, T. West advanced the allegation of Israeli organ harvesting. In one video he states: “Not only in Israel against the Palestinian people … but possibly in other countries around the world, Israelis have been taking body organs and selling them for a very high price to others around the world and inside of Israel.”

In his videos West seems to maintain that Zionists and some Jews do not have a legitimate claim to their identity. He frequently refers to Jews in quotation marks, and calls for African-Americans to cut ties with Jews, who he claims are being “used and abused by many among a group of people who are among the wealthiest in the world.”

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CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen visits a Haiti hospital where patients are desperate for better medical care.

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National Child Stress Network Resources: Earthquakes

Paula G. Panzer, MD, Director of the Martha K. Selig Educational Institute & Center for Trauma Program Innovation at the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services, recommends materials from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

They were written by experts, for this crisis, with a culturally appropriate lens and review team (the Creole translation is in the works. Check out their information and materials.

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JDC Haiti Relief Update January 15

  • JDC is the official  humanitarian assistance organization for the organized Jewish community and the Jewish Federations of North America
  • JDC is supporting the Medical Corps of the Israel Defense Force whose team of medical professionals has landed in Haiti and is setting up a field hospital to care for those affected by the quake. JDC funds have purchased medical equipment, including infant incubators for a neonatal unit and orthopedic devices
  • JDC is working with Heart to Heart International, a U.S. nongovernmental organization (NGO) on the ground to provide emergency medical assistance, equipment, and other services
  • Working with the Afya Foundation, a container of mattresses and much-needed medical supplies has been sent to Partners in Health, a well respected NGO started in Haiti by Dr. Paul Farmer.  JDC is also supporting the shipment of 2 additional containers
  • JDC is supporting EcoWorks International which, working through local sources, will be operating a soup kitchen
  • Further partnerships are being explored by JDC with local NGOs to provide emergency assistance during this initial stage disaster response
  • JDC continues to coordinate activities with the White House and Department of State
  • Consistent with its International Development Program (JDC-IDP) operations historically, JDC will likely provide for some amount of immediate emergency relief but reserve the bulk of our operations for intermediate and long-term rebuilding and reconstruction programs that are sustainable by the affected community
  • The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief—an alliance of 45 U.S. and foreign Jewish agencies that provides a united Jewish response to humanitarian disasters—has formed a new coalition for Haiti relief which will be coordinated by JDC.
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Israeli aid arrives in Haiti, field hospital set up

See updates from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Israeli aid arrives in Haiti, field hospital set up 17-Jan-2010

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