Filter magazine reveals in its latest issue, the truth behind the so-called Organ scandal three years ago. Yesterday Oisin Cantwell wrote about the background of culture article that caused a diplomatic crisis between Sweden and Israel. Today, says Åsa Linderborg on the crazy train after publication, to be branded as anti-Semitic and persecuted by the world's media. And if the betrayal from the Swedish press when it turned out that Aftonbladet was right - Israel systematically looted dead bodies on bodies.
Donald Boström is at Aftonbladet and sprättar reader post. In one of the envelopes is a lawsuit of 50 million. He looks at me and says: - Should I do it here, I work my ass off.
The debate was focused on whether the publication was consciously or unconsciously anti-Semitic. Just Guillou and I wanted to talk about Bilal and the Israeli occupation.
Aftonbladet's critics turned out that night also medical experts in organ transplantation - they had even knowledge that far exceeded medical science.
Bitter? I usually commend myself to never be GRIEVED, but in this case, oh yes I am. I'm so fucking bitter. Not so much for myself, but what do you call the bourgeoisie total indifference to all Palestinian victims? Hatred of Donald and Aftonbladet weighs slightly when compared to the ridicule which hit Bilal's family.
My boss Helle Klein and my then husband Anders serviced me from morning to night with material from the liberal press in Israel - where there are plenty of real liberals but it is unfortunately not the ones running the country - partly or wholly supported our cause. Without them, I had fallen apart, and how Donald did the press know I still do not. A dull evening I phoned Jan Helin, who stood awe worth steadily all the time, and offered my resignation. For the first time I heard a slight irritation in his voice:
- Go to bed, you need to sleep.
When the bourgeois press fires the sauna at their worst, offers Bonnier into its annual banquet at Villa Manila. I do not want to go, but Leif GW Persson says I must. In the foyer I meet one of the Bonnier family more excited gamänger. He takes me by the arm and whispered:
- You can hang off your bodies in the closet.
I laugh nervously and step into the beautiful hall. Then it will be like when Morran approaching the Moomin Valley - everything stops and freezes. One and another colleague walks past my back and touches my hand, Butterfly easy, as an aid in secret: I am on your side, but let it stay between us.
I hide at the bottom of the garden where Expressen Nisse Schwartz kindly talk to me until GW lumbering back and complain about the wine, he wants further. We go to the town where GW invite to dinner at a cost of Donalds complete article fee. He bowls and says:
- Hello på're Little One, you are feeling depressed're not together so you want to kill yourself?
He recalled when he, as Peter Bratt source in brothel scandal, was chased over stock and stone, and seriously thought about pulling träfracken on. The rifle was loaded. Then he says:
- This raided with Palestinians is nothing new, you know. I've seen lots of pictures like that, I even have some in your own possession.
- What? May I see them?
- Nah, that's impossible. They are in something of outbuildings on land, I know not where.
I was getting desperate. All the time we got advice from people who knew something, but could not help us.
The pinion third week calling Britta, an elderly lady from Geneva. She says she knows a lawyer in the United Nations to prepare 15 different lawsuits in which Palestinian families accuse the Israeli government for taking organs from their deceased sons. Aagård Martin wears a month to get the woman to give us an interview, but she dare not for fear of ruin process.
Most things get Donald. He calls five times a day with new information. He had, among other things, a leak in the military Abu Kabir who had given him a list of autopsied Palestinians. There is Bilal with. I did not dare to publish.
It was not only Donald who was sued for 50 million, including Aftonbladet was sued for the same amount. An American in New York found that the Swedish press freedom would be eliminated because Aftonbladet was a magazine that was distributed in New York, SAS plane landed at the JFK each day with free newspapers to passengers. Moreover, Aftonbladet's Per Bjurman correlate checking account in New York, that has Aftonbladet business in a country with a completely different press law than Sweden.
The bizarre atmosphere hung over us for four seasons before the U.S. court declared it invalid. I do not know how it is now, but then - this was just after the Gaza war - called hawks in Israel people threatening to sue directly or difficult media. The method was effective: We fell silent. When Donald increasingly despairing called on various witness statements and article suggestions, dried, I end up not responding. Yes, I failed him there.
Donald was easier to be heard in Israel. There were those who either wanted to punch him, face to face or was sincerely interested in what he had to offer. In the Knesset, the issue with much greater openness than in Sweden.
It was also in Israel's Channel 2 as the world's foremost researchers in organ trafficking, Nancy Scheper-Hughes at Berkeley University, three days before Christmas undisturbed got to tell you that Aftonbladet was right. Well, during Yehuda lift line ran Abu Kabir systematic organ theft. It was about thousands of people.
This was breaking news all over the world - I saw it over and over again on CNN - but in Sweden commented on the news at all. Not even Aftonbladet did something larger being. Jan Helin decided that we would wait and let the liberal press spread the news with a sincere or disguised excuse. Such is Jan Helin, when he does wrong, he usually recognize it and he expects others to do the same. And the news is always a novelty. I wish all publishers were equally renhåriga, but not. The silence lay like a blanket of snow over Christmas.
All trains have a name, and Donald Article baptized quickly to "Bodies" affair, but it is this that is the real scandal: Swedish press swim in shoals, hunt in packs - either for political reasons, opportunism or sheer nervousness - and when convicted people act as nothing. So keep quiet about the truth of pure prestige.
Three years later, gives us total filter redress and more. The number is now commercially available, you can read an interview that Donald had with Chen Kugel, coroner and Lieutenant Colonel at Abu Kabir already in 2001 blew the whistle on the organ theft as the Swedish media claimed was only Aftonbladet antisemitic fantasies. It lasted a day. Heart valves, skin, corneas for transplantation. Heart, liver, kidney research.
Donald's article, says Kugel, helped to stop the illegal abuses suffered by Palestinians, but also Israeli soldiers, Orthodox Jews, guest workers, and even tourists. Today there is over a hundred lawsuits and Supreme Court judges routinely to large damages.
Asa Linderborg, Aftonbladet's cultural section I am often asked if I regret publishing. But why should I regret a cultural item actually changed anything for real?
I regret that the article was not clear that it obviously was not ettdirekt relationship between rabbi in New Jersey in 2009 and Abu Kabir 1992nd Perhaps I should also, as Jan Helin now doing in Filters, apologizing for not better understood how the article could be seen in the context of the vile myths about how Jews bake bread on their enemies blood.
I just do not understand quite how Donald would expressed them: "I know there is an anti-Semitic urban legend, but I still want to talk about killing Palestinians might have been plundered of their organs ..." It would not have changed anything in Sweden has always criticism of Israel's occupation policies branded as anti-Semitism.