"Blood Libel" Journalist Defends His Article in Israel

The Swedish journalist who caused uproar in Israel over his allegations in tabloid Aftonbladet that Israeli soldiers stole organs from dead Palestinians on Monday defended his article in person to a hostile audience in southern Israel.

Speaking at a media conference Donald Boström admitted he had no proof beyond the allegations of the families of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army, but said he found the claims serious enough to publish.

The article which appeared in Aftonbladet in August led to charges of "blood libel" inside the Jewish state and a diplomatic row between Israel and Sweden with the Israelis asking the government here to condemn the article which it did not under the country's tradition of freedom of speech.

Boström, who was accompanied by security guards and heckled by the crowd said; "One conclusion is that there has to be further investigation into the allegations of Palestinian families."

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