Swedish reporter: "I don't know if IDF story is true"

By Jessica Elgot, August 19, 2009
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The reporter who penned the Israeli organ trafficking story for a Swedish newspaper has said he does not know whether the report is true.

Journalist Donald Bostrom, who wrote that IDF soldiers were killing Palestinians for their organs in Swedish daily Aftonbladet, told Israel Radio: "Whether it's true or not - I have no idea, I have no clue."

"I have a personal opinion; it concerns me that it's true.”

Mr Bostrom, who has been called to an emergency editorial meeting at the paper’s offices in Stockholm, said: "I was there during the interview that night, I was a witness. It concerns me to the extent that I want it to be investigated."

Mr Bostrom was referring the testimony of a Palestinian, who said the body of a Palestinian boy, Bilal Ahmad Ranian from Nablus, was returned to his village five days later with a scar running from the face down to the stomach.

Last updated: 11:45am, August 19 2009