Swedish PM: No apology to IsraelPosted: August 23, 2009
Published: Aug. 23, 2009 – Press TV
Swedish prime minister says his country will not apologize for an article in a Swedish newspaper accusing Israel of killing Palestinians to plunder their organs.
“No one can demand that the Swedish government violates its own constitution. Freedom of speech is an indispensable part of Swedish society,” Fredrik Reinfeldt was quoted as telling the Swedish news agency TT on Saturday.
Swedish top diplomat has also ruled out any plan to apologize to Israel.
“The government does not review individual articles or what ispublished in the press. That is not our task,” Foreign Minister Carl Bildt told Swedish radio news.
In an article titled “They plunder the organs of our sons”, the daily Aftonbladet said Israeli soldiers abduct young Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip and return their bodies to their families after removing their organs.
“Our sons are used as involuntary organ donors,” relatives of Khalid a Palestinian man from Nablus told Donald Bostrom who authored the report, which was published on Aug. 17.
Bostrom has told Press TV that an international war crimes investigation awaits Israel over its soldiers’ harvest of organs from dead Palestinians.
The freelance journalist underscored that the International Court of Justice — the principal judicial body of the United Nations — will likely investigate the report.