Israel Admits Organs Harvested Without Permission


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AP - Israel has admitted forensic specialists harvested organs from bodies, including Palestinians, without permission from their families during the 1990s.

The issue emerged with publication of an interview with the then-head of Israel's main forensic institute, Dr. Jehuda Hiss. An American academic conducted the interview in 2000, but decided to release it now because of a controversy last summer over an allegation by a Swedish newspaper that Israel was killing Palestinians to harvest their organs. Israel hotly denied the charge.

In the interview, Hiss says corneas were taken from dead bodies without family consent.

Hiss was dismissed from the institute in 2004, and Israel's Channel 2 TV quoted the health ministry saying that the practice stopped a decade ago.
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