“I could swear this is supposed to be part of my job – I read it in those Algerian and Libyan journals, and in all that literature from Palestinian human rights NGOs.”
Safed, November 9 – A surgeon at Israel’s closest major hospital to the border with Syria voiced disbelief today at having received zero orders to remove the organs of Syrians smuggled into the country for medical treatment.
Dr. Yeduah LeShimtzah of Sieff Hospital noted with disappointment this morning that despite numerous reports in Middle Eastern media of Israeli medical personnel removing organs from Arab patients for sale on the international market or to save the lives of Jews, she has yet to see on the facility’s schedule even one such procedure.
“I’ve been rotation chief here for a couple of years, and before that I supervised several wards,” she recalled. “But I’m a little let down by my experience – not by what I’ve had to do, but by what I expected to have to do and never ended up doing. How am I supposed to do what so many publications – Egyptian, Syrian, Palestinian, Jordanian, Qatari, Iranian, Yemeni, and so on – expect me to be doing when there doesn’t even seem to be an established protocol for harvesting Arab organs?”
Dr. LeShimtzah made several inquiries of the hospital administration and visiting officials from the Ministries of Health and Defense to determine when, if at all, such organ removals might take place, and on what scale they must happen. However, she related, the officials reacted only with a quizzical look and referred her to the Ministry of Health’s protocols for removing organs from a donor, a document that appeared to require consent from either the donor patient or the donor patient’s legally recognized proxy, most often the next-of-kin. “That’s just not how the Arab-organ-harvesting thing is supposed to work,” remarked a bemused LeShimtzah.
Visits to other hospitals failed to turn up helpful information on how to conduct removal of vital organs from helpless Arab patients or prisoners. “I could swear this is supposed to be part of my job – I read it in those Algerian and Libyan journals, and in all that literature from Palestinian human rights NGOs,” she remembered thinking. “There must be some mistake – this is a function that’s right in my professional wheelhouse, skill-wise, so where are the donors from whom I’m supposed to ‘collect’ organs?”
LeShimtzah has resolved to continue trying to find the facilities where such procedures are conducted. “I’m not going to let this mystery stand in the way of my professional development and advancement,” she vowed. “Activists for Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have asserted it’s happening – how could they possibly not be telling the truth?”
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