Next Libel: ‘Jews Harvesting Algerian Kids’ Organs’


harvesting-organsThe anti-Semitic blogosphere and many Arab and Muslim media outlets are aflutter in recent days over accusations of an international Jewish conspiracy to kidnap Algerian children and harvest their organs. Unlike the multiple conspiracy theories about Jews circulating among radical fringe organizations online, this one seems to be gaining momentum on mainstream Arab and Muslim Web sites.According to the story, first reported by Algeria’s Al-Khabar daily, bands of Moroccans and Algerians have allegedly been roaming the streets of Algeria’s cities kidnapping young children, who are then transported across the border into Morocco. From the Moroccan city of Oujda, the children are then purportedly sold to Israelis and American Jews, who then harvest their organs for sale in Israel and the United States. The organs are said to fetch anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000.

The source for the Al-Khabar report seems to be a Dr. Mustafa Khayatti, head of the Algerian National Committee for the Development of Health Research. Khayatti reportedly claimed that several Jews were arrested in New York in connection with the trade. He claimed Interpol knew of the situation and was leading the investigation into the abductions.

“The arrest of Jewish organ trafficking gangs does not mean that the danger has gone; top officials and specialists in this issue assert that there are other Jewish gangs who remain active in several Arab countries,” Khayatti was quoted as saying.

Picking up on the Algerian report, the official Iranian news agency PressTV claimed that the Jewish group “is said to be connected to the IsraeliĀ  who was recently arrested in New Jersey for the direct involvement in importing human organs.”

The report also ran without scrutiny on certain American news outlets, including the Web site of the California-based American Arab weekly Watan.

With its rapid online dissemination, the report has begun to draw fire from those worried about the ease with which such a story, lacking any evidence, can spread in the Muslim world.

The report “sounds as [though] Dr. Khayatti is well connected within the FBI and has access to Interpol documents,” but this was not the case, wrote Hassan Masiky, a reporter for the American Moroccan news service

“Needless to say, neither Al-Khabar nor PressTV provided a source for their story, other than an obscure low-level Algerian bureaucrat,” Masiky complained.

“What is dangerous in this work of fantasy is the plot to package the true story of the arrest of [the person] in New Jersey with the nonsense, nightmarish tale out of Algeria,” he said.

Masiky noted that the Algerian-Moroccan border was closed and carefully watched by the countries’ armies. It was therefore difficult to ascertain how such a plan could be implemented without help from the Algerian state.

“To their credit, the Algerian authorities, up until now, did not ask their Moroccan counterparts for an official investigation, as most Algerians ask themselves: Who are these kidnapped children? Where are their parents? Who conducts these organ harvesting operations? How are the children and the organs transported from Morocco to Israel? And more importantly, how can the Algerian army allow such illicit traffic to go unabated?” Masiky wrote.

The Iranian PressTV noted in its coverage that the report followed claims made in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet last month of an IDF conspiracy to harvest organs from kidnapped Palestinians.

The connection indicated “a possible link between the Israeli military and the mafia of human organs detected in the US,” the Iranian report said.

Aftonbladet, too, did not offer evidence in its article, relying on claims by a handful of Palestinians who spoke to the reporter.

{JPost/Yair Newscenter}


  1. History is just repeating.
    The only way to stop this is by showing Hashem that from here on, we will improve our Ha’havas Habriot and Kovod Habriot to all nations and their children.
    We will absolutely refrain from words like ‘Shegetz or Shiktza or Urel’.
    We will help anyone in need without thinking of Kiddush Hashem. Thinking of Kiddush Hashem when helping an innocent child in need, degrades the human value of this precious child.

  2. A lot ore appropriate would be to appreciate the difference between a Yid and an UREL, Sheigetz or Shiktza. To many write comments on blogs and complain in comments why are we not like the goyim and that is why we have these tzoros. HKB’H says, you want to be like them? I will show what that is worth. That is why there are these blood libels.
    Not saying Sheigetz, shiksa and urel has NOTHING to do with it.

    We say in davening ‘Vhivdilanu min hatoim”, that is praise to H’ not a problem. It is when you do not believe in the hevdel, you deny that shevach of HKB”H and unfortunately we suffer.

  3. Your reasoning is not correct because Hashem operates ‘Middoh Keneged Middoh’.
    The Ritvah says that HKB”H does so, as a Chesed to us to understand “Lomoh Osso Hashem Kocho”.
    When Pharoh was faced with Kriyas Yam Sif, he immediately remembered what he had once said “Kol Haben Hayilod …”
    So too, in every generation, when a nation is faced with an ‘Oinesh’ they must, think very precise, “Al Ma Zeh V’al Ma Zeh”

  4. Comment #1 : I THINK YOU ARE 100% CORRECT

    Finally some reason and mentschlichkit.

    The facts are clear
    1) The arab world is using our own stupidity as a building block for their accusations. They tie everything back to the fact that Mr. ________ was trafficking human organs -FACT.

    2) There is a distinct ‘attitude problem’ with regards to frum Jews being better than non frum Jews and CERTAINLY better than Goyim -FACT

    WE ARE ALL THE SAME Tzelem Elokim

    3) My Rov (a Brisker no less) speaks strongly about the concept of human decency as a KEY way to create a KIDDUSH HASHEM, achieved simply by being polite to non Jews, Religious Jews and irreligious in the street. By politely interacting with the check out lady at the store, rather than thrusting a C/C out while talking on the cell. By saying thank you to the bus boy or waiter as they remove your plate – yes they may be working at a job that pays less yours, but they too are a Tzelem Elokim…

    If we stopped with the ‘Holier than Everyone Else’ attitude simply because we we born, we will not be able to stop our enemies but at the very least we will not provide them with fuel for the fire with which they wish to burn us

  5. To: Comment #5
    Comment #1 seems to take it, one step further.
    He says that you should not think of Kiddush Hashem when you are helping a Non-Yid. Because, when someone is thinking of Kiddush Hashem while he saving an innocent helpless child, he is deminishing the human value of that child.
    We should do good things just for the sake of goodness; than HASHEM will no longer bring enemies onto us.