In the latest news to come out of the conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis, Palestinians are accusing Israelis of harvesting the organs from deceased Palestinians.
The accusation was made by the Palestinian Authority’s representative to the United Nations.
The representative said that Israelis were stealing the organs of Palestinians who were killed in the process of attacking Israelis.
Israeli representatives of the United Nations responded by saying that the accusations that were made by the Palestinian Authority were “blood libel” and completely untrue.
Palestinian Permanent Observer to the United Nations Riyad Mansour said, “A medical examination conducted on bodies of Palestinians returned after they were killed by the occupying power found that they were missing organs.”
Mansour made the statement in an official complaint that was delivered to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday.
The complaint said that the bodies returned to Palestinian officials were found to be missing corneas, as well as other organs.
Meanwhile, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said in a letter, “The Palestinian representative’s anti-Semitic face has been revealed.”
In 2009, reports that Israeli troops harvested the organs of captured Palestinians who died in custody resulted in an angry reaction from Israeli officials and Jewish leaders, who both adamantly denied the reports. The reports from 2009 were never properly verified by any sources.
The aggressive situation between Israelis and Palestinians at the West Bank and the Gaza Strip has been increasing in intensity during the past few months.
Stabbing attacks between the two groups have been commonplace. The holy city of Jerusalem has been a popular site for the violence, and many Jewish holy sites have been destroyed in the process.
Many people are fearful that a third Intifada, or uprising, will soon take place between the two groups. The first Israeli-Palestinian Intifada lasted from 1987 until 1993, while the second Intifada lasted between 2000 until 2005. Both events resulted in thousands of deaths.