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Complainant Name:
Jonathan Hoffman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Record

Complaint:

Jonathan Hoffman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article that was inaccurate when it stated that the latest news from the Israel parliament had confirmed that body parts of Palestinian prisoners had been systematically harvested in the past when this was not the case. The complainant was also concerned that the piece was anti-Semitic when it compared Jews to Nazis.

Resolution:

The newspaper stood by its columnist and did not accept that the article was discriminatory. The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated an amendment to the online article (which set out that organs were removed from Israeli soldiers as well as Palestinians) and the publication of the following letter from the complainant:

George Galloway plumbed new depths with his column on 28 December. Recently Professor Hiss, a forensic scientist in Israel, has said that in 1990 body parts were removed from corpses without the permission of relatives. When precisely similar news emerged about the Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool, balanced newspaper articles were written about how to avoid a recurrence. Galloway by contrast in the case of Israel makes outrageous comparisons with the Holocaust and suggests that the story that appeared in the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet in the summer was proved by this development. That is complete nonsense. The Aftonbladet article - a blood libel - suggested Israel was systematically murdering Palestinians and removing their body parts, with an innuendo that it was for financial gain. Galloway should be ashamed of himself. If he had any decency he would apologise - now.

Sincerely

Jonathan Hoffman
Finchley,
London

Date Published: 06/05/2010



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