Yokhay Hakak and Tzvika Goldberg
Yerushalayim , 30 July 1993
“The organs of Arabs killed during the Intifada should be used for organ transplants for the Jews”
The Head of the Public Committee for Defense of Human Dignity (1), Rabbi Mordechai Yedidya Weiner, called on the authorities to use the organs of Arabs killed during the Intifada for organ transplants in order to stop using for this purpose the organs extracted from Jewish bodies. “We will not allow Jewish corpses to be misused. Every part of a Jewish corpse is full of holiness. This is why it cannot serve any utilitarian purpose. So many Arab corpses of those killed during the Intifada are available. Why aren’t their organs used instead?” So said Rabbi Weiner at a solemn meeting held on Tish’a Be’av [a day of fasting and mourning in celebration of the anniversary of destruction of both Temples].
“By making this proposal, I don’t intend, God forbid, to insult any Arabs”, explained the rabbi to the “Yerushalayim Newspaper” this week. “On the contrary, this will count for them as a merit in the eyes of God. After all, in their entire lives they cannot observe any Commandment nor perform any good deed. But my proposal implies that at least after their death they will be able to do so.” During the solemn meeting held this week in the Sabbath Square [in Jerusalem] by the Public Committee for Defense of Human Dignity, also other rabbis fiercely protested against the extraction of organs from the corpse of a Jewish new immigrant from Russia, Yefim Kipnis, for the purpose of a transplant. They reiterated their disagreement with extraction of any organs from any Jewish body for organ transplant purposes.
Translation and note by Prof. Israel Shahak
(1) The word ‘human’ in the Committee’s name means ‘Jewish’. This is why the use of non-Jewish organs is permitted, and only of Jewish ones prohibited, The named Committee is generously funded from the U.S. where the this semantic confusion cannot be clarified by the media.