JERUSALEM, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The largest newspaper in Sweden has been accused of publishing anti-Semitic propaganda in a report saying Israel has killed Palestinians to harvest organs.
The story in Aftonbladet has inspired outrage in Israel and Sweden. Sydsvenskan, the largest daily in southern Sweden, ran an opinion piece with the headline "Antisemitbladet" that compared the Aftonbladet story to other examples of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported.
Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, called the story "racist hysteria at its worst," The Jerusalem Post reported.
"No one should tolerate such a demonizing piece of medieval blood libel that surely encourages hate crimes against Jews," Palmor said. "This is a shame to freedom of expression, and all Swedes should reject it unconditionally."
Aftonbladet, published in Stockholm, is a tabloid that describes itself as independent social democrat.
The story ran with the headline "They plunder the organs of our sons." The author, Donald Bostrom, cited Palestinian families who said bodies of young men who disappeared had been returned with missing organs.