The issue of organ theft emerged with publication of an interview with a former head of Israel's Abu Kabir forensic institute, Dr. Jehuda Hiss [http://www.shortnews.com/... reported].
Parts of the interview were broadcast on Israel's Channel 2 TV over the weekend. In it, Hiss said: "We started to harvest corneas … whatever was done was highly informal. No permission was asked from the family."
When this news was first released by a Swedish newspaper, Israel vehemently denied it and called it "Anti Semitic." Israel went as far as to ask the Swedish government to condemn the article, but they refused, citing freedom of speech.