The Swedish Chancellor of Justice has decided not to launch an investigation into a newspaper that alleged that Israeli soldiers kill Palestinian civilians in order to harvest their organs, Army Radio reported Saturday.
Swedish judicial authorities ruled that the report in the tabloid Aftonbladet did not constitute racism and was therefore legal, according to Army Radio. The ruling was in response to two requests submitted to the Swedish Chancellor of Justice, Army Radio said.
According to Swedish law, a publication may be considered illegal if it is threatening or expresses contempt towards a person or group of people based on their race, ethnicity, or nationality.
The report sparked an outcry in Israel, where the article's author has been accused of disseminating "a blood libel" against the Jews. Much of the controversy was due to the article's attempts to tie Jewish criminals who trafficked in organs in New Jersey to the alleged harvesting of Palestinian organs by Israel Defense Forces soldiers.
Earlier this month, meanwhile, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt canceled his visit to Israel, scheduled for September 11, in wake of the continued tension in relations between the two countries.
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