Rightists confront 'IDF organ trafficking' reporter at Israel airport
Upon Swedish journalist's arrival in Israel, rightists at Ben Gurion airport call for his expulsion.
Dozens of right-wing activists on Sunday confronted a Swedish journalist who accused Israeli soldiers of harvesting organs from Palestinians, shouting at him upon his arrival in Israel at Ben Gurion airport.
The rightists waved banners bearing slogans against Donald Bostrom, who will be a guest of the Dimona Media Conference on Monday, and called for him to be expelled from Israel.
In his article, which was published in August, Bostrom attempted to tie Jewish criminals who trafficked in organs in New Jersey to Palestinian claims that Israel had removed organs from Palestinians killed by IDF soldiers.
Bostrom will be interviewed at the conference on Monday by the anchor of Channel 2's Friday night news show, Yair Lapid.
Although no specific threats were received, Bostrom will be accompanied by a bodyguard throughout his stay, and the conference will make special security arrangements to prepare for potential protests.
Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom, who is also minister for the development of the Negev and Galilee, announced on Saturday that he would not come to the event and would drop his support for it because of Bostrom's presence. The move will cost the conference NIS 200,000.
Organizers said the journalist is expected to visit Israeli towns in the vicinity of Gaza and other local conflict areas.
Bostrom's article, published in the popular Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, set off a media frenzy in Israel, and Bostrom has been accused of disseminating "a blood libel" against Jews.
Sweden's Ministry of Justice announced in August that it would look into complaints alleging that the article was racist and amounted to incitement against Israel.