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Host of Blood Libel Reporter Booed for ‘Sitting with Devil’

Protesters at the appearance of the Swedish “blood libel” journalist” at a media conference said the host would agree “to sit with the devil.”
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 11/2/2009, 1:12 PM / Last Update: 11/2/2009, 1:28 PM

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Protesters at a media conference featuring Swedish “blood libel” journalist Donald Bostrom booed the host, the mayor of Dimona, Monday morning and charged he would be willing to “sit down with the devil.” The accusation came after Mayor Meir Cohen admitted he would “pay the price” for inviting Bostrom to the third annual media conference in the city.

Mayor Cohen, whose small city is located between Be’er Sheva and Jordan, warned a jeering crowd that if it did not allow an interview with an anti-nationalist journalist to take place, Israel would face harsh criticism from international media.

Bostrom won worldwide attention and general condemnation from Israel after publishing this past summer an article charging that Israeli soldiers sold the organs of Arab terrorists. He later backtracked partially, saying this his report was based on unsubstantiated Arab claims. However, he added that Israel should conduct an investigation.

The crowd allowed the interview to take place, but it was interrupted with posters stating, “Israel is stronger than anti-Semitism” and “Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.” Israeli government leaders, including Silvan Shalom (Likud), Minister for Development of the Negev and the Galilee, boycotted the conference, He called Bostram’s appearance “shameful” and withdrew his ministry’s funding for the event.

Michal Kafri of the Fund for a Strong Israel who was one of the protestors against Bostrom and Mayor Cohen, told Arutz-7 that the organization plans to display in the Knesset an exhibition of anti-Semitic cartoon from both the Nazi regime and the Arab world since the reestablishment of the State of Israel as well as recent caricatures of IDF soldiers allegedly harvesting organs.