The “blame the jews” habit is hard to break among the Goyim. The alternative media is full of the same endless complaints and accusations about the support the US gives Israel, hammering on the billions of dollars in aid, grants, etc. The MSM does not, to its credit, engage in such spurious anti-Israel (and in fact fundamentally anti-Jewish) attacks.
The detractors, however, do not talk about what Israel, often through Jewish Americans, brings to the US: literally life-savings contributions, like transplant organs that come from Israel to the US through the selfless and risky efforts of humanitarians like Levy Izhak Rosenbaum.
The outrage is that this man, “a devout Orthodox Jew who was dedicated to helping people,” as his defense aptly described him, was tried in the US and, as thanks for his work, was sentenced to jail for a term of two and a half years.
What has this man actually done? What is his crime? He helped people in the US who needed kidney transplants to obtain kidneys from Israel. He advertised in Israel, offering potential donors $10,000 for their supernumerary kidneys—well, not technically supernumerary but one can function with just one kidney and cede the other to a renally needy person. For a very poor person $10,000 is well worth dispensing with one kidney.
In the US, organ selling is still illegal because the archaic American laws have not caught up with more forward-thinking Israel, so on the US side Rosenbaum was forced to arrange everything quietly and under false pretenses, like a secret impresario of a big production with lots of actors, gaffe men and prop managers but no audience: blood tests to ensure compatibility, entry in the US of the donors, afidavits stating that the donation was an act of friendship, unremunerated, and tirelessly shlepping the kidneys from Israel to the US with care, in the best preservation medium posible: the owner.
Surely there were good samaritans among the medical staff who performed the operations and who saw him bring a long conga line of Israeli “friends” ready to gift as many American “friends” with their organs, but luckily they were not prosecuted because there was no proof that they colluded (ugly word) with Rosenbaum.
Unfortunately “40 other people, mainly politicians and rabbis from New Jersey and Brooklyn, in what AP describes as a “dual-track investigation into money laundering and political corruption.” were also arrested as victims of what can be called a blood libel accusation.
His defense stated plainly that the accused only “tried to help people,” and that the donors, called by the prosecutors ‘vulnerable victims’ were anything but: they did get $10,000 each, which in their income bracket (if they have one) is a lot of money. There were no victims, the defense said to deaf ears.
The MSM does not speculate about the ethnicity of the donors — were they Palestinians, temporary workers from other lands, or poor Jews? — which is just as well, because such speculation would have added another layer of prejudice to Rosenbaum’s unfair portrayal.
Much is made in some quarters about the fact that Rosenbaum charged the recipients between $120,000 and $160,000 per organ traffic transaction. The defense did a poor job, in my opinión, to allow this to even be brought up. Is Free Enterprise on trial in the US? Is Rosenbaum, who allegedly made millions of dollars in these transactions beeing punished for being resourceful and successful? Since when are business acumen, a keen eye to the market’s needs and ingenuity crimes?
Besides, the so-called profit motive is irrelevant because, as Ronald Kleinberg, the defendant’s attorney, insisted, his client’s “only motive was to save lives.”