The Liberal Lobby headed by MK Moshe Feiglin, Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Israeli parliament, held a special session this week dedicated to creating greater awareness of the persecution of Falun Gong by the Communist regime in China.
According to reports, China conducts widespread and systematic organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners, predominantly through military hospitals and military doctors.
While introducing the special session, Feiglin said, “There is a saying, evil doesn’t need cooperation and help from good; it’s enough for evil if good remains silent.” He said Israel has a moral duty to rise up against the crimes against humanity occurring in China today.
David Kilgour, the former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific), and Nobel Prize nominee for his research on the persecution of the Falun Gong, says it is an industry that generates up to $1 billion per year in revenue.
“Israel is a leading country with regards to legislation aimed at fighting the organ harvesting phenomenon,” said Kilgour. He called on the Knesset to enact laws that would allow Falun Gong members to gain refuge and assistance in Israel.
Author and journalist Ethan Gutman, explained during the session that China`s international economic activity should be limited. He also called on Israel and other countries to act against pharmaceutical companies that conduct clinical transplantation trials in China. According to Gutman, these companies contribute to financing the illegal transplants in China.
Shiping Lu , a Falun Gong practitioner who managed to escape China after being imprisoned and tortured said she was arrested four times, held in isolation and tortured with electric batons. During one of the incidents, her hands were tied behind her back and she was dangled from a window. Lu couldn’t refrain from crying while she described the ordeals she had gone through: “It’s awful to remember that”, she said.
“Ladies and gentlemen, those horrible atrocities against human beings still are happening today,” declared Lu at the end of her testimony.
Israel Labor Party Secretary General MK Yehiel Hilik Bar explained to the audience that some subjects in the Israeli parliament are beyond politics, and called on his colleagues to be committed to breaking the silence.
He said, “As an Israeli and a Jew, I don’t have the right to keep silent. I don’t think those arguments of a big China, or fear of a boycott, give us the moral right to remain silent while people are murdered and slaughtered every day.”
In 2008 the Knesset enacted a law, the first of its kind in the world, preventing insurance companies from providing funds for transplant surgeries in countries where organ sources are not clear and legal.
Prof. Jacob Lavee, director of the Heart Transplantation Unit at the Sheba Medical Center, near Tel Aviv, was one of those who pushed for the law.
“From the year 2008, not a single Israeli patient went to China. We became an example for other countries how we can, at least, stop the flow of patients, in need of transplants, to China.”
He also presented the testimony of the Chinese doctor, Wang Guoqi that had been given before a committee of the US Congress, “The ‘donor’, after his kidneys, skin, and corneas were harvested, was thrown, while still alive, into a plastic body bag and dumped in an incinerator. The on-site commander of the execution, the doctor testified, told the guard: “Save the bullet, he won`t survive anyway”
Lavee said, “What we did in Israel is not enough, we have to continue our efforts to completely stop organ harvesting in China.”