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Passion Islam I September 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 13
New York Rabbi accused of trying
to broker palestine kidney sale
One of the sweeping criminal on a transplant list at a Philadelphia Rosenbaum is said to have responded,
complaints unveiled in New Jersey hospital, the complaint says. The first “Quite a lot. ... Quite a lot.”
against 44 public officials and others meeting took place at Rosenbaum’s Rosenbaum also told the agents he
includes a New York man accused of home on February 18, 2008, three had brokered a transplant two weeks
trying to arrange the private sale of a days after the confidential witness before their meeting, the document
kidney from a donor in Israel. contacted Rosenbaum by telephone, says.
Levy Izhak Rosenbaum, who lives the document says. All of the donors “come from
in Brooklyn and is not a licensed At that meeting, the complaint Israel,” Rosenbaum is alleged to have
physician or medical professional, alleges, Rosenbaum said he could said.
faces charges of acting as a human obtain a kidney for $150,000. He later The price had gone up to $160,000,
organ broker. He offered to obtain a raised the price to $160,000. he said, because “it’s hard to get
kidney for an undercover FBI agent “I’m doing this a long time,” the people,” noting that Israel had passed
and a confidential witness working complaint says Rosenbaum told the laws prohibiting the sale of human
for authorities, the criminal complaint two agents. He then added: “Let me organs, the complaint states.
says. The price was $160,000. explain to you one thing. It’s illegal to The agents had already paid
“I am what you call a matchmaker,” buy or sell organs. ... So you cannot $10,000 and were told to bring another
Rosenbaum is quoted as saying buy it. What you do is, you’re giving a $70,000 at a meeting. “I prefer you do
at a July 13 meeting with the two compensation for the time.” it with cash,” the complaint quotes
undercover agents. At their last meeting, on July Rosenbaum as saying.
The undercover FBI agent told 13, Rosenbaum said he had been The remaining $80,000 would
Rosenbaum one of her uncles arranging kidney sales for 10 years, be due “when I get the donor in
needed a kidney because he had the complaint says. Asked how the hospital, check them out,” the
been on dialysis for two years and many transplants he had brokered, complaint
First Islamic University EU bears
Opened in Chechnya
can take a beginners course in
Arabic which is a requirement
for preserving
for any student wanting to go
on and study Islam.
world peace
Teachers at the institution The European Union stressed its
have reportedly been recruited
role in building world peace and said
from the Egyptian University
that the main objective of European
Al-Azhar, one of the oldest
integration was to prevent a new
world universities, the Asia
Minor University, the Abu-Nour
In a statement to mark the 70th
anniversary of the outbreak of World
University in Syria.
War II, the Swedish EU Presidency in
The education lasts 5 years
a statement noted that “the unnatural
The opening of the Russian Islamic
in the university.
division of our continent has now
University named after Kunta-Haji in
The event in Grozny was attended
been overcome.” “We have a duty not
Grozny was attended by dozens of
by dozens of guests, delegations from to let the memory of the experience
Muslim leaders from Russia and other
the Russian Council of Muftis led by of this most terrifying of all wars fall
countries, Interfax said.
chairman Ravil Gainutdin, Muslim
into oblivion. Today, we Europeans
The opening ceremony started with
leaders from the North Caucasus
share the responsibility for peace in
a video message from Russian Prime
republics, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan
the world. This is both a moral and a
Minister Vladimir Putin transmitted on
and Belarus, as well as Palestinian
political responsibility,’ it said.
a big screen.
muftis, envoys and plenipotentiary
Seventy years ago, on September
Students at the new university
1, 1939 in Westerplatte in Gdansk
from Malaysia, Turkey, Kuwait, Yemen
World War II began after Germany
will study both Islamic and secular
and other Islamic states.
invaded Poland . In the years that
disciplines. The curriculum includes
Islamic University Rector Abdul-
followed, Europe witnessed the
Russian and Chechen languages,
Rahim Mutusev was quoted as saying
bloodiest war in its history. It saw the
sociology, political studies, philosophy
that in 2009-2010 academic year they loss of millions of lives and immense
and English.
are expecting at around 300 students grief. It saw the destruction of cities
During the first two years students
to get education .
and communities.
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