Abu Kabir Operating Organ Warehouse
Publication: Israel Faxx
Date: Friday, January 4 2002
State Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein ordered police to launch an investigation against Prof. Yehuda Hiss, the nation's senior pathologist and director of the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute.
Hiss is accused of a long list of charges from inappropriate behavior as a medical professional to criminal acts such as the illegal sale of and dealings in organs and body parts, removing organs from deceased persons without consent, and misrepresenting organs in returned bodies.
Allegations made against Hiss in some cases include his taking organs without consent, placing the cardboard center of toilet paper rolls and metallic rods in their place to fill the voids in the body and hide the theft of the organs.
A court-ordered search of the institute revealed large supplies of stored organs taken illegally from bodies.
Over the past years, heads of the institute appear to have given thousands of organs for research without permission, while maintaining a "storehouse" of organs at Abu Kabir.
Organs belonging to soldiers killed in various circumstances were found in the institute during a surprise search this week. After consulting with Chief Chaplain Brig. Gen. Rabbi Yisrael Weiss, it was decided that in concert with the bereaved families, graves would be opened and the organs buried along with the remains of each soldier involved.
Publication: Israel Faxx
Date: Friday, July 3 2003
The family of IDF soldier Daniel Heller is calling it "organ theft," joining the increasing list of bereaved families accusing the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute of taking organs from their loved ones without permission.
The family rejected autopsy findings in Israel, prompting the distraught father to exhume his son's body himself and leave it in his home until an independent pathologist was appointed. The autopsy's preliminary results indicate many internal organs were taken from the soldier's body without the family consent or knowledge.
In this case, as in many previous cases, the family is demanding an investigation and the dismissal of chief pathologist Prof. Yehuda Hiss. Other cases also document that Hiss and his staff took organs without requesting or informing relatives. Jars containing body parts of civilians and soldiers have been found in the forensic institute, but to date, no government agency has taken any action against Hiss, not even the minimum - suspending him from duty pending an investigation.
Abu Kabir's official findings stated Heller committed suicide, a position that was rejected by the soldier's parents. The bereaved parents believe the death was the result of an accidental discharge of Daniel's weapon. On Wednesday, at noon, Heller will be laid to rest for a second time, in the Dimona cemetery.