Last week, the FBI arrested 44 people, including a number of politicians and rabbis,Â in a series of raids in New Jersey for money laundering, corruption, and trafficking in human kidneys between New York and Israel.
The traffickers paid $10,000 for kidneys in Israel, andÂ then charged patients waiting for transplants in the USÂ $160,000 for the organs. And of course,Â thisÂ is the part of the storyÂ that gets everyone’s attention.
When asked why heÂ participatedÂ in such activity, one rabbi declared, “What? They signed their donor cards.”Â
Yeah, and az di bobe volt gehat beytsim volt zi geven mayn zeyde!
But seriously, the Brooklyn man who appears to be the kidney broker has apparently been running the operation for a decade.
Don’t worry though. Today’s Inquisition is only slightly related:
Are you an organ donor? Have you or anyone close to you everÂ received a donated organ? What do you know about supposedÂ transferred traits andÂ memories claimed by some recipients?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.