This is one of two articles which focus on problems with organ donation in Israel and reported online via the New York Times.
This article focuses on the barriers to organ donation in Israel which can be placed into two categories: a) religion and b) ethics. For example the differing definitions of mortality, which can conflict with modern acceptance of brain death, are felt to have contributed to leaving the country with a low rate of deceased organ donation.
The problems that ensue from the low organ donation rate then lead to patients becoming desperate for a organ transplant and this desperation has helped contribute to organ trafficking. This is
sue is the subject of a second article which can be viewed via-