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Racist Israelis Coerced Black Ethiopian Jewish Women to take Birth Control

An Israeli government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.
 link to www.haaretz.com

Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots

Health Ministry director general instructs all gynecologists in Israel's four health maintenance organizations not to inject women with long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera if they do not understand ramifications of treatment.

By Talila Nesher | Jan.27, 2013


A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.

Health Ministry Director General Prof. Roni Gamzu has instructed the four health maintenance organizations to stop the practice as a matter of course.

The ministry and other state agencies had previously denied knowledge or responsibility for the practice, which was first reported five years ago.

Gamzu's letter instructs all gynecologists in the HMOs "not to renew prescriptions for Depo-Provera for women of Ethiopian origin if for any reason there is concern that they might not understand the ramifications of the treatment."

He also instructed physicians to avail themselves of translators if need be.

Gamzu's letter came in response to a letter from Sharona Eliahu-Chai of the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, representing several women's rights and Ethiopian immigrants' groups. The letter demanded the injections cease immediately and that an investigation be launched into the practice.

About six weeks ago, on an Educational Television program journalist Gal Gabbay revealed the results of interviews with 35 Ethiopian immigrants. The women's testimony could help explain the almost 50-percent decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel's Ethiopian community. According to the program, while the women were still in transit camps in Ethiopia they were sometimes intimidated or threatened into taking the injection. "They told us they are inoculations," said one of the women interviewed. "They told us people who frequently give birth suffer. We took it every three months. We said we didn't want to."

........... 28.Feb.2013 15:54

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You know, as reprehensible as this is, titling it "racist Israelis," kind of just makes you sound like someone calitalising on tragedy to stir up anger. The "racism" is implied in the action. You'd pretty much have to have the i.q. of soap suds to not get the "racist" part. Just a thought.

By the way, to follow this up Israel began deporting Sudanese refugees back to Darfur even in the face of threatened state violence. Your stories a month old. Catch up dude.

@"@" 01.Mar.2013 01:17

rex

Learn to read. No one said anything about giving Israel a free pass. Only the timing and framing of this IMC posting is being questioned.

Shit like this happens all the time from the radical right: they don't think there's enough outrage for their cause X, so they dig up something 3 months or even 3 years old to point to how bad "X" is. It'd be like dragging up Tiananmen square to imply those inscrutable Chinese generally can't be trusted.

Title slant, timing and motives of the OP aside, it's positive news in that Israeli doctors are taking responsibility for this outrageous breach of ethics.

...... 01.Mar.2013 21:12

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They had to. They were pressed. I never said anything about giving Israel a free pass. But this makes my blood run cold independently of overhyped lanque in the title. I mean, but even if this is meant to differentiate between racist Israelis and non racist Israelis, this is indicative of a broader social problem within Israeli society. Israelis are generally very xenophobic. They're not racist per say, but there will never there won't be an Israeli dream act anytime soon. There are activists who demonstrate and work with the refugee population. But even many liberal attitudes, there won't be an Israeli dream act anytime soon. Very fearful people. Its also linked to the hype around the Palestinian struggle. All outsiders are scary. Its a genuine fear for many Israelis perpetuated by media propoganda. I.e. if a refugee comitts a violent sexual assault, even if theyre statistically speaking half as likely to committ any crime period, its the crime of the season. Its like Arizona except there are no yankee liberals to boycott the football team.

Don't tell me to learn how to read. I hate disingenuous language.

The question is 01.Mar.2013 22:52

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@rex, did you learn how to push X from them or did they learn how to push X from you?

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2013/02/422o75.shtml

Once again, Rex and the Antifa spring to the defense of Israeli racism. 05.Mar.2013 11:37

Antifas are Fascists

The article was published on Jan 27, 2013, and it was posted on Portland Indymedia a month later, on Febuary 28, 2013. The source (Haaretz) is an Israeli mainstream media source.

Given that this is a developing story, it's certainly not "ancient history." Since this story has never been presented on Portland Indymedia before, it's about time that it was, and it's never too late.

The Jewish Upper Class, who are mainly Ashkenazis (Europeans), have always treated the Midrashi (Arab and African) Jews as second-class citizens. Read "We Look Like the Enemy - The Hidden Story of Israel's Jews from Arab Lands" by Rachel Shabi (2008). Since the Upper Class Israelis of European origin behave as racists toward the Arab and African Jews, it should not surprise us that the Upper Class Israelis also behave as racists toward the Palestinian Arabs, Christians, and Moslems.

Once again, Rex and the Antifa spring to the defense of Israeli racism and fascism. You thought that the self-styled "Anarchists" of the Antifa were anti-Establishmentarian? Think again.

Subtlety is wasted on the brainwashed Western populace 05.Mar.2013 11:49

In the Western World, Reality is Pornography

.......... wrote: "The "racism" is implied in the action. You'd pretty much have to have the i.q. of soap suds to not get the "racist" part. Just a thought."

Unfortunately, most people who have been brainwashed by the US/NATO/Israeli controlled media and education system do have only the "i.q. of soap suds."

You need to spell it out for them, in order to break the spell of their brainwashing.

@A-R- F 05.Mar.2013 12:16

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how do you get "Once again, Rex and the Antifa spring to the defense of Israeli racism and fascism." out of rex's comment "it's positive news in that Israeli doctors are taking responsibility for this outrageous breach of ethics." ??????
and why do you think antifa is involved?

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Whose defending the action. I'm trashing the language and not because I find it immoral but this speaks for itself. I mean, this is something you read and it blows through you like a ghost. When I read "racist" attatched to it I think "oh shit what are they trying to sell me that I already have?"

backtrack 08.Mar.2013 08:29

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Wait, backtrack. You can't defend this. This is despicable. There is no "at least.". At least the doctors who administered the drugs should be stripped of their licenses and thrown in prison....or shot for a violation of another persons being that nothing short of makes my blood run cold. I use that phrase because after reading this for the first time its the first time I understood what the words meant.

And yeah the timeline argument doesn't work either. But we're not idiots. You don't have to remind us that this is racism. Man how the hell are you going to be antifascist and defend this in any capacity. This is just creepy.

It's no surprise that the Israeli leaders act like racists. 09.Mar.2013 18:57

Who Caused the Palestinian Diaspora?

Israel's white Jewish weathly (Ashkenazi) ruling class has practiced racial discrimination against, and committed racist acts against, Israel's black African Jews, against Israel's Midrashi (Arab) Jews, and against the Palestinian Arabs, both Moslem and Christian.

The very idea of Zionism and of Israel is a racist concept, and a racist project. So it's no surprise that the Israeli leaders act like racists. Many people, including the Antifas, are in deep denial about this.

Restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent people. 12.Mar.2013 15:52

George Orwell

"We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent people. If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."

George Orwell