Posted by The Jewish Channel on Feb 5, 2013 in | 6 comments
Wow… horrifying. I volunteer with Ethiopian kids- I wonder if they know about this.
If the victims had pale skin, spoke Yiddish and were from Hungary or Romania Israel wouldn’t be so casual about this
amazing how we as jews have always detested antisematism against jews yet we do it to our own people! Your not ashkanazi? don’t speak yiddihs? than you are subhuman!
Looked over this one a little more in depth- it turns out that it’s not as clear-cut as they present in here. I mean, there could certainly have been such a policy in effect, but that’s far from certain.
Israel did NOT admit anything about what was done to the Ethiopian immigrants. The only official statements were Yaakov Litzman, from the ministry of health, who said categorically that no such policy has ever existed, and something from one of the HMO heads, who issued a statement along the lines of “From now on, be very careful to make sure that any Ethiopians receiving this injection are aware of its effects.”
The stories in the Israeli press can all be traced back to two basic sources: a study by a feminist center in Haifa here: http://www.isha.org.il/docs/P162/ (there’s a link at the bottom of the page to the study in English http://www.isha.org.il/upload/File/%D7%93%D7%A4%D7%95%20%D7%90%D7%A0%D7%92%D7%9C%D7%99%D7%AA.pdf) and to this video (which I couldn’t find in English) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSO0lTmYpc0&feature=player_detailpage. there’s supposedly a third investigative report floating around somewhere, but I can’t find it.
The study definitely establishes that D-P is being used much more by Ethiopians than by any other population in Israel and that Ethiopian birthrates fall sharply after their arrival in Israel (though they are no lower than the norm among Israelis). It concludes that this is due to a intentional policy of the Israeli gov’t to reduce the birthrate among this population, perhaps because they don’t consider Ethiopians to properly understand birth control, or because they want to reduce the birthrate among an impoverished population that they see as unable to take responsibility for their children. However, these conclusions don’t seem to be backed up all that well in the study itself.
That’s not to say that the conclusions are wrong- it means that they can’t be established to be right.
The video doesn’t bother to pretend to be even-handed -they’re trying to shock viewers. That makes it hard to tell how accurate their information is.
Both sources draw sweeping conclusions from a rather limited number of interviews without necessarily determining whether those interviews are representative. Some of the interviewees have mentioned being coerced into taking the injections and not being informed about side effects- but others said that they are taking the injections voluntarily and that they were informed about the side effects.
So we shouldn’t jump all over the Israeli establishment just yet.
I have a feeling that what really occurred is that in the Aliyah preparation centers (or whatever their called), there were some patronizing Israelis who thought “these 3rd worlders can’t be trusted to use birth control. Let’s inject them.”
This doesn’t mean that there is some widespread anti-Ethiopian sterilization program in Israel.
As to why the Ethiopian birthrate decreasing in Israel Ever hear of assimilation?
The public officials in Philadelphia have been hard at work since the Rizzo era trying to figure out how to make birth control mandatory, unobtrusive and selective. Hizzonor the Mayor did not have a great interest in the school system creating alumni who were significantly more literate in English than he was. A generation later, not much has changed other than the good intentions of the last couple of mayors. Teaching people to be literate in English has not gone well. The best they could come up with on birth control is placement of free condom dispensers in 22 of the high schools. So not a uniquely Israeli challenge.
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