Did Israeli Doctors Force Contraception on Ethiopian Immigrants?

The Israeli Health Minister has announced an investigation into reports that Ethiopian immigrant women have been injected with contraceptives for years without consent

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Jewish Ethiopian women attend a morning service at a compound while awaiting immigration to Israel in Gondar on March 8, 2007

Israeli Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has called for an investigation into the reported administering of Depo-Provera contraceptive shots to Ethiopian immigrant women without consent. Depo-Provera is a progestrogin-only contraceptive that is administered every three months through injection. According to Dr. Paula Franklin of Marie Stopes International who spoke with TIME, it is a “safe, medium-term reversible hormonal contraceptive” that is used around the world by women of “informed consent.” However, countless Ethiopian women have reportedly been given this contraceptive without understanding or consent.

The news that Ethiopian women were being injected with Depo-Provera, a contraceptive shown to have links with bone loss, emerged in December 2012 following a documentary by Israeli journalist Gal Gabai. In her short film titled Where Did the Children Disappear to, Gabai revealed that, in the past decade, the birthrate among Ethiopian immigrants had decreased by 50%, writes the Jewish Daily Forward. She discovered that women were denied proper family-planning counseling or an outline of birth control methods from medical staff, while others were informed that their entry into Israel would be blocked if they refused to take the contraceptive, notes the Guardian. Many had no idea what they were being injected with. In the documentary, Gabai offers two possible explanations — either it is “an intention to do good, to prevent poverty and to help with the adjustment to Western urbanized living,” or it’s an “economic calculation to reduce immigration and absorption costs.” “This story reeks of racism, paternalism and arrogance,” Gabai told viewers during the broadcast on Israeli Educational Television.

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The issue of contraceptive shots to Ethiopian women first came to light in 2009 when Hedva Eyal, from the female support group Woman to Woman, published a report similar to Gabai’s film, writes Haaretz. The Health Ministry responded at the time that Depo-Provera was only used “when there is a medical indication to do so and other methods [of contraception] cannot be used.” Although an investigative committee has now been set up by the Israeli Health Ministry, Litzman earlier denied knowledge of the contraceptive program in the wake of allegations from Gabai’s documentary.

More than 50,000 Ethiopian Jews have immigrated to Israel in the past 10 years but often face bias and discrimination in their new home, writes the Guardian. Sara Reuben, an Ethiopian immigrant who helped Gabai in her interviews, believes the Israeli government is “taking advantage of women who are weak because they are new to the country, do not understand the language and who traditionally respect authority.”

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20 comments
RafaSantos
RafaSantos

No, he didn't order an investigation into the incidents - he ordered it to be stopped, that is, he indirectly recognized that such a program was currently in force. And you're almost 2 months late - several media outlets reported this story in late January.

Here's how Britain's Independent covered the issue: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israel-gave-birth-control-to-ethiopian-jews-without-their-consent-8468800.html

And Salon: http://www.salon.com/2013/01/28/israel_admits_ethiopian_jewish_immigrants_were_given_birth_control_shots/

Here's how the US MSM treats Israel - when the fact is negative, it's two months too late and gets the issues wrongly always in a way that spares Israel's image.

WalterMacLeod
WalterMacLeod

"Liberals who've spent the last half-century pushing Africans to use birth control are suddenly outraged by Israelis pushing Africans to use birth control."

Kathy Shaidle

top4bottomnyc
top4bottomnyc

you damn Jews are something else... NEVER FORGET, NEVER FORGET... #$%$ all of you.. Look at what Israel just admitted to doing to the Black Ethopian Jewish women living there because they only believe that the European Jews are the true Jews.... The Jewish government systematically gave them drugs to make them infertile to decrease their numbers... Imagine - in this day and age.. Un- #$%$- believable.... that is a form of Holocaust in itself.. NEVER FORGET??? YOU #$%$ HYPOCRITES!!!! Look at what the Jews are doing to the Palestinians in their own land.. Look through history.. it is the same thing.. Jews come into a country poor and then rise up and become rich and then think their #$%$ doesn't stink.. They get snotty and believe they deserve everything.. Then the people of that country get fed up with them and they kill them and kick them out.. It is a cycle that has repeated itself with these people for 1000s of years..From Russia to Spain and every country in between.. Look at the Jews now here in America.. It is the same #$%$ with them only this government will protect them from suffering the same fate as all of their ancestors..Why does this keep happening to them throughout the centuries?? Ask yourself that question..

Cecil_Capps
Cecil_Capps

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samMcNelly
samMcNelly

The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
    --Hegel

hsknyc
hsknyc

is it me, or is Israel government becoming more and more like the Nazis?  did they actually learn too well from their past??  I know this is a harsh comparason, but just look at the facts on the ground. 

BunnyOlesen
BunnyOlesen

 @WalterMacLeod   And liberals and jewish people who have pushed Europeans to accept unimpeded immigration for multicultural enrichment give theirs birth control and/or (just read) round up 300 black illegal immigrants in just 5 days for deportation.  Build a wall (apartheid) to separate 'others', religiously nationalistic (national socialism), only jewish people can immigrate there, or married to jew or you lived there when Israel took over, etc.  ALL the things that Europeans are not allowed to do.  TOTAL hypocrisy.

BunnyOlesen
BunnyOlesen

 @top4bottomnyc  LMAO, the drugs didn't make them 'infertile', it was temporary birth control injections that many women use worldwide.   NOW saying that -pretty much everything else you said is accurate.  Except they didn't 'get' snotty and believe they deserved everything, man, they always felt that way!  

abunazih54
abunazih54

@jukka.aakula Naw, I don't believe it has anything to do with cognitive ability or economy - it's racism, plain and simple. Plenty of reports up to now of Ethiopian jews being treated as second class citizens.

Question is, if they're to be treated this way, why insist in bringing them to their "ancestral homeland?" Oh yeah...so they can populate the West Bank and drive out the Palestinians!

BunnyOlesen
BunnyOlesen

 @jukka.aakula   REALLY?  Cause the report the EU gave us said the World Bank sez 'multicultural' 3rd world mass immigration of people having up to 90% illiteracy rate, and who hate whites, women, gays, christians, jews, hindus, buddhists, and everybody else not like them is AWESOME!!   I thought that sounded weird.

top4bottomnyc
top4bottomnyc

@jukka.aakula you are a fecking idiot.. what the hell does being an immigrant have to do with cognitive ability?

arvay
arvay

@hsknyc

Zionism is actually a first cousin to Nazism. It has the same kind of core belief -- that a specific "people" is entitled to certain territory, and each of them has sought to expand the amount of soil its "blood and soil" ideas claim. Zionism actually agreed with the Nazis that Jews don't belong in Europe, and collaborated with their efforts to re-locate Jews -- until the Nazis changed the "destination."

Today's Israel is a rabidly nationalistic nation that restricts citizens to those who can pass an ancestry test (in almost all cases, your mother must be Jewish to qualify) and operates an apartheid system.

The latest on that: 

http://www.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=305264

Israel likes to portray itself as a "democracy." It's a democracy for Jews only -- it calls itself a "Jewish state" -- imagine if the US was labeled a ":Christian" country -- and sharply restricts the rights of its Arab population -- which it intends to keep as a minority even as it annexes territories inhabited by millions of Palestinian Arabs. 

How will it do this?

Ethnic cleansing

http://forward.com/articles/172202/palestinians-pressured-to-leave-area-c-of-occupied/

and settling religious groups in the area who tend to have large families.

For now. 


jerry48
jerry48

@hsknyc " Eugenics was practiced in the United States many years before eugenics programs in Nazi Germany and actually, U.S. programs provided much of the inspiration for the latter. " WIKIPEDIA .

BunnyOlesen
BunnyOlesen

 @top4bottomnyc @jukka.aakula    I believe he is not saying it has to do with being an immigrant, but where the immigrant is from.   I mean let's face it, a decreased birth rate (from all the other articles I read) meant they had a kid once every 2 years instead of 7 kids in 5 years.  They are bringing in 1000s of immigrants, they cannot read or write and have no skills.  Their birth rate is astronomical.  The state will have to support them financially.   50,000 in 10 years?  That is a lot for a small sized country.  

Frankly, it should be part of an agreement if an immigrant with nothing to offer except a burden and a highly increased violent crime rate to accept birth control measures. 

Thomasims
Thomasims

@arvay @hsknyc if at all there is going to be a WWIII, and I blieve there is going to be one, sooner or later, unless cool heads prevail, it would not be due to the acquisition of nuclear weapons by the Iranians nor would it be due to the N. Korian's bellicosity, it will purely be due to the anabashed hipocrisy and intransigence of Isreal and the good old USA, land of the free! Take my words for it!!!   

BunnyOlesen
BunnyOlesen

 @Thomasims @arvay @hsknyc    What hypocrisy of the USA?  They're the ones being covered up with mass immigration, not Israel.   The hypocrisy is that israeli/jewish civil rights activists do nothing but enforce mass 3rd world immigration on the USA, Europe, Canada & Australia.  They cry and tell us it violates somebodys human rights to be deported, even rapists and terrorists, but they round up 300 black illegals in 5 days & deport their butts, plus give them birth control shots.  

 They call Europeans or Americans who are fed up with seeing their country destroyed by insanity 'racists or fascists' when mainly we are sick of seeing 50 fold increase in violent crimes and living in a social welfare country with the highest taxes on earth, while  100's of thousands of immigrants who will NEVER work or who arrived here at age 65 receiving HIGHER benefits than we do!   While here benefits to the elderly who worked & paid 50% income tax their entire lives are being CUT and the EU wants to force retirement age up to 75!! 

OH South Africans were mean and had apartheid but building a wall & separating people by religion is different.  OH Europeans are mean, racist, fascists because they suddenly realized their country will fail in 10 years if we don't stop the tsunami of worthless immigration. 

I don't see anybody telling countries in Africa, Asia or any Islamic country ANYwhere to start accepting waves of immigrants from different racial or religious backgrounds.  THAT'S the true hypocrisy.