Israel admits giving contraceptive injections to Ethiopian immigrant women

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A disturbing story of official racism in Israel. Haaretz reports:

Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots

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. Ron Gamzu has instructed the four health maintenance organizations to stop the practice as a matter of course.

The story broke on Israeli television in December, and the government denied it. From the JTA:

Israeli and Jewish aid officials are denying an Israeli TV report alleging that Ethiopian immigrant women have been coerced into taking contraceptive shots.

The report, which aired Saturday night on Israeli Educational Television, charged that coercive contraception is behind a 50 percent decline in the Ethiopian birth rate in Israel over the last decade.

At that time, a Haaretz columnist appropriately summarized: “An inconveivable crime: Israel’s patronizing and inhumane treatment of Ethiopian women is nothing new.”
Update. Tablet’s Yair Rosenberg says the government hasn’t admitted the coercive aspect; so I removed that word from my original headline. Today’s Haaretz report summarizes the coercive aspect in the original television report:
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.”
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from haaretz:

almost 50-percent decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel’s Ethiopian community.

Does the fact that Zionism is inherently racist come as a surprise to anyone? If Zionists are intent on favoring and maintaining some kind of delusional “purity” by undermining and controlling their own, just imagine their repulsion and hatred for “others”, Muslims, Christians, etc.. Of course this is demonstrated in cruel and disgusting acts against “others” every day. Do we need more proof that this is a racist state enabled by the U.S. and some… Read more »

A baby is a cancer in the body of Israel.

Eugenics. Only God can help Israel– maybe, but I think it’s too late.

The mask has fallen– no democracy, only apartheid. No peace, only belligerence.
No justice, only injustice.

Quite consistent with the practices of penning the African migrants in cages and making threat to bomb the child care center run for the African immigrants. It is also in line with denying the safety measures to the guest workers during 2003 Iraq war . Racism is in the air. Just not that long ago, one of the Israeli ministers reminded his/her Austarlian counterpart why and how Israel understood the Australian anxiety of the “Yellow… Read more »