web analytics
September 19, 2014 / 24 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



Report: Coerced Contraception of Ethiopian Olim (Video)

“They told us, ‘You won’t immigrate to Israel. You also won’t come into this clinic. You won’t get help and medical treatment.’”
By:
ethiopian

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.

Ethiopian women interviewed in the program, called “Vacuum” and hosted by Gal Gabbai, said they were coerced into receiving injections of Depo-Provera, a long-acting birth control drug, both at Jewish-run health clinics in Ethiopia and after their move to Israel.

Rachel Mangoli, executive director of the WIZO chapter in Katz Village, told the TV show that she realized something was amiss when during a full year in her Ethiopian program just one Ethiopian baby was born.

“I went to the health clinic and I was told that Ethiopian immigrants were given the contraception because they couldn’t be relied upon to take the pills every day,” Mangoli said.

In the report, a woman identified as S. said she was told at the Jewish aid compound in Gondar, Ethiopia, “If you don’t get the shot, we won’t give you a ticket.”

She recalled, “I didn’t want to take it. They wanted me to take it. But I didn’t know it was a contraceptive,” she said. “I thought it was an immunization.”

Another Ethiopian interviewed for the program, Amawaish Alane, said, “We said we won’t accept the shot. They told us, ‘You won’t immigrate to Israel. You also won’t come into this clinic. You won’t get help and medical treatment.’ ”

“We had no choice,” Alane said. “That’s why we took the shot. We could only get out with their permission.”

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which runs the health clinics in Ethiopia for prospective immigrants to Israel, says it offers contraception among its array of services but that it is purely voluntary.

“At no time did JDC coerce anyone into engaging at family planning at its clinics. Those options were totally voluntary and offered to women who requested it,” a JDC spokesman in New York said. “They chose the form of contraceptive based on being fully informed of all the options available to them.”

Dr. Rick Hodes, the medical director of JDC’s operations in Ethiopia, said injectable contraceptives are the option of choice in Ethiopia. “They are easy, culturally preferred, and offer the ability to be on birth control without a woman informing her husband, which is an issue here,” Hodes told JTA. “Our clinic offers both birth control pills and injectable contraception. If a woman prefers another method of contraception, such as implantable or tubal ligation, we send them to facilities down the road in the city of Gondar for this.”

The TV program alleged that coercive contraceptive tactics continued once the Ethiopians immigrated to Israel, where health clinics have been administering the contraceptive shots. The shots, which must be taken every three months, normally are given to women who cannot be relied upon to take daily pills, such as the mentally ill, according to health experts cited in the program.

The TV show sent a hidden camera into an Israeli health clinic, where an employee told the undercover reporter that Ethiopian women are given the contraceptive shots “because they forget,” “explanations are difficult for them,” and “they essentially don’t understand anything.”

The Israeli Health Ministry has denied any systematic suppression of Ethiopian pregnancy or coerced contraception.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

6 Responses to “Report: Coerced Contraception of Ethiopian Olim (Video)”

  1. Eva Smagacz says:

    After all, lets face it, Ethiopians are (sarcasm alert) unmistakably black. And, according to Minister of Internal Affairs, Eli Yishai, :“ this country belongs to us, to the white man.” Can't have blacks breeding in Israel then, can you?

  2. Grace Acosta says:

    There aren't even words for how incredibly wrong this is, on so many levels. If this is true, then it's eugenics, and a HUGE scandal. If the women can prove their case there should be a class action suit against these clinics!

    Depo is not a medication to just throw around lightly.I had the shot once, and it made me absolutely suicidal. My hormones were so messed up, my doctor put me on a very high dose of estrogen for a month to straighten things out.

  3. Grace Acosta says:

    I hate to play the race card, but I just don't see this happening to Askenazic olim, do you? (Sadly, I could see them doing this with Sephardic olim as well.)

  4. Rick Rage says:

    Depo shouldn't be written off, either. If it weren't for that shot, my girlfriend would still be in an incredible amount of pain from endometrian cysts. It doesn't work for everyone, but for some, it's their only hope.

    Not defending what's going on here, only the medication.

  5. Grace Acosta says:

    I was given Depo for menstrual pain, too. I have nothing against the drug itself, but I worry about any follow up for these people, many of who don't even seem to know what they were given "I thought it was a vaccine", etc. Does the clinic carry the hormones to reverse the effects if the patient has a bad reaction? Does the patient even know what the warning signs are? Clinic techs don't want to take the time to educate their patients, just shoot them up and send them out the door.

    Don't even get me started on the attitude that "Black people are like children, and they need white folks to look after them because they can't take care of themselves." Read up on the history of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. "Gotta keep those ignorant Negroes from breeding." That colonialist, patronizing behavior is just plain BS laziness at best, and racist at worst.

    Sorry about the rant, but I am close friends with several Ethiopian Jews in my community, and this just p*sses me right the hell off. (and I don't usually swear, either)

  6. Dave Tad says:

    It's dumbfounding, of all ppl, to see a racist Israeli, who has, itself, been the subject of the worst racist discrimination ever to happen on our planet!

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Gidon Saar (L) and Gilad Erdan (R) walking together in the Knesset.
Gilad Erdan May Replace Gidon Saar
Latest News Stories
Gidon Saar (L) and Gilad Erdan (R) walking together in the Knesset.

Gidon’s Saar’s quitting gives other Likud members the chance for promotion.

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, head of the Bayit Yehudi party.

The poll shows that “Jewish Home” party members like and appreciate their current leadership.

Drones in Israel Show

It doesn’t matter your age, and there’s no embarrassment in other boys knowing, boys like toys that fly and that make big, loud sound, or do other cool stuff. In fact, if the boys are smart, they make it look very serious, so they can play with the toys at work too. That’s when remote […]

British PM David Cameron meets with Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu

The people of Scotland have spoken: they will remain part of the United Kingdom.

Terrorists from Shuafat Refugee Camp opened fire at a home in Pisgat Ze’ev…

Defense official do not believe Hamas will actually begin shooting rockets at Israel over the next week or two.

Cruz sought but failed to obtain senate’s unanimous consent to pass Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014.

Terror tunnel work accident leaves 1 terrorist dead.

The world’s oldest known Jewish prayer book, or siddur, was displayed for the first time to the general public at the Bible Lands Museum.

The cabinet is set to vote on the path of the security fence which would cut off Gush Etzion from Jerusalem as well as be a major eyesore.

UK Muslims are calling on ISIS to release British aid volunteer Alan Henning, whose life is now threatened by the group.

Border Police officers blocked an axe-toting Arab man from carrying out a terror attack near Jerusalem.

A Code Red incoming rocket alert was sounded for Gaza Belt and Ashkelon Coastal communities.

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says former Pres. Bill Clinton is wrong about PM Netanyahu.

A massive sting operation hauled in 15 suspects and foiled a plot by ISIS to hold a public beheading in Australia.

A 3-hour strike at Ben Gurion International Airport at check-in counters has delayed thousands.

More Articles from JTA

New York City police are investigating the distribution of fliers marked with swastikas in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Unwelcome sign for Jews.

This happened in Britain in 2014, not in Germany in 1939.

Anti-radical Islam begins to trump anti-Semitism.

Search warrants unsealed in Quebec allege that the Haredi Lev Tahor sect trafficked in human cargo and committed other abuses. The documents also reveal that Interpol and Israel helped build the criminal case against the group before its 250 members fled to Guatemala in March with leader Rabbi Shlomo Helbrans. The list of charges in […]

Free speech on on the Ohio U. campus is restricted to anti-Zionists.

There still is hope for intelligent life on the anti-Israel campuses.

Just what we don’t need is some amateur, even if he is right, making headlines with a claim that Jack the Ripper was a Jew.

Greek police officers are among those who support the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/report-coerced-contraception-of-ethiopian-olim-video/2012/12/12/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: