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January 28, 2013

Israel Orders Doctors To Stop Administration Of Depo-Provera Shots To Women If There Is Any Doubt That They Do Not Understand Their Purpose

Ethiopian Jewish Women Falash Mura Eyes Covered BlurredIt isn’t an apology or an acceptance of responsibility. But for the first time, an Israeli government official has told doctors to stop injecting Ethiopian women – or any other women – with long-acting birth control medication known as Depo-Provera without the informed consent of the women. The effect of the shots lasts for months and the practice effectively sterilizes women for that period of time. Many Ethiopian women have reportedly received these shots for years with little or no say in the decision to receive them.

Ethiopian Jewish Women Falash Mura Eyes Covered Blurred
Falash Mura women in Israel

Corrected 3-11-2013

Israel Orders Doctors To Stop Administration Of Depo-Provera Shots To Women If There Is Any Doubt That They Do Not Understand Their Purpose
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

It isn’t an apology or an acceptance of responsibility. But for the first time, an Israeli government official has told doctors to stop injecting Ethiopian women – or any other women – with long-acting birth control medication known as Depo-Provera without the informed consent of the women. The effect of the shots lasts for months and the practice effectively sterilizes women for that period of time.

Many Ethiopian women have reportedly received these shots for years with little or no say in the decision to receive them.

The Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Health Professor Roni Gamzu issued an order to Israel’s four health maintenance organizations to stop routinely administering Depo-Provera to Ethiopian Jews or any other women unless it is clear that the women really understand what Depo Provera does and how long its effects last, Ha’aretz reported yesterday. Gamzu instructed all HMO gynecologists "not to renew prescriptions for Depo-Provera for women of Ethiopian – or any other origin – if there is the slightest doubt that they have not understood the implications of the treatment.” He also ordered the gynecologists and other physicians to use Amharic translators when necessary to make sure the Ethiopian women understood their various treatment options and their side effects.

The Ministry of Health and other government ministries and agencies deny knowledge or responsibility for the alleged practice, which made international headlines when it was exposed by investigative journalist Gal Gabbay on the Israel Educational Television’s Vacuum news magazine in early December but which was first reported in a small Israeli print news publication five years ago.

“They told us people who frequently give birth suffer. We took it every three months. We said we didn’t want to,” one of the Ethiopian women interviewed by Gabbay on Vacuum said.

Gamzu’s letter to the HMOs was issued in response to a letter from the Association of Civil Rights in Israel. The Association, which is representing several women’s rights and Ethiopian immigrants’ groups, demanded the injections cease immediately. It also insisted that an investigation be launched to determine how and why the near-blanket administration of Depo-Provera shots to Ethiopian women became the standard practice.

There has been an almost 50% decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel’s Ethiopian community. It is feared that a significant part of this drop has come from coercive administration of Depo-Provera.

Ziva Mekonen-Dego, an Ethiopian-born Israeli social worker who is the CEO of the Israel Association for Ethiopian Jews, said Gamzu’s letter was the bare minimum that should be done by the government to redress the wrong. She called the policy of coercive administration of Depo-Provera shots to Ethiopian women racist and said she was outraged by the idea these shots were given for the women’s own good because they could not be trusted to use more normal types of birth control, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

“The suggestion Ethiopian women can't be trusted with responsibility for their own health is outrageous,” she said.

Isha L’Isha, an Israeli feminist group, reportedly researched Depo-Provera prescriptions and found that 60% of the Depo-Provera injections in one HMO were prescribed to Ethiopian women. The other high-use group found was women in various forms of custody, including those in mental institutions.

Hedva Eyal, who headed that research project, said the Isha L’Isha report was commonly met with disinterest and, in some cases, with slammed doors.

"The ease with which a woman's testimony is dismissed -- certainly that of a black woman and a poor black woman at that -- is shocking," she reportedly said.

Gal Gabbay’s Vacuum report also alleged that the Depo-Provera shots were administered coercively in Ethiopia by American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) medical personnel there and by personnel sent from Israel to help them. Women were allgedly told that they had to agree to the shots. If they refused to do so, they were allegedly told, they would not be allowed to immigrate to Israel.

The JDC’s chief medical officer in Ethiopia, Dr. Rick Hodes, strongly denied those charges last month when asked to comment via email on the Vacuum report by FailedMessiah.com.

“…JDC runs the medical program in Gondar for potential immigrants to Israel. As part of this, we offer voluntary contraception to our population. 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.

“Women come to the program because they desire family planning. We present the various options to them and they choose. So women both choose to use contraception and choose their method. And choose when to discontinue contraception. It has always been that way in our
program.

“Right now we’re caring for about 4500 potential immigrants to Israel. We average about 85 family planning visits each month.

“We do not inform the Israeli authorities who is on family planning, and I have no idea what happens once they arrive in Israel.

“…[W]e offered family planning to the population at a time when it was less available to the general public, and our population chose to use it.…

“Injectable contraceptives are the most desired throughout the country. 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.…

“Neither myself nor my staff have ever told any women in our program that they should take Depo-Provera for any reason. 100% of Depo-Provera shots are purely voluntary, and may be discontinued (or changed to another method) at any time.…we don't have JDC workers from Israel come and tell women [that they have to submit to the Depo-Provera shots in order to immigrate to Israel],” Hodes wrote.

Update 3-11-2013 – on March 6, Ha'aretz corrected its report. It now contains the following quote and the correction below it is appended to the bottom of its article:

"Without taking a stand or determining facts about allegations that were made," [Director General of Israel’s Ministry of Health Professor Roni] Gamzu wrote, "I would like to instruct, from now on, all gynecologists in the HMOs not to renew prescriptions for Depo-Provera for women of Ethiopian – or any other – origin, if there is the slightest doubt that they have not understood the implications of the treatment."

CORRECTION: This article, which was updated on March 6, 2013, reported on Health Ministry director-general Prof. Roni Gamzu's instruction to gynecologists not to renew prescriptions for Depo-Provera if there is any doubt that recipients did not understand the implications of the treatment. The original version failed to state that this instruction was issued "without taking a stand or determining facts about allegations that had been made," and referred to all women and not just women of Ethiopian origin.

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sometimes Israel REALLY disappoints me

danny, you do realize that the Ethiopian Jews are vastly right-wingers and vote right-wing consistantly, they don't like goyim and really can't stand Christians (even if they're halachically Jewish), and although they didn't have rabbinic Judaism in Ethiopia if they had they would have all been rabid religious zionists, and they vote more ideologically consistant than the Haredim do (rather than sector favorability). Personally, in Israel, I have the same right-wing political views as the overwhelming majority of Ethiopians ("right" and "left" differ greatly from country to country), but I get the sense that you'd prefer Haredim, who can be bought off.

"Injectable contraceptives are the most desired throughout the country. They are easy, culturally preferred..." - A complete and utter lie that they have been perpetuating to defend the use, as if it was selected because "culturally" they could identify with it. It's almost non-existant in Ethiopia.

Anyway, I seriously hope someone goes to prison for this.

This is the saddest piece of information that has come out of Israel for a very long time. When a healing art can be corrupted for political purposes, in Israel of all places, we are in the deepest, deepest trouble! It suggests that although Jews may be a special people, they are subject to the most base traits of human behavior. SHAME!

Who knew that Israel had a "peculiar institution"?

This practice (may) end, but the medicine has very long term effects.


Anyway, I seriously hope someone goes to prison for this.

Posted by: Maskil | January 28, 2013 at 02:31 PM


You are very naive of the game zionists are playing with Yidden. No one is going to prison. Not a single soul was held accountable for the so called "Ringworm Affair" either. Not a single soul was arrested for the "Yemenite Children Affair".
Who knows what kind of horrors are being done today without anyone (yet) knowing about it.
These things are not done with the chilonim (the ideal Yid in the eyes of zionists).

There are echos of the Third Reich in this and of a certain unenlightened period in the US (ie: until the 1950s) when "undesirables" were sterilized. Au revoir to the moral high ground Israel once occupied.

what a horror, jewish mengale's.
anybody aware how dr Shiba -after whom tel hashomer is named- conducted radiations on the heads of moroccan new immigrants!

This is really, really bad, no matter how you slice it. It's hard to believe it could go on for so long without someone blowing the whistle.

That said, I could do without the Nazi comparisons!

Is this service routinely offered to other Israeli women too? Planned Parenthood offers it in the US; it's not necessarily a bad thing.

ruthie- I heard an interesting story of a couple of hassidishe newliweds who live in monsey before i write about it am i correct doyou live there? my hassidishe neighbor came to me last night and told about this couple from a renowend rebbishe family.

This is totally shameful. And then you wonder why other ethnic groups don't trust doctors even when they're making the right call?

Is this service routinely offered to other Israeli women too? Planned Parenthood offers it in the US; it's not necessarily a bad thing.

It's fine when it's done with the informed consent of the woman and not when it's imposed by those who figure they know better.

I could do without the Nazi comparisons!

No doubt you could but when they're valid they're valid. What's sickening to realize is that the Nazi eugenics movement was American-inspired. Read this from Wikipedia and weep:


"After the eugenics movement was well established in the United States, it was spread to Germany. California eugenicists began producing literature promoting eugenics and sterilization and sending it overseas to German scientists and medical professionals. By 1933, California had subjected more people to forceful sterilization than all other U.S. states combined. The forced sterilization program engineered by the Nazis was partly inspired by California's.

The Rockefeller Foundation helped develop and fund various German eugenics programs, including the one that Josef Mengele worked in before he went to Auschwitz.

Upon returning from Germany in 1934, where more than 5,000 people per month were being forcibly sterilized, the California eugenics leader C. M. Goethe bragged to a colleague:

"You will be interested to know that your work has played a powerful part in shaping the opinions of the group of intellectuals who are behind Hitler in this epoch-making program. Everywhere I sensed that their opinions have been tremendously stimulated by American thought . . . I want you, my dear friend, to carry this thought with you for the rest of your life, that you have really jolted into action a great government of 60 million people."

Eugenics researcher Harry H. Laughlin often bragged that his Model Eugenic Sterilization laws had been implemented in the 1935 Nuremberg racial hygiene laws. In 1936, Laughlin was invited to an award ceremony at Heidelberg University in Germany (scheduled on the anniversary of Hitler's 1934 purge of Jews from the Heidelberg faculty), to receive an honorary doctorate for his work on the "science of racial cleansing". Due to financial limitations, Laughlin was unable to attend the ceremony and had to pick it up from the Rockefeller Institute. Afterwards, he proudly shared the award with his colleagues, remarking that he felt that it symbolized the "common understanding of German and American scientists of the nature of eugenics."

And it still bothers them and get offended when they are called an Apartheid state. Fucking hypocrites.

I'm disappointed, but not shocked. Ethiopian Jews are treated far worse in Jerusalem than white Evangelical Christians.

The "Jewish" state is quickly becoming indistinguishable from typical, racist countries in Eastern Europe.

This is an aveirah, and it reminds knowledgeable Americans of the Tuskegee experiments.

Scotty boy, step in front of the next moving bus you see, and do the world a favor, you disgusting tub of lard.

It just CANNOT be true!I refuse to believe Israel in 2013 is like Germany in the 30s!

לשאלה "ממי נודע להן לראשונה על הזריקה"? ענתה אישה אחת כך: "הסוכנות היהודית באתיופיה...לא ידעתי באו אלי הביתה והמליצו לי" ואישה אחרת: "פה בארץ במרכז הקליטה נאמר כי אין כסף לגדל ילדים". בנוסף לכך רובן של המרואיינות דיווחו כי המידע על הזריקה הגיע אליהן לראשונה על ידי ארגון הג'וינט, הסוכנות היהודית ו/או דרך משרדי הקליטה. ומידע זה התקבל עוד באתיופיה (במרכז שבגונדר) או בימים הראשונים שלהן בישראל.

The Jewish Agency, the JDC (Joint Distribution Committee) and the Absorbtion Ministry.

Why am I not surprized at all?

Remember this when they come a-knocking.

Maskil,mind translating in English?

Google Translate gives this which is garbled but somewhat usable:

"Question "who have learned first shot"? One woman said that "the Jewish Agency in Ethiopia ... I did not know came to my house and advised me" and another woman: "Here in the center of the absorption states that there is no money to raise children." In addition, most of the interviewees reported that information on throwing it to them first by the Joint Distribution Committee, the Jewish Agency and / or through the reception office. And other information received in Ethiopia (Gondar center) or their first few days in Israel."

Thanks,SML!

As to the question from whom were they first informed about the injection, one woman answered: "The Jewish Agency in Ethiopia ... I don't know, they came to me to my home and recommended it to me." And another woman responded: "Here, in Israel, at the absorbtion center it was said that there is no money to raise children." In addition to this, most of the interviewed women reported that the knowledge of the injection first reached them via the Joint, the Jewish Agency and/or through the Absorbtion Ministry offices, and that this info was received already in Ethiopia (in the center in Gondar), or during their first days in Israel.

Posted by: Yurtur Binsonfire | January 28, 2013 at 05:30 PM

POS troll.

@sml, What high ground did they occupy? I only knew they occupied someonelse's land.

Atheodox Jew - They have camps to detain ethnic and racial minority group members, there's the ghettos on the Gaza Strip, they're conducting eugenics programmes, they decide who can and can't get married, and talk about being a race of higher, chosen people, with specific rules about racial hygiene. Hell, even sephardim are subject to this prejudice and bigotry.

If this was written as satire it would be deemed to be the work of a fantasist. "Jewish Nazis?" they'd say, "Oh no, they'd never repeat behaviour like that".


Only it's true. It's like a sick, twisted parody of 1930s Germany.

Because contraceptives may introduce social discord, leading at times to intimate partners’ violence amongst African couples, women of low bargaining powers often resort to family planning methods that are suitable to covert use.30-31 Women can take injections of depo-provera while visiting a health facility and remain protected against unwanted pregnancies for three months. This may be done without their husband’s knowledge and without the bother of having to remember to take the pill or to undergo clinical procedures that are involved when opting for implants or intrauterine devices. Consequently, a general pattern that has been observed in the contraceptive method mix in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere in the developing world is the predominance of injectables.32-34 The Ethiopian DHS data analysed here indicate clearly that the ratio of pill users to injectable users is 1:1.2 nationally, while the corresponding ratio is 1:2 for CBRHS areas, according to the CPS results (Figure 1).

https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/4989/1/rh05036.pdf

"But for the first time, an Israeli government official has admitted what thousands of Ethiopian Jewish women have allegedly known for years – doctors in Israel have been injecting Ethiopian women with long-acting birth control medication known as Depo-Provera without the informed consent of the women."

What a shameful thing to write. No one has admitted to giving Depo-Proversa without informed consent. This is a conspiracy theory without any basis in reality. It's sad that some people will believe anything written about Israel.

Before we blame the entire Zionist enterprise for this thoroughly disgusting incident, we need to know who authorized it, who knew about it and when, and how far up did it go. Even then, I would be loathe to delegitimize the entire country based on one incident, awful as it was.

Israel is many things; perfect is not one of them. I don't believe the sterilizations were mandated to prevent babies in the Absorption Centers, I believe I might have been done to reduce a 'social' problem of black, non-rabbinic Jews in the midst of Zionist heaven.
Without learning these folks, some smart cookie in the Sachnut decided this would be a great idea.
In the early 1990s ( as reported by the Jerusalem Report, can't recall the date or the MInisters name) the then current AbsoprtionMinister remarked that all these so called black Jewsmweremspoiling the social cohesiveness of Israel, much as the Mizrachim (read North African and Arab jews) had done when they arrived. He felt that policy neede two tiers; first to stop completely their arrivals and Seco duly, to reduce the number of black Jews there already. In his ignorance, he lumped together the Dimona people who had come from Chicago and were a self-declared cult -like group and themEthiopians.
With that sort of malintent coupled with ignorance, anything could happen.

Why is no one secretly implanting Depo into Haredim women? Can not the same rule of stealth be used against them? They have a way higher birthrate and will be soon the catalyst for larger social problems. Because the rulings of the rabbanut frighten the Sachnut? I think not.

israel is suffering post traumatic stress syndrome and will need a great deal of compassion, understanding and a blind eye to it's misgivings and other atrocious behavior. . .Healing won't be anytime soon. . .

"the practice effectively sterilizes women for that period of time"

This is what contraceptives are supposed to do. How many people here are sexually active?

Does sexually active includes wanking ?

. The Left is smearing Israel and undermining the rights of Ethiopian women. And you fell for the lie.
The reality is that Israeli doctors provided birth control (not my favored method) to married adult women without the knowledge or approval of their husbands.
http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2013/01/did-israelis-force-contraception-on.html
Israeli Outlets Foment Demonization With Sloppy Journalism
http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=55&x_article=2395

osted by: Ron LEwenberg | February 04, 2013 at 07:43 PM


The only person who fell for a lie here, Ron, is you.

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