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Published Monday 28/01/2013 (updated) 29/01/2013 19:24
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israel's Health Ministry has ordered doctors to review how they prescribe a birth control drug, after accusations it was being used to control the population of Ethiopian immigrants.

Suspicions that Ethiopian women had been coerced into receiving Depo-Provera arose in Israeli media a few years ago and most recently in a TV documentary linking the community's falling birthrate to over-prescription of the injectable contraceptive.

After a civil rights group accused it of racism, the health ministry ordered doctors not to renew Depo-Provera prescriptions unless they were convinced patients understood the ramifications, according to a letter from the ministry posted on the group's website on Monday.

Ministry Director-General Roni Gamzu said the decision did not imply he accepted the allegations by the Association of Civil Rights in Israel.

In a letter to Gamzu two weeks ago, ACRI said "the sweeping use of Depo-Provera among Ethiopian women raises heavy suspicions that we are talking about a deliberate policy to control and monitor fertility among this community.

"The data ... point to a paternalistic, haughty and racist attitude that limits considerably the freedom of Ethiopian immigrants to choose the birth control that is medically suitable for them."

ACRI said statistics from a major Israeli health provider showed that it had administered Depo-Provera injections to 5,000 women in 2008, 57 percent of whom were Ethiopian.

Israel has denied any policy to curb the birthrate among the 100,000 Ethiopian Jews who have moved to Israel since chief rabbis determined in 1973 that the community had biblical roots.

Some Ethiopian Jews have made it into Israel's parliament and officer ranks in the military, but complaints of discrimination in schooling and housing are common.

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, which approved Depo-Provera in 1992, its prolonged use may reduce bone density and that it should only be used for longer than two years if other birth control methods prove inadequate.

The documentary, broadcast on Israeli Educational Television, shows a nurse saying on a hidden camera that Ethiopian women were given Depo-Provera because they "don't understand anything" and would forget to take birth control pills.

Rick Hodes, medical director in Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a non-governmental organization that helps to facilitate immigration to Israel, denied the accusation that women are coerced into receiving the injections before leaving for the country.

"Injectable drugs have always been the most popular form of birth control in Ethiopia, as well as among women in our program," Hodes wrote on Twitter.

"Our family program is, and always (has) been, purely voluntary."
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1 ) Mel / USA
28/01/2013 20:53
"Biblical roots"?Riiiiiight!More like the Ashkenazi white Jews wanted to air-lift as many Jews in to increase Jewish(stats)"facts on the ground"to get MORE aid,for Jewish-only colonies,& Jewish-only black-slave-labor,from USG,EU,UK,when white-western Jews stopped going to Israel(because of Zionism)&Israel didn't have ENOUGH Jews(making aliya)to live cheap(on our US taxes)in theocratic-colonies,on Occupied Palestinian land!!Now they want to sterile them,coz their BLACK! How colonial!

2 ) ian / australia
28/01/2013 22:10
What's next? Experiments on twins?

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
28/01/2013 22:51
The problem, of course, is that when the Ethiopians were in Ethiopia, the Israelis were entranced by the notion that they could be considered Jews, but once they got to Israel, the Israelis were distressed to discover that they were indubitably Black.

4 ) Colin Wright / USA
29/01/2013 00:42
Chutzbah points for any Zionists who care to try to defend this. Come on, guys...you can do it.

5 ) gabi / australia
29/01/2013 01:21
"Our family program is, and always has been, purely voluntary." Yeah, right, that's what they said when they were sterilising Aboriginal women here - and it wasn't true then. Strange that it is always those who would "forget to take birth control pills" ie those we consider are careless or stupid or something, who get this treatment. Shame!!!!

6 ) Israeli1 / Israel
31/01/2013 07:25
Yes. It is birth control for a third world people on welfare. Yes smaller family size is the only way such a people can have a chance to advance in the world, to build a stable family, to get their children educated. Yes, they do forget to take their birth control pills No your liberal pieties do not impress. And no most Israelis did not consider them Jews. Liberal American Jews pushed this on Israel. But once here, we will raise their level up and smaller family size is one way.

7 ) Look / At
31/01/2013 18:17
Eugenics just like Chaim Sheba did.

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
31/01/2013 21:25
To Israeli1 #6: Congratulations. You win ten chutzbah points.

9 ) Maureen / Australia
20/02/2013 18:06
#6 Israel. There is good evidence that Jesus was Black. Yeminy Jews are not White... Khazar/Ashkinazi seem to be the interloper in Israel... ever wonder what colour Abraham was?
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