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February 07, 2013

Getting the Facts Straight About Ethiopian Jews and Contraception

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A Jewish Ethiopian child holds an Israeli flag. Photo: Ethiopian Diaspora Forum.

In an op-ed published in the Algemeiner, CAMERA's Tamar Sternthal sets the record straight regarding Ethiopian Jews and contraception:

According to a sub-headline accompanying an Op-Ed in the English edition of Ha’aretz, “The revelation that Israel is sterilizing Ethiopian women adds to a shameful history of abuse of powerless women and communities.” That’s a shocking, horrifying assertion with its overtones of Nazi racism and Dr. Mengele’s experimentation. It’s also completely false. Although it was later corrected, the damage was done.

Sternthal continues:

Irresponsible, sensationalist reports distract from real social challenges facing Ethiopians in Israel, and do not help them.

There are those, however, who do benefit from this saga. In the digital era, where falsehoods long outlast yellowed news clippings, the lie about Israel’s sterilization of Ethiopians will doubtless become another weapon in the arsenal used by extremists to delegitimize the Jewish state.

Read the entire op-ed here.

Posted by MMS at February 7, 2013 10:12 AM

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