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May 5, 2015 9:28 am

The ‘Financial Times’ Tries to Paint Israel as Racist Over Ethiopian Protests

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Ethiopian children waiting to make aliyah to Israel. Photo: Judith Friedman Rosen.

A May 3 article by Financial Times Jerusalem bureau chief John Reed focused on Sunday’s clashes between police and Israelis protesting police brutality, after a video was released showing an Ethiopia-born Israeli soldier being beaten by two policemen.

In attempting to provide context on the broader problem of alleged discrimination against Israelis of Ethiopian descent, Reed wrote the following:

Ethiopian-Israelis have been angered by what they say are double standards in policing and widespread racism in Israeli society….Ethiopian-Israelis have also been angered by cases in which Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, discarded blood donated by people of Ethiopian originPnina Tamano-Shata, an Ethiopian-Israeli MP in the previous parliament, sought to call attention to the issue when she tried to donate blood and was told it would not be used because she had “a special type of Jewish-Ethiopian blood”.

The case Reed is referring to dates back to 2013, and his account of the row is extremely misleading. Whilst the MDA (Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross) did refuse to accept blood from an Ethiopian Jewish lawmaker, Pnina Tamano-Shata, in December 2013, the selective quote attributed to the MDA volunteer in question – suggesting that Ethiopian-Israelis have “a special type of blood” – is taken out of context.

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As the director of the MDA’s blood service said after the row erupted, Ministry of Health regulations prohibited the use of blood donations from all people who have lived for more than a year in countries (such as Ethiopia) that have a high rate of HIV infection.

Racism has nothing to do with the Israeli policy on blood donations from citizens of Ethiopian descent. Indeed, MDA allows blood donations from native-born Israelis of Ethiopian descent who have not actually lived in Ethiopia.

Further, as Elder of Ziyon pointed out in a related post, “anyone calling Israel racist based on a policy of not accepting blood from some African countries may want to read the American Red Cross guidelines for people they don’t want to donate blood for fear of AIDS:”

You should not donate if you are at risk for contracting HIV (the virus that causes AIDS). The following activities would cause you to be at risk:…If you were born or have lived in, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Niger, Nigeria, since 1977.

Elder argued that those who “say that Israel is racist for limiting blood donors from countries in Africa, as well as Southeast Asia and the Caribbean” must conclude that the US is racist as well.

In Canada, Elder added, all potential donors are asked “Were you born in or have you lived in Africa since 1977?”

As Martin Ellis, the secretary of the Israel Society of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, wrote in response to the controversy, Israeli blood donors “are screened and tested on the basis of epidemiology and statistical probability of carrying an infection that may be transmitted by blood and thus endanger the lives of recipients, not by color or creed.”

While some have reasonably argued that MDA may have cause to update their rules, new policy recommendations should be determined objectively by the probability that a donor’s blood will endanger the lives of recipients, not by non-sequiturs about “racism,” which have no relevance in determining effective public health policy.  Indeed, evidence abounds attesting to the fact that Israel’s health care system is among the world’s best in both efficiency and efficacy.

But, of course, Financial Times reporter Reed had no interest in providing even the most minimal context, as doing so would detract from the desired UK media narrative imputing systemic racism to Israeli society.

Adam Levick is the managing editor of UK Media Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).

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  • The whites and arabs are to blame We Black, Brown and Red will defeat them

    The whites and arab imperialists are squarely to blame

    We Black, Brown and Red will defeat them in the final battle before The Temple is Rebuilt

  • DACON9

    first I don’t accept them as JEWS unless they are converted according to Torah orthodox system.
    Their graves stones have a star of David with a cross in the middle. They only picked up habits of Jewish traders and xtian missionaries.

    Second they trekked a desert to leave Ethiopia for Israel because of the horrible life and early death in Ethiopia to Israeli kindness and hospitality and money.

    They are doing what the black Hebrews AKA black Israelites did to Israel in 1970 when they left their gangsterism in Chicago for ISRAEL. They learned the art of intimidation and provocation…claiming to be t he original jews ad the ‘WHITE JEWS’ ARE NOT JEWS.

    listen readers,,,you can twist my comment into calling ”’ME”’ the racist.
    BUT REALLY NOW..I AM MERELY REPORTING FACTS AS THEY ARE.
    WHO REALLY IS THE RACIST?
    THES ARE THE FACTS.

    are the ethiopians assimilating into ISRAELI society.?

    HERE IS ANOTHER ”’FACT”’
    EUROPEAN JEWS tried so hard to assimilate and died assimilating which failed….and now those ”assimilated JEWS lost their identity and knowledge if JUDAISM AND ISRAEL DUE TO T HEIR ASSIMILATION….and these are the appeasers and liberal wackos destroying the ancient and holy heritage of Judaism/Israel/Mt Sinai/’ONE G-D’/

    OPEN ARMS AT THE RISK OF DESTROYING THE TORAH IS NOT WISDOM NOT JUDAIC TEACHINGS.
    SUICIDE IS NOT PERMITTED
    MILLIONS OF JEWS DIED *NOT* bowing to pharoah or haman or romans DEFENDING THEIR HEBREW/JEWISH LINEAGE
    now it is further being lost to appease not only the Africans but the arabs and the xtians….

    WHEN DO YOU PATHETIC BLEEDING HEART WACKOS STAND UP FOR G-D AND TORAH…WHEN?

    YOU CRY SO MUCH FOR OTHERS,,,
    there is no more tears left to cry for our Jews who fell to the xtian missonaries and or
    sacrificed to the xtian and arab terrorist.

    to recap for your weak forgetful minds….
    the African graves have crosses and stars on them,
    there practices is paganism,
    they left garbage to bring you down to what they are accustomed to and not appreciating the land of freedom and gifts and immediately given entitlements….
    AM I ARROGANT RUDE BOGOTTED RACIST?
    I AM WHAT EVER YOU SEE
    BUT IF I AM NOT FOR MYSELF
    THEN WHO AM I
    IF I AM NOT FOR MY ‘ONE G-D OF EVERYTHING”
    and more worried about what the interlopers
    and unappreciative intruders say..
    if I am more worried about what the world says
    what the
    THEN WHAT AM I ? AM I STILL A JEW?

  • SB

    Rather than using the Ethiopian Jews as pawns, as the Arabs use the “Palestianians” [Jordanian Muslims] — Israel has gone to great lengths to bring these folks home. Why would there be any systemic marginalization or belittlement? It was/is the right thing to do, as they have always been a part of the family of tribes of the Nation of Israel.

    Whose racism would drive such a story, but those who want to drive a wedge/sow ‘discord among the brethren’.

    There is a new book out [2014] that is an attempt to stem the tide of hatred being fomented in the black community worldwide against Israel. It is called “Zionism and the Black Church” by Dumisani Washington, John Hagee’s [CUFI] Diversity Outreach Minister and founder of the Institute for Black Solidarity with Israel.

    http://www.ibsi-now.org/book-orders.html

    Peace!

  • David Goshen

    It is no secret that the absorbtion of Ethiopian was terribly botched by Rabbis who tried to dely their absorbtion for years witholding absorbtion rights to force them to support the political parties the particlar rabbi
    was a member of.They held Ethiopians in absorbsion centers for years,resulted in them be concentrated in single areas
    badly affected the schooling integration.Parents very worried about the education of their children were very distressed when they found their children were in classes with large numbers of low level students which would adversely affect the possibilities of their children to succeed.This is not anti black this could happen in any community regardless of the color of the students.The Rabbis are not interested in core subjects which one needs to survive in the modern world!!

  • Arabs are very racist.

    Arabs believe they are superior, even in comparison to non-Arab Muslims, because Mohammed [the founder of Islam] was an Arab.

    Arabs consider Africans to be slaves, and slavery is still practiced in some Arab [or Muslim] nations.

    Arab racism is never reported by the mainstream news media, because the mainstream news media is dominated by Liberals, and Liberals are the loyal allies of Arabs and Muslims.

  • Reform School

    As guests of Israel, hostile foreign journalists need the kind of reality checks only extended stays in hostels can produce. Visa restrictions and midnight camel rides to a paradise like Shittim should send the message an attitude adjustment is expected. As an alternative, men can always be hosted by the Islamic State, women by Boko Harem (sic).

  • Anschel

    The Brits are still trying to bury their guilt in connection with their taking sides with the Arabs in 1948 (e.g., the Englishman John Glubb leading the Arab Legion in grabbing the Old City in Jerusalem) and in prematurely ceding the major portion of the Mandate of Palestine to Trans-Jordan in the 1920s. So much of British society today remains anti-Semitic in its core beliefs, unfortunately.

  • Leo Toystory

    John Reed should prove how non-racist he is by having some Ethiopian blood transfused into his veins. Cries of racism from English twits are really hilarious as the Brits are some of the worst racists around.

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