American Jews to Protest Against Hadassah Hospital

NEW YORK, Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by True Torah Jews:

Jewish groups in the United States who are concerned about the ongoing accusations of an Israeli hospital, Hadassah, against a religious Jewish woman plan to protest outside the hospital's Manhattan office at 50 W. 58th St. this Wednesday, September 16 at 3:30 PM.

The woman's child, now three and a half years of age, was hospitalized at Hadassah on and off for the last two years, as doctors at the hospital claimed he had a mysterious illness that they could not diagnose. During that time, hundreds of tests and procedures were performed on the child, many of them painful and dangerous. Over the last several months, the child was fed only intravenously. Many sorts of drugs, some with dangerous side effects, were administered. All these procedures left the child weak and emaciated, weighing half of what a child his age should weigh.

The current battle began in July 2009, when the mother stopped trusting the doctors and decided to transfer the child to a different hospital. Realizing that this might lead to bad publicity for them, Hadassah decided to accuse her of causing the child's illness. They alleged that she was suffering from a mental condition known as Munchausen's syndrome, causing her to deliberately withhold food from her son and lie about his symptoms in order to fool doctors into thinking he was ill. (This is belied by the fact that before each period of hospitalization, the child's health was much better than at the end of the hospitalization.)

According to True Torah Jews, the police arrested her and took her to jail, where they tortured and intimidated her for ten days in the hopes that she would confess to the charges. But she remained resolute.

The reaction of the Orthodox community of Jerusalem was swift. Tens of thousands protested in the streets, demanding that the woman be set free and her son be released from the hospital. Under immense pressure, an Israeli court decided to release the woman and her son, but that they could not see one another. The young boy quickly began to gain weight and is on his way to recovery.

But Hadassah Hospital is not finished. They are still pursuing legal action against the mother, which could lead to the court taking all her five children away from her. The State of Israel cannot bear to see its most prestigious and symbolically important hospital be tarnished with the terrible crime of conducting medical research on an innocent child, so their legal system is cooperating with Hadassah to make sure that the child's mother gets fully blamed.

"Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem and around the world are outraged over this injustice and are coming out in protest," said Rabbi Menashe Fulop of Brooklyn's Williamsburg Jewish community. "Letters and phone calls are pouring into the hospital's offices demanding that the charges against the woman be dropped and an investigation committee be set up to examine the conduct of the doctors. Tomorrow's demonstration is a part of this protest. We will not stop until the woman is reunited with all of her family."

"This is not the first time that we have raised a storm over Hadassah's human rights violations. In the 1960's and 70's, they were doing autopsies for medical research without permission from the bereaved families. Then they cut up dead people; now they cut up live people. It is not only this child; we have testimony from hundreds of people who were used for research by doctors at Hadassah." said Rabbi Fulop.

SOURCE True Torah Jews




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