Woah baby: Do Israeli hospitals have segregated Jewish, Arab maternity wards?

Published April 5th, 2016 - 08:58 GMT
Babies in a maternity ward. (Shutterstock)
Babies in a maternity ward. (Shutterstock)

Various hospitals arcross the country have reportedly been separating Jewish and Arab women in the maternity ward, Israel Radio reported Tuesday. 

While the Health Ministry bans such moves, the report said the calls for separation in the obstetrics and gynecology department come at the request of the maternity patients, to which the hospitals then comply. 

The Israel Radio report listed the medical centers where the issue occurs as: Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem and on the capital's Mount Scopus, along with Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv and Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba. 

The report added that all of the hospitals denied any such division among patients. 

However, some of the medical centers noted that if the patient makes such a request, it is taken into consideration as are other appeals. 

Israel Radio stated that among the hospitals surveyed for the report, only Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba and Haifa's Rambam Medical Center said that distinction between patients in labor is not possible. 

The report cited the Health Ministry as underlining that it prohibits the division of patients in order to prevent discrimination. According to the ministry's guidelines, there can be no separation between populations on the basis of religion, country of origin, ethnicity or any other distinction. 

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