ADL Welcomes Israel Health Minister’s Call to Revisit Blood Donation Protocols

New York, NY, December 12, 2013 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today welcomed Israeli Health Minister Yael German’s announcement that she will be reassessing Israel’s blood donation protocols “in a way that safeguards the dignity of the donor, as well as the health of the blood donation's recipient.”  The announcement was made after an Israeli-Ethiopian Member of Knesset Pnina Tamano-Shata, who had volunteered to donate blood, was told that it would not be used because she was born in Ethiopia at a time when pandemics were affecting the region.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We welcome Minister German’s decision to reassess Israel’s blood donations policies after Ms. Tamano-Shata’s uncomfortable experience.  For nearly 20 years, this policy has been a source of consternation among Ethiopian-Israelis, and after each period of protest, there have been pledges to re-examine these procedures.

We fully appreciate the Health Ministry and Magen David Adom’s mandate to ensure a safe blood supply to benefit all in Israel and their reaffirmation that their policies are not intended to discriminate.

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