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.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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