In early 2013 a brief flurry of international news stories, none very in-depth and virtually all dated between January and March, revealed that Jews were administering Depo-Provera, a long-lasting injectable contraceptive given as a shot in the arm or buttocks every three months, to Ethiopian women in Israel without their informed consent. Many thought they were receiving inoculations or flu vaccinations.
Adhering to this policy halved Israel’s Ethiopian immigrant birthrate within a decade, according to The Guardian (UK). Then, as quickly as the headlines appeared, the sensational story vanished from the news. It seems there has been no major follow-up since.
Today, surprisingly little information about this shocking program is available online. For example, the leading reference work Wikipedia, the sixth most-trafficked website in the world and reliable indicator of the Establishment’s narrative, devotes just two short exculpatory paragraphs to the story, amounting to brazen propaganda, within a different article, and its entry on Depo-Provera does not mention it. A major Israeli article from 2013 in Haaretz exists online only behind a pay wall.
Possibly the first English-language report about the birth control program was the short exposé written by Middle East correspondent Jonathan Cook, an expatriate Englishman, in The National, a small Arab daily published in Abu Dhabi, three years before the story broke internationally. Cook reported that Israeli women’s groups were aware of the widespread practice as early as 2008—half a decade before the story broke in the world press. (Jonathan Cook, “Israel’s treatment of Ethiopians ‘racist’,” The National, January 6, 2010)
Cook, the author of three books, was a former staff journalist for Britain’s sister newspapers The Guardian and The Observer between 1996 and 2001, and wrote columns for The Guardian until 2007. He maintains that that Left-wing daily intentionally limits dissent. (Jonathan Cook, “’A Thought Police’ for the Internet Age: Big Brother’s ‘Progressive Media’ – The dangerous cult of the Guardian”, Global Research, September 29, 2011)
Confirmation of Cook’s characterization of The Guardian as “the left’s thought police” can be found in a column about the birth control scandal in the newspaper by Lisa Hallgarten, “Forced contraception of Jewish Ethopian [sic] women is tip of global iceberg” (January 30, 2013), a classic specimen of Talmudic-style reasoning. After a few vague lines about the Israeli program, Hallgarten proceeds to point a finger at everyone in the world except Israelis.
Are Ethiopian Jews Really Jews?
About 81,000 Ethiopians, formerly called Falasha but now known as Beta Israel, have been brought to Israel under the Law of Return since the 1980s, and some 38,500 have been born there since. They face widespread discrimination in jobs, housing, and education. 52 percent of Ethiopian-Israeli families live below the poverty line, compared to 16 percent of the general population. In 1996 it was revealed that Israeli officials destroyed all stocks of blood donated by Ethiopians due to fear that it might be tainted with HIV.
Race is both a biological reality and a social construct—at least in the sense that Jews can define themselves however they please (though their definition need not be binding on me). If they elect to embrace black Jews from Ethiopia as Jews, they are free to do so. More power to them. But they must be consistent and sincere about it.
My position is broadminded. I would love to see Jews—especially Jewish women—hybridize on a large scale with Ethiopian Jews . . . indeed, with sub-Saharan blacks generally. I am strongly in favor of pornography, mainstream media propaganda, forced integration, draconian government policies, or any other measures that will swiftly bring about such a result. “Integrate! Stop the bigotry!”
Personal preferences aside, however, Ethiopian Jews are not racially Jewish. Genetic studies demonstrate that they closely resemble the black populations among whom they originated. Any Jewish ancestry they possess is remote and inconsequential. These conclusions complement the previous findings of physical anthropology. Oxford University biologist John R. Baker wrote in Race (Oxford University Press, 1974) that “The Falasha or ‘black Jews’ of Ethiopia are members of the Aethiopid subrace, a hybrid taxon . . . The Falasha are endogamous and practice a peculiar version of the Jewish religion, in which the Talmud is not recognized.”
But since Jews, including Israelis, tell the world that Ethiopian Jews are Jews, they must treat them as such. Jews viciously attack whites as “racists,” so they have no excuse for discriminating against and mistreating Ethiopians the way they do.
Undoubtedly the reason Israeli officials chose Depo-Provera rather than, say, birth control pills to drastically reduce the black birthrate is because it is long-lasting, extremely effective and, most importantly, does not depend upon voluntary and possibly erratic individual compliance.
Any method of contraception—whether it be the Pill, male or female condoms, spermicides (chemicals inserted into the vagina before intercourse to kill sperm), diaphragms, cervical caps, intrauterine devices (IUDs), hormone-releasing vaginal rings, or contraceptive patches—is effective only to the extent that it is used regularly, in the appropriate manner, and according to strict instructions. Readers will not be surprised to learn that rates of success differ substantially among races. By regularly administering a long-lasting injectable to blacks in a clinical setting, Jews got the results they wanted. Costly and time-consuming individual education, and voluntary issuance of birth control pills or other contraceptives could not achieve anywhere near the same level of success in limiting births.
According to the Times of Israel, an exposé of the government’s race policy that aired in December 2012 on the Israeli television program Vacuum employed a hidden camera to follow an Ethiopian woman into a local health clinic: “The footage showed a nurse explaining to the woman that this shot is given ‘primarily to Ethiopian women because they forget, they don’t understand, and it’s hard to explain to them, so it’s best that they receive a shot once every three months . . . basically they don’t understand anything.’”
The program also displayed an official letter from the Israeli Health Ministry to Dr. Rick Hodes, the director of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Medical Programs in Ethiopia. “The letter,” according to the Times, “praised the doctor’s work, noting that whereas fewer than 5% of Ethiopians use any form of birth control, Hodes achieved a rate of 30% among the patients he treated” in Africa.
The racial hygiene measures first came to light when a Jewish woman who ran a day care center for 120 Ethiopian children in a Tel Aviv suburb noticed that she had received only one new child in the previous three years. “I started to think about how strange the situation was after I had to send back donated baby clothes because there was no one in the community to give them to.” Upon inquiry, the manager of the local medical clinic informed her that they had been instructed to administer Depo-Provera injections to black women of child-bearing age, though he refused to tell her who issued the order.
An Ethiopian woman said of the involuntary procedure: “Israeli health authorities claim the injections are a cultural preference but in our culture, to have lots of children is to be rich”—a lesson whites should relearn.
According to journalist Jonathan Cook, the Jewish program to limit black births
appears to conflict with the stated goals of the country’s Demography Council, a group of experts charged with devising ways to persuade Jewish women to have more babies. The council was established in response to what is widely seen in Israel as a “demographic war” with Palestinians, or the need to maintain a Jewish majority in the region despite high Palestinian birth rates. In a speech marking the council’s reconvening in 2002, the then social welfare minister, Shlomo Benizri, referred to “the beauty of the Jewish family that is blessed with many children.”
Yali Hashash, a researcher at Haifa University, said attempts to restrict Ethiopian women’s fertility echoed practices used against Jewish women who immigrated to Israel from such Arab countries as Iraq, Yemen and Morocco [i.e., Oriental, as opposed to Ashkenazi or Iberian-descended Sephardic Jews] in the state’s early years, in the 1950s and 1960s. Many, she said, had been encouraged to fit IUDs when the device was still experimental because Israel’s leading gynecologists regarded Arab Jews as “primitive” and incapable of acting “responsibly.”
A number of news reports stated or implied that Depo-Provera’s side effects are especially pernicious. Jonathan Cook noted that “The women complained of a wide range of side effects associated with the drug, including headaches, abdominal pain, fatigue, nausea, loss of libido and general burning sensations. Depo-Provera is also known to decrease bone density,” increasing the risk of osteoporosis years later.
Such reports are presumably true, but misleading. They are true because every hormone-based birth control technique, including pills, injectables, implants, and coatings, disrupts natural systemic function in a radical way.
But because contemporary attitudes about contraception are so ideologically driven, there is a tendency to sweep uncomfortable truths under the rug. For example, the American Medical Association’s Family Medical Guide (4th ed., 2004), which sold over 2 million copies, paints a very rosy picture of hormonal contraception. But common sense suggests that a radical, long-lasting pharmaceutical transformation of systemic function relating to a trait as fundamental as reproduction might well have serious short-term and long-term health consequences.
For a brief expression of such a point of view, watch this 4-minute video by Dr. Erika Schwartz. She is probably Jewish, and focuses on birth control pills rather than injectables, but the principle is the same and the video at least suggests a different perspective.
So, while it is likely the case that Depo-Provera has the negative side effects attributed to it by journalists, they are probably similar to those of pills and other hormonal contraceptives. Depo-Provera has been used worldwide by millions of women for several decades. (Again, not necessarily without negative consequences.)
Finally, after international exposure and years of lying, Israel’s Ministry of Health, without “taking a position or determining any facts based on the allegations,” last year issued a directive instructing gynecologists not to inject women with Depo-Provera without the subjects’ knowledge or consent as they had been doing.
But what exactly did this mean? That a densely-printed, boilerplate “consent” form is presented to Ethiopian women (Depo-Provera was typically not recommended for use by Jewish females), which they are then instructed to sign? (You’re familiar with the routine, including dozens of software and Internet “I Agree” boxes you check without reading the accompanying contract.) That another injectable or implant (i.e., not Depo-Provera, but an equivalent product) is given in essentially the same manner as before? Or that there is true, genuinely informed consent, without repercussions for immigration or resident status, public assistance, or anything else? And who polices all of this?
Finally, who followed up on this explosive story? As far as I can tell, no one has.
The Health Ministry announced as well that Yaakov Litzman, Israel’s deputy minister of health—who, according to The Guardian, had previously denied that the practice even took place!—would lead the official inquiry into it. Litzman, who was born in Germany, grew up in Brooklyn, and is a follower of the Ger Hasidic dynasty, is a member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament).
A Google search reveals only the announcement of the supposed inquiry in early 2013, but nothing about it since. The detailed mechanics and biological and demographic consequences of the long-running program apparently have never been publicly elucidated. The issuance of the directive to gynecologists by the Health Ministry and the announcement of a governmental inquiry evidently ended the matter as far as Western governments, politicians, international agencies, and the press were concerned.
Strange. If a lone white doctor anywhere in the world had done to even half a dozen black women what Israel did to thousands, there would have been endless lurid, condemnatory news stories, a thorough investigation, and harsh official sanctions. The doctor would have been prosecuted, jailed, and ruined. Bestsellers would have been written and TV shows and movies made about the “Angel of Death” or the “Beast of Detroit.”
“Hypocrisy,” it has been said, “is the vice of vices. Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.”