Do not make the mistake of thinking Israel is a liberal country which, like every other liberal country, has some racists in it. Israel’s racism can’t be attributed merely to individual bad apples because the attitudes are systemic and institutionalized. The racism is built into the basic laws of this place, which the Israeli supreme court has decided that Israel’s “Jewish” character precedes its “democratic” character if there is ever a conflict between them. Also, the national ideology shared by the overwhelming consensus and majority of Israelis (Zionism), is the affirmation of ethnic clensing in order to make room for this place’s “true” inhabitants, who’s thousands year old claim trumps any “native rights” argument. And now even hospital procedures reflect the emerging anti-African mindset which is coalescing into a whole new systemic racist attitude in this place. Here’s the hospital’s new racist policy:
Under the new rules, all migrants and refugees admitted to the hospital must have a chest X-ray, the majority are not allowed into the hospital to visit patients, and in maternity wards, nurseries and neonatal units as well as children’s wards they are separated from other patients.
And here’s what it feels like to go through the new racist hospital experience:
Asiedeu, who was granted resident status in Israel five years ago, was confronted with the new Ichilov policies on Tuesday night when he brought his nine-month-old son to be seen at the hospital. He had been referred there by the Tel Aviv District Health Office, where the baby was examined and found to be having difficulty breathing. Accompanying them to the hospital were his wife and their 21-month-old son. When they entered the hospital, after the baby’s details were recorded, a nurse wearing a face mask brought them face masks to wear, and took the four of them to an isolated room to await a doctor.
“I told her that we had no serious illnesses in the family, and we don’t have HIV or hepatitis, but the nurse said that by law we had to be isolated.” She then locked the door and left them inside.
After an hour two doctors came to examine the baby, “covered in plastic, even their eyes were hard to make out, as if he had some kind of deadly bacteria like Ebola,” Asiedeu said. They took blood from the baby and left the room, leaving the door unlocked.
After hours had passed and no one came back with blood test results, Asiedeu went to the nurses station and discovered the results had come back long before. “The nurse refused to give me the results and ordered me back to the room. I said I wanted to know what my son had, and she threatened to call security.
“At that point I lost it and said this was racist,” Asiedeu said.
It turned out the blood tests were normal, and the family was sent home. “It’s clear to me that the treatment I got was only due to the color of my skin,” said Asiedeu.