Israeli hospitals segregating pregnant Arab women: MPs

Published 05.04.2016 20:01

Israeli Radio reported Tuesday that delivery wards at four Israeli hospitals were segregating pregnant Arab women from their Jewish counterparts in a move described as "discriminatory" by two Arab-Israeli lawmakers.

According to Israeli Radio, the policy of segregation has been adopted at the delivery wards of the Hadasa and Shaari Tsidk hospitals in West Jerusalem; Eikhlof Hospital in Tel Aviv; and Maair Hospital in Kafr Saba.

Arab-Israeli members of the Knesset (Israel's parliament) Ahmad Tibi and Aida Touma Suleiman told Anadolu Agency that they had called on Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman to inspect all Israeli hospitals to determine whether the policy had been adopted.

The two lawmakers went on to describe the policy as "discriminatory and unacceptable".

According to official Israeli figures, roughly 1.4 million Arabs in Israel account for some 20 percent of the country's overall population.

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