Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Israel, Jews, victims, victimizers…

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Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-01-30]: Israel on Sunday admitted to injecting Ethiopian Jewish women with a powerful birth control drug without their full understanding or consent. Over 100,000 Ethiopian Jews have moved to Israel over the past several decades. However, the community's "Jewishness" has come under question in Israel, said The Independent, raising suspicions that the government has attempted to curb the growth of a community deemed undesirable by some. The contraceptive reportedly being pushed was Depo-Provera, a long-acting form of birth control that The Los Angeles Times said "few healthy women in Israel choose" to use. Suspicions that Ethiopian women had been coerced into receiving Depo-Provera arose in Israeli media a few years ago and most recently in a TV documentary linking the community’s falling birth rate to over-prescription of the injectable contraceptive. [source: 1, 2] The worst victimizer is a former victim…

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