An Israeli investigative report recently revealed what Palestinian women have known for some time: Israeli hospitals institute policies of segregating Palestinian women from Israeli women in maternity wards at the request of Jewish Israeli women. The report included recorded conversations with three Israeli hospitals in which a journalist posing as an expectant mother asked various hospitals whether she could avoid being placed in the same room as a “non-Jewish” woman.
These findings are not new for other news outlets reported similar findings several years ago. And, with the typical official Israeli denials of this practice, the story would have ended there. But, this time, an Israeli member of Knesset, Bezalel Smotrich, finally expressed what many Israelis think: “It is natural for my wife to not want to lie next to somebody who just gave birth to a baby that might want to murder her baby in 20 years. That’s the most natural, normal thing in the world.” He added that, his wife wanted to be in a quiet room and did not want to be in a noisy room where Palestinian parents might hold a “hafla” (a celebration). And it did not end there: His wife later gave a radio interview and said she does not want her newborn Jewish infant touched by non-Jewish hands.