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Controversy re: Ethiopians donating blood in Israel…3 articles

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Israel’s “Red Cross” Rejects Blood from Ethiopia-Born Lawmaker (Reuters-New York Times)

(from: Daily Alert)

    A blood-collection crew turned down an offer of a blood donation from an Ethiopian-born lawmaker at the Knesset on Wednesday.
    See also Necessary Precautions, Not Discrimination – Ran Reznick (Israel Hayom)

    Anyone who lived in England during the time of the outbreak of Mad Cow disease (1986-2001) may carry a protein in their blood that could cause the disease, so they are not allowed to donate blood in Israel.

    For the same reason, the ban extends to people who were in Ireland and Portugal during that time.

    These restrictions are only part of a host of constraints dictated by Israel’s Health Ministry (and implemented by the MDA blood bank) to decrease the likelihood of Israeli patients receiving infected blood.

    Additional restrictions on blood donation include men who have sex with other men, people addicted to drugs, and people who were born or spent more than a year in most African countries, including Ethiopia, that unfortunately have a very high incidence of AIDS.

    These three groups account for 75% of the 6,102 people in Israel infected with HIV in the last 30 years.

    It is impossible to justify or accept incidents in which Israeli hospital patients become ill from receiving infected blood because every possible precaution was not taken. These facts cannot be distorted by screaming headlines.

    Perhaps we must find a more sensitive way to deal with blood donations, but we cannot be any less careful.
    See also The Non-Racism of Israel’s Blood Donation Policy– Ben Sales (JTA)

    Magen David Adom, Israel’s version of the Red Cross, accepts blood donations from native-born Israelis of Ethiopian descent. 

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