Belgian Doctor Refuses to Treat Elderly Jewish Woman

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Israel National News: A Flemish doctor who manned a medical hotline Wednesday night refused to provide help to a 90-year-old Jewish woman, Bertha Klein, who had suffered a fractured rib. “I’m not coming!” he said. “Send her to Gaza for a few hours, and she will not feel the pain anymore,” was the reply.
The doctor confirmed the exchange, and said that he had spoken the way he did out of “emotional frenzy.” The Health Ministry is investigating the matter, according to Joods Actueel (Jewish News).
Klein’s son had been the one to call the hotline. His mother was in agonizing pain after she had suffered a fractured rib. The doctor reportedly knew very quickly that the patient was Jewish: her name, her son’s accent and her address in Antwerp, Belgium’s second-largest Jewish commmunity, betrayed all that.
Shocked by the doctor’s response, the family phoned a friend, Samuel Markowitz, who is an alderman of the Antwerp district council and a volunteer paramedic. Markowitz called the hotline himself and confronted the doctor over his statements.
The doctor admitted the facts and blamed “emotional frenzy.” Meanwhile, the grandson of the 90-year-old woman, Hershy Taffel, filed a complaint with the police for racism and xenophobia.
Taffel says  his grandmother burst into tears. “This reminds me of what we underwent in Europe 70 years ago, I never thought that day would ever be repeated,” she said.
Michael Freilich, editor of Joods Actueel, is concerned that the Middle East conflict is being imported into Belgium.
“This is yet another incident in a row of similar events that took place in a short period of time,” he elabotared. A shop in Antwerp refused to serve a woman because she was Jewish, a cafe in Liege has a sign hung with the message ‘dogs welcome, Jews are not’, in Brussels slogans like ‘Death to the Jews’ were chanted during a demonstration and on Facebook, we see calls of hatred against the Jewish people every day.”
Freilich went on to tell his readers: “Let me repeat for the umpteenth time: Belgian Jews are NOT Israelis! They merely have an emotional bond with that country but have no influence on the conflict. They do not vote in Israel, do not go to the army and pay no taxes there.
He added: “Any form of racism and anti-Semitism must be condemned by politicians vigorously. It’s long overdue, I think.”

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5 years ago

Reblogged this on Your Dog Wouldn't Like It and commented:
This doctor who refused to treat an elderly Jewish Lady must be struck off immediately. All people, including Jews, deserve the same treatment. Leaving this person to continue practicing as a doctor will bring the whole profession into disrepute.

Trail Dust
5 years ago

Europe is in a sad state.

Steven Broiles
5 years ago

Of course the doctor was wrong, but political correctness is also wrong. Had enough of this divide and conquer crap? People have to get honest.
I live in New York City. There are more than enough stories of the shoe being on the other foot here.

5 years ago

I say pack the so-called “doctor” off to Liberia and make him treat Ebola victims.
As for the Belgians, they are spineless little weasels just like their frog cousins – only without the class.

5 years ago

Hmmm… Why does the doctor remain nameless? I wouldn’t be surprised if this “flemish” doctor turned .out to be either a Palestinian or a muslim (if not both).

5 years ago

I have to stand to the side on this one. I believe the Bible that says, “Whoever blesses Israel, will be blessed”, but the day I found out that Jews are not allowed (and some won’t!) pray for or with me is the day I said “WTF, lady?!?” (She downright refused my request for prayers and did it quite rudely. Even pagans will send up intentions for you to their deities!! You’d think fellow folks of God could do the right thing. She told me and explained to me it was against their rules, I didn’t get this out of… Read more »

Christine A Hall
5 years ago
Reply to  Christine

This is me, not someone else. Used the wrong sign-in logo and name – it’s getting too late, time for bed!