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Demographic Danger: A Look at Maternity Wards and Segregation in Israel

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Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem was founded on a promise to serve all patients with the same, excellent care. This week, against the backdrop of military occupation, we go inside Hadassah’s Mount Scopus maternity ward. There, the separation of Jewish and Arab mothers resulted in conflict between midwives at the hospital.


  • Drorit Hochner, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Scopus Hospital
  • Rabbi Benny Lau
  • Dikla Aharon, journalist
  • Dori Adar, online developer
  • Tami Doron, Avia, and “Rivka” nurse-midwives and Jewish and Arab mothers who gave birth or considered giving birth at Mt. Scopus Hospital.

  • Narrator and Story Producer: Shaina Shealy
  • Host: Monica Lopez
  • Illustrations: Shaina Shealy
  • Music Credits: Beware of Safety, A New Dawn, Adriana Krikl, Cuddle Formation, Ergo Phizmiz, Monplaisir, Kirill Shirokov, Lee Rosevere, and Quiet Music for Tiny Robots.

More information

Hadassah,Mt. Scopus Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

International Confederation of Midwives

Dori Adar

Rabbi Benny Lau

Shaina Shealy

Israeli hospital heads to be summoned after report on segregation of Arabs in maternity wards:

Health Ministry issues statement stressing that it doesn’t accept practice of placing expectant Jewish and Arab moms in separate rooms:

‘Another Terrorist is Born:’ The Longstanding Practice of Racism and Segregation in Israeli Maternity Wards:

The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive


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