Lapid: Advocating for separation of Jewish and Arab mothers similar to Germany in 1930s

Senior politicians from the coalition and opposition joined the wave of condemnations Wednesday, a day after MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi) advocated separating Jews and Arabs in maternity wards.

Smotrich’s comments – that “after giving birth [his] wife wants to rest and not have a party like Arab women do,” and his “wife would not want to lay down next to someone who just gave birth to a baby that might want to murder her baby in 20 years” – followed an Israel Radio report that several hospitals around the country separated Jewish and Arab women in the maternity ward, at some women’s request, though it is illegal. The report and Smotrich’s support of the policy sparked outrage across the political spectrum.


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