Addis Standard (Addis Ababa)

17 December 2013

Ethiopia: Israel Still Bars Blood Donations From Ethiopian-Born Israelis

Photo: Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org
Activists from the Eritrean community held a press conference in Tel Aviv to expose journalists to the difficult situation in Eritrea and to protest the deportation of 15 Eritrean men from Israel (file photo).

Ethiopian-born Israeli Lawmaker Pnina Tamano-Shata was barred from donating blood at a parliamentary blood drive for sheer reason of her origin.

Israel's health ministry regulation considers everyone who was born or spent more than a year in Ethiopia after 1977 as possible AIDS carrier.

"I am good enough to serve the state and in the Knesset," Tamano-Shata told Ynet news. "But for some reason to give blood I am not good enough."

Tamano-Shata is a member of Yesh Atid party, which is in the governing coalition. She immigrated to Israel when she was just three; she is now 32.

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