For the prominent senior Rabbonim Shlita of the Eida Chareidis who have reached out in an effort to get their message to the English-speaking chareidi tzibur, there are a number of questions which they insist demand answers; questions which the rabbonim feel point to malfeasance, nonfeasance and a cover-up by Hadassah Hospital. Over recent days, the rabbonim are in constant contact with YWN Israel, realizing the importance of delivering their message to the English language audience as well.
Some of the points raised in conversations conducted with rabbonim over recent days include:
1- If the mother suspected of starving her child was caught on hidden camera, why didn’t hospital officials act immediately, to prevent her from doing so repeatedly at the expense of the patient?
2- If she was indeed deemed a danger to the child, why didn’t the hospital seek legal intervention to obtain a restraining order, distancing her from her son rather than permitting his condition to deteriorate?
3- Why wasn’t the hospital staff taking corrective action for the patient when the mother was not present and how can it be that the hospital staff operating 24/7 was not seeing the continued deterioration in the toddler’s condition?
4- Assuming the mother has Munchausen by proxy, why did the hospital and social workers fail to notify the family, her husband, towards awareness and seeking assistance for her?
5- Assuming the mother is not fit, inflicted with some illness, perhaps Munchausen by proxy, why was she not given appropriate treatment but instead, thrown in jail? Why did state social workers cooperate with police against the interest of the mother and possibly her child?
6- Why were efforts by askanim beginning on 17 Tammuz, before the media blitz, ignored by police and the hospital? The askanim said if the mother is indeed ill, why isn’t she being referred for care instead of imprisoned?
Rabbonim also question where all the liberals are hiding, explaining that if this case involved a secular/chiloni family, the feminists and human rights activists at the very least would be inundating the High Court, but here, when a devoted mother and wife is chareidi, the silence is deafening and the champions of justice are nowhere to be found. They specifically mentioned ACRI (Association for Civil Rights in Israel).
On the same line, the Rabbonim question the lack of patient privacy, with authorities failing to explain just how the x-ray of the ‘starved child’ appeared in all the Israeli media.
YWN Israel spoke with one of the prominent rabbonim early Monday afternoon. He asked that a number of additional points be inserted to the English-speaking community. The rav explained that there has been an open channel between Hadassah and the rabbonim in Meah Shearim for years, and if they suspected wrong-doing or a problem with the mother, why weren’t rabbonim contacted to intervene?
He wished to share with the tzibur as well that the mother’s return to her family this part erev shabbos was a sight that is difficult to describe, the jubilation of the children after being away from their mother for three weeks.
When asked what they are seeking, the rabbonim explain they are trying to increase public pressure until there is a state inquiry into the entire affair.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)