Rabbonim Warn of Boycott Against Barzilai Hospital


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A number of rabbonim have sent a letter to Barzilai Hospital administrators warning that if they move ahead with plans to exhume bones from a proposed building site to construct a fortified emergency room, the area’s chareidi community will be compelled to launch a boycott against the hospital.

Yisrael HaYom reports the letter was signed by prominent rabbonim in the Ashdod area, threatening women giving birth will be instructed to boycott the hospital. The letter states there is a sizable chareidi community in Ashdod, which uses the hospital’s maternity facilities, but a boycott will be launched if the hospital insists on moving ahead with the project at the original site. “There is simply no reason for us to continue supporting a hospital that operates contrary to our rabbonim” the letter adds.

Hospital officials responded, explaining in a democratic society, women have the option to select whatever medical facility they wish to give birth, both Kol Chai Radio and Yisrael HaYom report. 

YWN-Israel has not been successful in obtaining the names of the rabbonim who signed the letter by publication time.

(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)


  1. Any chareidi “boycott” of Barzilai Hospital will be self-defeating.

    Where else will these people go when they need medical or surgical care R”L?

  2. A more effective threat would be for the rabbonim to tell all the chareidi doctors, nurses, and other health care workers to go on strike.

  3. I have to wonder about the people behind this. Pikuach Nefesh trumps political statements. If you want to protest the hospital, find a way to do so without putting your followers at risk. Telling them not to use the closest hospital is irresponsible and dangerous.