Ultraorthodox Jews riot in Israel after mother arrested for Munchausen by proxyBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2909 (Published 17 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2909
- Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
Hundreds of Jerusalem residents of the ultraorthodox Mea Shearim quarter took to the streets and demonstrated after a mother was arrested. She is accused of starving and abusing her three and a half year old boy for two years as a result of fabricated or induced illness, the psychiatric disorder Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy. A few dozen people were arrested. The parents are members of a concentrated extremist Hasidic sect.
Some residents burned dustbins, threw rocks at policemen and passersby, and smashed equipment in a welfare office. The violence surged after a court “gag order” was cancelled, allowing the press to publish the story (but …