Israelis destroy Ethiopian blood donationsBMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7027.331 (Published 10 February 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:331
- Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
Public outcry has greeted the discovery that for years most of the blood donated by Ethiopian Jewish immigrants to Israel's blood collection service has been thrown out unused because of the high risk of HIV in the community.
Prime Minister Shimon Peres officially apologised for the policy and has ordered a government inquiry. President Ezer Weizman also denounced the policy and said that, of the numberous blood transfusions that he had received in his life, he “hoped that some of them had come from Ethiopians.”