Barkat Closes Yerushalayim Welfare Offices After Protests for Mentally Unstable Woman Who Is Suspected of Starving Child

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protest5After protests ceased and quiet returned to the streets of Yerushalayim this evening, YerushalayimMayor Nir Barkat, in a rare move, ordered all city welfare offices in Meah Shearim and Geulah temporarily closed until workers no longer face a safety threat, the city announced. The move comes after two municipal welfare offices were vandalized by extremists claiming to be chareidim in back-to-back attacks this week.

Scores of protesters dressed as chareidim rioted this afternoon over the arrest and detention of a woman who is suspected of nearly starving her three-year-old son to death.

Fifteen demonstrators were arrested in the rioting, which ceased by mid-afternoon.

On Sunday, rioters broke into the welfare offices near Meah Shearim and proceeded to wreak havoc on the office, shouting, “Nazis! We will burn you.” On Monday, rioters converged on a different welfare office in the city and set one of its doors on fire.

The city said that the offices would reopen as soon as workers were no longer facing “life-threatening” danger, and expressed regret over the inconvenience caused to neighborhood residents not involved in the violence.

The welfare offices had briefly reopened on Wednesday morning under heightened security, said Ruti Matot, the director of the children at risk division at the city’s welfare department.

In today’s protest, the demonstrators pelted police and motorists with stones, and set garbage bins on fire in the central chareidi neighborhood, Yerushalayim police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.

Outside of the city, garbage bins were also set on fire in Ramat Beit Shemesh, police said.

The largely anticipated violent protests came a day after a court-imposed gag order was lifted on the arrest of the woman, a resident of Meah Shearim neighborhood who belongs to Neturei Karta. The woman apparently suffers from a psychiatric disorder, but major reports on this story by the secular media have not made that point prominent, instead making it sound like chareidim have no problem if a woman starves her child.

The woman is suspected of severely abusing her child for two years, until a point where he weighed a mere seven kilograms (about 15 pounds).

The alleged child abuser, who is not cooperating with police investigators, apparently suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy, a psychiatric disorder wherein those affected abuse someone else, typically a child, in order to draw attention or sympathy to themselves.

The woman’s 30-year-old London-born husbandsaid that he was unaware of any abuse on the part of his wife, who is a native of Yerushalayim.

The suspected child abuser was arrested last week after meeting a social worker.

In the meantime, a court order bars the woman, who is being held in prison, from seeing her hospitalized child, who remains in serious condition.

The order, which can be renewed, is in effect until September 1, the welfare official said.

The Yerushalayim District Court on Wednesday partially accepted an appeal by the mother and ruled that her remand be extended only until Friday, and not until Sunday as was originally decided.

She had filed an appeal on Tuesday against the Magistrates’ Court decision to extend her remand by six days.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel/JPost}

6 COMMENTS

  1. A very smart move. You must fight fire against fire against anarchy. Cut all assistance to the hooligans. If that doesn’t work, they should impose martial law.

    These very sick people who protest to protect a lowlife abuser, instead of protesting the abuse done to an innocent child should be treated like Hamas terrorists.

  2. Without welfare offices open, residents will need to go to other neighboring areas which will not tolerate this behaviour.

  3. At first when I heard the story of this cruel mother it broke my heart, still I excepted it at face value, it really bothered me how a Jewish mother could be so unkind (to say the least) to her own baby, but being an educated American I decided to take out some of my precious time and investigate the alleged disturbed women story who is part of the radical extreme Neturai Karta group.

    THIS IS WHAT I HAVE DISCOVRED:

    First of all most of us are 100% sure that she is mentally unstable and she intended to abuse or even kill her own child, because we have unfortunately become globule and eager to except Loshon Hora on a Jew, with out thinking twice into what the news is reporting to us. It’s as if they are teaching the Torah directly from Sinai.

    The “true” story I have come up with is, that the doctor who has been treating this child in the hospital miss diagnosed the situation, when she started proving it to him he had no choice but to cove up for his mistake, as soon as she opened her mouth he could not stand her because she was proving him wrong, she knew good and well about the cameras in the room etc. she had told her friends about it, it was no surprise to her, It was a set up by the doctor and staff. In no way shape or form is she part of the Nitura Karta group, its all a bunch of Hug-Wash, the Askonim involved have gone so far as to interview others who have used this particular doctor and some have their own terrible experiences with this doctor, some of them have even been threatened this week by the hospital staff not to dare publicize their stories.

    I HAVE SPENT A BIG PART OF MY LIFE HELPING PEOPLE IN AMERICAN AND ISRAELI HOSPITALS; IT DOES NOT TAKE MUCH EXPLANATION WHY MANY ISRAELI’S CHOOSE TO USE OVER SEAS HOSPITALS….

    HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A HOSPITAL IN AMERICA INSTALLING HIDDEN CAMERAS? THE ONLY REASON THEY DID IT IS BECAUSE THEY WHERE OUT TO GET HER, LETS KEEP IN MIND “SHE IS CHARADI” AND THE HOSPITAL STAFF IS NOT…

    I hope this will be an eye opener not to believe everything we hear and read until we verify the truth. There is much more that was discovered but at this time I can’t publicize it yet. She has done NOTHING wrong why is she in jail? this too is part of the cover up.

  4. To those of you who are really concerned. (Especially those who don’t jump to conclusions before hearing what really happened.)

    I personally know the mother -she’s a woman everyone would wish to have her as a mother- and the family. And I’m following this story for over a year now. The story in short is as follows, at the age of 1 the child got sick. He had fever, couldn’t keep food down etc. so on the advice of Dr. Floris Levy, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at Hadassah Medical Center -whom she highly trusted- he was hospitalized In the Hadassah ein-kerem medical center where he was (wrongly) diagnosed with cancer by Dr. Michael Weintraub and Dr. Memet Aker under whose “care” he is until now. the child was and still is under hospitol care the whole time.

    As time went by and as the child received chemo therapy (for no good reason) and no turn for the better the mother started to smell that some thing isn’t right. But was brainwashed by the doctors that they are doing everything for the child’s welfare. But as more time went by and still no improvement in the child’s condition. The mother smelled that something is fishy and started to question the doctors. That’s when one of the doctors mistakenly slipped out that the child was misdiagnosed.

    The parents were warned not to tell anybody and not listen to anybody’s advice. But even though, the doctors being afraid that the parents will open a malpractice case against them and the hospital. They preemptively counter accused them and opened up this child abuse case against the mother, to cover up their on wrongdoing. And created this exotic condition that the mother never had and b’ezras hashem will never have.

    now regarding to the protest’s, rioting, etc. i strongly disapprove of any violence. but if anybody has any good suggestion’s on how to free a Innocent Jewish mother (at least on bail, which the court denied. some thing that would never happen in the u.s. or any other civilized country providing she poses no threat to anyone.) after a week (she was actually arrested a week ago) trying to settle this through the proper channels (lawyers, doctors, etc.) please post/do it ASAP. because i don’t think she can take this much longer.

    Now how about as another view on the story.

    p.s. she wasn’t arrested in the welfare office she was arrested in the middle of the street as the biggest criminal or worse and is kept so as well (without bail, kosher food, visitation rights, etc.) even though she is no threat to anyone.

    PLEASE DAVEN TO HASHEM AS MUCH AS YOU CAN FOR HE RELEASE

    p.p.s. I don’t think her religious belief or organizational affiliation make any difference or even belong in the story.

    p.s.p.s. Asken thank you for you post

  5. There is a network of respected charedi askanim in EY who specialize in the medical field- Benny Fisher, R. Firer, etc. Have they been consulted? Are they involved? They surely have the connections and influence to solve this mess.

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