Shabbos Hee ‘Miliz’oik’: The Calm After The Storm


meah-shearim-kidAfter days of some of the worst protests in Yerushalayim in years, the streets of the city were comparatively queit over Shabbos leading into today. A small Shabbos afternoon protest was held by the Eidah Hachareidus to denounce the opening of the Karta parking lot opposite the Old City, but the protests against the treatment of the mother who is alleged to have starved her three-year-old son has quieted significantly, though the banter amongst frum Yidden in Yerushalayim and around the country is filled with comments and opinions on the volatile issue.

The mother, was released on NIS 400,000 bail as part of a court-prodded agreement between the two sides worked out by court. The mother is expected to undergo a psychiatric evaluation today. The woman, from the Toldos Aharon community, suffers from Munchausen-syndrome-by-proxy, according to doctors, a psychiatric disorder in which a person deliberately abuses someone else, typically a child, in order to draw attention or sympathy to themselves.

As we’ve reported, members of the kehillah and others have been vocal in their support of the mother and her complete innocence. Others have said that a comprehensive coverup by doctors, after a misdiagnosis, is taking place.

Three days of intense protests ended Shabbos, with four people reported hurt on Rechov Bar Ilan, when a car was hit with stones.

In the protests on Thursday night and Friday, over 50 people were arrested.

After the remand hearing, the mopther , who is still barred from seeing her three other children, was placed under the care of Reb Avrohom Freilich, at whose home she spent Shabbos. Reb Avrohom and Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman jointly posted the bail. Rabbi Litzman had offered to have the woman remain in his home.

The boy remains at Hadassah-University Hospital at Ein Kerem in Yerushalayim amd doctors say that he is improving and steadily gaining weight.

{Yair Israel}