Population Control

Ethiopians Protest in Israel: Israel Tried to Reduce Ethiopian Birth Rate (2015)

Ethiopian-Israelis took to the streets in Tel-Aviv earlier this month to protest discriminatory treatment.

Although the protests were sparked by a video of policemen beating a black Israeli soldier, racial tension has been building for years.

In 2013, the Israeli government admitted it had injected Ethiopian women with Depo-Provera, a long acting contraceptive, without the women’s consent in order to reduce the Ethiopian birth rate.

Some Ethiopian women were injected in immigration camps and were told that unless they accepted the injection, they would be denied entry into Israel. Health workers falsely told other women that the Depo-Provera shots were inoculations.

[29 May 2015, Anne Roback Morse, pop.org, Population Research Institute]