Shalom Life | August 26, 2014

Belgian Doctor Refuses to Treat Jewish Patient

Suggested that the Jewish woman go visit Gaza to help with the pain

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 31st, 2014 in Health » World

Belgian Doctor Refuses to Treat Jewish Patient

anti-Semitism has continued to wreak havoc across Europe, notably in locations such as France, and Belgium, where months ago, an anti-Israel shooter killed four innocent civilians at a Jewish heritage museum.

Then, just last week, a Belgian cafe posted a sign outside its window reading "No Jews Allowed."

JTA now reports that the anti-Semitic incidents continue to thrive in Belgium, with the latest victim being a Jewish patient who called a doctor asking how to cure a fractured rib.

Rather than advising the patient, Bertha Klein, on how to treat the ailment, the Belgian physician suggested instead that she "visit Gaza" to help get rid of the pain.

The physician made the hateful comment on Wednesday while operating a medical hotline in Flanders, Belgium's Flemish religion. The capital of Flanders, Antwerp, has a considerable Orthodox Jewish population.

Klein, an American, had her son call the hotline at approximately 11:00PM.

The physician responded, and answered “I’m not coming,” before hanging up. When the son called again, this time the doctor stated, “Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she’ll get rid of the pain.”

According to Belgian publication Joods Actueel, the doctor has confirmed the conversation indeed took place, defending his hatred by saying he had an “emotional reaction.”

Joods Actueel mentions that the doctor knew Klein's son was Jewish because of his American accent.

The Kleins eventually called an alderman friend of theirs, Samuel Markowitz, who called the doctor and recorded their conversation. Klein's grandson, Hershy Taffel, has since filed a discrimination complaint with Belgium police.

“It reminds me of what happened in Europe 70 years ago,” Taffel said. “I never thought those days would once again be repeated.”

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