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Ultra-Orthodox riot over arrest of suspected child abuser continues in Jerusalem

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , on August 2, 2009 by arievergreen

The mother in this story seems to be suffering from a mental disorder – her actions do not appear to have a religious motivation. I’m posting this piece because of the people who are supporting one member of their community (the mother) at the expense of another (her abused child). This seems to be one of many cases where justice is perceived as a threat to a religious group, an attitude which can result in hiding and perpetuating abuse and neglect, instead of stopping it.

Ultra-orthodox riot in Jerusalem over the arrest of a woman suspected of nearly starving her three-year-old son to death showed no sign of abating on Thursday afternoon, local daily Jerusalem Post reported. According to the report, police evacuated welfare workers from their office in the Geula neighborhood as ultra-orthodox protesters pelted the building with stones. Simultaneously, protesters burned tires and hurled stones at passing vehicles on Shivtei Yisrael Street. On Dvora Hanevia Street, where protesters had earlier stoned the Education Ministry, protesters burned garbage bins, damaged road signs and tried to block the street. They were dispersed by police… The riot came after Tuesday’s report that a 30-year-old suspected child abuser, who is ultra-Orthodox and belongs to one of the most extreme sects in Jerusalem, was arrested for allegedly starving her son for two years until he weighed merely seven kilograms. According to the newspaper, the woman apparently suffers from Munchausen’s-by-proxy, a psychiatric disorder that entails abusing someone, typically a child, to draw attention to or sympathy for oneself… The Hadassah administrator said the boy was likely to recover physically with good care, but it was not clear what his traumatic experience would do to him mentally and psychologically.

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