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Magen David Adom is investigating a racist comment that an employee, Meidan
Ben-Yoash, posted on his personal Facebook page, and will take action in the
matter, the organization said on Monday.
Ben-Yoash is an ambulance driver
and medic who serves as spokesman for MDA’s Greater Tel Aviv area. The online
comment, which he wrote three years ago, was revealed only in the past few days
by United Arab List- Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi.
Ben-Yoash posted a racist joke
which read: “How long does it take an Arab woman to bring down the garbage? Nine
Asked to comment, the spokesman for the entire organization said
that the blood-donation, first-aid and ambulance service “denounces every
expression of racism of any kind.”
From an initial investigation, it
became apparent that the Facebook message was posted on Ben-Yoash’s private
account about three years ago. When MDA director- general Eli Bin learned of it,
“he ordered an in-depth investigation with the worker and taking steps against
The spokesman did not specify if any punishment was
meted out to Ben-Yoash.
“MDA has no room for racism in the ranks of the
organization, which integrates employees and volunteers from all sectors who are
all working to save lives,” the spokesman said.