Hadassah denounces threats to its personnel by haredi groups

The Hadassah Medical Organization expressed its "disgust" about the threats by extreme haredi elements against its deputy director-general, Dr. Yair Birnbaum, over the hospitalization and treatment of the three-and-a-half-year-old boy whose mother is suspected of abusing and starving him to due her alleged mental illness. Birnbaum, an observant Jew with a crocheted kippa and beard who lives in a religious neighborhood, is being protected by security personnel. Other Hadassah staffers have also been threatened. Haredim have also pasted announcements on walls in their neighborhoods castigating Hadassah and handed out inflammatory leaflets outside the Ein Kerem hospital. Hadassah "calls on all factors involved to leave the boy and his health outside the discussions and arguments being carried out in the legal sector," spokeswoman Yael Bossem-Levy said.