An Arizona doctor was fired from her job at a children’s hospital last week after accusing Israel of “cannibalism” on social media.
Pediatric radiologist Dr. Fidaa Wishah was released from Phoenix Children’s Hospital after a May 26 Facebook post that resurfaced in a screenshot shared last Monday by the account @StopAntisemites. Wishah, who immigrated to the US from Gaza, predicted Israel’s “collapse” while accusing the Jewish state of harboring a “thirst to kill Palestinian children.”
“We will expose the #carnage and #geoncide that you #Zionists are proud of,” Wishah wrote in the Facebook post. “We will expose your thirst to kill our Palestinian children.”
“We feel your fear… The fear of your collapse,” she added. “A state based on atrocities, inhumanity, racism and cannibalism never lasts! Hey #israel … your end is sooner than you think.”
Phoenix Children’s Hospital responded to the tweet by noting that Wishah “no longer provided care at Phoenix Children’s” after “a thorough review of the facts”.
After a thorough review of the facts relating to this case, this individual is no longer providing care at Phoenix Children’s. (2 of 2)
— Phoenix Children (@PhxChildrens) June 23, 2021
Newsweek reached out to Phoenix Children’s Hospital for additional comment.
Wishah’s remark about a “thirst to kill our Palestinian children” and the charge of cannibalism are reminiscent of an important strand of anti-Semitism that emerged in the Middle Ages and lasted through the time of Nazi Germany and beyond. The “blood libel” was an unfounded and false conspiracy theory that claimed that Jewish people killed Christian children and consumed their blood.
Wishah responded to her dismissal by suing the hospital for wrongful termination, according to The Arizona Republic. She is reportedly represented in court by the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Arizona (CAIR-AZ) and several private law firms.
“Her post on her personal Facebook page, while critical of the Israeli government, has been deliberately taken out of context to portray Dr. Wishah as anti-Semitic rather than what she has called her entire career, a civil rights champion,” CAIR -AZ executive director Azza Abuseif told the newspaper in a statement.
“Despite caring for thousands of children, many of whom are Jewish, she has never been accused of discriminating against any of her patients or colleagues,” Abuseif added.
At least 259 Palestinians, including 65 children, and at least nine Israelis, including two children, were killed in the latest conflict from May 10 until a ceasefire was declared on May 21, according to The Associated Press.
A video posted to social media apparently captures Wishah responding to the comment on her Facebook post after being temporarily suspended from the hospital. She thanks her supporters as she complains about “censorship in a country that claims freedom of expression.”
“When it comes to Palestine and Israel, we are absolutely censored,” she says in the video. “Today I met HR and they said I was temporarily suspended because they have a lot of outside pressure, lots of emails, Instagram hashtags about me from Zionists and Israelis who are concerned that I am treating their children differently. False claims. “
dr. Fidaa Wishah was released from Phoenix Children’s Hospital after he described Israel on Facebook as a “state based on atrocities, inhumanity, racism and cannibalism”. This undated file photo shows a sign at the hospital entrance that reads “child emergency”. mesh photo/Getty