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Child Abuse in Israel

Some 500 children up to the age of four are treated each year for injuries caused by their parents, a Tel Aviv University scientist told the convention of social workers which met here yesterday. Most of the children are treated for broken bones. The lecturer, Hanita Zimrin, told of one mother who fed her children for a long period with a light drink only, until they were rushed to the hospital suffering from malnutrition. Other mothers did not change their babies diapers, causing dangerous infections. Surprisingly, a university study revealed that the phenomenon was not limited to the so-called lower classes only. There were quite a few cases of maltreatment by parents living in the prestigious Rehavia quarter in Jerusalem. The only difference was that the upper class parents brought their children to private doctors who do not always report the cases to the authorities.