A Jewish neonatal nurse who was cornered by two men in a hospital lift and accused of killing Palestinian children has recounted how she was “petrified” by the ordeal.
Hadasa Abrams (née Mayerfeld), 27, who works at the Royal London hospital in East London, said the men began questioning her after noticing her gold Star of David necklace.
She was in the elevator returning to her ward after mincha prayers on Tuesday.
“Someone saw my necklace and questioned me if I believe in Free Palestine,” Abrams told Jewish News.
“I told them I was Jewish – I was actually petrified when I did – and he said to me ‘how could someone who comes from those people, from people who kill innocent children, work here?’
“He asked me if I worked here to kill people. I didn’t say anything, I just got out of the lift.” Abrams said she reported the incident to hospital security and to the CST.
Officials at the hospital have promised to review security footage with her in a bid to identify the individuals.
The Royal London is based in a Muslim neighbourhood of London and Abrams said she usually does not stand out because she wears a headscarf.
“90 percent of the babies I look after are Muslim and I care for them as if they are my own child, with all the love, with everything that they need,” she said.
“I’m so careful about looking after them for hours on end. It doesn’t matter, their race or religion or anything. They get all the love they need.”
Abrams said the parents of Muslim children she has cared for have contacted her to express their shock at the incident.
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