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Eliana M. Aaron

Head of USAID

Consulate

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An American in Israel - Naomi Ragen נעמי רגן - Novelist, Playwright and Journalist

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Eliana M. Aaron is by all accounts a remarkable woman.
The first practicing nurse practitioner in Israel, she holds degrees from Yeshiva University, New York University and Rutgers University and was recently accepted to a select doctoral program in nursing at Yale. Her reputation was such that when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Israel, Clinton's staff personally requested Aaron as their medical officer. Nevertheless, from the beginning, Aaron says she found the working environment at the Consulate overtly hostile toward her as an Orthodox Jew and an Israeli. "In 2004 my supervisor, Sylvia Martinez, told me that others didn't want to work with me because I was Jewish," she says. In 2005, the head of USAID at the Consulate bent her ear describing a movie about suicide bombers and how "she now understood and sympathized with them." When Aaron explained this, the woman responded angrily, accusing her of "just saying that because you are Jewish." From that moment onward, Aaron found herself reprimanded again and again for not providing enough options for Palestinian doctors and hospitals for the Consulate staff. According to Aaron, when she complained to her supervisor about the prejudiced remark, she was simply blown off. Eventually, she selected a Palestinian clinic in east Jerusalem. "But when the head was arrested for affiliation with Hamas, I refused to contact him even though my supervisor and American security officers wanted me to continue." Realizing her superiors would not help, she filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO) in 2011. She says she did this not only for herself, but for every Israeli Jew working for the Consulate, most of whom are low-level employees afraid of losing their jobs. "What I suffered was tip of the iceberg to what goes on there," she says. Her work conditions consistently worsened. According to Aaron, Jefferson made it clear to her colleagues that he had made firing her a priority. According to Aaron, despite every allegation being thoroughly investigated and found baseless, she was nevertheless fired in a well-orchestrated termination that had been planned months in advance. The grounds? When I asked about Aaron, I received the following response from Leslie Ordeman, the US Consulate press attaché and spokesperson: "We do not provide details on specific administrative actions internal to the mission due to privacy and legal concerns. Good for you Naomi for exposing this and we pray for a good outcome for Eliana. To Eliana: A few minutes ago I phoned the State Dept. yet again. Eliana, after all the "dreck" you had to endure at the Consulate, do you really want to be reinstated there? Just asking. e share her feelings and are happy that Aaron can share her experience with everybody ready to try to make a change in the way the consulate at Jerusalem behaves and operates. Even The State Dept.'s Office of the Inspector General (OIG)seems no more willing to seek justice for Eliana. There might be several hospitals in Nazareth, but not one of them was approved for use by American diplomats or personnel at the time Ms. Aaron was hired to find the best medical care for the Consulate staff. Ms. Aaron was simply trying to do her job with integrity. My best wishes to Eliana Aaron. As I understand from Eliana Aaron, she spoke to the State Department of Inspector General when they were here last and told the staff everything that was going on. Not a single word of it was included in their final report. Indeed, Eliana, many of us want to protest this appalling behavior most strongly and demand immediate and effective action by the right person/people to eliminate such thoroughly infuriating and unacceptable Jew-hatred at the Consulate.


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