Sarah Netanyahu and the Migrant Worker

Israeli Prime Minister’s wife,Sarah Netanyahu, is accused of mistreating Nepali migrant worker hired to take care of her ailing father.

Jerusalem Post has the story here.

The accusation is serious and I hope that it is investigated to the fullest and truth comes out. Migrant workers deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. If this accusation is proven to be true, it will be a shame- a worker abused in the Prime Minister’s home? What kind of labor laws and protection does Israel have?

It is also important to note that Mrs. Netanyahu is not exactly loved by the Israeli media. Here are some examples:

In 2010, she was accused of wrongfully terminating an elderly gardener.

She was also sued by a former housekeeper last year.

Going by these stories and other reports on her, it is easy to judge Sarah Netanyahu as a troublesome employer, a mean person. But the overly negative tone of coverage, even when the accusation against Mrs. Netanyahu has not been
proven, is troubling. How can a reader expect balanced coverage and fair representation when the press seems so vindictive?

I just hope that when Nepali media gets this story, they will look at the whole picture and not rush to judgement.

Update 9/2/2011

The case had turned even more bizarre. Read more here.

The Prime Minister’s Office is seriously out of line. I hope the matter gets resolved quickly and justice is done.

2 thoughts on “Sarah Netanyahu and the Migrant Worker

  1. I happen to stumble upon your blog while doing google on “sara natanyahu + nepal.” Well, it’s your blog and you’re entitled to your opinion, but I just couldn’t stop myself from dropping a few words here.
    On Sara’s defense you write, “But the overly negative tone of coverage [sic]….” I read both the links you’ve posted, I find them straight forward reporting. One of the reporting even starts with a word “alleged mistreatment.”
    You seem troubled by the fact that the press (Israeli/International) is vindictive of her, and how might Nepali press react to alleged abuse of Nepali maid.
    Just because the victim happens to be form Nepal, we should not conclude Natanayhus are at fault, but in the same vein, we should not presume them innocent either.
    “How can a reader expect balanced coverage and fair representation when the press seems so vindictive?” You have completely turned the table, Natanayhus are the victims now. Why doesn’t Tara Kumari deserve a benefit of doubt? Mistreatment of house maids happens everywhere and anywhere. Just because press slander (in your view) Sara, she couldn’t have mistreated her maids.
    In past twenty four hours PM office (Israel) has issued two statements defending Sara. Now that tells a lot about Natanayahu’s house hold and its politics. You don’t make press release through PM office to defend your altercation with your house maid. Talk about David and Goliath. Looks like Natanyahus are well fended, and they don’t need your help.
    Yes, liberal values are great, but sometime, you have to step down from the high pedestal, and make a stand.
    I hear crickets chirping in Nepali media and blogosphere, they haven’t gone crazy yet. I wonder, how might have they reacted had Sara forgotten her passport before boarding a flight to Kathmandu.
    But, you’re entitled to your opinion, and it’s your blog. I apologize for throwing a pebble in your private pond.

    • I am sorry if I did not make myself clear on this. Thanks for commenting.

      I am absolutely for migrant workers’ rights and dignity. They deserve respect and should never be mistreated. In this case, since the incident is still under investigation, I believe that we have to maintain balance.

      I have no intention of defending Ms Netanyahu, she has a troubled history but before making judgements let the law run it’s course.

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