After Maternity Ward Segregation Scandal, New Israeli Internet Game Tests Your Racism Skills

'Categorize the Maternity Ward' satirizes recent far-right calls to permit segregation of Jewish and Arab women giving birth in Israeli hospitals.

Oded Yaron
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Screenshot of an Israeli web game that satirizes calls to segregate Jews &Arabs in maternity wards.
Screenshot of an Israeli web game that satirizes calls to segregate Jews & Arabs in maternity wards.Credit: screenshot
Oded Yaron
Oded Yaron

Israeli online developer Dori Adar has created a web game that satirizes a far-right lawmaker's support of segregating Jewish and Arab women giving birth at Israeli hospitals.

Adar guarantees that the game called "Categorize the maternity ward" (a word play on the Hebrew term for a maternity triage) at can shock any player in under three minutes.

You enter a maternity ward where you encounter a doctor who resembles segegration advocate lawmaker Betzalel Smotrich of Habayit Hayehudi. He explains that you must separate mothers to be by their identity numbers and to which room each should go.

You have a short amount of time to decide. At first you're only choosing between Jews and Arabs, later on the game adds in Israelis of Ethiopian origin and Sudanese women as well.

If you mistakenly fail to separate between a Jewish and an Arab woman they each get sent back to the initial selection phase.

Adar says his game designed alongside illustrator Gustavo Visliner, has only a satirical purpose, but he sees how the idea may annoy some people. He says "this wouldn't happen if the content wasn't good."

Adar doesn't expect his odd game to change the world, but it may perhaps make people more mindful of the threats of racism.

"The thing about racism is that we are all racists, but we have to fight it. You have to be very active to avoid hatred," Adar said.

"And if its' difficult then you have to get people angry and you have to say it and s hock each other. People have to feel something. It takes work to stop being a racist." 

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