Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced that she intends to convene the Ministerial Committee on the Archives in order to probe whether the state concealed documents relating to the alleged disappearance of Yemenite children in Israel’s early years.
Between 1948 and 1952, it is alleged that hundreds of Yemenite children were taken from their new immigrant families while hospitalized for illness or immediately after their birth and given to Ashkenazi families to be raised.
The secret kidnappings were either done out of a discriminatory belief that Yemenite parents were not fit to raise children or that they did not care since they had large families, or for anti-religious reasons – out of a desire by the State to make the children secular.
The probe will focus on whether the Mossad is concealing documents, as well as clarifying the documentation in the IDF archives about censorship in the 1950s regarding the affair of Yemenite children.
“The Yemenite children’s affair is a bleeding wound in Israeli society, and we have the duty to do everything in order to patch it up,” said Shaked.
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