Israeli Health Ministry Report Admits Role in Disappearance of Yemenite Children in 1950s

The ministry has been preventing the publication of the draft report, detailing the involvement of medical officials in separating Mizrahi babies from their families and helping give them up for adoption – the first known instance of a ministry acknowledging its part in the scandal

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Nurses examining Yemenite infants at the Rosh Ha'ayin transit camp, against the background of protocols from the Cohen-Kedmi Committee and the title page of the Health Ministry draft report.
Nurses examining Yemenite infants at the Rosh Ha'ayin transit camp, against the background of protocols from the Cohen-Kedmi Committee and the title page of the Health Ministry draft report.

The Health Ministry has been preventing the publication of a draft report that details how the Israeli health system was involved in the disappearance of Yemenite children in the 1950s, including helping give some of them up for adoption.

Although the report doesn’t present new testimonies or details, and contains no data regarding the scope of the phenomenon, it is the first official reference by a ministry to its involvement in a scandal that has haunted Israel for many decades.

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