Jewish Agency representatives great Yemenite immigrants upon arrival in Israel. Teddy Brauner / GPO

Decades Later, Disappearance of 1,000 Children in Israel Remains a Mystery

Twenty years ago, Haaretz ran a series of reports about the disappearance hundreds of Mizrahi infants, most from Yemenite families, during Israel’s early years. Were they kidnapped and put up for adoption? Had they died and been buried without their parents’ knowledge? Or is there a third possibility?

One day, 20 years ago, I went to Rehovot to look for Beit Genazim, the archive in which – according to the report of the Shalgi Commission, established in 1988 to clarify the fate of the Yemenite children who...

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