Search for Truth About Missing Yemenite Children Goes On

YERUSHALAYIM -

With many questions still remaining in the investigation into the mostly Yemenite immigrant children who disappeared in the 1950’s, a Likud MK has proposed that the graves of some of the suspected missing children be dug up to obtain genetic material for identification, The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.

MK Nurit Koren introduced a bill to permit the exhumation of deceased minors to aid families who claim that their children were taken from them without their consent and subsequently lost contact with them.

The bill is on the Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s agenda for Sunday.

Although the state opened its archives on the matter several months ago, in some cases more questions than answers were generated. Families searching the files for traces of their lost children encountered details that are at odds with those listed on the graves in which they were told their relatives were interred.

Against that background of frustration and anguish, two weeks ago hundreds of people staged a protest in Yerushalayim, claiming that the children were systematically taken without their parents’ consent and given to Ashkenazi families.

Koren is chairwoman of a Knesset committee formed to probe the matter.

The bill’s stated purpose is “to allow the investigation of the truth about the death and burial place of minors from Yemen, the East and Balkans whose death notices were given to their families in the years 1948-1970 without allowing them to identify and bury them.”