Unauthorised 1950s tests performed on Yemenite children

The newspaper Israel Hayom reveals previously unseen testimony and
photos showing that in early years of the state, not only were Yemenite refugee children
who died autopsied without consent, doctors also performed unauthorized
tests on live children. The findings need to be seen in the context of an obsession with medical research in the 1950s, lax regulations, and that many children had arrived from Yemen in a poor state of health. (With thanks: Sylvia)

The Knesset Special Committee
on the Disappearance of Children from Yemen, the East and the Balkans
met Wednesday morning, after Israel Hayom published an exclusive report
exposing doctors’ testimonies that unauthorized medical tests were
performed on children who went missing in the early years of the state
and whose fates were unknown to their families. The documents also
revealed that children who died were autopsied without the consent of
their parents.

 Previously unseen photos revealed by Israel Hayom

Committee members were presented with the
protocols of previous government committees of inquiry into the missing
children, as well as proof that some of the children died after being
subjected to experimental medical treatments. 

Committee Chairwoman MK Nurit Koren (Likud)
said at Wednesday’s meeting: “In the very place they should have been
protected, the children disappeared. Some of the children disappeared
and their parents never received a death certificate; they were informed
only that their children had died. Although they asked to see the
bodies, they got nothing and could not hold funerals. It is increasingly
apparent that the bodies of the children were used for research.” 

Read article in full 

Times of Israel article  

BBC website


  • You are so right Sylvia; even Point of No Return can possibly find a hasbarah for this atrocity.

  • The disease is still with us. One has only to listen to radio on the topic, where callers either find excuses to those doctors and hospitals or seek to divert the attention from the issue by embarking on some unrelated futile rantings. and the excuses:"yes but those were the people who built the country".

    No telling what else they did. The most damning documents were destroyed seven years later according to one doctor's testimony.

    The horror… the horror


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