The Israeli government is conducting direct negotiations with family
representatives of children who went missing in the Yemenite Children
Affair, according to a report by the Israeli Kan broadcaster. The Jerusalem Post reports (with thanks: Lily):
negotiations, led by chief of staff of the Prime Minister’s Bureau Yoav
Horowitz, concern the state’s recognition of the injustice done to the
families and its responsibility in the affair.
Yemeni Jews being airlifted from Aden to Israel
The affair concerns the mysterious disappearance of hundreds of
babies and toddlers of Mizrahi descent, mainly from Yemen, during the
early days after the establishment of the state, between 1948 and 1954.
the vast majority of cases, parents were told in the hospital that
their newborn baby had died, though they never received any official
Over the years, families have claimed that their
children were in fact systematically kidnapped and given away or sold
off to Ashkenazi families without the consent of the biological
According to the Kan report, the negotiations are in an
advanced stage but a stumbling block is the issue of compensation, a
demand of the families which has not been met by the state.