Yemenite families sue for reparations

Dozens of families of Yemenite Jews who say their children were taken
from them by Israeli authorities in the 1950s are filing a class-action
lawsuit demanding millions in reparations from the State of Israel and
the Jewish Agency, Channel 10  has reported. (With thanks: Lily)

 Yemenite children brought to Israel on Operation Magic Carpet by an Alaska Airline ‘plane

The lawsuit seeks to force the state to accept responsibility for
at least 69 infants known to have disappeared from public institutions
such as hospitals and day care centers.

Some 49,000 Yemeni Jews were brought to the nascent State of Israel
in Operation Magic Carpet in 1949-50. Since the 1950s, more than 1,000
families — mostly immigrants from Yemen, but also dozens from the
Balkans, North Africa, and other Middle Eastern countries — have alleged
their children were kidnapped from Israeli hospitals and put up for
adoption, sometimes abroad, in what is known as the Yemenite children
affair.

Disputed by scholars and seemingly refuted by three state commissions
that examined the affair and concluded that most of the children had
died, the case has kept resurfacing, not least because most of the
families were not given their children’s bodies or informed of their
burial places.

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