Tuesday, October 31, at the plenary session of the Knesset in first reading approved the draft law allowing the opening of the graves of the minors of immigrants from Yemen and the Balkan countries for carrying out of genetic examination.
The bill was designed Nurit Koren, in order to help the immigrants from Yemen and the Balkan countries to find out the fate of their missing relatives during the period between 1948 and 1970. To obtain permission to exhume the graves of the relatives will need to go to court.
28 Dec 2016 was published 210 thousand documents concerning the fate of the disappeared children. Were made public the work of the commissions studying the information about the disappearance of children, and 3,500 cases of children placed for adoption in the first two years of existence of the state.
In the center of the investigation commissions was the events of 1948-1950 years, when Israel came about 50 thousand Yemeni Jews. Returnees resettled in tent camps or in the so-called «maabarot» (temporary settlements). Yemeni families were mostly large, and thousands of guests to the children of Israel was very weak and suffered from many diseases, mainly diseases of the esophagus. At that time in Israel was rampant polio epidemic. Since polio is an infectious disease, upon the slightest suspicion of children were isolated and sent to isolation rooms and in hospitals. Often without any accompanying documents. After this, parents frequently reported that their child was dead and already buried. The majority of parents did not attend the funeral and did not receive a death certificate. As it turned out, many children do die in hospitals, but almost no one did all the families of the survivors «unnamed» children, and they were transferred to a sanatorium society WIZO, where he was given up for adoption.
Thus, according to the official version in the first years of the state of Israel lost over a thousand children, mainly in infants of Eastern origin. Two-thirds of these originate from the Yemeni families. Three of the Commission investigating the case, «Yemeni children» studied 1.033 case. In 2001, the Commission Cohen-Kedmi published a report showing that 972 child died under mysterious circumstances, and the fate of the unknown 52. The documents, published on 28 December 2016, stating that «a secret transfer of children for adoption on a systematic character».
In June 2016, the site NEWSru.co.il published material on the «Case of the Yemeni children.»