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Missing Yemenite children in occupied Palestine: a mysterious Israeli crime maybe uncovered

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Another Israeli crime is uncovered as the Israeli regime has approved the exhumation of 17 remains believed to be of missing Yemenite children.

The Israel State Attorney’s office announced on Tuesday that it has approved the exhumation of the 17 bodies for the purpose of DNA testing after a request was filed by the families of children who went missing between 1948 and 1970.

More than 1,000 families from Yemen, the Balkans and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region said that their children went missing in the so-called Yemenite Children Affair.

Back then, babies were kidnapped from Israeli hospitals and put up for adoption without their parents’ consent or knowledge. Most cases involved the parents being told in the hospital that their newborn children had died although they never received additional reliable information about their fates.

The State Attorney’s claimed in a statement that the decision was made with attention to the public importance of discovering the “truth in the matter of the death and burial of minors of Yemeni, Eastern and Balkan origin.”

Evidence has suggested that The Women’s International Zionist Organization (WIZO) was involved in the affair was presented. The evidence showed many children who went missing ended up at various WIZO orphanages without any information about their birth or parents.

The parents said that their children were really kidnapped and given or sold to Ashkenazi families. In a few cases, the children tracked down their parents many years later and conclusively determined their relationship to their Yemenite relations using DNA testing. Also, many of the missing children were the children of new immigrants who were less than a year in Israel and who arrived at the newly founded occupying regime in the immigration waves of those years. Almost all the parents received only a spoken explanation that their children had died. The spoken message was only given to the parents when they inquired about the cause of their children's disappearance and in most instances they were told of their child's sudden death only after the funeral (or the alleged funeral) was held in their absence.

The Yemenite community was well established in Ottoman and then British Mandate Palestine.