01 January 2017

". . . Yemenite Children who Disappeared [kidnapped] were Taken Against their Will from Their Parents” . . .

by the socialist beauracrats who thought/and still think they know everything.  They robbed these innocent immigrants of their G-D given duty to raise their own children. The Torah is harsh against kidnappers and they should tremble in fear.

Yemenite immigrants gather for a photo at Rosh Ha’ayin, in 
the early years of the state.. (photo credit:illustrative: GPO FLICKR)
"The Family Was Told That He Was Dead”
It is alleged that hundreds of Yemenite children were taken from their new immigrant families while hospitalized for illness or immediately after their birth and given to Ashkenazi families to be raised between 1948 and 1952. It was further alleged that this was done either for discriminatory reasons - out of a belief that Yemenite parents were not fit to raise children or that they did not care since they had large families, or for anti-religious reasons - out of a desire by the State to make the children secular. Childless couples, it is alleged, were given the children while the real parents were told that the child had died in hospital.

The archive of records about the children who disappeared was recently opened, and Arutz Sheva interviewed Dr. Rafi Shovali, head of the organization “Achim V’Kayamim,” the forum of families whose babies disappeared. Dr. Shovali recently examined these records and he spoke about his preliminary findings.

"The archives are primarily a collection of investigative materials of the three committees who investigated the issue," he says and stresses: "these committees investigated the case in order to reach the truth, so I would not expect to find definitive statements. However, there are a lot of documents on the history of the period and many documents from the cases of the families who never received good answers.”

One specific example is a family file which stated that a child was dead and was buried in a certain place, but at the burial site there is no connection between what is written in the file and what is at the grave. The burial records also indicate that it’s someone else[’s] grave.”

There was also a general failure of the commissions who investigated the affair: "The committee did not summon many of the witnesses that the committee should have summoned in order to get to the truth." For example, they failed to summon “Miriam Ben-Porat, who was in the Prime Minister office and dealt with issues related to the Yemenite children affair. There were demonstrations in front of her home and allegations raised against her during the period of Rabbi Uzi Meshulem. They invited ministers and senior officials but not her. Why not?”

“We also wanted to know about Ami Hovev, who was apparently also involved behind the scenes and who was involved in the most current report. There were witnesses who were summoned but did not come. [. . .] There were other witnesses who came but were hardly questioned and got away with claims of ‘I cannot remember what happened.’”

What’s needed now, said Dr. Shovali, is to establish a parliamentary committee, a proposal that has already been introduced by MK Nurit Koren (Likud). Such a committee should discuss legislative action, laws regarding the archives, adoption laws, checking graves, DNA testing, and measures to provide access to information for the families involved.

There are also individuals who claim that they were kidnapped. One such case is that of "Tzvi Amiri, of North African descent, who was kidnapped from Rambam Hospital. His mother was looking for him. He grew up in Kibbutz Amir, and learned that he was adopted at an older age. He found his biological family and they had been told that he was dead. His mother at the time didn’t accept this and realized that something was wrong. She ended up having a mental breakdown. He found her hospitalized in an asylum. A whole family was destroyed because of what happened to him.” (ArutzSheva)


The Tragedy and Shame of 1950s Israel’s Treatment of Yemenite Children by Seth Franzman  from JPost

It was just “chaos,” the excusers say. The 50,000 Yemenite Jews who arrived in Israel during the first year and a half of independence had poor health and some children died. Sick babies were taken by hospitals to “recuperate” and name tags were misplaced. They died and were buried in unmarked graves. Yemenites didn’t speak Hebrew so they couldn’t find their children or interact with medical professionals.

I see the old photos of my ancestors from 1911 in New York City. The authorities at that time also thought the streets were crowded with foreign Jews. A cover of The Jewish Immigrant magazine in 1909 shows lines of elderly coming through Ellis island to be made anew into Americans. But no one took their children by the hundreds and buried them in unmarked graves. The chaos of migration did not give rise to thousands of missing babies. In Israel it did.

Some of the Disgusting and Racist Statements of the Socialist Beauracrats:

“It was chaos,”
“The Yemenites are ingrates; they lack feelings and don’t appreciate what has been done for them,”
“Maybe we did them a favor,”
had to be taught “advanced western methods of child care.”
“even more primitive is the mode of life of the Yemenite Jew, who is happy to have any sort of home. Nevertheless these immigrants from Yemen are a valuable element for Palestine…cheap labor.”
Jews from Yemen and the Middle East as “primitive” and often as “impure,”
They were “human material,” living in squalor and stereotyped in the media of the time as sickly, disease-ridden, dirty, corrupt and “feral.”
“well, it died, go away.”  

Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child notes “state parties shall ensure that a child shall not be separated from his or her parents against their will” and recognizes that the child “should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.” 

. . . Yemenite children who disappeared were taken against their will from their parents” . . .
"There is too much denial among some in Israel, too many excuses. When they say “chaos,” ask them if that chaos applies to their family? At Ellis Island we had chaos too. There was chaos on the kindertransport in the 1930s.”


'If You Wanted to Take a Yemenite Child it Would Cost $5000'

Testimony from committees dealing with the Yemenite children's disappearance released, including discussions of the price paid for children. (ArutzSheva)

[. . .] "The Yemenite infant disappearance investigation is based on the fact that many Yemenite mothers were told that their newborn infants or young children who were hospitalized for an illness had died. They were never shown the bodies or given the location of the burial place of their children. It was alleged, after an inordinate number of "deaths" aroused the parents' suspicions that the children were alive and that the staff of the hospitals gave the children to Ashkenazi families for adoption, thinking that the new immigrants would either not care as they had large families, that the children would be better off - or discovering a lucrative way to earn extra money.”

"Among those who testified before the first committee, the Kedmi committee, was Shmuel Avidor Hacohen, a rabbi and journalist. Avidor reported how in 1963 he visited New York and met a couple there - an Israeli mother, American father and a child who did not look like its parents. When I asked them quietly who the child was, they said it was a Yemenite child whom they had adopted in Israel.

"I got into conversation with them. I didn't think there was something serious here. They told me that they had adopted her and that there were many more families here that had adopted Yemenite children."

"Somebody mentioned that if you wanted to take a Yemenite child it would cost $5000 (equivalent to $50,000 in present-day values, ed.)," continued Avidor. "The matter was publicized but did not make waves and I did not pursue it further. It became clear to me that not just Yemenite children were involved, there were also North African children who were adopted.”

'Enough Shallow Apologies'
Ami Meshulam, the son of former activist Rabbi Uzi Meshulam who, in the 1990s demanded an investigation into the fate of the missing Yemenite children, has set out on a mission to completely clear his father’s name. More at ArutzSheva

POSTSCRIPT: There must be hundreds MORE stories like this one, and something really really truly must be done to turn over every stone to find these children and what happened to them.


Anonymous said...

The truths are now being exposed (another sign that it is pre-Moshiach time). These truths have been known to many who wanted to know, but as usual, are hidden from the public by the media that really work for govts. These sins are unforgiveable, but not surprising as those who created secular (leftist, socialist/boshevik) zionism were of the Erev Rav. They had and have no connection to real Jews as they weren't and aren't part of the Jewish people. But it is no wonder the blame was put on Ashkenazic Jews, but these leaders were not Ash. Jews, but the Erev Rav. Hopefully, this will also help to unify all the real Jews. Woefully, it leaves a black mark on the state's early history.

HDG, Yerushalayim, E"Y Shlemah said...

I wonder whether the Israeli government took a page from New York City of the 1930s, where my mother was born, placed in a Jewish foundling home at the age of 4 months and fostered out to an Ashkenazi-named, atheistic family who had not yet had children (they had 4 boys after her).

It's a long story...and the Temani children saga is apparently not the first attempt to obliterate the Mizrahi Jews, with the help of Western ones (whether Ashkenazi or Erev Rav).

Neshama said...

Its such a sad situation and this continued tormenting the parents is disgraceful.
CDG: I’m not sure I understand the beginning of your comment. But I do know that when my grandmother passed on and left behind many children, they too were put in a foster home. Some relatives wanted to care for ‘some’ of the children, but the father, my grandfather, didn’t let. Instead he took them all to Philadelphia where he found a job, married someone else to care for the children, and all this ruined the family. I never knew my grandparents, and never knew anything about them until I decided to do a family search; and all this was very beneficial for my eventual Aliya. I traveled, visited graves, collected as many fragments as I could. It still hurts to this day. And I’m not Taimani or Sephardi or Mizrahi. Just the almost last member of a long line of Jewish families from Russia, Vienna, and the US.

What has happened to our Jewish People over the years is heart-breaking to say the least. We do not understand the ways of Hashem, but the elements of Reincarnation offer some salve.

HDG, Yerushalayim, E"Y Shlemah said...

Neshama, I am sorry for any misunderstanding of my comment above.

The beginning refers to the possibility that the idea of separating the children from the parents of Jewish children (especially of despised populations like the Temanim, especially by Jews from other places, who are better off...) didn't originate in the 1950s in Israel. My mother's family were Syrians (my grandfather)/Haifans (my grandmother). Haifa was considered southern Syria in those days, before the British Mandate, and I met a whole lot of my more distant cousins in 1993. They told me that one had to 1) be able to speak English and 2) fight really hard in court to keep her children. An 85-y.o. cousin in a wheelchair told me that authorities took her children away from her and she fought like a lioness with whatever English she had, to get her children returned. On the other hand, my grandmother was never able to speak the language, so she never got her children back.

It's very hard when families are broken up for whatever reason. I feel bad for your family too. But, I'm glad you're here. ;)

And it is thousands of times worse when one set of Jews - no matter which side it is - does things like this to their fellow Jews in NYC - all the more so in E"Y. These Temani families may never get their children back; even if found, relationships with them will not be the same as they would have been had these children grown up with their family. Teshuva must be done.