Knesset committee: Shocking photographs reveal Israeli medical experiments conducted on Jewish Yemenite children

For years, testimonies have been heard but up until now, no evidence has been published to confirm them. On Wednesday, the Knesset Special Committee on the Disappearance of Children from Yemen, the East and the Balkans were shown photographs that seem to attest to medical experiments that were conducted on Yemenite children during Israel’s early years. In one of the photographs, naked children are seen with scribbles marking where their internal organs are located.
Photographs from the experiments have been uncovered Photo Credit: Israel Hayom/Channel 2 News

Confidential documents from the Knesset Special Committee on the Disappearance of Children from Yemen, the East and the Balkans, which investigated the the disappearance of Jewish Yemenite children within the Yemenite Children Affair, were already published at the end of 2016 but up until now, evidence to support the testimonies regarding unauthorized medical experiments that Israeli doctors conducted on these missing children have not been published. On Wednesday morning, photographs that seem to attest to the documentation of some of the experiments conducted were shown to the Knesset committee that is working on the affair, headed by MK Nurit Koren.

In one of the photographs, which was first published by Israel Hayom, three naked children are seen with scribbles marking the location of their internal organs. For example, the Hebrew word for spleen can clearly be seen on a child’s body near the stomach, while other words were written on other children.

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Photo Credit: Israel Hayom/Channel 2 News

The Knesset committee discussed protocols in which testimonies can be heard describing the experiments conducted on the children without their families’ knowledge or consent. The testimonies include stories of experimental treatments that led to the deaths of at least four children, the kidnapping of a girl from Rambam Hospital and the adoption of a girl by one of the employees.

In one of the protocols, former head of the children’s hospital in Rosh Ha’Ayin Dr. George Mendel is heard making remarks to the Cohen-Kedmi state commission of inquiry, which investigated the matter. Upon being questioned, Mendel said: “I remember one or two cases in which instructions were given to give an injection of dry protein that we would separate. Serum, dry plasma…and the results were not good.”

In another protocol, Dr. Mendel admitted that he conducted medical experiments on live Jewish Yemenite children, as doctors believed that Yemenites had “African blood,” in an attempt to discover whether they had sickle cell anemia. “There was no reason to ask for the parents’ consent,” Mendel said. “They took children who died for various reasons and checked their veins, checked their hearts,” he said.



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