Documents of the Yemenite Children Affair to be revealed

The government approved the release of the findings from the state investigative commission regarding the Yemenite Children Affair. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized that families whose children disappeared deserve to know the truth. A mother of one of the kidnapped children said: "I stopped believing. We'll see what new information they have for us."
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The government approved this morning (Sunday) the release of the findings from the state investigative commission regarding the disappearance of the children of Yemenite immigrants. The government's decision to remove the classified status from the findings comes in light of the news coverage on the matter. Despite the government's decision, the Amram organization doubts the government's motives: "The government continues to act like an interrogator and not a suspect."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated at the beginning of the government meeting during which the decision was made: “The families whose children have disappeared and the public deserves to know what the state investigative commission found. We intend to remove all the limitations from the material and allow people to access them online and read them for themselves.” Netanyahu only recently put MK Tzachi Hanegbi in charge of the whole affair.

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Hanegbi said: "The decision that passed today won't erase the misery and suffering that thousands of new immigrants to Israel, brothers, sisters and families, went through for so many decades. This decision will allow families and their authorized representatives to go online and see the harsh truth, the full circumference of the ugly sad reality and maybe to get as close as possible to understanding it."

"This decision will bring an end to a reality that is unbearable and unrighteous where these documents were sanctioned to be classified for 70 years,” added Hanegbi. “My research and the professional team found no debate on the matter, no explanation that clarifies why someone deemed it so necessary to seal these documents. This will put an end to the suspiciousness, the doubt and the mistrust of these families towards the state authorities."

Despite the government's decision, many of those who claim their kids were kidnapped doubted that the government intends to put an end to the story. Yehudit Hardon-Saiag (70), an Iraqi-born Israeli who is looking for her brother who she claims disappeared from the hospital when he was just 8 days old, said: "I don't believe Tzachi Hanegbi or the government. Hanegbi was put in charge of this in the past and hasn't made any progress. We'll wait and see what new information he has for us now."

Yosef, who is sure his cousin disappeared from the hospital in 1950, said that he and his family expects the truth to be revealed this time: "Let's hope we won't be disappointed this time as well. The guilty ones aren't alive anymore, so we must focus on the fate of the kidnapped."

The Amram organization even criticized the government despite the decision made this morning: "Our demand to be part of the process of revealing the documents was denied. The adoption files remain sealed and probably other documents that we aren't sure what they are remain sealed as well. The criteria of the nature of the documents that are going to be revealed haven't been published. We didn't receive an answer why these documents were sealed in the first place and by whose order. The release must be accompanied by a disclaimer that clarifies that we only have parts of the material, not all of it even made it to the commission. The release of this information is a crucial part on the way to justice but it won't clarify the whole story."


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