Israeli government set to discuss declassifying Yemenite Children Affair documents from 2001

The Israeli government is expected to release some of the classified documents related to the Yemenite Children Affair.
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In light of intense public pressure and the resurgence of public interest regarding the Yemenite Children Affair, the Israeli government is expected today (Sunday) to approve the release of classified documents related to the matter. The documents include the findings of the 2001 state investigative commission into the disappearance of thousands of Yemenite children between 1948 and 1954.

After the government approves the proposed release of the documents, which include the classified protocols and the details about the welfare system’s conduct, the proposal will be presented to the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee. “The era of concealing information ended a long time ago,” said Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

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When the resurgence of public interest in the affair surfaced recently, Shaked contacted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and requested that he appoint a minister to handle the Yemenite Children Affair. As reported by JOL in June, Netanyahu agreed to her request and appointed Minister Tzachi Hanegbi to handle the matter.

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