A 66-year-old from northern Israel was able to reunite with his biological Yemenite family after suspecting he was kidnapped and taken for adoption as a child. Using a private company for DNA testing, Yehuda Cantor found his long lost brothers and sisters.







Yehuda finally found his family

Yehuda finally found his family Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

For years, Yehuda Cantor knew he was adopted and suspected that he may be one of the kidnapped Yemenite children. Following the published report on the commissioned inquiry into the Yemenite children scandal, Cantor turned to My Heritage which conducted DNA testing and found his biological family.

Yesterday (Saturday), 66-year-old Yehuda from Northern Israel met his biological brothers and sisters for the first time in an emotional reunion. Yehuda claims he was kidnapped as a baby from his mother and was adopted by another family.

After turning to My Heritage, the company took his former last name from his adoption file and via pedigree records, found his family. DNA testing confirmed that indeed it was his biological family. The DNA database was set up in cooperation with MK Nurit Koren, chairman of the research caucus searching for the truth surrounding the Yemenite and Balkan children scandal.

As previously reported by JOL, after a long struggle, this past December the Israel State Archives released materials pertaining to the commissioned inquiries into the case of missing Yemenite children from over the years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a website set up by the State Archives which uncovered thousands of cases, in order to allow the public to search for information about missing loved ones. 

The exposed materials were supposed to be kept classified until 2070, but public outcry and widespread coverage of the issue by the media finally led to the government’s decision to publish the records. This material would allow the public to gain information not only about their families but also about what might have happened to them. In addition, the publication allows the public to read the minutes and discussions of the various committees that investigated the case, including investigative materials and documents of the various bodies involved in the affair.