Israelis still accuse gov of corruption over Yemenite children

June 21, 2016  

Sixty percent of the Israeli public believes that the current political establishment is purposefully concealing the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Yemenite children.

The data comes from a new survey by the Midgam Institute, conducted by Dr. Mina Tzemach and the Knesset Channel.

Between 1948 and 1954 hundreds of babies and toddlers of Yemenite parents disappear. Most cases occurred in hospitals, when new parents were told that their baby had died but were not given any more information. Advocates for the Yemenite community insist that the government gave or sold the children to Ashkenazi families.

According to the study, only 16 percent of Israelis do not believe that the government is hiding information. The remaining 24 percent gave no answer.

Following the decision to keep the protocol dealing with the Yemenite children classified, 90 percent of the public wants to compel the government to release the protocol.

Only five percent of respondees believed the level of secrecy was justified and should be left in place.

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