- In the years 1948-1954 thousands of children were taken,
sometimes forcibly, from their biological parents while in hospitals or
child-care homes. These children were then sold both in Israel and abroad
for substantial sums (that varied from case to case), or given out for
adoption. Their parents however were told that the children had died. In
most cases, when the parents asked about the cause of death or requested
a death certificate, or other documentation confirming the death of their
children, they were ignored and their requests went unanswered.
- They never saw a body. In most cases, not even a burial
spot was seen. In a few cases, however, graves were shown to the families.
Some of those graves, later on, were dug up by parents who did not believe
that their beloved, healthy child truly died overnight. The graves were
recently found empty.
- These activities were carried out by doctors, nurses,
social workers and other members of the Israeli Establishment at that time.
I have heard many "moral" justifications given for taking these
children from their parents.
- I do not believe any are legitimate. It seems to me that
the real reason for the kidnapping of the children was money. People in
positions of power at the time that the State of Israel was established
profited from the abduction and sale of children from poor immigrant families.
- This practice continued on at least into the early 1960s.
Some say that it still continues, although on a much smaller scale.
- One common misconception is that these abuses were practiced
against Yemenite Jews alone. While researching this issue I have concluded
that the victims also included immigrant Jews from Tunis, Spain, Morocco,
Lybia, Iraq, Iran, and Belgium, to name a few countries. In most cases,
the immigrants came from Middle Eastern countries.
- The number of kidnapped children has been told to be
around 2,400 by the official investigating committee. When Rabbi Uzi Meshulam
was still collecting evidence, he gathered the names of 4,500 children.
I believe that the real number is much larger than that. Since I have found
that many families never reported the disappearance of a child, I estimate
that approximately 10,000 children were kidnapped and sold, and I would
not be surprised if the real number is higher.
- In the next chapters individual cases are presented,
including descriptions of some of those involved in perpetrating this alleged
- © Yechiel Mann, Eshhar, Israel ___
- By Yechiel A. Mann, Israel email@example.com
- In the early days of the State of Israel many babies
and young children of new immigrants disappeared. Hospitals told the parents
that the child had died, but the parents never saw a body and often there
was no death certificate. There are widespread reports that these children
were stolen from the parents in order to be sold for adoption both inside
Israel and overseas, mainly in the United States. Three official Israeli
government investigations have failed to satisfy the still bereaving parents
and families, and have only fueled the widespread suspicions of a massive
- On this web site you can read some of their sad stories,
and learn about the people who perpetrated this crime.