View Full Version : The Yemenite Children Affair

Carsten Wiethoff
08-05-2016, 12:16 PM

It seems that during the 50s up to several thousand newborn children were taken from their jewish parents, mostly from Yemen, and given to other jewish couples from Europe.
This is an issue that the state of Israel has to face and assume responsibility for, but it seems to be a difficult process.

Tel Aviv - For nearly 40 years, everything about Gil Grunbaum's life was a lie, including his name. He was not, as he had always assumed, the only son of wealthy Holocaust survivors who owned a baby garments factory near Tel Aviv. Grunbaum had been stolen from his mother by doctors at a hospital in northern Israel in 1956, moments after she gave birth.
His biological parents - recent immigrants to Israel from Tunisia - were told their child had died during delivery. They were sent home without a death certificate and denied the chance to see their baby's body or a grave.
Despite his darker looks, it never occurred to Grunbaum that the parents who raised him were not biologically related to him. Now aged 60, he says the discovery was "the most shocking moment imaginable. Everyone I loved - my parents, aunts, uncles and cousins - had been deceiving me for decades."
And so had government officials.

Magda Hassan
08-05-2016, 12:44 PM
I's quite forgotten about this. Yes, it happened. And, yes, it needs to be acknowledged and people and organisations held accountable for this. There is an underlying class and race issue in Israeli society.