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Yemenite Children Affair: All That’s Needed Is to Listen Humbly to the Truth

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Yehudit Karveh spoke at the President’s Residence on the day marking awareness of the so-called Yemenite, Mizrahi and Balkan Children Affair. She said that hospital staffers took her 20-month-old son a few minutes after she had been walking with him on Mahaneh Yehuda Street in Jerusalem, where the boy enjoyed a piece of cake.

Yehudit and her husband returned to the hospital every morning thereafter to inquire about their son. But time after time, they were turned away with no explanation amid threats to call the police. One moment a boy is with his mother eating cake, and the next moment the boy disappears – and his parents are sent away disparagingly as if the hospital had nothing to do with the matter.

While Yehudit was talking, I wondered about the worldview that permitted medical personnel to treat people this way; to marginalize them on such an essential matter in their lives and to refuse to recognize their connection to the children. This dehumanization is at the foundation of the affair and connects many and varied cases. Yehudit also spoke, as did many other parents, about the fear of the authorities and of representatives of the establishment. One could........

© Haaretz

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