The similarities between the facts revealed in this case and key elements of the "blood libel" allegations made against Jews over the centuries are worth noting. Here we have Jewish newspapers and parliamentarians, not anti-semitic conspiracy theorists, stating that Jews kidnapped children, cut them up and experimented on them and that, in some cases, they died from the effects of these procedures.
Of course, this was a case of Jews acting against other Jews. Or was it? Note that some of the experiments tested the children for "negro blood". So perhaps those performing the experiments weren't entirely convinced that their Yemeni immigrant victims really were Jews in a racial sense. Imagine something like this happening anywhere other than Israel, and you can easily see how another "blood libel" scandal would get going.
Blood samples drawn from Yemenites in the 1950s were tested to determine whether they had “Negro blood.” Photographs of children showed their organs marked. And 60 hearts were harvested from the bodies of new immigrants from Yemen post-mortem for purposes of medical research, in a project purportedly funded by the US.
The dramatic allegations about such practices were presented on Wednesday to the Knesset Special Committee on the Disappearance of Children from Yemen, the East and the Balkans, based on 20-year-old testimonies by Israeli medical professionals. The harrowing claims, which in some cases appear to be true, seemed to be indicative of lax medical oversight and permissive legislation and not systematic, malicious and criminal experimentation that some media reports tried to suggest. The Knesset committee reevaluated the evidence, expressing dismay, but made no calls for further action.
The documents alleging medical experimentation on the new immigrants from Yemen were gathered in 1996-1997 by a Knesset-appointed investigative commission tasked with probing the disappearance of over 1,000 children in the so-called abducted Yemenite children affair. Reexamined by Israeli lawmakers, they were catapulted into the headlines on Thursday when the Israel Hayom daily published the claims on its front page. The story was featured alongside what the newspaper said were newly released photos of Yemenite children, one of which has the word “spleen” written in marker over the child’s organs. It wasn’t immediately clear where the jarring images were from and what became of the children pictured.
The claims that doctors used Yemenite Jewish blood cells to test for sickle cell anemia and African ancestry appeared to be corroborated by a November 1952 article published in The Lancet medical journal. At the time, Israeli law did not appear to require consent for such a procedure. The allegations that hearts were removed from the bodies of Yemenite Jews for research purposes were backed up by a pathologist in 1997, but the medical professional did not work at the hospital where the operations allegedly took place and the original report sourced was described as “entirely unconfirmed.”
Since the 1950s, over 1,000 families — mostly immigrants from Yemen, but also dozens from the Balkans, North Africa and other Middle Eastern countries — have alleged their children were systematically kidnapped from Israeli hospitals and put up for adoption, sometimes abroad. Disputed by scholars and seemingly refuted by probes, the case has kept resurfacing, not least because most of the families were not given their children’s bodies or informed of their burial places.
Furthermore, death certificates were riddled with errors, and most of the missing children were sent army draft notices 18 years after their alleged deaths. There have also been cases where adopted children were able to confirm, through paternity tests, that they were from Yemenite families who were told they had died.
The state archives declassified 400,000 documents on the affair in December 2016, but the long-simmering controversy is far from being resolved as the families have rejected the findings of successive investigations, and advocacy groups representing the families continue to step up pressure for further probes.Source
The Times of Israel article here is doing something of a spin job on the story. The original report reveals that experiments were performed on live children who had "gone missing" and that some of them died as a result of the experimentation.
The Knesset Special Committee on the Disappearance of Children from Yemen, the East and the Balkans met Wednesday morning, after Israel Hayom published an exclusive report exposing doctors' testimonies that unauthorized medical tests were performed on children who went missing in the early years of the state and whose fates were unknown to their families.
The documents also revealed that children who died were autopsied without the consent of their parents. Committee members were presented with the protocols of previous government committees of inquiry into the missing children, as well as proof that some of the children died after being subjected to experimental medical treatments.
Committee Chairwoman MK Nurit Koren (Likud) said at Wednesday's meeting: "In the very place they should have been protected, the children disappeared. Some of the children disappeared and their parents never received a death certificate; they were informed only that their children had died. Although they asked to see the bodies, they got nothing and could not hold funerals. It is increasingly apparent that the bodies of the children were used for research."
Koren said that one of the protocols from the committee of inquiry showed not only that autopsies had been conducted without the parents' consent and without respect for the dead, but that medical tests had been carried out on live children.Source Note that these Yemenites were descendants of the Himyarites who converted to Judaism in the 4th century AD and then engaged in atrocious persecution of Christians. Jewish historians continue to insinuate that these Himyarites were not "true Jews", partly to distance themselves from responsibility for these atrocities. This story also forms part of the drama that led to the emergence of Islam, which I have discussed in previous articles. The Himyarite king was persuaded to convert to Judaism in the city of Yathrib, later the site of the first Islamic State, renamed Medina. Jews, having been expelled from Jerusalem, needed outside help to get it back. The conversion of the Himyarites can be seen as the first attempt to achieve this. When it failed, following the defeat of the Himyarites by Christian power, the Jews created Islam as an alternate method of recruiting a zombie army willing to do the necessary work of destruction (link).