Israelis protest as they mark a Memorial and awareness day of the Yemenite Children Affair in Jerusalem on July 31, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** חטופי תימן חשיפה הפגנה ילדי תימן תימנים מפגינים

The Yemenite Children Affair, Unpacked

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Fair warning, the Yemenite children affair is an extremely difficult topic. Typically, there are three approaches to dealing with difficult topics like this. One approach is to use this story as a way to delegitimize or “cancel” the state of Israel. Another approach is to avoid this kind of topic altogether. A third method is to engage in defensive advocacy against it.

None of these approaches feels fully healthy, and there is something about these approaches that comes off as either dishonest or incomplete. We’re here to offer a fourt...

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