The Yemenite Children Affair

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What Happened
When Israel declared independence in 1948, the new state decided to absorb Jewish immigrants from around the world. From May 1948 until the end of 1951, more than 650,000 Jews from 70 countries moved to Israel, 200,000 of which came from Arab states who were oppressing the Jewish minority in their countries. Relative to the size of Israel’s population, this move to Israel constituted the “largest single migration of the twentieth century,” says Daniel Gordis of the Shalem College. Israel was a country that lacked the infrastructur...

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