Health Minister Moshe Arbel appointed a committee on Monday to examine the involvement of the medical community in the affair of the children of East Yemen and the Balkans, in light of criticism of a draft report on the subject written by an internal ministry team, which pointed to methodological flaws in its preparation and research methods.
The draft report, recommendations and conclusions set forth in it were rejected due to the audit. Retired judge Shulamit Dotan will chair the committee, which will include Prof. Shlomo Mor-Yosef and Prof. Yaakov Korach.
Demonstration of the families of the "Yemenite Children" affair (archive), photo: Oren Ben Hakon
Prof. Shifra Schwartz, who was appointed to examine the draft report, evaluated the draft and pointed out methodological flaws in its editing and research methods. In addition, the examination revealed gaps in facts that made it difficult to complete work on the draft. In light of this criticism, the ministry's director general at the time decided to reject the draft report and the recommendations and conclusions set forth in it.
Demonstration in Jerusalem over the affair of Yemenite children (archive), photo: Oren Ben Hakon
MK Moshe Arbel said: "The affair of the children of Yemen, the East and the Balkans is a very sensitive and painful issue that has accompanied Israeli society for many years. This affair raises difficult claims and questions regarding the involvement of the medical community in the affair. After examining the issue, in light of the work of the internal team edited by Prof. Grotto and the questions that arose regarding the tools available to the report's editors, I found it appropriate to establish a committee as mentioned above to examine the issue."
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