The protesters, who did not first coordinate with the police, started marching towards the Prime Minister's Residence on Balfour Street after blocking the Paris Square from all directions.
The demonstrators called on the prime minister to “take responsibility for the past crimes”, angrily asking “Where are the children?" and demanding that the government "Reopen the cases.”
The disappearance of Jewish Yemenite children returned to headlines in 2016 after several NGOs demanded the state uncover archival materials related to the affair. The government authorized the release of such materials, which were originally meant to remain classified until 2070.
Shlomi Hatuka, one of the founders of the Amram Association that organized the protest, said “MK Nurit Koren told us during the negotiations that it’s impossible to recognize the issue as a crime or injustice. We won’t let the establishment continue to deny its responsibility.”
Once the protesters reached the Prime Minister's Residence, the security guards drew the black curtains in the residence, prompting one demonstrator to yell out: “Those curtains symbolize you closing your eyes to this issue for 70 years.”
Hagit Aharon, another protestor, shared her personal story. “I was born in 1986 in the Kaplan Medical Center. My twin sister and I were born premature so it was decided to transfer us to the Wizo Hospital in Tel Aviv,” she said.
“After three days we were told that my sister has died. When I was 18 years old my mother received two draft orders and a phone call from the military demanding to know where her two daughters are. She told them that one is doing national service and the other died," Aharon recalled.
"Immediately the call disconnected. That was the moment we started to realize that something suspicious was happening. Today we’re waiting for a miracle that my sister will walk into our house and say ‘I’m back’. We don’t have time to wait. If she was Ashkenazi, you would’ve woken up a long time ago,” she vented.
Another woman also raged at the incidents that had befallen her as one of the children involved in what became one of the most controversial chapters in Israel's history.
“I am one of the abducted children. When I was four months old I was taken to hospital and one morning a nurse told my parents that I passed away! My mother didn’t give up, my father threatened the nurse, hit her and managed to find me. Thanks to my parents’ courage, today I am here in Israel.”