The case of the Yemeni children: the DNA results reveal that there was no abduction

The Ministry of Health and the Institute of Forensic Medicine have updated that in accordance with the law on the opening of graves for children of East Yemen and the Balkans, a complete match was found between the genetic profile of the late Yosef Melamed and the genetic profile of his family members. This is a precedent-setting event, after the opening of the graves in 1997, samples were sent to a leading laboratory in the world that failed to extract DNA.

The results of the tests conducted by the biological laboratory experts at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine were delivered in accordance with the order issued and the provisions of the law to the court and through it to the family of the deceased Yosef Melamed. According to the results of the test, a complete match was found between the genetic profile of the late Yosef Melamed and the genetic profile of his family members.

National Photograph Collection, Government Press Office, Photographs Department D859-072. Photo: representatives of the Jewish Agency and new immigrants at the airport in Lod

The preservation of the remains of the deceased and the presence of relatives – allowed the continuation of the identification procedure and genetic comparison

As a reminder, about a month ago the Ministry of Health announced that the laboratory at the National Institute of Forensic Medicine succeeded in an unprecedented way in producing a genetic profile from the remains taken when the late Yosef Melamed’s grave was opened. Following this, his first-kin family members were sampled and a complete match was found between the late Yosef Melamed’s genetic profile Zal Labinam.

Mother and son in the “Ein Shemer” immigrant camp, 1950 Photo: National Photo Collection, Government Press Office, D200-127.

It is important to note that in this case, the relative preservation of the remains of the deceased and the presence of first degree relatives, allowed the continuation of the identification procedure and a genetic comparison between the family and the remains exhumed. This is a precedent-setting event after when the tombs were opened in 1997, samples were sent to a world-leading laboratory that failed to produce DNA.

Another baby’s grave will be opened – the family is afraid

As I recall, about two months ago Yosef Melamed’s grave was opened. Melamed, a one and a half year old baby born in 1947, fell ill and was taken by his mother to Hadassah Hospital. At the hospital they ordered to leave the baby and return in the morning, the next day the mother was told that he had passed away and was buried. His family asked to open the grave because of fear that Yosef was not buried there, after he received a conscription order when he turned 18 and at the Ministry of the Interior he was listed as an Israeli who “left” and did not die.

The purpose of opening the grave is to allow the remains of the body to be removed for identification, including the taking of a DNA sample in order to test family ties with the family. The opening of the grave will be done in accordance with the request of the family and a court order issued in accordance with the provisions of the said law.

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