Independent: Over the past 70 years, Israelis have become familiar with tales of Jewish immigrants from Arab lands who say their children simply vanished, possibly kidnapped, in the late 1940s and early 50s, soon after arriving in Israel.

In some cases, the children were taken away, never to be seen again. In others, parents were told their babies had died suddenly. According to some theories, the children were handed to childless couples, possibly Holocaust survivors who could not conceive. Others think the babies may have been shipped to Jewish families in the United States.

Those who have studied the mystery point to the aggressive state-building process adopted by the ruling elite at the time – white, Ashkenazi Jews from Europe – and perhaps paternalistic notions they held toward uneducated Arabic-speaking immigrants who arrived penniless with multiple children. Some even might have thought they were helping the families by giving their children better lives.

Make of it what you will.

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