After receiving the approval of Chief Rabbi Dovid Lau Shlita, the Ministerial Committee on Sunday, 22 Tammuz, approved the bill calling for the opening of kevarim to determining if the remains are indeed from Yemenite children as the families of the deceased were told at the time.
The bill is sponsored by MK (Likud) Nurit Koren and she is seeking DNA testing on the remains of the kevarim to make a final determination.
Rav Lau released a letter, which he sent to Koren, in which he explains under the current circumstances, the kevarim may be opened towards determining the true identities of those buried. The Chief Rabbi adds a stipulation, that the exhuming of bodies be minimized to cases of absolute necessity and the work must be carried out with the required kovod hameis.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)