• Mothers of kidnapped Israeli teens comfort each other.

    Mothers of kidnapped Israeli teens comfort each other.

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    חבר הנאמנים לטובת הנערים החטופים

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  • Natan and Avital Sharansky meet with Iris and Uri Yifrah, parents of kidnapped 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah, at their home in Elad, Israel.

    Natan and Avital Sharansky meet with Iris and Uri Yifrah, parents of kidnapped 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah, at their home in Elad, Israel.

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#BringBackOurBoys: The Fight for the Kidnapped Israeli Boys Continues

The Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors today (Tuesday, June 24) joined the global call for the release of the three kidnapped Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Fraenkel, and Gil-Ad Shaer. The Board of Governors' June meetings opened on Sunday with the recitation of Psalms on the teens' behalf. Today, hundreds of Jewish leaders from around the world held up placards bearing the phrase #BringBackOurBoys during the meetings' closing plenary. In Geneva, Rachel Frankel, mother of kidnapped Israeli teenager Naftali Frankel, addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Rachel Frankel, the mother of 16-year-old Israeli-American kidnap victim Naftali Frankel, who was one of three boys abducted on June 12th, addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council this morning to appeal for international support of the boys’ safe return. 

Watch the video of her speech here, and read the full transcript below:

Transcript of Rachel Frankel’s speech at the UN Human Rights Council, June 24, 2014

On behalf of UN Watch, my name is Rachel Frankel, and I live in Israel. I’ve come here today as a mother. Twelve days ago, my son Naftali, and two other teenage students, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Shaer — whose mothers are sitting behind me — were kidnapped on their way home from school. Since then, we’ve heard nothing — no news, no sign of life.

With your permission, I’d like to tell you about the boys. My son Naftali is 16. He loves to play guitar and basketball. He’s a good student and a good boy — a combination of serious and fun. Eyal loves to play sports and cook. Gilad is an amateur pastry chef, and loves movies.

My son texted me — said he’s on his way home — and then he’s gone. Every mother’s nightmare is waiting and waiting endlessly for her child to come home.

We wish to express our profound gratitude for the waves of prayers, support and positive energy, pouring in from around the world.

Being in this assembly, I wish to thank the UN Secretary-General for condemning the abduction of our boys, expressing his solidarity with the families, and calling for their immediate release.

And I thank the International Red Cross for stating clearly that international humanitarian law prohibits the taking of hostages, and for demanding the immediate and unconditional release of our boys.

At the same time, I believe much more can be done — and should be done — by so many. That is why we three mothers have come here today — before the United Nations, and before the world —  to ask everyone, to do whatever they can, to bring back our boys.

Mr. President, it is wrong to take children, innocent boys or girls, and use them as instruments of any struggle. It is cruel. This council is charged with protecting human rights. I wish to ask: Doesn’t every child have the right to come home safely from school?

We just want them back in our homes, in their beds. We just want to hug them again.  Thank you, Mr. President.

24 Jun 2014 / 26 Sivan 5774 0
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