The Friedman family and the Bromberg family, united in a brotherhood of murdered kin they wish they never heard of, desperately hope and pray that Israel does not go back on the words they have held close to their hearts - in a place where Guy and Avraham can no longer be held- that their murderers will suffer the consequences of their actions.
On Sunday, July 28, dozens of Israelis rallied in protest against the government’s decision to release the prisoners. Yaron Friedman explained to The Jewish Press that they fervently oppose the release of the terrorists, especially as “the Arabs are not giving up anything.”
“To release terrorists will only lead to an increase in terrorism, and never to peace,” Friedman said. Members of the Friedman and Bromberg families were at the Sunday protest. A news clip from the protest is at the end of this article.
“Since the Shalit release, 44 prisoners have been re-arrested. These people were not in prison for violating traffic signals, they are murderers, cold-blooded murderers,” Friedman explained.
It is particularly galling to think that Israeli Arab terrorists will be released, both Friedman and Bromberg explained. “They use their Israeli IDs and Israeli rights but they don’t care about Israel,” they said.
“We will remain united because we must stop the release of Israeli Arabs.”
Both men and other families of murder victims intend to continue pelting the members of the Israeli government with information and pleas and demands.
“Now is the time to make waves,” Friedman said. “It is not yet too late, it will not be too late until the prison doors are opened.”
About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.
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