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Tens of Thousands Sing, Pray for Boys’ Release

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Tens of thousands of Israelis have gathered at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv for a protest rally/songfest/public prayer to call for the release of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Sha’aer and Naftali Fraenkel.

Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv (and former Chief Rabbi of Israel) Yisrael Meir Lau said that every human being with a beating heart prays for the boys’ safe return, led a communal recitation of a chapter from the Book of Psalms, as well as a Mi Sheberach prayer for the boys’ speedy return. President-elect Reuven Rivlin is also expected to address the rally, as are the parents of the boys.

The artistic program will include performances by Koby Aflalo, Koby Oz, David D’or, Miri Mesika, Dudu Fischer, Rami Kleinstein, Yonatan Razel

“The rally expresses concretely what everyone here in Israel feels,” Avi Fraenkel, father of Naftali, told Ynet.  Fraenkel ho remarked on the national “unity of fate and a very basic feeling of mutuality. Many people wanted to come here and we barely have time to see them, we barely have time for ourselves, and it’s an opportunity for us to do something with everybody.

“I have no idea how many people will arrive tonight, many feel connected to the matter and I hope that will be expressed.”

Tal Segev and Yonatan Razel debuted a song written in honor of the boys, entitled Don’t Give Up, in addition to Razel’s famous rendition of the words from the Pesach Haggadah: And the One who stood up for our forefathers and for us will continue to do so.

Dudu Fischer, a veteran Broadway singer, sang a Hebrew version of Bring Him Home, from Les Miserables.

Iris Yifrah, Eyal’s mother, talked about her son’s love for Shabbat songs, and especially about his love for Am Yisrael.

“Last year, Eyal volunteered with youth and teenagers in Bat Yam. He loved everyone he met – new immigrants, veteran Israelis, Russians, Sephardim, it didn’t matter. And he continues to keep in touch with them.

“[And here, we see]: Our beloved Am Yisrael is returning your endless love, your boundless sense of ‘giving back.’ Am Yisrael is returning that love to you. The whole nation is uniting, everybody is worried about you, waiting for you.

“I turn to you to, our precious Am Yisrael – all types and stripes of Jews – we are going through this terrible time together. Let us all support one-another.”

Naftali’s mother, Racheli Fraenkel, said the gathering was not a “protest,” but rather a demonstration of unity and love.

“Somewhere, there are three kids, living kids, not symbols. There is no chance any of us will give up. The love that we feel here is giving them life.

This awful story has reminded us of the joint foundation of our existence here (in the Land of Israel). I visited our soldiers in Hebron this morning. Guys with bloodshot eyes from days and nights (without sleep). But when I tried to thank them, they said to me, “”Thanks? What are you talking about? This is why we joined the army.”

Bat Galim Sha’ar continued the theme of the unity of Am Yisrael, saying that one of her earliest memories was the 1976 IDF rescue of Jewish hostages who had been hijacked to Entebbe, Uganda. That mission claimed the life of  Yoni Netanyahu, brother of the current prime minister.

“We are not  alone. There is an entire nation hugging, praying, waiting for your safe return, in Israel and around the world. Beit Yisrael has come together, has united around bringing you home. When you come home, will see a huge, expanded family, with new cousins and grandparents and aunts and uncles, all around the world.

“We are a brothers,” she said, quoting Yaakov Avinu’s children upon meeting their brother, Joseph. “We will not stop, we will not be silenced. Yesterday Entebbe, today Gush Etzion, tomorrow the Golan Heights. But the feeling of unity remains,” Sha’ar said.

 

Nigerian Pres Condemns Kidnapping

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his solidarity with the Sha’ar, Fraenkel and Yifrach families, and with Israeli society, and condemned the abduction of the three yeshiva students.

In a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Jonathan said, “In behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I write to express my empathy with the Government and people of the State Israel on the abduction of three teenage Israeli students. Given Nigeria’s experience with the scourge of terrorism, I assure you that we are in solidarity with you, as we believe that any act of terrorism against any nation or group is an act against our common humanity.

“We unequivocally condemn this dastardly act and demand that the children are released unconditionally by their abductors.”

Peres Meets Hostage Families, Promises to Let Obama Know

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

President Shimon Peres met with the parents of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel Thursday, embracing the families and listening to their experiences over the past week. The president assured the families that “the whole nation is united and standing by your side and praying with you for the safe return of your boys. The security forces are working day and night in every street and alley of Hebron and leaving no stone unturned in the effort to find your boys.”

”The security forces will do everything to bring the boys home,” Peres added.

Peres also addressed international reaction to the kidnapping, saying, ”The leaders of the world must make their voices heard loud and clear, they must take a strong stance against terror. Terror is a global problem, not just an Israeli one – we must recruit the world.”

Despite the visit and Peres’ strong expression of moral support, the meeting also raised questions that could make for an uncomfortable visit to Washington, D.C. next week. The president demanded the international community condemn the attack and act strongly to help Israel bring the boys home.

Peres also promised to inform US officials about the abduction. Washington, D.C. has apparently experienced a major, city-wide, unreported computer glitch in recent weeks; for that reason, President Barack Obama has remained silent on the crisis.

There is no indication whether Peres will be meeting with State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki, in order to furnish her with the name of Naftali Frenkel, the US citizen who has been held incommunicado for a week.

Lastly, the president added that he would “raise the cry of the people of Israel against terrorism, both in private and in public. We must continue to pressure the terrorists to remove their sources of funding. Just as there were sanctions against Iran we must raise the sanctions against any source of terror. They must be brought to justice. And we must call out, so that the children in countries which foster terrorism know that it is a disaster for them as well.”

Ofir Shaar, the father of Gilad, said, “We thank you, Mr. President, for your involvement on behalf of our sons, Gilad, Naftali and Eyal. Your invitation to us is another example of the genuine support we have felt over the past days from all directions, with no distinction between religion, politics or sector. Your words strengthen us as we stand strong and united in this difficult time that our families find themselves in. The people of Israel are with us. The Jews of the world are with us. We expect the whole world to act to free our boys. We ask of you all to do more and to your positive thoughts, to increase your prayers alongside the actions of the security services who are working night and day to bring back Naftali, Eyal and Gilad home safely as soon as possible.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/peres-meets-hostage-families-promises-to-let-obama-know/2014/06/19/

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