web analytics
October 26, 2016 / 24 Tishri, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Eyal Yifrah’

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.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

Manhunt Mobilizes Efrat Community for Hospitality, Unity

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

For nearly two weeks, the abduction of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel has inspired prayer, unity and concern from Jews around Israel, and around the world.

In Efrat, a Jewish town just two kilometers from the site of the fateful kidnapping, residents have seized on the tragedy to work towards increasing dialogue and communication between different sectors of Israeli society.

At Yeshivat Siach Itzahk, on the city’s Dagan Hill, hosted students from the Tel Aviv Secular Yeshiva for a joint study session about the mitzvah of redeeming of captives. The session ended with a prayer for the wellbeing of the boys.

Soldiers participating in the search for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali are hosted by the residents of Efrat. Photo by Yael Abromowitz

Soldiers participating in the search for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali are hosted by the residents of Efrat.
Photo by Yael Abromowitz

In addition, more than 2000 soldiers have bivouacked in local community centers, gymnasiums and youth group centers. Meals have been provided by local residents, who quickly organized communal barbecues around town. By 4pm Tuesday, local residents had  donated enough pitot, hummus, hamburgers, hot dogs, watermelon, salad and disposable plates for close to 10,000 people. Several locations set up wide-screen televisions to broadcast World Cup soccer competition, and soldiers were seen playing soccer with local teenagers at local elementary schools.

Soldiers participating in the search for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali are hosted by the residents of Efrat. Photo by Yael Abromowitz

Soldiers participating in the search for Eyal, Gilad and Naftali are hosted by the residents of Efrat.
Photo by Yael Abromowitz

Wednesday, too, the hospitality operation was underway well in advance of the soldiers arrival, with Facebook messages making the rounds this morning asking whether the soldiers would be returning tonight. As of this writing, more than 150 pizzas have been donated, hundreds of trays of pasta have arrived at private homes and public barbecue sites and hundreds of volunteers have again begun chopping vegetables in preparation for the soldiers’ return.

Soldiers greeted as they get off the bus in Efrat. Photo by: Michal Haber

Soldiers greeted as they get off the bus in Efrat.
Photo by: Meital Haber

Individuals who want to donate to soldiers involved in the search for Eyal, Gil-Ad and Naftali can call Philly Pizza, (02) 993 2237 or Pizzeria Efrat, (02) 993-1630

JewishPress.com has partnered with Standing Together to raise money towards purchasing basics and essentials for the soldiers who are out in the fields for days on end. To donate, click here.

Meir Halevi Siegel

Bat-Galim Sha’ar: Families Won’t Accept ‘Irresponsible’ Gov’t Decisions

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Bat-Galim Sha’ar, mother of missing teenager Gil-Ad, Sha’ar, urged the Knesset Wednesday to reverse a decision announced Tuesday to scale back the search for her son, and for Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrah.

Shaar said she was taken by the overwhelming outpouring of support and concern for the boys’ safety, and cited the Biblical Rachel, who is traditionally cited as the matriarch known to “cry for her children.”

Click here for full text of speech 

“I may be heartbroken, but I am not broken,” Sha’ar said, and continued to level withering charges against current developments in the investigation. She criticised the government’s agreement with hunger striking prisoners, and said her confidence in Israeli authorities depended on the notion that Israel is doing “everything” it can to bring the boys home.

“We need to look beyond our own pain,” Sha’ar said, “to let go of that which burns within us; we are required to see before our eyes the people of Israel, the IDF, the security forces, the government of Israel standing up against its enemies, and the hidden mission God has brought before us.

“(But) Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali are being held by Hamas terrorist kidnappers – and the Prime Minister seeks to appease them, to please them?… Why should the Palestinians enjoy Ramadan while we Israelis have to deal with a daily lack of security? How can we agree to a situation in which the Palestinians enjoy a normal life, but we continue to wonder about our children?,” she said.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced the decision to scale back the manhunt Tuesday, saying the manhunt would continue but that efforts to destroy Hamas in Judea and Samaria would be curtailed. Observers said the move was timed to coincide with Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that will begin this weekend, and added that Israeli officials were concerned about creating “friction” with Palestinian civilians during the month of fasting.

Ya’alon: Operation Maxed Out

Today, Ya’alon denied that the move had been undertaken for fear of Ramadan riots, and stressed that after 12 days of intensive searching, the  army had maximized the operation in its current incarnation.

The scale back was not declared due to political considerations, but rather “because the operation against Hamas has been exhausted for the most part.

Ya’alon also said that the intelligence community would continue to work for the boys’ release, but pleaded for patience on the part of the families and the Israeli public.

“It is (only) a matter of time before we get the kidnappers and the kidnapped, but this requires patience. We are moving in the right direction. We will end up solving the mystery and I hope we can return the hostages safely,” Ya’alon said.

Religious Islamic sources relate to Ramadan as a month of charity, repentance and fasting, comparable to the Jewish Elul. But Palestinians traditionally “celebrate” the month with terror attacks, increased stone attacks from the Temple Mount to the Western Wall plaza and “days of rage” aimed to kill Israeli civilians.

Ultimately, Sha’ar said she had complete faith in the Nation of Israel, who have “unite(ed) in prayer for the safe return of our missing sons.” But she warned the families would not accept “irresponsible actions” of Israeli lawmakers.

“Making a deal with the hunger strikers at this time was irresponsible to the people of Israel,” Sha’ar said.


Meir Halevi Siegel

Palestinians Want UN Session on Israeli ‘Aggression’

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel may now be in their 10th day of illegal captivity, but Palestinians from Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen on down have turned the boys’ abduction into the latest chapter in the 66-year Palestinian victimisation story.

Israeli leftists continue to promote Mahmoud Abbas’ “denunciation” of abduction last week in Saudi Arabia, and to criticise Prime Minister Netanyahu for moving to break up the Fatah-Hamas unity government.

But Israel’s “peace partner” is trying to organize an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss “Israeli aggression” – with “aggression” being Israel’s manhunt for the missing children.

According to a report on Israel Radio, Palestinian spokespeople said the “aggresssion” would not win the boys’ release and would only contribute to the “negative atmosphere in the region.”

In addition, the PA Ma’an news service reported that Khaled Quzmar, a legal adviser at Defense for Children International-Palestine, stressed that Israel bears full responsibility for the kidnapping, because Jerusalem “has endangered the lives of its own children by transferring them to zones under military occupation.”

“These children went missing in a settlement, which is internationally recognized as being illegal and in occupied lands. The responsibility lies with the Israeli government which brought these children to an illegal settlement built on occupied lands,” Quzmar argued.

PA Foreign Minister: Was the kidnapping a farce?

In addition, the Times of Israel reported that Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki – who answers directly to Chairman Abu Mazen – said Sunday that Israel might have staged the boys’ abduction in order to deflect international criticism.

The Times’ report quoted Maliki:“In the absence of proof, there are three possible scenarios for the issue: The kidnapping could be a childish game on the part of Israel to draw attention to it, it could be part of a larger game to turn the Israelis from aggressors to victims, or maybe they were really kidnapped,” Maliki said.

The Palestinian Foreign Minister also floated the possibility that the yeshiva students could have been nabbed by “Jewish criminals, Palestinian criminals or Palestinian-Jewish criminals” who carried out the kidnapping “for their own personal goals.”

Lastly, the abduction could have also been carried out by ‘various Palestinian factions,’” Maliki said.


Meir Halevi Siegel

Israeli to Raise Ransom Money for Missing Boys

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

An Israeli entrepreneur has launched a project to raise NIS 500,000 in order to buy the release of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel.

Matan Nahmani, a self-described “social media professional,” has launched a a campaign to raise the money on Headstart,a crowd funding platform. He says the money will be used to offer cash rewards for information leading to the missing teens, or to the individuals responsible for abducting them.

“After attracting all the money, in accordance with Headstart rules, I will begin to publicise the prize in the Arabic press and social media networks,” Nahmani told the Hebrew-language NRG website.

“The idea behind this project is that first-and-foremost, we Israelis, who care so much about the boys, must be dedicated to contributing whatever necessary to creating this prize. After that, we will ask the rest of the world to help, and even to make the prize bigger,” Nahmani said.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Jibril Rajoub: Israelis Only Understand Kidnapping

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Kayid al-Rol, a senior official of the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said Thursday that the Palestinian people stand behind their “right” to kidnap Israeli civilians and claimed the 16 year old high school students are “Israeli soldiers,” the Hebrew-language Ynet website reported.

The website also reported that Jibril Rajoub, a ranking Fatah official who is considered close to Abu Mazen, said the “only language Israeli understand is kidnapping.” The PA official said that while he does not support the kidnapping of civilians, it is the only way Palestinians can free their prisoners in Israeli jails.

Of course, Rajoub forgot to mention that the Palestinians in Israeli jails are suspected and convicted terrorists. But that’s a small fact.


Meir Halevi Siegel

Rabbis Call for National ‘Early Shabbat’

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Religious Zionist and Haredi rabbis have called on Jews to usher in Shabbat early this week to show support for the families of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shayer and Naftali Frenkel.

Bnei Brak Rabbis Aharon Leib Shteinman and Chaim Rabbi Kanievsky, the leaders of the Lithuanian-style yeshiva world, joined Rabbis Chaim Druckman, rabbinic head of the Bnei Akiva youth movement, and Rav David Stav, founder of the religious Zionist Tzohar rabbinic organization, to ask women to light candles 15 minutes earlier than usual, and to study extra Torah for the merit of the missing yeshiva students.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/rabbis-call-for-national-early-shabbat/2014/06/19/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: