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The aunt of one of the three Israeli teens who went missing June 12 coming home from school was on Capitol Hill this week, standing with lawmakers to call on the White House to help Israel and to call on the world to stand united against terrorism.

Eyal Yifrach, 19, Gilad Shaar, 16, and Naftali Frenkel, 16, were kidnapped from the kibbutz Kfar Etzion in the West Bank. Naftali is a dual citizen with an American passport.

The youths were walking home from their yeshiva about halfway between Jerusalem and Hebron, possibly hitchhiking as public transportation in the area is scarce. One of the boys reportedly got a call into Israeli police to say “we’re being kidnapped” at about 10:30 p.m. before the line was disconnected.

Leehy Shaar, the aunt of Gilad, noted that her nephew has “a smile that brings light to the world” and a heart that loves to bake cookies for his five sisters. “He loves to bring happiness to others,” she said, adding that he’s an “extremely bright” youth who excels in his studies.

“We want him home where he belongs with his family,” Shaar told a news conference Tuesday while flanked by members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“Yes, this happened in Israel, but we all know that the terrorists can make this happen any place in the world and to anyone,” she said. “We must stand strong against all the terrorists and all the terrorist organizations… the terrorists will not break us, no matter what they try to do.”

Shaar met with committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), both at the press conference along with Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Ami Bera (D-Calif.), Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), and Grace Meng (D-N.Y.).

Royce said the kidnappings can be traced to “decades of demonization of Israelis by the Palestinian Authority” and the “genocidal aspirations of Hamas.”

“We as members of Congress feel that it is important to stand beside these three teens and call upon our government to work with the government of Israel in every way,” the chairman said.

Engel stressed that “as long as we don’t do anything to combat terror, we are in essence condoning terror.”

“Those who perpetrated this heinous crime will be brought to justice. We will track them down. We will work with our Israeli allies and partners, and track them down. People who use terror as a political means will never succeed because we are determined,” said Engel. “Right now, the first thing we need is let’s bring our boys home. Three wonderful boys, one of whom, as you know, is an American citizen. But it really transcends any kind of nationality. Because again, as the aunt to one of these boys says, this could happen to anyone and it is every parent’s nightmare. So let’s bring our boys home.”

Bass said the members assembled shared a fear that the abuse of children — from the Boko Haram kidnappings in Nigeria to the disappearance of the yeshiva boys — would become a “standard act of terrorism.”

“No parent should ever have to suffer like this … children are blessings not to be used in a conflict they did not create,” she said.

“We are hoping that our voices will continue to raise awareness and put pressure on whomever is responsible for kidnapping these children.”

Engel said the committee hasn’t been presented with any evidence about the responsible party, but it “certainly looks and smells like Hamas.”

“We must continue to press Abu Mazen… these boys could have been home days ago if Abu Mazen was a real leader,” Ros-Lehtinen said, adding that the U.S. government should be supplying Israel with whatever assistance is needed to locate the boys.

There has been little news from the administration about a U.S. role in the effort to find the boys. Israeli authorities confirmed this week that they’ve narrowed their leading suspects to two known Hamas militants, Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said this week that his Security Cabinet “decided to continue wide-ranging operations in the field in order to locate the three abducted youths.”

“We are in the midst of a continuing and focused effort to – first of all – bring the boys home. This effort entails a certain friction with the civilian population in Judea and Samaria; we have no intention of deliberately harming anyone but our forces are acting as necessary for self-defense and from time to time there are victims or casualties on the Palestinian side as a result of the self-defense actions of our soldiers,” Netanyahu said at the start of Sunday’s Cabinet meeting.

“We are focusing on returning the abductees, on finding the kidnappers and on striking at the organization to which they belong. We have unequivocal proof that this is Hamas. We are sharing this proof and information to this effect with several countries,” the prime minister continued.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki accused the Israelis of possibly staging the kidnapping, arguing it “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.”

Rachel Frankel, the mother of Naftali, appealed to the UN Human Rights Council this week, telling the world body that since the kidnapping “we’ve heard nothing — no news, no sign of life.”

She thanked the UN Security Council for condemning the abduction. “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,” Frankel said.

“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?”

Shaar recently penned an open letter for the Jewish Journal in an effort to help American parents relate to what her family is experiencing since her nephew’s kidnapping.

“You can only imagine what Gilad’s father, Ofir, is going through, and the thoughts going through his mind. I pray that you will never have to experience this,” she wrote. Where are they keeping Gilad? In a tunnel? Is he tied up? His hands or his legs? Or both? Is there a bag over his head? A blindfold on his eyes? Are they feeding him? If so, I’m sure the food is not kosher.”

“Are they letting him sleep? Are they hurting him? Is he, God forbid, in pain? Is Hamas allowing Gilad, Eyal and Naftali to stay together? Or did they separate them? Is he even still alive?… For God’s sake, he’s only 16.”

“For most of the world, it might be just three pictures, but for us, it’s our boys,” Shaar told the conference on the Hill. “Please don’t forget them.”

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7 weeks ago
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I just saw an article about the American boy's uncle. He was interviewed by Forbes - he is a manger in Intel in Jerusalem and was previously interviewed as part of a cover story, talking about how he hoped technological co-operation between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs might help bring peace closer.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardbehar/2014/06/21/good-vs-evil-israeli-intel-exec-pioneers-hi-tech-with-palestinians-his-nephew-a-u-s-citizen-is-abducted-by-terrorists/
7 weeks ago
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accidental double post
8 weeks ago
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This is tragic, but labeling it terrorism is a stretch. Terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims. This is violent, but there are no apparent political aims. I want these boys back as much as anyone, but words have meaning. I do understand the parents desire to label it terrorism for a number of reasons. I would feel terrorized if someone took my daughter and if I thought it would shine a bigger light on it and make her return more likely, I would be tempted to label it terrorism.
8 weeks ago
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No political aims? This act was entirely political.
7 weeks ago
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Muslims can make this happen anywhere in the world and to anyone.

FYP
8 weeks ago
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http://www.westernjournalism.com/exclusive-knowing-bergdahl-part-three-six-soldiers-killed-looking-bergdahl-try-40-60-100-white-house-knew/

How soldiers really died searching for Bergdahl

“When Bergdahl snuck away, we were all aware that he was leaving a trail of breadcrumbs, so to speak; but they were very deadly crumbs. By asking who spoke English as he fled and directly asking where he could find the Taliban, he was ensuring that the Taliban could ambush our men looking for him and plant IEDs along the way as they moved him from one location to another. Every time we’d get close, our soldiers would get hit by machine gun fire or blown up with IEDs that could’ve only been placed by terrorists using Bergdahl as a lure. It was clear that Bergdahl not only had deserted during wartime but was actually was collaborating with the enemy. Many of us had heard how he hated America and the military. He thought we were clowns and evil. The media is reporting that six soldiers were killed looking for him? Sadly, it’s way more than that. Try 40 or 60 or 100.” –Jimmy

“Bergdahl left us early in the morning hours while it was dark. He defected under the cover of darkness; and don’t you know, by 10 or 11, they already had us and everybody else frantically searching for him. As soon as he was discovered missing, the military commanders in eastern Afghanistan immediately stopped all combat operations, bought in all resources including drones, F-18s, F-15s, and raised the troop strength through the roof to look for this deserter; we couldn’t believe it. We knew we were walking into Taliban traps using this crazy traitor as a lure; it was ridiculous. Didn’t they know he was crazy and had defected? Wouldn’t they have thought ‘a lot of our men could die looking for this wing-nut?’” –Ron

“Bergdahl was an active traitor who collaborated with the enemy getting American soldiers killed. This White House and the State (and) Defense departments, the CIA, and Pentagon knew this and actively hid it from the media and American people. This White House, Secretaries Panetta, Clinton, (and) Kerry, CIA Director Petraeus, and now Hagel are all complicit in both the original defection and now this cover-up and trade. It’s the same damn thing they did in Benghazi.” –Pentagon official

“In the time since Bergdahl’s defection, the Pentagon, CIA and other US military intelligence agencies have confirmed he deserted during wartime and then collaborated with the enemy. He was a traitor not simply AWOL or DUSTWIN. But the WH has brought unbelievable pressure on these agencies not to release any info and keep it classified Top Secret. Threats to careers and families have been typical and ongoing.

“We were told that the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance were unknown, so to be prepared for him to resist and fight back. Strangely, he was particularly good with knives; and they warned us about that. We figured, ‘come at us with a knife, Bergdahl; and you’ll get the M-4.’ We were prepared to take him out if we had to. That’s why all this trade for terrorists is such a big lie. This guy was actively trying to kill Americans. His hatred for America was so well known.” –Jimmy
8 weeks ago
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That is a whole lot of unrelated cut and paste crazy there.
8 weeks ago
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"[I]t is every parent’s nightmare.”

Just ask the parents of Beslan.
8 weeks ago
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We had that in Israel, at Ma'alot. I remember it well.
7 weeks ago
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Where's the #tag campaign from our elites in Hollywood? Where's Ms. Obama? The Hollywood Elite seem to pick and choose who to #tag save. By the way, how about those 300 girls, have not heard much lately about them. Did the Elite already move on?
8 weeks ago
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“We are hoping that our voices will continue to raise awareness and put pressure on whomever is responsible for kidnapping these children.”

Hamas, Hezbollah, cretinous a$holes...as Hillary Clinton might say, "What difference at this point does it make ?"

"“Those who perpetrated this heinous crime will be brought to justice."

Dude, that phrase is becoming a cliché.

Something awful happens like this, and people just mouth words, all civilized and tentative.
8 weeks ago
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I can assure you we are doing more than talk.
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