June 30, 2014

No Words

IDF finds missing teens' bodies in West Bank

Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, went missing near Hebron on June 12; blaming Hamas, Israel had spent past 18 days in extensive search of West Bank.

The bodies of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, were found in the area of Khirbet Aranava.
The three bodies were found around 6 pm in a shallow grave dug by their abductors in the wadi between Beit Khalil and Halhul. According
to preliminary estimates, the boys were shot shortly after their kidnapping, as planned beforehand by the abductors.

It is believed the kidnappers planned to kill the abductees and keep the bodies until they could be exchanged. As such, they never released any demands to Israel, in keeping with the mode of operations attributed to Hamas in the West Bank.

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June 21, 2014

# Bring Back Our Boys

Gilad, Naftali, and Eyal.

There is that empty space, that hollow dread, fear, and sadness. No word at all in more than a week.

No one has claimed responsibility, though the Israeli government is certain that the kidnappers are part of Hamas. Hamas leaders have praised the kidnapping as "heroic" but they are not saying they are the kidnappers. This may be because kidnapping 16-year-olds on their way home from school just doesn't sound all that heroic.

The IDF says that they have "foiled 64 kidnapping attempts" in the past year.

In spite of the "unity government" between Hamas and Fatah, Abu Mazen has spoken out against the kidnappings though also against the arrests Israel has made so far during the search for the teenagers. And there have been a lot of arrests including 50 convicts who had been released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange.

There is a lot of press coverage that begins with Israel's forceful search for the boys.

Meanwhile, more than 25,000 people were at the Western Wall praying for the return of the Gilad, Naftali, and Eyal.  Seems like the only thing to do.

That and hashtag #bringbackourboys