ZFA Statement on the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens
For Immediate Release, 1 July 2014
Dr Danny Lamm said:
“We were heartbroken and horrified to receive the news that the bodies of three Israeli teens, Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Frenkel, were found last night near Hebron. We are now seeing the true face of evil with this senseless murder of teenagers.While Hamas celebrates one can only hope that these terrorists murderers are swiftly brought to justice. The true face of Hamas has yet again been cruelly exposed to the world.
We urge all leaders throughout the world to condemn the kidnapping and brutal murder of these innocents.
We stand with the three families in solidarity and we pray that they know no more heartache. May their memories be a blessing.”
ZFA’s Executive Director Ginette Searle, who is currently in Israel said: For 18 days, Israeli society has been focused on the fate of the three teenagers. The now ubiquitous #bringbackourboys appears everywhere, on buses, on posters on the streets, on placards on the fences of private homes, and all over social media. The solidarity rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Sunday evening attracted some tens of thousands of people. Having arrived in Israel 3 days after their disappearance, I have barely had a conversation in which the boys were not mentioned. It was in the forefront of the minds of the entire country.
Last night, as the news broke, communities took to the streets in spontaneous gatherings to mourn Eyal, Gilad and Naftali and show solidarity.
Their murder is a most despicable act of terror against innocent children. Our hearts go out to the grieving families and their communities.
PA President Abbas had condemned the kidnapping, He must now condemn and dissociate from Hamas, dissolve the so called “unity government”, and assist Israeli authorities in bringing the terrorist perpetrators to justice. The UN must now issue unconditional condemnations of Hamas.
As Israel mourns, and international leaders unite in expressions of outrage, support and condolence, we hope that the IDF operation “Brothers keeper” will bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to swift justice.”