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  • Israeli teens’ suspected abductors killed in firefight with IDF

    September 23, 2014 | 9:55 am

    The two Palestinian men suspected of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teens were killed in a firefight with Israeli troops during an operation to apprehend them.

    Marwan Kawasme and Omar Abu Aysha were killed early Tuesday morning in Hebron, where Israeli troops had surrounded...

  • Hamas admits it kidnapped Israeli teens [VIDEO]

    August 20, 2014 | 2:31 pm

    A senior Hamas official has acknowledged that the organization’s military wing was behind the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.

    In a video posted by Israeli media, Hamas spokesman Salach Al-Aruri told a conference organized by the World Association of...

  • Israel says it has arrested suspect in killing of 3 teenagers

    August 5, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    Israeli authorities said on Tuesday they had arrested a Palestinian suspected of being involved in the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June.

    Hussam Kawasme, a 40-year-old resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, was arrested on July 11 in connection with the...

  • Anxiety, hope, unity, grief, outrage, fear, trauma, uncertainty …

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 16, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    I landed in Israel just a few days after the abduction of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach. I had been here two weeks earlier, in an Israel that was celebrating Maccabi Tel Aviv’s Euroleague Basketball Championship. I spent quality time with my son Ilan and his...

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  • Brooklyn baby named for three murdered Israeli teens

    July 15, 2014 | 8:44 am

    A Brooklyn baby was named Eyal Gilad Naftali in memory of the three murdered Israeli teens.

    The name was announced at the baby’s bris on Monday, according to the NRG news website. He is the son of Yankee and Bina Teitelbaum, who live in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

    Reports...

  • Time Square billboard generates support for murdered Israeli teens

    July 14, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    A billboard in Times Square in memory of the three kidnapped and murdered Israeli teens has generated support for their families.

    The billboard originally was posted to call for the safe return of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, who were abducted from a junction in...

  • U.S. bill would offer $5M reward for capture of Frenkel’s murderers

    July 11, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Legislation introduced in Congress would post a $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Naftali Frenkel, the Israeli-American teen abducted with two others and murdered last month in the West Bank.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Co.) authored...

  • Kidnapped Israelis shot 10 times with silenced gun, U.S. lab says

    July 9, 2014 | 8:30 am

    Three Israeli teenagers who were abducted by Palestinians in the West Bank last month were shot at least 10 times with a silenced gun in what appeared to be premeditated killings, a U.S. official involved in the investigation said.

    The disclosure clashed with speculation by some...

  • On the threshold of a Third Intifada

    By Simone Wilson

    July 8, 2014 | 3:13 pm

    The shocking kidnap-murder of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel in the West Bank on June 12, followed by the brutal revenge killing of Palestinian teen Muhammed Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem on July 1, have bred a level of anger and mistrust between Jews and...

  • Israeli soldiers jailed after public call for revenge in teens’ murder

    July 3, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    Seven Israeli soldiers were sentenced to prison for posting photos calling for retaliation for the murder of three Israeli teenagers.

    The military handed down a 10-day term for the soldiers on Thursday after they posted the photos on Facebook calling for revenge for the killing...

  • In Israel, mourning turns to anger and despair

    By Simone Wilson

    July 2, 2014 | 9:28 am

    When news broke in Israel at around 7:30 p.m. on June 30 that the dead bodies of the three kidnapped boys had been discovered in a field near to where they disappeared — after 18 days of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) searches, raids and arrests across the West Bank — grief blanketed...
  • How does Israel know Hamas is responsible for the kidnappings?

    By Jared Sichel

    July 1, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    In the weeks since the Israeli government learned of the kidnappings of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, its military and intelligence sources have worked tirelessly to piece together the puzzle of what happened, where it happened and precisely how it happened.

    One...

  • At teens’ funeral, personal grief and national solidarity merge

    July 1, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    They were their mothers’ sons. They were all of our sons. They were dear boys. They were martyrs for Israel. They were funny, clever, creative. They are the messengers of the Jewish people in heaven.

    The joint funeral Tuesday of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach...

  • U.S. Jewish communities memorializing Israeli teens

    July 1, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    Jewish communities across the United States have responded to the murder of three Israeli teens with vigils and memorial services.

    The announcement that Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach had been found dead Monday of gunshot wounds in a field near Hebron prompted a...

  • Schoolboys, not soldiers: A mother responds

    July 1, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    How does a Jewish mother respond to the unthinkable? In Jeremiah, we read of the matriarch Rachel, the quintessential Jewish mother, who sat in Ramah crying and bitterly weeping. There was no comfort for her, her children were gone. Like our ancient matriarch, we, too, are in...

  • Our worst fears realized

    July 1, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    For the first time in two and a half weeks, my children did not ask, upon opening their eyes in the morning, "Has there been any news about Naftali, Gilad and Eyal?"

    They did not have to ask because last night our worst fears were confirmed with the announcement of the discovery...

  • Police officers demoted for mishandling kidnapped teen’s call

    June 30, 2014 | 12:35 pm

    Several senior police officers were demoted for “severe failure of conduct” in their handling of the phone call from one of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.

    [Related: Israel finds bodies of three missing teens in West Bank]

    A committee investigating the call found that the...

  • USCJ leaders express grief and outrage at murder of teen boys

    June 30, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    Following the discovery of the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens, the leaders of United Synagogue released the following statement:

    The leadership and board of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism join together with the worldwide community of mourners to express...

  • Uncomfortable truths from the Gush Etzion kidnappings

    June 27, 2014 | 11:05 am

    On Thursday Israel released the photographs of two Hamas operatives, Amer Abu Aysha and Marwan Kawasme, identified by the IDF as the ones who grabbed three of our Jewish children two weeks ago. All we have to know about the values of these two men can be summarized by the comment...

  • Israel to downscale operation searching for kidnapped teens

    June 25, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Israel’s Cabinet agreed to reduce the presence of the country’s military in the West Bank and limit its incursions into Palestinian areas 12 days after the kidnapping of three Israeli teens.

    The operation to locate and return the teens, called Operation Brother’s Keeper, now will...

  • In suburban settlement bloc, kidnapping shakes sense of security

    June 24, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    At a shopping center in the middle of Efrat, families eat pizza, a deliveryman unloads a cart and a barista serves coffee. On a passing bus, a banner reads “Gush Etzion — an Israeli home.”

    In many respects it’s a normal, quiet Monday in this settlement that has grown into a large...

  • Mother of kidnapped Naftali Frenkel tells U.N.: ‘Much more can be done’

    June 24, 2014 | 8:32 am

    The mother of Naftali Frenkel implored the U.N. Human Rights Council to help find her son and two other abducted Israeli teenagers.

    “Much more can be done and should be done by everyone,” Rachel Frenkel told the council on Tuesday morning in Geneva. “I ask everyone to do whatever...

  • Mother of abducted teen Naftali Frenkel to address U.N. council

    June 23, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    The mother of kidnapped Israeli teenager Naftali Frenkel will address the United Nations Human Rights Council.

    Rachel Frenkel on Tuesday in Geneva reportedly will implore the United Nations and the world community to do everything it can to find the teens and return them to their...

  • Open letter from Leehy Shaar

    June 20, 2014 | 6:50 pm

    To My American Friends,

    I’m writing this letter to all the fathers in the United States who have teenage boys, who can identify with the feeling that a parent feels as they wait for their child to come home from school.

    You and my older brother, Ofir, have something in...

  • Hundreds gather in L.A. park for vigil for 3 kidnapped Israeli teens

    By Jared Sichel

    June 20, 2014 | 11:37 am

    As Israeli forces continued the search for three kidnapped Israeli teenagers taken on June 12 from a West Bank bus stop where they were hitchhiking, hundreds of Los Angeles Jews gathered Thursday evening at Pan Pacific Park for an emotional candlelight vigil and prayer service.

    ...
  • Palestinian teen dies in clashes with IDF troops

    June 20, 2014 | 9:02 am

    A Palestinian teenager was killed in a clash with Israeli troops searching for three abducted Israeli youths in the West Bank, Palestinian sources said.

    The Palestinian identified as Mahmoud Jihad Muhammad Dudeen was killed early on Friday in the southern West Bank village of...

  • 20 world mayors condemn Israeli youths’ abduction

    June 20, 2014 | 8:42 am

    Twenty mayors from around the world condemned the suspected kidnapping of three Israeli youths in the West Bank.

    The condemnations by the mayors of Berlin, Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Sarajevo, Marseilles, Nice and Entebbe, among other cities, came in a joint statement to Israeli...

  • U.S. envoy to Israel visits Frenkel family

    June 19, 2014 | 10:01 am

    U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro visited the family of Naftali Frenkel, one of three Israeli teens kidnapped a week ago.

    Frenkel is a dual American-Israeli citizen.

    “I visited Naftali Frenkel’s parents. I offered the strong support of the U.S. government, our people and my...

  • An interfaith statement on the kidnapping of three teens in Israel

    June 18, 2014 | 5:17 pm

    AJC Los Angeles has reached out to our community partners, including faith leaders, to express their support in this crisis. To that end, we share an Interfaith Statement of Solidarity and Concern issued by the Los Angeles Council of Religious Leaders earlier today (list of...

  • Boys’ kidnapping inspires ‘SOS Israel’ app

    June 18, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    In response to the kidnapping of three boys last week, some Israelis have prayed. Some have voiced support on social media. And some have done what they do best: they made an app.

    Prompted by the kidnapping and set to launch in the near future, the SOS Israel app will allow...

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