Internet holds a wealth of MIA information

By ADINAH GREENE
October 16, 2006 01:23
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While commemorating the 20 year anniversary since Israeli airman Ron Arad disappeared, both Israelis and world Jewry have not forgotten him or his eight comrades-in-arms still held in captivity. Hundreds of Web sites are dedicated to sharing the stories of captured soldiers, promoting their immediate release and encouraging people to write to their representatives. One of the most prominent of such Web sites is the International Coalition for Missing Israeli Soldiers, www.mia.org.il. The site contains the stories of three MIA soldiers, Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz who went missing in 1982 in a battle with Syrian and Palestinian forces near the Lebanese village of Sultan Yakub, as well as the stories of Ron Arad, whose plane was shot down in Lebanon in 1986, and Guy Hever, who in 1997 went missing from his army base in the Golan. The Jewish Agency Web site, www.jewishagency.org, has several links about the soldiers, some presenting past articles run in various publications and others prayers for missing soldiers. Their collection of links is divided into three languages, English, Hebrew and French. The American Zionist Movement, www.azm.org/campaign.shtml, also has background on the soldiers posted on their Web site and ways people can help. This method is seen on other sites as well, such as on the National Council of Young Israel, www.youngisrael.org. Both the AZM and Young Israel Web sites promote the idea of wearing dog tags as a sign of solidarity with the soldiers as well as writing to members of the United Nations, the White House and other officials in the United States. The Young Israel site has a list of tips regarding what a letter to any governmental official should include. While these sites are based in the United States, Jews around the world remain concerned that Israel still has missing soldiers. Betar-Tagar UK, a Zionist student and young professional organization in the United Kingdom, www.betar.co.uk/mias.php, has a list of the soldiers and a way to aid the group in their release campaign. Another UK based Web site, www.10million.org, offers $10 million for proven information leading to the recovery of any of the missing soldiers.

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