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Relatives of kidnapped IDF soldiers Gilad Schalit, Ehud Goldwasser, and Eldad Regev were present Friday as a site honoring their sons was dedicated in a Paris park.
Pictures of the three captives, as well as explanations of the circumstances of their abduction, were posted in a city park named after former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, Army Radio reported.
Mordechai Algrabali, an activist who has supported the families since their sons were kidnapped (Schalit by Hamas-affiliated operatives in a cross-border raid near Kerem Shalom on June 25, 2006 and Goldwasser and Regev by Hizbullah in another cross-border attack on July 12, 2006), presented Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe with a French Bible and a medal from the Jerusalem Municipality.
"This is a meaningful gesture for us, one that isn't taken for granted. While Gilad is a French citizen, Eldad and Udi (Ehud) aren't, and what was done today was very exciting for us," Schalit's father, Noam, said.
Friday's event marked the families' fourth visit to Paris since their sons were taken captive, expressed their appreciation towards the city's Jewish community, and said that it had been continually helpful.
"There's no Jewish community warmer than this one, which has pushed and executed an amazing project," Goldwasser's mother, Miki, said of the site.