‘Our boys’

A look back a year after the kidnapping of the three yeshiva students, uniting the nation in grief.

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June 10, 2015 08:52
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Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel.

Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel (L-R).. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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The news broke over a Shabbat in mid-June of last year: Three Israeli teenagers had been kidnapped after hitching a ride from a Gush Etzion junction.

The two-week search for Gil-Ad Shaer, 16; Eyal Yifrach, 19; and Naftali Fraenkel, 16, ended in heartbreaking tragedy on the afternoon of June 30, when their bodies were found near Halhoul in the West Bank. Heartbreaking because in those two weeks nearly every front page and news show carried updates on the search, rhetoric of the politicians, commentary by the columnists, and solidarity of the people of Israel with demonstrations and prayer rallies.

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