Tens of thousands rally in solidarity with the kidnapped teens’ families

Rachel Fraenkel and president-elect speak, thousands of Israelis attend rally from across society to show support for the teens and their families.

June 29, 2014 20:25
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Bring Back Our Boys

"Bring Back Our Boys" rally at Rabin Square, Tel Aviv June 29, 2014.. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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Nearly two weeks since Naftali Fraenkel, Gil- Ad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrach disappeared after being abducted in the West Bank, tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Sunday night in a show of unity and prayer, issuing a call for children to be left outside of the violence of the Mideast conflict.

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"Bring Back Our Boys Campaign" rally at Rabin Square, Tel Aviv 29; July 2014/MARC ISRAEL SELLEM

“No desperation” was the refrain of the song that rang out from the speakers on stage as pictures of the three teens were shown on giant TV screens. Above the stage, the names of the boys were spelled out in windows of city hall, as were the words “bring them home.” In the crowd, hundreds wore T-shirts with pictures of the missing boys, whose faces were plastered in the thousands across Tel Aviv during the day.

The majority of the crowd appeared to be from the national religious camp. This observation was not lost on Elizabeth Daray, an 18-year Tel Aviv resident by way of France.

“It makes me sad that almost everyone here is wearing kippot,” Daray said, adding that she had hoped to see a broader cross-section of the Israeli public.

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