With a heavy and broken heart, I must report the death of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel. The boys, ages 19, 16 and 16 were kidnapped about 18 days ago near the West Bank, and early yesterday evening their bodies were found a couple of miles from where they were abducted. They were believed to have been shot on the evening of the 12th June, when they were kidnapped, after one of the boys managed to call the police and alert them to the kidnapping.
The period of time in which the Israeli Defence Force searched for them in Operation Brother’s Keeper was a time where there was a huge feeling of unity and thousands prayed for the safe return of our boys. Although there was global, deafening silence from newscasts, those who knew about it did as much as they could to try and raise awareness of what had happened. We prayed in pain for the safety of our brothers, even those who are the epitome of anti-religious opening their mouths and screaming to God for help. Yet it has ended in unspeakable tragedy.
We cannot lose heart. Our prayers were not in vain- now we must pray for their souls.
They were robbed of their lives, robbed of the chance to live as fully as each of us will please God have the chance to live.
They were only children.
In Judaism ‘Baruch Dayan HaEmet’ – ‘Blessed is the True Judge’ is said when a person dies, a statement of the belief in God that is unwavering. We must remember: they did not die for nothing- their deaths have brought a nation together, uniting the inner divides and discarding the differences. We all feel the pain of the families and stand together to support each other through this time of tragedy. Those who committed this unspeakably appalling act will be brought to justice.
Eyal, Gil-Ad and Naftali, we will remember you always.