BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Concern is growing for three Israeli students who were kidnapped nearly two weeks ago. That concern has spread all the way to Baltimore.
Ron Matz has more on the campaign created to show solidarity with the three missing teens and their families.
They gathered in front of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) on Park Heights Avenue.
Yellow ribbons everywhere, it’s the start of a campaign to support three Israeli students who were kidnapped on their way home from their religious school 11 days ago.
“My prayers and sympathies go out to those parents. It’s anguish. Kids go out someplace to learn about their culture and to be with people of their own kind and they get taken away for no reason, just for being who they are,” said Martha Weinrauch of Northwest Baltimore.
Israel believes the militant group Hamas abducted the teens and has launched a manhunt on the West Bank.
Roey Tshuva has lived in Israel all his life.
“I’m afraid. I am a father. My kids are young, but one day they will be that age,” Tshuva said. “I want to live in a place where my kids can walk out free. I don’t want to be afraid my kids will be in any danger if they’re doing just any routine action.”
The Bring Back Our Boys Campaign in Baltimore is just beginning with ribbons and prayers for Naftali Frankel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrah.
“We can’t do anything else to help them, but it will raise awareness. This is a horrible thing going on in Israel,” said Lainy Lebow-Sachs, President of the Baltimore Jewish Council. “These three young boys were just snapped away.”
You will be seeing yellow ribbons at Baltimore area synagogues, Jewish days schools and other community organizations.
“We’re very proud of what we’re doing and I think it’s going to spread all over Baltimore. You’ll see yellow ribbons everywhere,” Lebow-Sachs said. “It’s not a big way, but it’s better than a rally. It’s better than anything else we could do. This is going to spread all over Baltimore.”
Israel calls the unprecedented manhunt for the three missing students, “Operation Brothers Keeper.”
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