Murdered Bodies of Israeli/American Teens Kidnapped by Hamas Found

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Obama where is your support now

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The EU and the State Department demanded that Israel show restraint in the search for three kidnapped teenagers, one American and two Israel.

Hamas showed no such restraint.

Israeli troops on Monday discovered the bodies of Naftali Fraenkel, 16, Gil-ad Shaar, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 who, were kidnapped on the night of June at a hitchhiking post outside the settlement of Alon Shvut in the Etzion Bloc south of Jerusalem.

Since the start of Operation Brother’s Keeper to find them, 18 days of searches had seen the arrests of over 400 Palestinians, a majority of them members of Hamas.

Israeli authorities on Thursday named two Hamas members as prime suspects in the kidnapping.

On Sunday night, tens of thousands of people crowded into Kings of Israel Square in Tel Aviv to show support for the families of the three kidnapped teenagers, under the banner “Singing Together for Their Return.” President-elect Reuven Rivlin and the parents of the kidnapped teens highlighted the speaker list.

“They know it’s the three, they will know for sure after they do the autopsy.”The official said the three appeared to have been shot to death, likely “very close to the kidnap” time, and that the prime suspects had still not been caught.

Will Obama finally stop funding the PLO/Hamas unity government now?

The mother of another murdered American boy had written an angry letter to Obama.

I would like to know why President Barack Obama has still failed to publicly condemn the kidnapping of Naftali Frenkel here in Israel, who is both an Israeli and American citizen. Two weeks ago, Naftali, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach were kidnapped by terrorists on their way home from school. There has not been any word from them since. I would like to know why President Obama and the First Lady don’t say that Naftali and the other two boys are like their children, as they said about the girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria. Michelle Obama said she was outraged and heartbroken about those girls. I would like to know why the President and First Lady have made no public statements at all about our boys, and especially about Naftali, an American citizen.

After my 13 year old son Koby, also an American citizen, was killed by terrorists in 2001, a law was introduced in Congress called the Koby Mandell Act. It later passed as an omnibus rider (my son’s name was erased), which opened an office in the Department of Justice called the Office of Justice for the Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT). The office’s mandate was to actively pursue terrorists who murdered Americans abroad.

At about the same time, the government initiated a Rewards for Justice Program to pay for information leading to the arrest of overseas terrorists. Yet, no terrorist killers of Americans in Israel have ever been apprehended under that program. In fact, today when I checked the Rewards for Justice website, there was not even a listing for my son’s name. His murderers have not been found, yet the Justice Department has seemingly deleted him from their consciousness. They are not looking for his killers. In fact, according to their list of atrocities, no Koby Mandell was ever killed in Israel by terrorists. They have closed his case, if it was ever opened. And if you search the Office of Victims of Overseas Terrorism, you will not find his name either, except in reference to the first version of the law.

 
Ted Cruz spoke out on the Senate floor. Obama never did.

All of us should stand with Rachel as she stands with her son who’s been kidnapped.

I also want to tell the world about these three boys. Rachel’s son Naftali is sixteen-years-old. His grandparents have lived in Brooklyn and Brooklyn has been a second home to him. He is the oldest of seven children, he likes playing the guitar, basketball and ping pong. Indeed there’s even a video of him on YouTube playing ping pong. I gotta say is pretty good.

He is a talented and gifted student who is on track to take the biology matriculation exams. His teachers say Naftali is brilliant, one of the best they’ve ever had and his mother said his personality is a delightful combination to both serious and fun.

Gilad Shair, who was with Naftali that day coming home also from school was likewise abducted. Like Naphtali, Gilad is 16 years old.

Gil means happiness and ad means forever. His name literally means happiness forever and is a source of joy to those who meet him.

His aunt Lehi Shair, with whom I had the privileges meeting and visiting earlier this week says he has a smile that brings light to the world. Quite fitting for a boy named happiness forever. And she says, “We want him home where he belongs, with his family he so dearly loves.”

Gilad has five sisters and he is described by them as a caring and loving brother. He is the family’s only son and he has family in Los Angeles and New York.

Gilad is witty, he loves to read and watch movies and recently he finished a scuba diving course, but he’s also a talented cook he enjoys baking his sisters cakes and pastries.

We don’t know where Gilad is right now

And then there is Eyal Yifrach, yhe third boy kidnapped that day. He is nineteen years old and is the oldest of six children. He’s a role model for their family and he’s loved by friends who say they would like to have him as a brother.

He loves sports, he should be cheeing the World Cup games today, like so many other teenagers with his friends, a gregarious fellow he likes to cook, to travel, to play guitar, to sing, indeed you can find videos at him on YouTube singing a song that he wrote himself.

They all should be home singing again.

Sadly that won’t happen now.

WJC President Ronald S. Lauder said the thoughts of the entire international Jewish community were with the families of Naphtali Fraenkel, Gilad Sha’ar and Eyal Yifrach.

“Clearly, Hamas is a terrorist organization, and it must be dismantled, and it is the responsibility of Mahmoud Abbas to remove all Hamas-linked officials from his government immediately and fight terrorism vigorously and urgently. Abu Mazen needs to show leadership now,” Lauder declared.

He also urged the international community, and in particular the United States and the European Union, to halt all financial support for the Palestinian Authority until Hamas is excluded from all government bodies. “This murder must spur the world into action, and the fight against fanatic, extremist groups such as Hamas must be stepped up urgently,” said the WJC president.

  • mollysdad

    The answer’s simple Barack Hussein Obama (peace be upon him) is convinced in his heart that Jews are the sons of apes and pigs and Nigerian girls are not.

    As for reprisals, perhaps it is time for the IDF to apply the law of herem to the camel p*** drinkers of Hamas and execute ten of them for each of the martyrs.

    • Americana

      That is not likely at all what Pres. Obama is thinking. Mr. Obama and the First Lady were excoriated over what they had to say about the kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls (remember the First Lady was ridiculed for holding up a sign w/the hashtag #saveourgirls? “Is that all they’re gonna do was whip out a hashtag sign?” was the specific message of plenty of the remarks here). I’m sure the President is refraining from speaking in deference to Prime Minister Netanyahu. I’m sure that Pres. Obama is grieving for those parents and is thankful he’s not raising his children in a country that’s facing that kind of trauma. Pity those poor boys!

      Isn’t there anyway to make a safer hitchhiking system for Israelis w/drivers AND their cars registered and records kept by say the Israeli telephone system of the cars/drivers hitchhikers have chosen to drive off with?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “I’m sure that Pres. Obama is grieving for those parents and is thankful he’s not raising his children in a country that’s facing that kind of trauma.”

        From where do you glean these views?

      • Atikva

        “I’m sure that Pres. Obama is grieving for those parents and is thankful he’s not raising his children in a country that’s facing that kind of trauma.”

        Come on, cut the crap, don’t give us another of your fairy tales, we are not in the mood. Mr. Obama’s ACTS (or lack thereof) speak for themselves. What he may or may not SAY doesn’t matter in the least – it’s just a smoke screen.

        Like the endless convoluted excuses on his behalf of those who desperately try to defend this indefensible destroyer of America.

  • Drakken

    When the ragheads kill one of yours, time to bring the wrath of God upon them, wipe out the entire village where the two sub human savages came from.

    • Pete

      Is every one out now from Balad or Baghdad?

      • Drakken

        Non- essential are out, the guns r us crowd is still very much involved.

  • Pete

    Your partisan liberal will more likely know Rachel Corrie’s name a year from now than the names of these 3 boys.

  • Frank

    this is why muslims should be killed on sight! damn terrorists!

    • Maa

      excuse me? we muslims only want PEACE, you guys came into our LANDS and STOLE them from us . YOU’RE THE TERRORITS!!

      • Atikva

        You have got some nerve! You muslims only want peace, really? Spare yourself the ridicule, do you think you are talking to morons or useful idiots?

        Who invaded Galilea, Judea, Samaria, Perea and Decapolis, these lands funded, developed and inhabited by the whole Jewish population for three thousands years, who made these provinces a desert where only a few Jews remained throughout the centuries until the beginning of the 20th century, when their brethren decided to come back to their rightful land? Don’t look at me, I am not an Arab, listen to one of your dear leaders confirm the fact:
        http://iranaware.com/2012/04/02/hamas-leader-half-of-palestinians-are-egyptian-the-other-half-saudi/

        None of you mythic “palestinians” arrived in pre-state Israel before the 1920s, when the returning Jews started to develop the area of the Palestine territory west of the Jordan. You can’t even pronounce correctly the name of “your” so-called “Palestine”, which never existed as a country and has no muslim roots whatsoever since the letter “p” doesn’t exist in Arabic.

        You present the same case as those squatters who invaded and plundered the homes of persecuted Jews and non-Jews in Europe during WWII and who had to be evicted – sometimes forcibly – after their lawful owners returned.

        You had a choice: live in peace with your Jewish neighbors, benefit from their achievements in the area, or settle in the recently created Jordan given to the Arabs, courtesy of the British (who, by the way, didn’t even have the authority to do so), or believe the hate indoctrination developed by your despicable leaders. You made the worst choice, now live with it.

  • ChristianZionist

    Abbas is a terrorist, too. He was one of the terrorists who murdered Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games!!

  • Hard Little Machine

    Every Arab mother should find the unburied remains of her children with a Geiger counter.

  • Ruvane

    Because obama is a stupid ape thats why he has no class

  • kasandra

    And if the Israelis capture the murderers, they’ll go to prison where they will be paid a handsome monthly stipend provided by, or with money freed up by the U.S. and the EU. I hope they’re happy with the work of the Hamas technocrats they’re funding.

    • mollysdad

      Where it says in Scripture to go and smite Amalek, does it say put them under the herem of destruction, or does it say put them in prison and give them 24-hour satellite TV?

  • Judahlevi

    May their memories be a blessing.

    Very sad and tragic news for every freedom loving person.

  • guest

    The people who call themselves palestinian, hamas, hizballah, if not actually all muslims have lost their humanity, if they ever really actually achieved this.

    It’s true that we all have an unalienable right to life and liberty. But a criminal forfeits his rights when he commits a crime, usually his liberty. We put them in prisons.

    But it’s time to ask, actually for Israel past the time, when does a person or a people forfeit the right to their life?

    This will always be a judgement call in a specific context. But we must find a way to make this judgement. Things like endless warfare. Things like producing children specifically to strap explosives to. Things like mutilation and rape as a normal practice-should be considered.

    I think Israeli morality is paralized in the face of this issue because of the religion and because of the leftists, which are actually more restrictive than the religious.

    And when you have a morality that prevents your life from safely being lived it’s time to question and change it.

    This takes leadership, courage, and most important of all,
    a simple change in policy.

    Sad day for the boys and the families.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    The Pal-e-SWINIANS have already endorsed the value of 1,000 Pal-e-SWINIANS are equal to one Israeli.

    3 dead Israelis need to be responded with 3,000 dead Pal-e-SWINIANS.

    Pal-e-SWINE wants a War. Fine. Israel treat the G-dless Pal-e-SWINIAN savages with Biblical fury.

    Any regressive progressive is welcome to act as Human Shields for the Inhuman Pal-e-SWINIANS.

    Israel, execute khalid mashaal, ismail haniya.

    Jews in Eurabia, get your guns and be ready to Rock and Roll. The gun is mightier than the dagger.

    I SHlT on the prophet of Satan called Muhammed.

  • cheechakos

    My heart aches for the families of these young men.
    I cannot imagine the fear these children experienced before their brutal executions.

    Palestine wants their terrorists from Israeli prisons? Stack all their dead bodies at the border.

  • http://freerepublic.com GOPcongress

    Remember, there are no more terrorists. President Obama said so, and so shall it be decreed. These aren’t terrorists, they are “displaced Israeli protesters.”

    >> Yes, sarcasm…the worst kind. Inside I’m SEETHING TO THE CORE. Yes, the Hamas animals need to be destroyed, but more importantly, our own president has shown that he actually CONDONES the murder of the American teen. YES, I SAID IT!! (ala Mark Levin)

  • EamonnDublin

    May I please take the liberty of sending my utmost sympathy to all of the people of Israel, also Jewish people around the world, on this most sad of days. My thoughts are especially with the three boys and their families. May He hold them in the hollow of His hand. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. Éamonn Gavin, Dublin, Ireland (A Christian). I STAND WITH ISRAEL.

  • Lemon

    These pigs show time and time again that they only know how to kill and destroy. Everywhere they go, they bring destruction, death, torture, and enslavement, and have been doing so for centuries. It is absolute madness that there are people on this planet defending them. I sincerely hope after the death of these three boys (RIP) there will be some sort of “that’s it, that’s enough” moment, but I doubt it. The destruction will continue, now and for future generations; what can be done?

  • Webb

    Unprecedented horrendous carnage should have taken place in Gaza and in the PA areas to the east. It should have started the minute the boys were kidnapped, and all of the mopping up should have been concluded a week ago. Instead, one hears the wringing of hands and more hollow words from the Knesset. I am heartbroken for the families of the boys and utterly sickened that the leaders of Israel have accepted this travesty. Nothing meaningful will be done.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Now that the 3 boys are dead and returned home, unleash the dogs of War on hamass, Pal-e-SWINE, fatah.

      • Webb

        Indeed, unleash the Dogs of War until Islam is no more!

  • ping

    neocons inciting genocide against Muslims ITT, why am i not surprised

    • logdon

      You are quite disgusting.

    • Webb

      Because you’re with those who did this.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      pigg, Please go to gaza and be a human shield.

    • Atikva

      Indeed, why should you be surprised that we wish the destruction of all those muslim terrorists who try to commit genocide against the Jews? The only thing that you should surprise you is that we let them live that long.

  • darnellecheri

    This makes me heartsick. I am so sorry for the loss of these beautiful young people. There are no words to assuage the pain of grieving parents on the passing of their children. It is not a natural pain. It is excruciating painful and it changes your life forever. I hope and pray that the demonic animals are found and Israel brings the justice that is due and rightly deserved.

    • Americana

      You’ve said everything I’ve thought about ever since the discovery of their bodies. Those poor kids…and their parents who must now live on w/that relentless void in their hearts.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Take you sympathy and shove it up your azz.

        hamass needs to be eliminated – by any means necessary.

  • honeybee

    Its begins again, but hopefully this time we respond.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Obama isn’t going to do a damned thing, he won’t say a word against his “allies” Hamas and whatever other Islamic outfit he patronizes. Writing letters to him entreating him to at least say something will produce at best just some yadda-yadda that means absolutely nothing. Being prevented from getting anywhere near Obama by our thuggish Secret Service, someone should organize a protest outside the White House and have everyone hurl rotten eggs over the fence.

  • Ampersand

    Sadly, a very high proportion of American Jews support President Obama and the Democrat party no matter what happens.

  • Jakareh

    Civilization and savagery cannot coexist, no matter many cretinous stickers liberal weenies deface the bumpers of their Priuses with. Wherever civilization does not move to suppress savagery, savagery will kill it. This outrage should mark the beginning of a mass expulsion of Muslims from Israeli territory.

  • T Bennett

    Sorry Ma’am, Obama is already culpable of killing a US citizen overseas. He doesn’t care about your son anymore than he cares about the hundreds of dead Pals the Israel army has killed in the last decade.

  • Stanley Foster

    Israel has a choice: They will have to either go around Obama and just kill every person that even looks like a terrorist or wait until the terrorists cause harm again and put the little dears in jail. Take off the gloves Israel, get tough. This is a slow holocaust, one by one. Do want this to continue, then do nothing to stop it. If you want to stop it then take action at a level that will stop it and screw world opinion.

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  • freepalestine

    kill all the zionist bustard