Ayal, Gilad and Naftali did not come home the way we had hoped. We will never forget our boys and how the Jewish nation became united in purpose and how the strength of their families inspired our people. The Jewish Nation lives and our treasured Jewish values of unity and love for life will continue to provide our lives with meaning and purpose. Am Yisroel Chai!
#eyalgiladnaftali will raise funds for initiatives to remember Eyal, Gilad and Naftali in consultation with the families of the three boys.
On June 12, 2014, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped on their way home from school. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that they had been kidnapped by Hamas terrorists. The teens were last seen in the Gush Etzion area, hitchhiking to their homes. The three missing teens are Naftali Frankel (16, from Nof Ayalon), Gilad Shaer (16, from Talmon), and Eyal Yifrah (19, from Elad). Naftali Frankel is a dual Israeli-American citizen.
Thousands of soldiers, together with security agents, police, and special-forces are actively engaged in an intensive search for the boys, scouring numerous villages, in what the IDF terms in Israel 'Operation Shuvu Achim’ (Return, Brothers/Bring Back Our Brothers) The IDF is working tirelessly to bring the three kidnapped boys home. As a token our appreciation and gratitude for their hard work, CFU is collecting contributions to supplement refreshments for the soldiers to warm the soldiers hearts.
Additionally, Jewish communities world wide have initiated prayer campaigns, tehllim rallies and special learning sessions dedicated to the safe and immediate return of:
Yaacov Naftali ben Rachel Devora
Gilad Michoel ben Batgalim
Ayal ben Iris Teshua
and for the safety of our soldiers who are out searching for them.
On 30 June 2014, a search team located the bound bodies of the three boys, buried in an open field near Khirbet Aranava in Halhul just north of Hebron. They were buried side by side in the Modiin Cemetery in a funeral attended by over 100,000 people.
May their memories be for a blessing