Sunday, July 01, 2007

MUST READ: One Year In Terrorist Captivity

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The Abduction:

Eleven months have passed since the unprovoked abduction of Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser on the Israeli side of the Lebanese border, an action that precipitated widespread confrontation between Israel and the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist organization. To date no word has been heard from the two captive soldiers, and neither their families nor the government of Israel have any knowledge of their whereabouts or their current state of health.

Two weeks prior to their abduction, another soldier, Gilad Shalit, was abducted as well, this time on the Israeli side of the border with Gaza. His family, too, anxiously awaits news from him. Especially grave is the fact that these unprovoked abductions were carried out on sovereign Israeli territory.

Taken from their families ten months ago, these captive soldiers are denied the most basic of human rights as enshrined in the Geneva Convention. In a gross breach of U.N. Resolution 1701, the terrorist organizations that carried out these abductions, and Syria and Iran who support them, behave as if these human rights are nothing more than a bargaining chip in their game of negotiation, refusing even to transmit messages to the captives from their families. International bodies who met with the captives' families have also tried to forward messages and letters, but they have been met with a negative response as well.

The Israel Foreign Ministry is active in efforts to gain their release on all levels: Foreign Ministry Tzipi Livni and her fellow ministers, alongside Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, raise the issue at the highest levels in their diplomatic meetings, in Israel and abroad - as do the Foreign Ministry's director-general and other senior officials. The Foreign Ministry also assists the families of the kidnapped soldiers in their meetings, both abroad and with visiting dignitaries in Israel, in an effort to keep the cause of the abducted soldiers on the international public agenda.

Israel's embassies abroad are also taking part in this effort, with emphasis on the humanitarian aspect: the families await a clear sign that their sons are alive and well. Those with influence, whether direct or indirect, on Syria and Iran are being asked to exert this influence on these countries. Thus, it is hoped, Syria and Iran, which sponsor the terrorist organizations holding the abducted soldiers, will be forced by growing international pressure to bring their influence to bear to obtain the hoped-for news and their eventual release.

Neither Israel nor any other civilized, law abiding country can accept this situation. We urge you to support us in our endeavor - to bring our soldiers home.

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION:

http://www.banim.org/download/EngPowerPoint.ppt

LINKS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2-olR1HfhU -a short movie showing the current Israeli MIAs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHIDSH2SKKI HaTikva -rally for the release of four Israeli soldiers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBex3EMM67w -interview with Israeli Kidnapped soldier's wife.

Thank you, dear Batya, for bringing us this and reminding us where our hearts and minds need to be!

16 Comments:

Anonymous bobcat said...

I was wondering what happened to them....

11:09 AM  
Anonymous catfleas said...

Thank you, Batya, for sharing this with us. We certainly cannot forget these young men!

They, and their families, need our prayers for their safe and quick return. They have been gone too long, and need to come home.

11:19 AM  
Anonymous Patsy said...

Have there been any rescue atttempts reported? I remember the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, the feelings of helplessness, the impotence of the Carter Administration, the anger boiling inside of us all.

That's why I don't believe a dime of foreign aid should be given to the Palestinians, ANY Palestinian - Fatah or Hamas - they're all the same. No American help of any kind should be given to kidnappers, terrorists, torturers and murderers.

What can be done to rescue these brave Israelis?

11:52 AM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I am afraid that these ordinary young men, who were serving their country, are no longer with us. Knowing mohammadin propensities, I pray G*D rescued them from their tormentors and bound up their wounds HIMSELF!

tmw
I know that is grim and tragic, but I truely believe that death would be a welcome friend to ANYONE in the hands of the "religion of peace"!

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Patsy said...

I think they've recently provided proof of life for at least one of these brave young men, tmw. And these men do look so very young and wholesome. I don't even want to think about their treatment. But maybe I shouldn't allow myself that escapist luxury when these men are suffering this fate in reality.

Let us pray, God, please help these men. Dear Lord, please hear our prayers! Deliver these men from this evil, Almighty God. Amen.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Yofi

I met Karnit when she was here last year.Many of us though that the guys are no longer among the living but not her. No , not her.She was clinging to her husband PHISICALLY ,refusing to let go.

She told me that the abomination called Kofi visited them in their home and peomisaed them to bring the men home .Took pictures and drove away.

A UN with teeth could have done something but the one we have is shamelessly working on behalf of terror and not againt it .

The families are in despair because they now see the lack of care by people and governments everywhere.

The cruelty of these Hezbolla animals is truly beyond comparison-to keep this people hanging on a thread of hope that their sons are still alive so that they can extract more ransom and better yet , more pain.

I am plainly heartbroken over this.

batya

12:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

G-d bless and keep these young men.

Morgan

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Patsy said...

Dear Batya, I am heartbroken, too. The feelings of helplessness and despondency are so hard to endure. Why did America meddle last year when Israel was battling & kicking the crap out of Hezbollah's butt in Lebanon? They might have been able to rescue those boys had they been supported in their war against the Iranian-backed terrorists.

Why would we stop Israel from crushing them? What good did that do? Now they've regrouped, rearmed and are ready to attack Israel again. All while the UN peacekeeping forces stood by and did nothing, AGAIN. A more useless, inept group doesn't exist on this planet.

I hope Israel elects a new Prime Minister, hopefully Benjamin Netanyahu, who will be strong, firm and aggressive. A leader who make wise, courageous decisions based on what's best for Israeli security. A man not be concerned with world opinion, the bulk of which are anti-Semites; or worse, amoral assholes bought & paid for by the Saudis.

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friends
When I was in Israel I tried to have a feel of what people think about the three men in Lebanon.

Not too many think that they are still alive .

Whenever I write something like that I say, please God I want to be wrong.

Tew only one we know , maybe , is alive is Shalit , the boy snatched by Hamas last year.We also know he is in bad health.

Thank you Morgan, Patsy ,catfleas, bobcat,tmw for your care.

Pity and care are sparse in this world we live in.

batya

1:48 PM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

Thanks Donal for posting this. I know their pic is on your sidebar 24/7 and this added piece helps to keep their memory alive, too. I'll be praying for them.

2:27 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Patsy-I too would love to see all 3 of those young men rescued and brought home to their families. Dear Lord I want it!
But dear, I watched my husband go through chemo for 10 months, praise G*D he was home with me when he died. I have looked death in the face, and it is not the worst thing!
What the families, friends and colleages have dealt with over the past year IS!
The blatent showboating of politicians, the cruelty of the mohammadins, the anti-semetism overshadowing Europe and it's creeping into America...we are living in perilous times as Paul wrote to Timothy in II Timothy 3. It is ugly and getting worse, we must steel our souls and stiffen our spines. Courage and Truth in G*D in the face of rising evil, THAT will carry us to true victory over the world!
Batya-I pray that G*D has all these young men in the Palm of HIS Hand, that HE gives strength and comfort to them and their families, and if necessary, takes them Home!

tmw

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Patsy said...

tmw, I am so very sorry for your loss. We've talked of this before. You might recall (or not) that I too lost my 1st husband. I know what you mean about staring death in the face, although mine didn't linger for 10 months like yours did. I hope you're right that these men are with the Lord. I just thought I'd recently read there had been a recording of them or one of them released to the media. I would rather they were no longer in the clutches of the evil kidnappers who took them.

4:55 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Patsy-I remember, it isn't easy, is it? But G*D carries us if we let HIM!
My heart goes out to the families and friends, they know what those animals(no, I won't insult animals) are capable of, and the fear and dread of knowing their loved ones are held by mohammadins!
There was a video released of Shalit, and he looked like he was in bad health. It grieves me and makes me sick, but I will never shut up, or give up or let up! It puts steel in my back and fire in my belly!
And I refuse to kowtow to those who by their silence give approval to the deeds done by those sons of Hell!

tmw

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Patsy said...

Amen sister!

6:09 PM  
Anonymous z said...

I can barely look at the lovely Karnit's face without feeling how much pain she must be feeling.

May they PLEASE be alive...what cruelty islam puts on its captives and everyone else...families, friends, even we here who care so much....so far reaching, all this misery. The proverbial stone in the water...the rings reach all of us.
poor Karnit.

z

7:10 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

If I could, I would give her a long hug and weep with her. Then pray over her. My heart truly goes out to her and all the others who are suffering with this horror!

tmw

3:51 AM  

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