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May 3, 2015 3:23 pm

‘Unity Day’ to Honor Memories of Slain Israeli Teenagers

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Senior Israeli officials will hold two events next month in memory of a trio of teenagers who were abducted and murdered last summer by Hamas terrorists.

Unity Day, to be held on June 3rd, and the Jerusalem Unity Prize, will promote tolerance and cooperation between different sectors of the Jewish people in Israel, and the Diaspora – according to organizers. The prize winners –  organizations and individuals who have excelled in promoting messages of unity through their work – will share an NIS 300,000 award in a ceremony to be hosted by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

The events were organized by the Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, along with the parents of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah. The boys were abducted from a bus stop south of Jerusalem last year by two Hamas terrorists, who shortly after shot them, and hid their bodies.

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“The Jerusalem Unity Prize and Unity Day serve to memorialize the three boys by strengthening the common bonds that exist within our Jewish people and encouraging greater tolerance and mutual respect between all sectors of our greater community,” Barkat wrote in a statement to the Tazpit News Agency.

Barkat lauded “…the ideals that were so remarkably exhibited during that most difficult period in the wake of the boys’ kidnappings and truly revealed this all-important aspect of our national identity.”

The students’ parents and families were acclaimed both in Israel and across the Jewish world for their strength and humility, both during and after the 18 day ordeal in which the fate of their sons remained unclear.

“The kidnappings of our boys marks one of the more difficult moments in Israel’s modern history. But the reality is that out of this bitter tragedy came a spirit of unprecedented unity amongst the Jewish people,” the parents of all three boys said in a joint statement.

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  • esther noodelman

    IT’S WELL PAST TIME TO GET JOSEPH(JONATHAN) OUT OF THE PIT, WE PUT HIM THERE BY PRETENDING WE DIDN’T KNOW HIM.WE GAVE THE U.S. ALL OF THE INFORMATION HE GAVE US(WHICH OUR LAWYERS NEVER SAW).REMEMBER THE INFO HE GAVE US SAVED US BECAUSE OUR GOOD ALLY,THE U.S. WITHHELD INFO CRITICAL FOR ISRAEL’S SURVIVAL,…THAT ARAB ARMIES WERE PREPARING CHEMICAL WEAPON ATTACK.JONATHAN ADMITTED HIS PART AND WAS PROMIDSED A PLEA BARGAIN.HE PASSED ALL OF THE LIE DETECTOR TESTS,ETC AND THEN CASPAR WEINBERGER,THEN SECRETARY OF STATE,WHO HATED POLLARD,DID SOMETHING ILLEGAL..HE KEPT CALLING POLLARD A TRAITOR AND SRESSED HIS TREASONOUS BEHAVIOUR.A TRAITOR IN LEGAL WORLD IS ONLY WITH AN ENEMYaND ISRAEL IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN A GOOD ALLY.WEINBERGER THEN ILLEGALLY HANDED THE JUDGE A LETTER (THE WEINBERGER MEMORANDUM) STATING THAT POLLARD WAS A TRAITOR &THAT HE SHOULD BE GIVEN THE HARSHEST POSSIBLE SENTENCE.IRWIN COTLER SAYS THAT WEINBERGER SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED. HOW MUCH LONGER DO WE HAVE TO ABANDON OUR BROTHER JONATHAN.?IF YOU DON’T PRINT MY LETTER,THIS CRIE DE COEUR,THEN YOU TOO,BEAR RESPONSIBILITY FOR PREVENTING HIS IMMEDIATE RELEASE AS ANY NORMAL HUMAN BEING WOULD RESPOND TO. DAYENU..I HEAR HIS HORRIBLE PAIN..30 YEARS LATER..RIBBONE SHEL OLAM..MAYBE THAT’S WHY OUR BROTHERS IN ISRAEL ARE SUFFERING.TIME TO OPEN THOSE GOD GIVEN MOUTHS.AS COTLER SAYS,WE MUST BE A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS. SHAME ON YOU ONE AND ALL IF YOU DON’T SPEAK UP AT THIS CRITICAL LATE HOUR.DON’T FORGET TO REMIND JOSEPH LIEBERMAN TO CANCEL HIS ODIOUS OATH.DOESN’T BECOME A TZADIK! PLEASE PLEASE PRINT MY LETTER.HIS LIFE IS IN YOUR HANDS.ALL WE ARE ASKING 30 YEARS LATER(INSTEAD OF 2-4 YEARS)IS FOR SOMEONE LIKE JOE LIEBERMAN TO ASK OBAMA TO RELEASE POLLARD ON HUMANITARIAN GROUNDS-CLEMENCY(MERCY) WHICH ANY PRESIDENT CAN GRANT ALONE!PLEASE PLEASE BE THAT VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS OR ARE YOU TOO STUCK BETWEEN LOYALTY TO A TZADIK? IF YOU DON’T YOU WILL FINALLY BE RID OF ME,BECAUSE I WILL LOSE ALL RESPECT FOR YOU AND YOUR PAPER AND CONSIDER YOU LIKE ALL THE FEDERATION PEOPLE’REMEMBER,YOU DON’T HAVE TO AGREE WITH ME TO PRINT IT IN YOUR JOURNAL.ONE MORE THING…CLICK ON WHY JONATHAN POLLARD GOT LIFE AND YOU CAN READ AN UNEMOTIONAL ACCOUNT .HASHOMER ACHI ANOCHI?????

  • esther noodelman

    I AGREE THAT THE JEWS WILL NOT BE REDEEMED UNTIL THEY UNITE AS ONE. HOW CAN WE PAT OURSELVES ON THE BACK THAT WE UNITED AGAINST OUR INNOCENT BOYS IN ISRAEL.BUT HOW ABOUT UNITING IN RALLYING,I MEAN VISIBLE IN YOUR FACE RALLYING LIKE WE DID FOR SOVIET JEWRY IN THE 80’S..WE GOT INTERFSAITH GROUPS JOINING CANADIAN JEWISH CONGRESS AND ALL THE JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS & ALL THE SYNAGOGUES AND UNIVERSITIES.WHY ARE WE PATTING OURSELVES ON THE BACK FOR NOT RALLYING BIG TIME FOR OUR BROTHER JONATHAN POLLARD WHO HAS UNDERGONE SERIOUS INTESTINAL SURGERIES.WHERE IS YOUR SENSE OF RACHAMIM.DO WE ONLY FEEL FOR HANIYAH & HIS SICK GRANDCHILD & GET HIM THE BEST OF CARE.HASHOMER ACHI ANOCHI? AM I REALLY MY BROTHER’S KEEPER? OUR TORAH BEGINS WITH TZEDEK,TZEDEK TIRDOF! WHERE IS THAT JEWISH BLOOD? DO YOU ONLY WORRY ABOUT PUBLIC OPINION?? THE WORLD ADMIRES PEOPLE WHO TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN.tIME TO UNITE AND GET JONATHAN POLLARD, TELL JOSEPH LIEBERMAN TO NEGATE HIS HORRIBLE OATH VS POLLARD. REMEMBER,AS MR COHEN SO CLEARLY STATED
    WHEN IS G D EXALTED?
    WHEN THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE UNITED.
    I BEG OF YOU,WE DON’T SLEEP AT NIGHT THINKING HOW WE SHUT OUR MOUTHS WHEN THE ROSENBERGS WERE KILLED ON THE ELECTRIC CHAIR BECAUSE THE JEWS AT THAT TIME SHUT THEIR EYES,EARS AND MOUTHS.
    IS ANYBODY LISTENING? DO THE FEDERATIONS ONBLY THINK ABOUT MONEY AND FORGET WE NEED THEIR VOIUCES AND MORE IMPORTANTLY,NOT TO STOP VOICES LIKE MINE AND THE ORGANIZATION..JUSTICE FOR JONATHAN POLLARD.READ ,GO CLICK ON JUSTICE FOR JONATHAN POLLARD And you will see that all of your silence IS CAUSING UNTOLD INJUSTICE!!!

  • Midrash Tanchuma, Parshat Nitzabim, end of chapter 1:

    The Jews will not be redeemed until they unite as one…

    when they unite, they receive the Divine Presence.

  • Midrash Tanchuma, Parshat Emor, end of chapter 17:
    When is G_d exalted?
    When the Jewish People are united.

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