Mothers of 3 Israeli boys kidnapped and murdered by Muslim terrorists to light torch for Independence Day
Iris Yifrach, Bat-Galim Shaer, and Racheli Fraenkel, the mothers of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and murdered by Muslim terrorists in 2014, will be honored with lighting a torch at Israel’s 71st Independence Day ceremony, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev announced.
The women are Rachel Frankel, mother of Naftali; Bat-Galim Sha’er, mother of Gil-ad; and Iris Yifrach, mother of Eyal.
On 12 June 2014, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped at the bus/hitchhiking stop at the Jewish community of Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion, as they were hitchhiking to their homes. The three teens were Naftali Frenkel (16, from Nof Ayalon), Gil-ad Shaer (16, from Talmon), and Eyal Yifrah (19, from Elad).
Israeli security forces and volunteers searched exhaustively for the three boys, and Jews around the world organized prayer rallies for them under the slogan #BringBackOurBoys. Ultimately, the teens’ bodies were found on June 30, 2014. They had been shot and murdered the day they went missing, within minutes of entering the terrorists’ car.
During the search, the families were interviewed exhaustively. The mothers flew to Geneva, Switzerland, to make an appeal to the UN Human Rights Council. Racheli Fraenkel, the only one among them who was fluent in English, became the face of the “Bring Our Boys Home” campaign in the international media.
Almost overnight, the three families went from leading anonymous and private lives to being household names. Their sons’ joint funeral was televised live, and their shivas were public affairs.
Naftali, Gil-ad, and Eyal were buried side by side, wrapped in Israeli flags.