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Mother of kidnapped teen addresses UNHRC

(JNS.org) Rachel Frankel, the mother of one of the kidnapped Israeli teens, told the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that she is living “every mother’s nightmare” as she urged the international body to do more to help rescue her son Naftali, along with two other teens abducted on June 12. “My son texted me – said he’s on his way home – and then he’s gone. Every mother’s nightmare is waiting and waiting endlessly for her child to come home,” Frankel told the UNHRC. Frankel, who was joined by the mothers of Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah, described how her son “loved to play guitar and basketball” and that the other teens were “good boys” and “loved sports.”

“That is why we three mothers have come here today, before the UN, and before the world, to ask everyone to do whatever they can to bring back our boys.”

Frankel also thanked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for condemning the kidnapping as well as other international organizations such as the International Red Cross for their help. Frankel, who was given floor time by the NGO UN Watch, addressed the UNHRC during its “Agenda Item 7” debate, which at each UNHRC session mandates a discussion of Israel’s human rights record. The UNHRC is widely criticized as being an anti-Israel and anti-Semitic body.

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