On Thursday night (12 June), three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists. Following extensive searches in order to locate the three abducted teens – Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha’er and Naftali Frenkel – their bodies were discovered in the area northwest of Hebron, apparently murdered shortly after their abduction.
Eyal Yifrah, 19, was the eldest of seven siblings. He chose to complete his last year of high school in a city with a low socio-economic status, through a program targeted at developing such towns. His family described him as a vital, energetic, sports-loving boy. He was a youth counselor, who loved to travel and play tennis. While Gilad Shalit was in captivity, kidnapped by the Hamas terrorist organization, Eyal made sure to send Facebook message to raise awareness to the fact that Gilad had not seen his parents for five years.
Naftali Frenkel, 16 years old, was the second eldest of seven children, also holding American citizenship. He loved to play basketball and also played the guitar. Naftali was a responsible and poised young boy. He was a gifted student, with a talent for school and academia. Naftali was on his way home from school – and was kidnapped by the Hamas terror organization before he could reach his family.
Gilad Sha’er, 16 years old, was very close to his siblings. He loved to read, listen to music, study hard and spend time with his grandparents. He volunteered to help others, served as a youth counselor and worked with children. He was much loved by his peers and teachers. He would always help around the house and loved to bake, surprising his sisters with a new cake or muffin.