To the global call for the release of the three kidnapped Israeli teens Eyal Yifrah, Naftali Fraenkel, and Gil-Ad Shaer joined The Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors. Hundreds of Jewish leaders from around the world held up placards bearing the phrase #BringBackOurBoys.
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The #BringBackOurBoys campaign was launched shortly after it was announced that the three Israeli teens had been kidnapped. It has since been used by individuals and organizations around the world to help raise awareness of the teens’ and their families’ plight.
Hundreds of leaders from Jewish organizations and communities around the world gathered in Israel to participate in The Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors meetings this week in Jerusalem. Speakers at the gathering included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Speaker of the Knesset Yuli (Yoel) Edelstein, Minister of Education Rabbi Shai Piron, Minister of Environmental Protection Amir Peretz, and Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel Natan Sharansky.
Discussions during the three-day event focused on initiatives spearheaded by The Jewish Agency in partnership with the Government of Israel and world Jewry to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people and strengthen young Jews’ connections to Jewish life and to the State of Israel. Board members were presented with reports on the dramatic increases in Aliyah (immigration to Israel) from France and Ukraine and the expansion of Jewish Agency activities in those countries and elsewhere around the world. The participants also discussed the fight against rising anti-Semitism and efforts to combat the delegitimization of Israel. Earlier today, members of the Board of Governors went to the Knesset to meet with Members of Knesset from across the political spectrum and discuss issues affecting the Jewish world and Israel-Diaspora relations.