Israel’s war with Hezbollah this summer began with the kidnapping of two
Israeli soldiers across the northern border. It followed by three weeks the
kidnapping of another soldier by Hamas across the border of the Gaza Strip.
As winter comes to the Middle East, Udi Goldwasser, Eldad Regev and
Gilad Shalit remain in the hands of terrorists - alone and cut off >from
everything they have ever known. We had hoped that a way would have been
found to bring them home already, but the passage of time gives us no
reason for greater optimism. None of us can stand idly by when we have a
chance to raise our voices on their behalf and in concert with the voices
of their families.
There is a coalition of Jewish organizations, programs and schools who
are involved in a nation-wide outreach effort on behalf of Israel’s
kidnapped soldiers. The goal is to secure 1,000,000 signatures on a
letter to the new Secretary General of the UN by mid-February, at which
time a major event, involving the families of the soldiers, will be
convened to present the letters.The campaign is described in simple detail
at the web site www.freethesoldiers.org. (the letter is copied below)
Join us in our effort to bring international attention to their plight by
adding your name to the petition at this website -
Help us to make sure that their families know
that they are not alone in their struggle to bring their sons, their
brothers and their husbands home.
It will only take a moment to take add your name. Then, we have one more
request. Take another moment to send this e-mail to everyone you know.
When we reach one million signatures, we will join organizations from
across the Jewish world in delivering our petitions to the UN and to the
halls of power everywhere.
Your partnership is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Masorti Olami - MERCAZ Olami - Marom Olami
13 Ben Yehuda St.P.O. Box 2564Jerusalem 91024
Tel : +972-2-624-7106
Dear Mr. Secretary-General,
We respectfully ask that you join us in clearly and immediately demanding
the release of the three Israeli soldiers kidnapped by Hezbollah and Hamas
this past summer. We urge you to do everything in your power to help
secure their release by implementing U.N. Security Council Resolution
1701, which requires Hezbollah and the Lebanese government to release Ehud
Goldwasser and Eldad Regev. Further, we urge you to demand that Hamas
unconditionally release Gilad Shalit. We also request that you garner
information about, and demand the release of, Israel’s other missing
soldiers, Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman, Yehudah Katz, Ron Arad and Guy
Hever. We are simultaneously delivering copies of these petitions to
members of the United States government, including President George W.
Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and
members of the U.S. Congress.Thank you for your attention.