by Boaz Bismuth
June 25, 2014
As the mothers of the other two kidnapped Israeli teens sat behind her, Rachel Frenkel, the mother of Naftali Frenkel, made a moving plea before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday. After Frenkel’s speech, I saw two Muslim representatives outside, one from Western Sahara and the other from Morocco, and asked them for a reaction to the speech and the kidnapping in general.
“What kidnapping?” one asked. The other said, “I haven’t heard about it.” This is what happens when the world is preoccupied with the World Cup.
Given this state of affairs, the trip of Rachel Frenkel, Bat-Galim Shaer and Iris Yifrach to Geneva on Tuesday was very important.
Not only does the world not care, the world (largely) is simply unaware of the kidnapping. For this exact reason, the head of U.N. Watch, Hillel Neuer, arranged for Frenkel to address the council, which, as usual, was hostile to Israel during Tuesday’s meeting and dealt mainly with Palestinian suffering while ignoring the other side. The council focused on the “oppression” of the Palestinians. How kind of them to give two minutes to talk about the kidnapping. Long live fairness.
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