Rachel Frenkel addresses UN Human Rights Council, call for “much more can be done” as Operation Brother’s Keeper enters its 12th day
Rachel Frenkel addresses the Human Rights Council in Geneva
The mother of Naftali Frenkel,16, one of the three kidnapped teenagers addressed the Human Rights Council on Tuesday. Rachel Frenkel addressed the Council in Geneva alongside the mothers of Eyal Yifrah,19, Gilad Shaer,16.
Operation Brother’s Keeper has now entered its 12th day with the Israeli cabinet voting Tuesday morning to lesson the scope of the mission by reducing security forces in the West Bank and focus on intelligence gathering.
In her speech she focused on being a mother and wanting her son to come home. She avoided politics, thanking bother the Red Cross and UN for their time. She stated, “Twelve days ago, my son Naftali, and two other teenage students, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Shaer, whose mothers are sitting behind me, were kidnapped on their way home from school. Since then, we’ve heard nothing: no news, no sign of life.”
She emphasized that more could be done to bring the boys home stating, “I believe much more can be done, and should be done- by so many. That is why we three mothers have come here today, before the United Nations, and before the world, to ask everyone, to do whatever they can, to bring back our boys.”
Ending her speech, she stated, “Mr. President, it is wrong to take children, innocent boys or girls, and use them as instruments of any struggle. It is cruel. This council is charged with protecting human rights. I wish to ask: Doesn’t every child have the right to come home safely from school?”