“Help us to free the three boys kidnapped in Israel”.
Shocked and saddened by the abduction of Eyal, Naftali and Gilad in the West Bank, a group of Italian Jews, among them Noemi Di Segni and Silvia Mosseri, members of the council of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, gathered in San Peter Square on Sunday morning during the weekly address of the Pope before the Mass.
#BringBackOurBoys read the banner at the rally, inspired by the social campaign launched in the past months to free 200 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
“The last news from Israel and the abduction of three young students by Islamic extremists, cause us anxiety and pain – declared the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities Renzo Gattegna – After joining the pope last week, after praying together for peace, after invoking a special blessing for a tortured and complex region, it is time to find us together in action. We must demand governments and institutions a firm and effective engagement. We expect the same level of engagement and condemnation from all the guests of the gathering in the Vatican, starting from the president of the Palestinian Authority Abu Mazen”.
A special prayer session for the freedom of the three Israeli teens was held on Sunday night at the Great Synagogue of Rome.