Rachel Frankel’s Speech at the UN Human Rights Council

Every mother’s nightmare is waiting and waiting endlessly for her child to come home.

The full text of Rachel Frankel’s statements at the United Nations Human Rights Council:

My name is Rachel Frankel, and I live in Israel. I’ve come here today as a mother. 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.

With your permission, I’d like to tell you about the boys. My son Naftali is 16. He loves to play guitar and basketball. He’s a good student and a good boy – a combination of serious and fun. Eyal loves to play sports and cook. Gilad is an amateur pastry chef, and loves movies.

My son texted me – said he’s on his way home – and then he’s gone. Every mother’s nightmare is waiting and waiting endlessly for her child to come home.

We wish to express our profound gratitude for the waves of prayers, support and positive energy, pouring in from around the world.

Being in this assembly, I wish to thank the UN Secretary-General for condemning the abduction of our boys, expressing his solidarity with the families, and calling for their immediate release.

And I thank the International Red Cross for stating clearly that international humanitarian law prohibits the taking of hostages, and for demanding the immediate and unconditional release of our boys.

At the same time, 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.

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?

We just want them back in our homes, in their beds. We just want to hug them again. Thank you, Mr. President.

Comments (15)

(14) Ester Zirkind, February 7, 2021 6:48 PM

Trying to get in touch with Rachel Frankel

This is Ester Zirkind, from Toronto. I am a writer, BH. My first book is coming out Pesach time. iyH.
I am trying to connect with Rachel Frankel, from Gush Etzion, to ask her permission for something. (She is one of the three mothers of the teens that were killed, that began the war summer 2014.) I wonder if you can help me locate her information?
Thank you so much,
Kol tuv,

(13) Katherine, June 26, 2014 3:32 PM

Prayers and hopes are with you, keep strong, kids feel their mothers presents.

(12) Manasseh, June 26, 2014 12:03 AM

A Child Like My Child

When I think about my children I find myself praying that Hashem will find these children and give the parents solace
HASHEM hear our prayers

(11) sharona, June 25, 2014 8:10 PM

The UN doesn't' care. It would be nice if they did but they don't. All we have is each other and G-d. Stay strong, we are with you and G-d is with you

(10) S. Rung-Laux, June 25, 2014 3:41 PM

I hope, they´ll be back soon! This kidnapping is evil.

(9) Rose McKinlay, June 25, 2014 10:57 AM

A very testing time for the parents and Israel

I am a Christian from Australia. My church is praying for the boys release and for the families concerned. We are praying for a miracle.

(8) Beverly Margolis-Kurtin, June 25, 2014 3:41 AM

The world doesn't care

Let's face it, the world does not give a damn whether the boys are returned or not. The UN could care less about three Jewish boys, all they care about are the lies about how Israel maltreats Arabs.
I feel as though my heart has been ripped out and stomped on.
I pray for their safe return.

(7) Rachel, June 24, 2014 6:00 PM

What was the reaction?

After Mrs. Fraenkel made her comments was their a reaction or comments from the committee ?
Hashem should send our boys home today

(6) Anonymous, June 24, 2014 5:45 PM

My prayers are for the safe release of the 3 kidnapped boys.

I pray for the kidnapped boys' safe release by the kidnappers. What a terrible thing to do. And let the kidnappers realize the results will be devastating to those who commiitted this act and to those who support it. The Israelis will be justified in attacking and destroying the kidnappers and their supporters.


(5) Victoria Bingham, June 24, 2014 4:35 PM

We sre standing with you in prayer

Dear Mrs. Frankel, My family is praying and petitioning God for the safe release of these young men; your sons. We are praying that our president opens his eyes and his heart and sees fit to make demands of the captors. It is the only right thing to do. God sees everything; and is the judge of the whole earth. God help them.

(4) Diane, June 24, 2014 3:50 PM

It is is strange that public figures are so silent

As a mother and grandmother (son and family living in Tel Aviv), I can understand the pain you all must be feeling. I applaud your courage for speaking out in the UN. It is sad that this US President is so silent on this topic, unlike when the Nigerian girls were kidnapped. It is a travesty. Children are innocents and not political pawns. Everyday, I pray and say Tehillim for your sons' safe return home you and their families. I want you to know that we stand by you, feel your pain, and are doing what we can to get the word out. Msy Hashem bring your sons, our boys, home safe and sound.

(3) Anonymous, June 24, 2014 2:55 PM

wow! beautiful words

May Hashem give you menuchas hanefesh (peace of mind) and to all of klal yisroel (the Jewish Nation) as well. We are all together AS ONE FAMILY. we will continue to daven (pray) as long as it takes , may moshiach come as quickly as possible.

(2) vera gara, June 24, 2014 2:37 PM

I hope and pray that the boys will return safely Enough is enough

(1) Joan Michel, June 24, 2014 2:21 PM

The Silence Roars

where's the world? where's our president? GET THE BOYS BACK!

Lisa, June 25, 2014 2:09 AM

Why wonder about Poole who truly don't care...

Our president does not care.....silence is acquiescence !! Let the nation of Israel handle this, as only they can!! Am Yisrael Chai !!


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