Mother of Kidnapped Israeli Teen to Address the UN

All three mothers headed to Geneva to meet with Human Rights Council as well as Red Cross in bid to enlist international help.

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Rachel Fraenkel, left, speaking with Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, June 20, 2014.
Rachel Fraenkel, left, speaking with Sara and Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, June 20, 2014.Credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO

The three mothers of the kidnapped Israeli teenagers plan to speak to the United Nations Human Rights Council in order to enlist international help in freeing their children, Ynet reported Monday.

Rachel Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali Fraenkel, left for Geneva Monday. She will be joined by the mothers of Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Shaar on Tuesday.

The effort to speak to the UN is the initiative of a delegation of young emissaries from the Israeli town of Shoham, which was visiting Switzerland. During discussions in Geneva, the youths raised the possibility of the parents of the kidnap victims speaking.

Hillel Neuer, director of UN Watch, is organizing the trip, according to Ynet. The parents hesitated, and the Foreign Ministry recommended they decline the offer. In the end, however, Foreign Ministry official Daniel Miron will accompany the mothers and organize local meetings for them, Ynet reported.

Fraenkel, an American-Israeli citizen, is expected to speak to the UN council and call on the international community to get involved in releasing the boys, whose fate is unknown. A meeting with the International Red Cross is also in the works.

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