The families of Israel’s three kidnapped soldiers, Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, began a series meetings with European officials in Brussels.
Buses from around Europe transported people for a mass rally, showing support for the kidnapped troops.
The rally will be led by family members of the kidnapped soldiers as thousands of Jews from throughout Europe as well as parliament members are expected to participate.
Family members met with the head of the Red Cross delegation to the European Union Silvi Juno. She informed the families that there is no new information about the fate of their loved ones. Juno said that every single Red Cross representative in the Middle East sees dealing with the kidnapped soldiers as a top priority. She also said that contacts are being made through secret channels.
Miki Goldwasser, Ehud's mother, was outraged that the Red Cross could not successfully pass on to Hizballah their letters to their sons.
The rally's organizers hoped that despite the cold and rainy weather, up to 3,000 people would attend the rally.
The families are scheduled to visit Geneva next week for a meeting with the secretary general of the Red Cross.