Cross country car rally to remember the kidnapped soldiers

Tuesday, January 09, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

In light of the six month anniversary of the kidnapping of Udi Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, and in light of the lack of progress to bring them back or receive any proof of life from them, the Public Campaign for the Return of the Kidnapped Soldiers will hold a car rally across the country this Friday to raise awareness for their cause.

The rally, named the “Voyage of Freedom,” will start at Paris Square in Jerusalem near the residence of the prime minister; will travel to the Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, will continue through the homes of the three soldiers (and will pick up the family members), and will end in the community of Zarit on the northern border, the spot where the two soldiers were kidnapped in July.

The final gathering will feature speakers from the families, the platoon, and their communities, and a special prayer will be said for them. The prayer was written by Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, former Chief Rabbi of Israel and current Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv.

After the gathering, the members of the platoon will march to “point 105,” the spot of the kidnapping. The Public Campaign for the Return of the Kidnapped Soldiers is calling the public to join the rally and to demand the Israeli government to bring them back home.

“We didn’t think we will arrive at this date,” said Mickey Leibovitch, head of the campaign. “The negligence and the failure of the government on the issue of the kidnapped soldiers places a big question mark on our leaders’ commitment for the wellbeing of soldiers who go to the mission in the name of the state. The three soldiers were sent by the State of Israel to protect its borders, are held in captivity for more than six months, without any knowledge of their fate. I call on the Israeli public to join us on Friday to strengthen the families and to demand that the government do more to bring Udi, Eldad, and Gilad back home,” Leibovitch said.

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