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Israeli mom of missing teen pleads for UN to help

June 24, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — The mother of one of three Israeli teenagers who disappeared in the West Bank earlier this month pleaded to the United Nations and the world on Tuesday to do more to help find them.

Rachelle Fraenkel told the U.N. Human Rights Council that she is living every mother’s nightmare to have her 16-year-old Israeli-American son Naftali kidnapped with the other two boys on their way home from school and to receive “nothing, no news, no sign of life.”

On behalf of the advocacy group U.N. Watch, she told the 47-nation council on Tuesday that it has a duty to fulfill and “much more can be done and should be done by so many.”

The three Jewish seminary students disappeared June 12 while hitchhiking in the West Bank. Israel has blamed the Islamic militant Hamas group for the apparent abduction, but has offered no proof.

“My son texted me, he said he is on his way home. And then he is gone,” Fraenkel said.

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