Tens of thousands attend funeral for slain Israeli teens

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the slain teens' funeral Tuesday. Credit: Israel Hayom screenshot.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Tens of thousands of Israelis arrived Tuesday at the Modiin cemetery for the funeral of the three Israeli teenagers whose murdered bodies were found on Monday. After roads were closed due to the masses of mourners, Israelis walked for miles to pay their last respects to Gilad Shar, Eyal Yifrach, and Naftali Frenkel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres attended the funeral, among many others from the political arena. 

“We learned a lesson from you that we shall not forget—a lesson of faith, determination, unity and sensitivity, of Judaism, of humanity,” Netanyahu told the boys’ families. “An entire nation stood together and was reminded who we are, why we are here. Your light shone even brighter against the terrible darkness of those who want us dead.”

Rachel Frenkel, Naftali’s mother, said, “Rest in peace my child. We will learn to sing without you. We will always hear your voice inside of us.”

Posted on July 2, 2014 .