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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Miriam Baumel says she remains obdurate and unrelenting in her pursuit to determine the fate of her son Zachary, pictured here.

30 years later, missing IDF trio is all but forgotten

By Hillel Kuttler, JTA June 13, 2012

Soon after the Lebanon War began in June 1982, Avigdor Chen’s tank unit fell into a trap. Artillery rained from high ground occupied by the Syrians near the village of Sultan Yacoub. The battle continued all night. When dawn broke, Chen saw a struck...

Noam Shalit, father of kidnapped israeli soldier Gilad Shalit,
sits unerneath a banner depicting his son, and late kidnapped
soldier Ron Arad (R), in a protest tent set up in support of
Gilads release outside the Prime Ministers residence in jerusalem
on June 02, 2011. Former Egyptian Ambassador to Israel Muhammad
Basyuni claimed that a deal for the release of Shalit would be
announced within a few hours. The Prime Ministers Office
responded saying no breakthrough had been made in the continuing
talks for Shalits release. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Five years on, Shalit’s imprisonment an open wound for Israel

By Linda Gradstein, JTA June 26, 2011

JERUSALEM — Michal Naamani went to Jerusalem from her home in a town near Kfar Saba on Friday to hand out yellow ribbons to passersby and bumper stickers to motorists reading "Gilad is alive." A high school teacher, Naamani felt she wanted to do something...

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