Comptroller Scott Stringer hosted last Thursday a press conference in solidarity with the families of three Israeli teenagers kidnapped near Gush Etzion. Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frankel and Eyal Yifrach are believed to have been abducted in a deliberate act of terrorism by Hamas.
“These three teens were walking home from school, as so many of our children do every day, when they were taken in a despicable act of cowardice,” Stringer said. “As a father of two young boys of my own, I can’t imagine the heartbreak these families are going through right now.”
One of the boys, Naftali Frankel, is a dual Israeli-American citizen and has family in both Brooklyn and upstate New York.
“My prayers,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, “are with the three young men kidnapped in Israel, including Naftali Frankel, who is an American citizen. … It is essential that the Palestinian government, first, denounce this horrible act, and, second, demand from Hamas that the boys be immediately released.”
“These kidnappings are deeply disturbing and troubling,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said.
Also at the news conference were Reps. Jerry Nadler, Hakeem Jeffries, and Michael Grimm; Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer; Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; and many state legislators and city council members.