2001-06-02 / Front Page

Rockaway Residents Walk For Israel

Rockaway Residents Walk For Israel

By Gary G. Toms

On June 10, 2001, a community-wide walk-a-thon will be held on behalf of the citizens of Israel who have been killed since September 20, 2000. A rally will also be held to remember the Israeli soldiers and citizens who are being held as hostages.

The goal is to have participation from all the Jewish organizations within the Rockaway peninsula and to make people more aware of the plight of Israel.

"Presently, I have commitments from our local representatives and the Israeli Consulate to supply speakers for this important event. Monsignor Geraghty has been invited to attend and speak at the march as well", states Stephen Lefkowitz, one of the event coordinators.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in front of Ohab Zedek, located at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 135 Street. The walk will take place at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine, and a series of rallies and speeches will be held at Beth El Community Center.

On-street parking permits will be provided for the walk. Donations are $10 per person, and you can contact Stephen Lefkowitz, at (718) 318-1010, for more information.

Since the founding of the state of Israel in 1948, over four hundred Israeli soldiers have been declared "Missing in Action". Only eight of these cases are officially listed as "soldiers missing but presumed to be alive". Three soldiers, Zachary Baumel, an American citizen, Tzvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz were captured in 1982. The fourth soldier, Ron Arad, was captured in 1986.

Recently, four more names were added to the list of the missing. On October 7, 2000, Hizbullah terrorists crossed the Lebanese border into Israel and abducted three Israeli soldiers. The soldiers, identified as Adi Avitan, Binyamin Avraham and Omar Souad, are being held in Lebanon.

On October 15, Hizbullah announced that another Israeli citizen, 54-year old Eichanan Tannenbaum, had also been taken captive.

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