Seated at a table beneath a blazing sun, Orthodox Jewish young men swayed in prayer on Wednesday for the safe return of three teens whose disappearance Israel blames on Hamas Islamists.
“The idea here is to unite and pray that with God’s help we will get good news,” Liad Oryan, 34, tells a reporter, after shutting a book of psalms as he completed his course of worship.
Oryan cited religious duty and social solidarity as his motives for holding vigil alongside other young men taking turns outside the home of missing youth Naftali Fraenkel, 16, a dual U.S.-Israeli national, in Nof Ayalon, a town outside Jerusalem.
Fraenkel disappeared along with Eyal Yifrah, 19, and Gil-Ad Shaer, 16, near a religious seminary at a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank. Israel says they were abducted by Hamas.