Was Aharon Sofer kidnapped?
It's now been more than four days since American yeshiva student Aharon Sofer
. His peers started returning to yeshiva last night, and will all be back in yeshiva by tomorrow. But Sofer, who by all indications is a serious student is nowhere to be found. There is a growing fear that Sofer was kidnapped by 'Palestinian' terrorists
Soffer's family members expressed their great anxiety for his
welfare, an anxiety has been heightened by rumors that he may possibly
have been abducted. Three Israeli teens were abducted and murdered by
Hamas terrorists on June 12, and fears over potential copycat crimes
have remained since.
Those fears were heightened after the revenge killing of an
Arab youth soon after the murdered boys' funeral in July. Mohammed
Abu-Khder's body was discovered in the Jerusalem Forest the day after he
In the last two days the police decided to involve the Israel
Security Agency (ISA) in the search for Soffer, after initial efforts
turned up no results.
Likewise members of ZAKA, a disaster rescue organization, have been
actively leading the search, aided by many dozens of volunteers. Also
part of the search is a jeep unit, ATVs (All-Terrain Vehicles), a canine
squad, all combing the area since Shabbat as yet to no avail.
"We don't know how to deal with this," a family member of the missing youth told Arutz Sheva.
"They tell us that there are fears for his life, and there still isn't
even a thread to go on, but what's driving us crazy are the rumors of an
The family member noted on the war in Gaza and growing terror in the
Jerusalem area, adding "in days like these when there is tension about
security, this is the worst scenario that we could have imagined."
One of the sources helping in the search told Arutz Sheva that the danger to Soffer's life increases with each hour that passes, saying "each passing hour that he doesn't contact us raises the concern that he is unable to contact us. There is definitely a fear for his life. Therefore, we ask for the help of the public."
This does not sound like a kid who would just disappear. If you have information, please call the Jerusalem police at 02-5391520, or the 100 emergency police hotline.
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