On Wednesday morning, Nachum Segal, the popular radio host of ‘JM in the AM’ attacked Senator Charles Schumer for remaining silent on the recent kidnappings of the three Yeshiva boys in Israel. Various Jewish news outlets attacked the Senator for remaining silent as well. YWN also received numerous emails asking why the senior Jewish U.S. Senator has remained silent. The truth is, he hasn’t remained silent.
YWN was sent the following statement by Senator Schumer a few days ago. YWN chose not to publish it due to the fact that we were receiving dozens of statements from politicians across the country condemning the kidnapping, and were simply unable to publish them all.
The following is his statement:
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called for the immediate release of the three teenage boys who went missing in Israel’s West Bank last Thursday. One of the boys, Naftali Frenkel, is a dual citizen of Israel and the United States. On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated his belief that the kidnappings were perpetrated by Hamas. With the Palestinian Authority backed by Hamas, Schumer today said that the Palestinian government must first denounce this kidnapping and must demand from Hamas that the boys be released and returned home safely.
“My prayers are with the three young men kidnapped in Israel, including Naftali Frenkel, who is an American citizen; as a parent, I can’t begin to imagine what their families are going through. It is essential that the Palestinian government first, denounce this horrible act, and second demand from Hamas that the boys be immediately released.”
– U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
(Chaim Shapiro – YWN)