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Hundreds Hold Vigil Outside Israeli Consulate in New York

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Originally published by Haaretz.com

Several hundred people waving Israeli flags and expressing grief and solidarity held a vigil in New York on Monday night after the bodies of three missing Israeli teenagers were found in the occupied West Bank.

The bodies of the teens, Eyal Yifrah, 19, Gilad Shaar and U.S.-Israeli national Naftali Fraenkel, both 16, were found in a field near Hebron, a militant stronghold, not far from a road where they were believed to have been abducted while hitchhiking on June 12, security officials said.

The kidnapping near a settlement in the West Bank appalled Israelis, who rallied behind the youngsters’ families in a display of national unity reminiscent of times of war or national crisis in a country with deep political and religious divisions.

Earlier on Monday, U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the killings but called on all parties to exercise restraint.

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