Missing Them: Waiting for Ron, Gilad, Ehud and Eldad in Airports around the World

I am usually against armchair activism in all its forms, as I believe Israeli citizens should protest on the streets just like their French and Italian peers. With regards to the kidnapped Israeli soldiers, I have seen banners, online petitions and Facebook groups – each one trying to convince me that the boys will be brought home just as soon as one million members sign up.

MissingThem.netI feel different about this coming protest and that is why I am posting about it:
On Thursday, January 24, 2008, people who care enough to leave their houses are encouraged to participate in a grassroots activity that hopefully will grab some media coverage. Students from Emek Yizrael Academic College are asking people from all around the world to drive to their local airport and stand for a while in the arrivals hall, holding a blank A4 paper – with no name on it, as a symbol for the agonizing wait for the soldiers’ arrival. Protestors are encouraged to document themselves in photos and video, to be posted on the (now-defunct) project’s website www.missingthem.net

This act of performance art is intended to raise awareness within the regular meeters and greeters holding name signs of people arriving shortly, and by word of mouth raise awareness among people that will be told of the act later that day by the original bystanders. While the electronic media might cover this event, I am pretty certain the honest effort and true emotions will be filtered by the cold flickering TV screen.

Come if you can! Come if you care!

3 thoughts on “Missing Them: Waiting for Ron, Gilad, Ehud and Eldad in Airports around the World”

  1. Udi, Eldad and Ron are considered dead by rthe IDF and international media. How come you didn’t mention other IDF soldiers who may still be alive.

  2. I agree with your comment about the rest of the Israeli soldiers missing in action. When I first heard about the project I thought choosing four soldiers was somewhat inappropriate, especially since Ron Arad is mentioned but two more recent MIAs (Guy Hever and Majdi Halaby) are not.

    Since I am not affiliated with this project my only comfort is knowing the A4 papers that will be held up tomorrow will be blank, and in my world they will include the name of each of the missing Israeli soldiers, including Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz from the battle of Sultan Yakoub.

    Thanks for the comment.

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