February 19, 1997
The National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council (NJCRAC), on this tenth anniversary year of the capture of Israel Air Force Captain Ron Arad, expresses its continued deep concern over the fate of Israeli MIAs and the anguish of those families whose husbands, fathers and sons are stiff missing in action.
Israeli soldiers Zachary Baumel, Zvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz have been missing since 1982. Israel Air Force Captain Ron Arad was taken prisoner in Lebanon in October 1986. Their families have been living in pain and anxiety these many years, not knowing the status of their loved ones and the condition in which they are being held.
We urge the American government to keep the issue of the Israeli MIAs on its foreign affairs agenda and we urge the Administration to use its good offices to persuade those parties with knowledge of the fate of the MIAs to provide information that could lead to their release. We call on the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, to reinvigorate UN efforts on this important humanitarian issue.
The NJCRAC reaffirms its pledge to support fully and actively efforts to increase public awareness of the MIAs to obtain information regarding their fate and to secure their safe return to their families.