Zachary Baumel Zvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz

Israel’s Abducted Soldiers: Read Their Stories

Zachary Baumel
Zachary Baumel, a dual Israeli-American citizen, was captured by Syrian army forces during the battle of Sultan Yakoub on June 11, 1982. Reports as recent as two years ago indicated that Baumel is alive and being held incommunicado by the Syrian government.

Twenty-four years later, Baumel’s parents Miriam and Yona are still eagerly awaiting the day when they will be reunited with their son.

Zvi Feldman
Zvi Feldman was captured in the battle of Sultan Yakoub along with Zachary Baumel (see above) on June 11, 1982. At the time of his capture, he and his girlfriend were seriously considering marriage.

Feldman’s father fled Europe after his entire family was killed in the Holocaust. His mother was a Moroccan immigrant.

Yehuda Katz
Yehuda Katz was the third soldier captured in the battle of Sultan Yakoub on June 11, 1982 (see “Zachary Baumel” and “Zvi Feldman” above). The son of Holocaust survivors Yosef and Sarah, Katz was a star pupil who spent all his days and nights in the Yeshiva beit midrash and dreamed of one day being a leading Judaic scholar and rabbinic figure.

May all of these soldiers speedily return to their friends, families and country.

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