July 2, 2014 1:42 pm

Montreal to hold memorial for murdered Israeli teens

Israelis mourns and light candles in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on June 30, 2014.

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MONTREAL — Montrealers are coming together on Wednesday for a memorial for the three Israeli teenagers kidnapped and murdered on their way home from school.

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs-Québec together with the Federation CJA, the Montreal Jewish community and Montrealers from all backgrounds will hold a memorial on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Gelber Conference Centre, next to the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre at 5151, Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine.

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“I think the Jewish community of Montreal, Jews around the world and people of good conscience are mourning the lives of these three boys,” said Eta Yudin, the associate director of Quebec Public Affairs and Jewish Community Relations for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs in Quebec.

“I think people need an outlet to express themselves to convey a sense of grief, to remember them. To stand up to say that this is not something that we can accept.”

The young men were kidnapped on June 12, while hitchhiking home from a religious school in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Kfar Etzion.

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Israeli soldiers discovered the bodies of Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, both aged 16, and 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah north of the West Bank city of Hebron on Monday.

A joint funeral for the three teenagers was held on Tuesday in Israel and was attended by thousands.

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