BLOG: Syria must provide info on MIA American
Posted on June 13, 2012 at 8:48 AM EST
by Ephraim Shapiro
Two days ago in 1982, three members of an Israeli tank crew of were captured by Syrian army forces during the battle of Sultan Yakoub.Â The three young men were Yehuda katz, Tzvi Feldman and dual American-Israeli citizen, Zachary Baumel, a Brooklyn, New York native.
The soldiers, whose status remains MIA, were last seen following the capture along with their tank at a â€śvictory paradeâ€ť in Damascus where they were taunted on display. Time magazine reporter Dean Brelis has given sworn affidavits as an eyewitness to the event.
It is now 30 years – 10,961 days â€“ since three families have been left to wonder, pray and hope for their return, or at the very least some closure. American citizen Yona BaumelÂ spent 27 years, until his last breath in 2009, dedicated to the pursuit of information and activism on behalf of his missing son in the hopes of someday seeing him again.
The Syrian government would be well advised in their current situation as a gesture of good faith to produce even a piece of evidence or intelligence that could shed some light on the fate of these 3 boys, who would â€“ or could – now be in their fifties.