Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Tony Orlando Visits Families of Missing Israeli Teens

The pop idol has encouraged people to tie yellow ribbons around trees in support of the lost teens.

By: Shaleni McBain

Published: June 19th, 2014 in News » Israel

Tony Orlando, a popular ‘70s pop sensation, said he visited the families of three missing Israeli teens, and called on his fans to hang three yellow ribbons in solidarity with the youths.

The teens disappeared late last Thursday while coming home from their Jewish seminary in the West Bank. Israel believes the militant group Hamas abducted the boys, and the country launched its most significant military ground operation in over five years to destroy Hamas infrastructure in the West Bank.

According to a videotaped statement from one of the teens homes on Tuesday, Orlando said he was on a pilgrimage in Israel and when he encouraged by friends and locals at his hotel to do something in support of the lost teens.

“I want Israel to know that I intend to go back home and do everything I can to ask the people of America to tie those yellow ribbons, three yellow ribbons, to show support for the three young Israeli boys,” Orlando said.

Orlando was the lead singer of the ‘70s group Tony Orlando and Dawn. His 1973 No. 1 hit, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” became an anthem when American prisoners of war returned from Vietnam, and became popular with Americans with loved ones serving in Iraq. In the hometown of recently freed U.S. prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl, trees have been been covered with yellow ribbons.

With the song making an impact in pop culture, a yellow ribbon often serves as a symbol for a missing loved one.

“Children should not be touched,” Orlando said, explaining his message. “To the captors: please bring those children home.”

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