Memorializing three Israel teens who were abducted and slain by Palestinians terrorists last summer, a supergroup of musical artists joined forces to film a video for a song with their classmates in the Makor Haim high school yeshiva.
Titled “Open Your Heart,” the song and its video describe the months following the killing of Gil-ad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach, and the ordeal endured by their families and friends.
“Less than a year has passed since an entire nation held its breath, praying as one for the safe return [of the teens, who for several weeks were thought to have been kidnapped],” David D’Or, the acclaimed Israeli vocalist who wrote the music for the song, told Channel 10 Tuesday.
“I was graced with the honor of memorializing that sense of unity, the mass prayers and the blessed memory of the three boys,” he said.
Shaar, Fraenkel and Yifrach were abducted from a hitchhiking post in Gush Etzion in the central West Bank on June 12 and shot dead shortly afterward, their bodies hidden in a field. Their disappearance sparked a massive search, as well as a strong crackdown on Hamas in the area.
Tensions were further ratcheted up after their bodies were found and the Palestinian teenager Muhammed Abu Kdheir was killed in Jerusalem in an alleged revenge attack. The events were a major contributor to the summer’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
In the months following the recovery of the teens’ bodies, their classmates sought ways to memorialize them, and came up with the idea of producing a song. They enlisted D’Or to the project, and he wrote the lyrics and composed the music along with musician Ilan Keynan.
Premiering in January during the Begin Prize ceremony in Jerusalem, D’Or brought together some of Israel’s top recording artists to collaborate on the song, including David Broza, Kobi Aflalo and Yonatan Razel. The video released Wednesday further amplifies the emotional journey the entire nation went through since the abduction.
In December, Hussam Kawasme, a 40-year-old Palestinian man, was found guilty of planning and financing the kidnapping and killing of the three teens. Kawasme previously served six years in an Israeli prison for his involvement in Hamas terror attacks.
Stuart Winer and Mitch Ginsburg contributed to this report.