BRUSSELS (Jul. 22)
The European Parliament, the European Community’s legislative body, has adopted a resolution expressing concern over the fate of Lebanese Jews who were abducted several years ago and detained as hostages.
In a resolution introduced by the French Liberal deputy Jean-Thomas Nordmann, the European assembly said it noted with satisfaction the recent release of German hostages detained in Lebanon, the last Western hostages held there.
But it expressed its deep concern over the fate of seven Lebanese Jews who were “kidnapped without motive and detained as hostages.”
The European Parliament called on Lebanon, Syria and Iran to make “the necessary interventions” to free these hostages.
Between 1984 and 1986, 11 Jews were kidnapped in Lebanon. Responsibility was claimed by a group calling itself the Organization of the Oppressed of the Earth. The group later claimed it had killed nine of the captives, but only four bodies were recovered.
The seven missing Jews never accounted for are Selim Mourad Jamous, Elie Hallac, Elie Srour, Isaac Sasson, Yehuda Beniste, Yussef Beniste and Henri Mann.