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Group seeking info on MIAs suspends activity

Ynet learns Born to Freedom in financial trouble; chairman says group will explain move in press release

The Born to Freedom Foundation, which works to obtain information on missing Israeli soldiers, has suspended its activities until further notice.


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The organization's chairman told Ynet on Monday that it would issue a press release soon to explain the move. "I have a lot to say on what has brought us to this situation, but I will explain everything in the statement," Maj.-Gen. (res.) Eyal Ben Reuven said.


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Announcement on foundation's website


Ynet has learned that Born to Freedom was forced to suspend its activities due to financial difficulties. In early 2010 Defense Minister Ehud Barak set up a committee that called to reduce government funding for the foundation. The group, in turn, claimed Barak had decided to "shut the organization down."


Some families of missing IDF soldiers also criticized the defense minister's position.


The Born to Freedom Foundation was established in 2004. Over the past few years it has continued to obtain information on MIAs, including the soldiers who went missing during the Battle of Sultan Yacoub in Lebanon (1982) and Israel Air Force navigator Ron Arad, who was captured by enemy forces on 16 October 1986 after his aircraft was shot down over Lebanon.


The group has also worked to obtain information on IDF soldier Guy Hever, who went missing in August 1997, and on the disappearance of Druze soldier Majdi Halabi in May 2005.


Initial information was received via the Red Mail



פרסום ראשון: 01.02.12, 19:07
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