On Sunday, Israeli actress Moran Atias took a stand in Times Square—literally—to draw attention to the abduction of three Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. For several minutes, she stood in the middle of the busy thoroughfare, holding a sign which read: “Three Israeli teens KIDNAPPED from their homeland. Eyal. Naftali. Gilad.” Over the course of the three minute video posted to Atias’ Facebook page, passersby glance at the poster, though no-one stops to converse or ask about its meaning. Atias also uploaded a shorter version of the video to her Instagram page, with the following message:
“Three Israeli teens were KIDNAPPED from Their homeland. Eyal . Gil-Ad and Naftali . My heart is with their family and my mind is with my country. ALWAYS no matter how far I am.”
The boys—Gilad Shaar, 16, Naftali Frankel, 16, Eyal Yifrach, 19—were kidnapped on Thursday night while hitchhiking in the West Bank, where they are all studying at Yeshiva. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed Hamas for the boys’ disappearance, but no organization has come forward to claim responsibility.
Atias rose to fame as model, but her breakthrough acting role was as Inez in the 2008 TV spin-off of the Oscar-winning film, Crash. She is currently starring in Third Person with Liam Neeson and Mila Kunis.[h/t Haaretz]