Daily Israel Report

Watch: Popular U.S. Singer Visits Families of Kidnapped Youths

Popular American singer Tony Orlando calls on his fans to hang three yellow ribbons in solidarity with kidnapped youths.
By Hezki Ezra and Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/19/2014, 3:12 AM

Popular 1970s American pop singer Tony Orlando is currently in Israel, where he paid a visit to the families of the three teenagers who were kidnapped by terrorists last week.

According to The Associated Press (AP), Orlando has asked his fans to hang three yellow ribbons in solidarity with the youths, like in the line from his famous song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree”.

The hit song, which Orlando performed with the group Tony Orlando and Dawn, became an anthem when American prisoners of war returned from Vietnam, and again became popular with Americans with loved ones serving in Iraq.

"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, speaking to reporters from outside the home of Naftali Frenkel.

"Our kids stray off on occasion, but we don’t expect them to be kidnapped. We don’t expect cruelty of mind. The only thing to hate is hate itself,” he added.

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