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Robert Levinson’s Family Rallies For His Release from Iran

(JTA) — The family of Robert Levinson, a Jewish-American man who disappeared from Iran in 2007, held a rally, calling on the U.S. and Iran to work together to get him released.

Levinson, 68, of Coral Springs, Florida, a private detective and a former FBI agent, has been missing since disappearing from Iran’s Kish Island during what has since been revealed as a rogue CIA operation.

Wednesday will mark nine years since Levinson went missing.

Levinson family members, representatives of the FBI and politicians spoke Saturday at the rally in Coral Springs, Florida, the Sun Sentinel newspaper reported.

Many of the some 200 people that attended the rally pinned yellow ribbons to their clothing, and held signs with the hashtag reading: #WhatAboutBob. Also at the rally was glass jars filled with 3,288 hand-painted yellow rocks, each representing one day that Levinson has been held hostage.

The Obama administration said in January that Iran will “deepen its coordination” with the United States in efforts to find Levinston and return him to his family. The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a non-binding resolution last month urging Iran to fulfill its pledge to help find Levinson.

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