Israeli-American Man Kidnapped by Hamas Confirmed Dead in Captivity in Gaza
An Israeli-American man, Gadi Haggai, has tragically been confirmed dead after being abducted by Hamas and held captive in Gaza. The 73-year-old musician, who served as a flautist in the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra, was kidnapped along with his American-born wife, Judi Weinstein, 70, during a morning walk at the Nir Oz kibbutz.
The harrowing incident took place when Haggai and Weinstein were ambushed, and Weinstein managed to capture the attack on video before both of them were wounded. Their distress was further exacerbated when an ambulance dispatched to assist them was also targeted in an attack, hindering efforts to provide them with immediate medical assistance.
Kibbutz Nir Oz has confirmed Haggai’s death, with his body being held by Hamas while his wife remains in captivity. This devastating turn of events has prompted an outpouring of condolences from both Israeli and international communities. U.S. President Joe Biden expressed his heartfelt sympathy and called for the release of Judi and the other hostages held by Hamas.
Meanwhile, the Hostages and Missing Persons Families Forum paid tribute to Haggai, highlighting his humor and remarkable musical talent. His presence in the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra had brought joy to countless hearts, and his loss is deeply felt by all who knew him.
In this difficult time, the family has requested privacy to cope with this devastating loss. As investigations continue and efforts are made for Judi’s safe return, it is a somber reminder of the ongoing tensions and dangerous situations faced by individuals in the region. The international community stands united in condemning these acts of violence and calling for the immediate and safe release of all hostages held by Hamas.
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