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(4,132 posts)
Mon Oct 9, 2023, 06:35 AM Oct 2023

'The state abandoned her,' says Israeli whose grandmother, 85, was kidnapped to Gaza

As the war in southern Israel rages on, and the death toll already reaching 700 and counting, Israeli officials have obtained information about at least dozens more Israeli citizens who have been kidnapped and are being held captive in Gaza. Among the captives are dozens of American citizens, Thai workers employed in greenhouses in Gaza border towns, as well as citizens of Great Britain, Germany and Russia.

Three of the captives are 34-year-old Adi Koplon - a Canadian citizen and a resident of Holit; Liri Elbag – an IDF observer in Nahal Oz and Yafa Adar - an 85-year-old woman who was filmed being taken into the Gaza Strip by armed terrorists.

Yafa's granddaughter, Adva Adar, wrote a post on Facebook and included a photo of her kidnapped grandmother next to armed terrorists. "This is my grandmother! She was captured and transferred to Gaza. Her name is Yafa Adar, she is 85 years old! My grandmother, who founded the kibbutz with her own bare hands, who believed in Zionism, who loved this country that abandoned her, is kidnapped, probably thrown out somewhere, suffering from severe pain, without medication, without food and water. Scared to death, alone."

Adva also wrote that "no one talks to us, no one knows a thing. We obtained the information through videos that have been circulated online. I want this picture to be engraved in the minds of all members of this disgraceful government. Let them understand that there are people here, elderly and children, women and men, with names and families. I want them not to sleep at night and do whatever is necessary until these people return home."

Adi kidnapped to Gaza, her kids left at the border

Adi Koplon was also abducted by terrorists from her home on Saturday alongside her two children, one is four years old and the other is only six months old. However, the toddlers were found abandoned at the border.
Her father-in-law, Yondav Koplon, said that "Adi was at home alone with her children, because her husband, Benny, was with his brother at a party in Nirim. My two sons were besieged after the party. The partner of one of them was murdered and Adi was kidnapped by Hamas, along with my two grandchildren, from their home. At the border, they separated the mother from her children and Adi was taken into Gaza, while for unknown reasons they abandoned the children at the border in the dead of night."

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'The state abandoned her,' says Israeli whose grandmother, 85, was kidnapped to Gaza (Original Post) Israeli Oct 2023 OP
My heart goes out to claudette Oct 2023 #1
Totally agree with you Israeli Oct 2023 #2
Sounds like claudette Oct 2023 #3


(3,304 posts)
1. My heart goes out to
Mon Oct 9, 2023, 06:50 AM
Oct 2023

all the Israelis and innocent Palestinians who are suffering during this time. It is truly possible to be
PRO-Israel, Pro-Palestinian and ANTI Hamas and ANTI any other group that does not want peace.


(4,132 posts)
2. Totally agree with you
Mon Oct 9, 2023, 07:25 AM
Oct 2023

what needs to be understood is that not all Palestinians support Hamas
or Islamic Jihad neither are all Palestinians terrorists .

there are around 40,000 Hamas fighters in Gaza and most of them are now underground
in special bunkers and tunnels .

When/if we flatten gaza as most pundits are saying we will then its the innocents who
will suffer not Hamas .

First we have to get the hostages back .

That means either negotiate with Hamas or send in ground troops .

We need the experts in charge of the defense ministry not the imbeciles we have right now .

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