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Israeli summits Everest in memory of friend Matan Lior, killed Oct. 7

Former tech entrepreneur Ran Krauss dedicates his ascent of world’s tallest mountain to friend killed at Supernova festival while trying to save partygoers

Matan Lior Mordechai (Courtesy)
Matan Lior Mordechai (Courtesy)

Israeli climber Ran Krauss became the 11th Israeli to summit Mount Everest when he reached the top of the world’s tallest mountain last week at the end of a climb dedicated to Matan Lior, who was killed by Gazan terrorists at the Supernova music festival on October 7.

Speaking to Channel 12, Krauss said that from the moment he set out on his 50-day trek, he knew he wanted to dedicate his summit, and his photo at the top, to Lior.

“I wanted to dedicate this emotional moment to my friend Matan Mordechai Lior, who was cruelly murdered on October 7, while helping whoever he could with supreme heroism to save many lives,” he said.

Lior, 35, from Sde Hemed, was a well-known figure in Israel’s music scene. He provided the amplification system, electrical infrastructure, and lighting for the Supernova festival, where 364 people were killed on October 7.

Lior remained at the site even after the attack began, announcing directions toward emergency exits to try to help people escape as the gunmen were carrying out their murderous rampage. He was eventually slain.

According to Channel 12, Krauss prepared for the climb by hiking up Mount Hermon and Masada in Israel.

A former tech entrepreneur, Krauss left the industry several years ago and began climbing some of the world’s tallest mountains.

On October 7, Hamas-led terrorists infiltrated Israel in a shock onslaught, killing some 1,200 people and kidnapping 252.

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