Families of hostages Goldberg-Polin, Levy and Cohen to publish video of abduction

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

Left to right: Hersh Goldberg-Polin, Eliya Cohen and Or Levy (Courtesy)
Left to right: Hersh Goldberg-Polin, Eliya Cohen and Or Levy (Courtesy)

The families of hostages Hersh Goldberg-Polin, Or Levy and Eliya Cohen, along with the Hostages and Missing Families Forum, will publish a video at 7 p.m. of the abduction of the three men from the field shelter where they were hiding on October 7.

“The video is a sharp indictment of the abandonment that’s continued for 262 days,” the Forum says in a statement.

Goldberg-Polin and his friend, Aner Shapira, ran to the field shelter as rockets were fired from Gaza. When terrorists stormed the shelter, Shapira was killed while defending others inside by hurling back grenades thrown by the attackers. Goldberg-Polin was taken captive, his right arm blown off from the elbow down.

On April 24, Hamas published a video of Goldberg-Polin, the first sign of life that the family received.

Or Levy reached the Supernova festival with his wife Einav Levy at 6:20 a.m., only nine minutes before the Hamas attack began. Or and Einav also entered the same field shelter. Einav was killed and Or was taken to Gaza as a hostage. Their toddler son, Almog, will mark his third birthday on Tuesday, without his mother or his father.

Eliya Cohen and his girlfriend, Ziv Aboud, went to Supernova with her niece and her nephew’s partner. When the attack began, all four ran to the same field shelter as Goldberg-Polin and the Levys. Ziv Aboud’s family members were killed. Eliya was taken hostage while Ziv survived after being buried under dead bodies.

The two-minute video has been edited and blurred according to the requests of families.

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