Family of 86-year-old hostage ask public to eat ice cream for his birthday

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

Marking hostage Shlomo Mansour's 86th birthday in captivity (Courtesy)
Marking hostage Shlomo Mansour's 86th birthday in captivity (Courtesy)

Hostage Shlomo Mansour, the eldest of over 100 hostages held by Hamas in Gaza since October 7, is marking his 86th birthday today in captivity.

The Iraqi-born Mansour was kidnapped from Kibbutz Kissufim on October 7 by Hamas terrorists, who took him in a car to Gaza.

Mazal, Mansour’s wife of 60 years, was miraculously able to escape.

Mansour managed the kibbutz chicken coop for many years.

Mansour’s family is marking his birthday by asking the public to eat ice cream in honor of the grandfather of 12 and lover of ice cream, and take a picture and post it on social media with the caption Bring.Shlomo.Home.

On Saturday night, during the weekly rally at Tel Aviv’s Hostages Square, an association that provides refreshments for the families prepared a birthday cake decorated with Mansour’s age, cookies and his favorite ice cream flavor, pistachio.

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