School marks 9th birthday of Ohad Zichri, held captive in Gaza

A poster for an Israeli campaign to send birthday wishes to an Israeli boy who is slated to celebrate his ninth birthday in Hamas captivity on October 23, 2023. (Courtesy)
A poster for an Israeli campaign to send birthday wishes to an Israeli boy who is slated to celebrate his ninth birthday in Hamas captivity on October 23, 2023. (Courtesy)

A Bnei Brak school holds an event to mark the 9th birthday of Ohad Zichri, an Israeli boy who is one of the some 30 children and babies held by terrorists in Gaza.

The event is held at the school where Ohad’s mother Keren teaches. She and the boy’s grandparents, Avraham and Ruti, were also abducted and taken to Gaza from Kibbutz Nir Oz during the Hamas onslaught on October 7.

“This is a virtual party for a child who is held hostage. He is not just any child, he is our child,” says principal Rachel Stein.

Addressing Ohad, she says: “Be strong, remember we are waiting for you.”

Ohad’s father Avi says he is desperate for information.

“I just want a clue as to where they are,” Avi tells Channel 12 news. “He wears glasses. Maybe he doesn’t have them anymore.”

“How are they doing? These are the thoughts going through my head,” he says.

The public has been asked to send birthday cards to Ohad via KIDnappedBday@washington.mfa.gov.il or can sign the e-card at https://recocards.com/greeting-card/happy-birthday-ohad-66353956788

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