Ahuva Maizel, the mother of 21-year-old Adi Maizel, who went missing during the Hamas attack on an outdoor rave near the Gaza-Israel border, made a public appeal Monday in an effort to locate her daughter.
“I’m talking to everyone who will listen to me because maybe my daughter will hear me or see me,” she said during a Zoom press briefing. “Or maybe the one who is holding her [captive] will hear me and I’m telling you, I’m asking you as a human being to a human being: We have the same DNA, we are not animals, you can change your ways and you can bring them back.”
“If you hear me, just imagine your daughter, maybe you’re a father, a brother, how can you do such things?” she said.
Ahuva Maizel and her husband Eli Maizel, residents of Kfar Saba, lost contact with Adi on Saturday morning at 7:40 a.m., after a frightening call with her from the rave, in which shooting could be heard in the background.
“Since then, we have had no exact location for her. We don’t know where she is, or in what condition. We don’t know if she’s alive or not, we don’t know if she’s somewhere bleeding, if someone abducted her,” Ahuva Maizel said. “We’re completely helpless.”
According to emergency volunteer organization ZAKA, around 260 people were shot down by Hamas gunmen at the all-night rave, which attracted around 3,000 in total. Videos on social media depicting partygoers racing towards their cars to escape death went viral soon after the attack.
The massacre was part of an unprecedented invasion by Hamas terrorists into Israel on Saturday morning, in what shaped up to be the deadliest single day for civilians in the nation’s history.
Other missing persons have been kidnapped into Gaza, where terror groups are believed to be holding more than 100 Israelis captive.
Although the Maizels say they have been in contact with authorities, they have not received much information, due to disorganization amid the ongoing war.
“There are at least 100 families now living in such uncertainty,” Ahuva Maizel said, with tears in her eyes.