Maxim Harkin, 35, is presumed captive from the Supernova desert rave on October 7, where Hamas terrorists assaulted the party, killing more than 360 and taking at least 40 hostage.
The Tirat Hacarmel resident has a three-year-old daughter and is the primary provider for his mother and 11-year-old brother.
He went to the Supernova outdoor party almost by chance, invited by friends at the last minute. It was the first time he had gone to a trance rave.
Harkin planned on going to the party for a few hours before heading home.
When the Hamas attack began, Harkin tried to leave. He texted his mother at 7:12 a.m., writing to her that everything was fine, and it would take him a long time to get home to their northern community.
A few minutes later, she received another message from Harkin: “Mom, I love you.”
According to social media posts written by Harkin’s friends, who also opened a Paybox group to help support his family, Harkin is considered “missing,” as he has not been identified as an official Hamas hostage in Gaza, nor has his body been found.