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Taken captive: Elad Katzir, farmer and social activist

Father Rami was murdered and mother Hanna Katzir was also taken hostage on Oct. 7, but released Nov. 24

Elad Katzir was taken hostage by Hamas terrorists from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)
Elad Katzir was taken hostage by Hamas terrorists from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)

Elad Katzir was taken captive on October 7 by Hamas terrorists, when gunmen attacked Kibbutz Nir Oz, killing and kidnapping its residents.

Parents Hanna and Avraham ‘Rami’ Katzir were in their sealed room when Hamas terrorists attacked the community. Hours later, the family learned that their father, Rami, was murdered in the sealed room and Hanna was missing.

Elad, who was the main caretaker for his parents, managed to tell his sister Carmit Palty Katzir that terrorists had entered his home during their last conversation.

Elad is a farmer and social activist who volunteers for the Hadar Foundation, showing up each week to support the fight for the release of Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul, two soldiers whose bodies are held in Gaza.

He is known by his friends and family as a man of the soil, who during tense security times and attacks from Gaza, would insist on working the kibbutz lands closest to the border with Gaza.

His friends quoted him in social media posts, “This is our land, and this is the food we grow.”

In January 2009, Elad was interviewed by The New York Times, following an Israeli offensive in Gaza, and said he was nervous about sniper fire from the other side of the border.

“I do not feel any victory,” he told The New York Times. “I still do not feel safe.”

Hanna Katzir was released on November 24 as part of a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by Qatar and the United States between Hamas and Israel. The Palestinian Islamic Jihad had announced Katzir’s death, allegedly in an IDF attack, days before her release.

Hanna’s health was in serious condition after being held hostage in Gaza. She has developed heart problems due to the harsh conditions and starvation, said daughter Carmit.

Once back home in Israel, Katzir learned that her husband, Rami, was murdered on October 7 and their son, Elad, is still being held by Hamas in Gaza.

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