Elma Avraham, 84, was released on November 26 as part of a temporary ceasefire deal brokered by Qatar and the United States between Hamas and Israel. This is the story of her capture:
Elma Avraham’s son Uri Ravitz last spoke to his mother at 10:20 a.m. on October 7, when he could hear shouting outside her home, in Kibbutz Nahal Oz.
He had been on the phone with her throughout the morning after he woke up to sirens in Tel Aviv and saw five missed calls from his 84-year-old mother, said Ravitz in a Kan video.
Avraham told Ravitz that she was alone in her safe room, but couldn’t lock the door because it was too heavy. Ravitz’s brother also lives in Nahal Oz, but he was in his safe room and couldn’t go to their mother.
During their final call, Ravitz could hear shouting in Arabic outside his mother’s home.
Around 10 hours later, Ravitz’s brother was freed from his safe room by IDF soldiers, and they took him to his mother’s house. The home was broken into, the safe room open, the bed tipped over.
Elma Avraham was nowhere to be found.
Ravitz later heard that a neighbor was in touch with her at 11:05, when his mother told the neighbor, “There is a terrorist in my house.”
Later that day, Uri and his brother found a photo of their mother seated on a motorcycle, surrounded by two armed terrorists.
Their mother has lived on Nahal Oz since 1974, and was abducted exactly 49 years after she moved there, said Ravitz, who was raised on Nahal Oz and now lives in Spain, visiting frequently.
His mother remarried a widowed kibbutz member years ago, helped raise his two young children and they had another child together, making Elma Avraham a mother of five.