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Taken captive: Nir Oz founder Amiram Cooper, 84, brutally abducted

Held in the same underground room with other hostages taken captive on October 7, wife Nurit was released October 23

Amiram Cooper was taken captive by Hamas terrorists to Gaza from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)
Amiram Cooper was taken captive by Hamas terrorists to Gaza from Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7, 2023 (Courtesy)

Amiram Cooper, 84, one of the founders of Kibbutz Nir Oz, was taken captive by Hamas terrorists on October 7 as they launched an assault on the community, killing and abducting one-quarter of the kibbutz residents.

Nurit and Amiram Cooper were taken hostage to Gaza on October 7, 2023 — here they’re pictured with a grandson before the October 7 attacks, and a photo of Nurit and her grandson after she was released following 49 days of captivity (Courtesy)

Cooper’s wife, Nurit, was released on October 23 with Yocheved Lifshitz, and is now recuperating with her family.

She has told her family about the brutal abduction. The terrorists shot at the front door, forcibly taking Nurit and Amiram from the house.

Amiram and Nurit were held in the same room underground, along with five other kibbutz members, according to their son, Rotem Cooper, in a Ynet interview.

Throughout the captivity, it was impossible to grasp whether it was day or night, said Rotem Cooper.

He and his mother believe that when she was taken from the room, his father probably figured out that she was being released.

Amiram Cooper is an economist who worked for many years as the chief economist of the Ma’on region settlements. He is also a poet and composer, with several published books of poetry, plays and articles dealing with politics and economics.

The couple has three children and nine grandchildren, and Amiram has always seen the establishment of Nir Oz and the settlement of the Western Negev as his life’s mission.

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