Yosef-Haim Ohana, 23, was taken captive at the Supernova desert rave on October 7, as Hamas terrorists launched a multi-pronged attack, killing, kidnapping and committing atrocities.
Ohana was in touch with his mother, Miri Ben Ami, on Friday, before the party began. His parents, who are divorced, are both religiously observant and didn’t know about the Hamas attack until after Shabbat.
Ben Ami was in Ukraine at the time with her rabbi, she said in a Kan video.
When she returned to Israel, she began figuring out what had happened to Yosef-Haim that day. He and a friend began helping the injured at the party, bringing them to medics and ambulances during the attack, before trying to escape themselves.
His friend last saw Yosef-Haim as they ran to the main road, just as an RPG was fired by the terrorists. The RPG hit the car where Yosef-Haim’s friend was hiding. He survived, but didn’t see Yosef-Haim again.
Yosef-Haim was first considered missing and several weeks later, Miri was notified by the army that he is a captive in Gaza.
Yosef-Haim, who works as a barman, is the oldest of three brothers, one of whom died several years ago from an illness. He is a helpful, generous soul, said his mother.
“He has a heart of gold,” she said in the Kan video. “I just want my son home, now. That’s my prayer and that’s my hope.”