Hamas terrorists ‘raped girls on their friends’ bodies’ as they carried out ‘a second Holocaust’, British family members of Israeli captives captured by gunmen told a conference today press office in London.
Two British nationals, Noam Sagi and Sharon Lifschitz, have told how their elderly parents were taken from their beds and forcibly deported to Gaza by Hamas along with children and young people, and have implored governments to help with their recovery while deploring the actions of the attackers. .
“I shouldn’t be here today, I was supposed to go to Heathrow to pick up my mother. I’m here because of pure evil,” Noam said.
“On Saturday morning, the kibbutz where I was born and raised woke up to a massacre – a second Holocaust. Especially young children and the elderly. They burned the place to the ground and shot the dogs. There was nothing left.
“People who survived the Holocaust found themselves confronted with another. One of the hostages was on board the Kinder transport,” Noam, 53, said.
“They took so much from our community. They are our children, our parents. My mother was removed, disconnected from her oxygen to be loaded onto a motorcycle… It takes a special person to get an 85 year old out of bed, doesn’t it? Sharon, 52, asked through tears.
Footage shared during the press conference revealed the identities of several people confirmed captured, including six-month-old Ariel, Tamir Adar, 38, Yafa Adar, 85, Noam Elyakim, Dikla Aava, 50, Dafna Elyakim, Timer Eliaz Arava, 17, as well as Ela Elyakim, Nahal Oz and “Abigail,” whose ages have not been revealed.
Sharon Lifschitz, left, and Noam Sagi sit for a press conference for the British children of Israeli hostages at a London hotel, Thursday October 12, 2023. Noam Sagi, 53, is a London-based psychotherapist who has grew up on a kibbutz. Nir Oz. His mother, Ada Sagi, aged 75, was taken hostage on October 7. Sharon Lifschitz, 52, is an artist and academic whose parents are peace activists aged 85 and 83 and were also taken hostage.
Sharon Lifschitz, right, and Noam Sagi, left, sit for a press conference for the British children of Israeli hostages at a London hotel
A house is completely destroyed after being set on fire by Hamas militants during the attack on Kibbutz Beeri, near the border with Gaza, October 11, 2023 in Beeri, Israel.
Noam is a London-based psychotherapist who grew up on Kibbutz Nir Oz.
His mother, Ada Sagi, aged 75, was taken hostage on October 7.
Sharon Lifschitz, 52, is an artist and academic whose parents are peace activists aged 85 and 83 and were also taken hostage.
At the start of the conference, the host gave an impassioned speech before handing the floor over to Noam and Sharon.
“Hamas…is a modern-day death squad. They went door to door, snatched babies from their mothers and children from their beds and massacred them brutally and in cold blood,” she said.
“Girls were raped on their friends’ bodies and many survivors were kidnapped.
“These horrific acts were celebrated on the streets of Tehran, Gaza and even by some here in London.
“We have never before experienced such a traumatic event in Israel, which will take years, if not generations, to overcome.
“This is the largest hostage crisis the world has faced in decades.”
As British family members of Israeli hostages speak out about the fate of their loved ones, at least 100 people are believed to have traveled from the UK to Israel to serve in the Israeli army as it mounts a retaliatory campaign against Hamas.
The Israeli Embassy in the UK said it was understood those traveling were “reservists and active duty soldiers” of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
A statement said: “The Israeli Embassy understands that at least 100 reservists and active duty soldiers have returned to Israel from the United Kingdom to serve in the Israeli army.”
Concerns remain high over the safety of British citizens in the region, with reports of 17 British nationals dead or missing, including children.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that another Briton had died during the incursion by Hamas fighters on Saturday. Jake Marlowe, 26, was one of three people who died. He was initially reported missing, but his death was confirmed by the Israeli embassy in London.