Vassilis Dalianis, FIRST ISSUE, 20.05.2024

Ntolev Yahud, age 35. Arbel Yahud, age 28. Hanan Yablonka, age 42. Three of the approximately 128 Israeli citizens kidnapped by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023, whose whereabouts today, almost seven months later, are unknown. or even if they are alive.

The Yahud brothers were kidnapped from the Nir Oz kibbutz in southern Israel, where they lived with their families, when members of Hamas invaded the community, killing or taking nearly half the residents hostage. Hanan Yablonka was abducted from the Nova outdoor music festival where more than 360 civilians are estimated to have been killed by members of Hamas.

Three relatives of the missing abductees were in Athens, on the occasion of the events of the Israeli embassy for the 76th anniversary of the country's independence and speaking to they described their painful reality, the agonizing efforts they are making to find even a small piece of evidence for the fate of their loved ones, while they expressed their thanks for the friendship of the Greek people, at the same time appealing to our country, so that by making use of its traditional relations with some Arab countries, their abducted relatives may immediately return to their families.

“My brother-in-law is a hostage in Gaza. He is 42 years old and has two children. He went to the Nova festival on October 7 and a few hours later, the terrorists started coming from Gaza," says Mr. Sai Abadi, son-in-law of the kidnapped Hanan Yablonka, who contributed to the communication, as Reuven Yablonka, the, reports to also present, father of the abductee, Reuven Jablonka, does not know English very well. As Mr. Abadi explains, Hanan and his friends tried to leave the festival site, but Hamas members fired indiscriminately, killing one of them in the getaway vehicle, another in the countryside, while 42-year-old Hanan himself may never be found. “It actually took us 90 days just to figure out a little bit what happened to him. It wasn't necessarily an accident or anything like that. We found his DNA on the street. A few weeks later we completed the investigation and realized that she was kidnapped from this place. So to this day, we don't know what his condition is. If he is alive or dead. We know he was injured. But that's all we can know," explains Mr. Abadi and continues: "He has two children, a 10-year-old boy and a 12-year-old daughter. He likes football and parties. He is a young man who loves life and believes in freedom."

The relatives of the abductees have done everything humanly possible to find out about their loved ones. As they explain on, they have met with the Secretary General of the United Nations, they have gone to the United States and The Hague and for this reason they also found themselves in Greece, with the aim of conveying their story, in order to find all possible help for the release of their relatives. "People have the power. We all have to come out and shout, that's all we can do" he concludes.

Mr. Marcel Garzon, the father-in-law of Dolev Yahud, who was kidnapped together with his younger sister Arbel, from the Nir Oz kibbutz, also describes his own reality.

“On the morning of October 7, my wife and I were woken up by the noise of sirens going off in the area. We called my daughter and she told us that she is in a shelter with their three children, as she was 38 weeks pregnant at the time." As Mr. Garzon explains to, his son-in-law once made sure that his wife Sigal and their children were safe, he left the house to offer any help, as he works as a rescuer, and since then they have had no sign of his luck.

“These Hamas terrorists stormed the kibbutz, with the intention of killing and taking hostages who were in the shelters. They set the houses on fire and when the trapped people felt the heat, the high temperature and the smoke, they had three choices. The first was to break out of the bunker and be held hostage. The second is to risk being executed by Hamas and the third is to remain in the shelter and be burned alive," describes Mr. Garzon. According to him, the massacre at the kibbutz was completely unimaginable, as the majority of the residents are simple farmers, many of whom volunteer to help Gazans on a daily basis. "We offer them work. We help them with many things and especially the volunteers who transport citizens from Gaza to the medical centers to receive treatment. Some of them (including the volunteers) were murdered and others were kidnapped," he says.

Sigal, wife of the missing Dolev and daughter of Mr. Garzon gave birth 9 days after his abduction and as Mr. Garzon himself describes, time has frozen on that day. On October 7, 2023.

"In Israel there are too many people who want to live in peace with all our neighbors because the Jewish religion is based on two great values. The first is the sanctity of life and the second is that we respect all people and want to live in peace", says Mr. Garzon to "We are ordinary citizens. We are not military. We are not politicians. We wake up in the morning, go to work and come home to be with our family. And I want to say thank you very much to Greece for your empathy and friendship. We know that Greece has relations with many nations in the Middle East. And the Arab nations must make great efforts to bring our people who were kidnapped in Gaza, back to their homeland" concludes Mr. Garzon.