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Yocheved Lifshitz, an 85-year-old Israeli peace activist, shared her experience of being held captive by Hamas, revealing a confrontation with the group’s Gaza leader, Yahya Sinwar.
Lifshitz, who was abducted from her home in Kibbutz Nir Oz on October 7, recounted her encounter with Sinwar to the Israeli newspaper Davar. “I asked him how he is not ashamed to do such a thing to people who all these years have supported peace,” Lifshitz said, to which Sinwar remained silent.
Lifshitz, along with her husband Oded, who remains captive, has a history of aiding sick Palestinians from Gaza to access hospital care. Her ordeal began when she was taken from her home, but reported that she was treated well during her two-week captivity. Upon her release, Lifshitz even shook hands with a masked captor, explaining, “They treated us gently and met all our needs.”
Her story comes amidst the intense conflict between Israel and Hamas, with Lifshitz being one of four women released early in the war.