Tel Aviv, Nov 28 (BPNS)
Carmit Palty Katzir, daughter of Hannah Katzir who was released from Hamas captivity called upon the Government of Israel to bring back all the hostages kidnapped by Hamas to home.
Carmit’s whose father was murdered, and her brother was kidnapped in a statement on Tuesday said, “My name is Carmit Palty Katzir, originally from Kibbutz Nir Oz. On October 7th, my father was murdered in the shelter. My mother was kidnapped to Gaza along with my brother who also lives in the Kibbutz. It was a black day filled with fear, uncertainty, shock and above everything, we were unable to digest the situation. We lost contact with my parents after 9:30am and I was the one who last spoke to my brother. I called him and he told me “ I cannot speak the terrorists are in my house.” That was the last we heard from him.”
She further said, “Two videos of my mother were released: one of her being kidnapped and the other was publicized by the Islamic jihad where we see my mother speaking words that were not her own. We were happy to see a sign of life and simultaneously filled with worry.”
Carmit added,” In the last week, the Islamic jihad released a video saying that my mother was to be released due to humanitarian issues and a few days after they publicized that she was dead.”
She said that last Thursday, the family were told that her mother was to be released. However the family was very happy but also wanted to keep a low profile due to the uncertainty of negotiations with terrorists.
Carmit said,” When we saw her at the hospital, the reunion was filled with emotions. She immediately asked about my father, who she didn’t know was murdered and my brother, who she didn’t know was kidnapped. She wasn’t in a good medical state seeing as she didn’t receive the medication she needed, she lost 20 kilos and obviously overcame a major trauma. We’re ecstatic that my mother has returned but we’re still fighting for my brother, Elad and all the other hostages who are still held under Hamas.”