May 21, 2024

The Five Americans Still Held Hostage by Hamas

There are nonetheless 5 American hostages being held by Hamas. And although our leaders appear to have forgotten them, the American individuals haven’t.

Hamas murdered 1,200 individuals in Israel within the October 7, 2023, terror assault, and took greater than 250 hostages. While some hostages have been freed, there are nonetheless roughly 130 hostages nonetheless being held by Hamas — not all of whom are nonetheless alive.

Five of them are U.S. residents.

The 5 American hostages who’re nonetheless in Hamas’ captivity are; Keith Siegel, 65, Sagui Dekel-Chen, 35, Omer Neutra, 22, Edan Alexander, 20, and Hersh Goldberg-Polin, 23.

Here is a short description of every.


Hersh Goldberg-Polin

The final time Goldberg-Polin’s mother and father noticed him, was on October 6, the night time earlier than Hamas’ assault on Israel, proper earlier than he left to go tenting with a good friend, Aner Shapira.

His mom, Rachel Goldberg, final heard from her son the subsequent morning, receiving two texts from him. In one, he advised his mother and father that he beloved them. The different textual content message stated: “I’m sorry.”

The household later came upon that Goldberg-Polin and Shapira, had attended the Supernova music pageant, the place 364 concertgoers have been brutally murdered by Hamas terrorists.

Goldberg-Polin and Shapira have been capable of finding a roadside rocket shelter.

As they have been hiding within the shelter, Hamas terrorists threw grenades into it, leading to Goldberg-Polin’s left arm being blown off from the elbow down. He then tied a tourniquet round his personal arm.

Shapira, who was later buried at Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem, threw grenades again out of the shelter, in line with eyewitnesses. After some level, Hamas terrorists knowledgeable the individuals within the shelter to return with them and Goldberg-Polin was taken right into a pickup truck with different hostages.


Keith Siegel

Keith Siegel and his spouse Aviva Siegel, 62, have been taken hostage by Palestinian civilians from their house within the kibbutz of Kfar Aza. After being pushed to Gaza in their very own car, the couple was then offered to Hamas terrorists.

Aviva Siegel was later released throughout a truce in November 2023 and has since spoken out about her time in captivity.

During an interview with CBC News in April, Aviva Siegel defined that the couple had been “moved 13 times” and had encountered “lots of terrorists,” describing every as being “worse than the other.”

Keith Siegel had moved to Israel in 1980, years after his brother Lee Siegel had performed so, and he met his spouse, Aviva, on the kibbutz the place Lee and Keith’s sister-in-law had lived. The couple later moved to the Kfar Aza kibbutz and raised 4 youngsters.

One of their youngsters, Shir Siegel, had tried to name each of her mother and father on Saturday, solely to learn that her mother and father have been unable to speak.


Sagui Dekel-Chen

The son of Connecticut-born Jonathan Dekel-Chen, Sagui Dekel-Chen lived on the Nir Oz kibbutz along with his spouse, Avital, and their youngsters. Sagui’s mother and father additionally stay on the identical kibbutz.

In an interview with the Times of Israel, Sagui’s father defined that his son and others had sounded the alarm of their kibbutz after seeing “heavily armed and precisely organized” Hamas terrorists going by means of their neighborhood.

After checking on his spouse and kids, Sagui went outdoors with others from the kibbutz safety group and fought in opposition to Hamas terrorists for hours.

“My daughter-in-law and the kids are now traumatized,” Dekel-Chen advised the outlet. “Avital heard her husband struggling in hand-to-hand combat.”

In April, kinfolk and pals of the 36 individuals from Kibbutz Nir Or held a Passover seder with empty chairs that includes pictures of every of the hostages.

Sagui’s mother, Neomit Dekel-Chen, was additionally taken hostage. She was reportedly capable of escape after Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troopers in a helicopter shot at Hamas terrorists and the driving force of an electrical cart heading to Gaza with the hostages.


Edan Alexander

Edan Alexander was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey. After graduating from highschool, he went on to hitch the Golani Brigade’s 51st Battalion.

At the time of Hamas’ assault, he had been stationed close to the Gaza Strip, and just a little after 6:30 a.m., he had knowledgeable his mother, Yael Alexander that he was secure.

However, round 7:00 a.m., she was not capable of attain her son and every week later the household found Edan was amongst these taken hostage by Hamas.

Yael defined to NBC News in an interview that when she was advised her son was among the many hostages, she knew they’d “hope now.”

“When they told me that, I was like, breathing for a second, because I knew, OK, so we have a hope now,” she stated.


Omer Neutra 

At the time of Hamas’ assault on Oct. 7, Omer Neutra had been serving as a tank commander close to Gaza.

After graduating from highschool in New York City, Omer went to Israel and enlisted within the Israel Defense Forces.

He went there for the proper causes, you already know, he felt that he needed to guard, and he’s not the form of man that was searching for a warfare,” Omer’s mother, Orna Neutra explained.

The final time Omer’s mother and father heard from him was the day earlier than Hamas’ assault.

Both Omer Neutra and Edan Alexander have been stationed close to the Gaza border and reportedly knew one another.

“We didn’t know the family beforehand, but after the fact, we’ve been told that our boys knew each other and that they shared a lot, being that they had a similar background,” Omer’s mother said.

(Material for these biographies was sourced from the Times of Israel, the Washington Examiner, and different studies.)