Killed by Hamas: Missing peace activist Vivian Silver dies

Killed by Hamas
Missing peace activist Vivian Silver has died

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On October 7, the day of the Hamas attack on Israel, Vivian Silver wrote to her son that gunmen had entered their home. Since then there has been no sign of life from the peace fighter. Now there is a sad confirmation: the 74-year-old is dead.

Vivian Silver, a 74-year-old peace activist, disappeared after a major attack on Israel by radical Islamist Hamas. “Sad news: Vivian Silver, a Canadian-Israeli peace activist (…) has been confirmed killed by Hamas in Kibbutz Biri,” Israeli Consul General in Toronto Itid Shamir wrote on Monday on an online service called Twitter. “Canada mourns him,” Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie-Anne X described. The 74-year-old is a “lifelong peace advocate”.

German Ambassador to Israel Steffen Seibert called the news of Silver’s death at X “catastrophic.” “Vivian Silver, who worked tirelessly for peace and understanding, was killed by Hamas, the forces of blind hatred,” Seibert wrote in English at X. His condolences “to his family and his many friends, Jewish and Palestinian”. Yonatan Zeigen, Silver’s son, who lives in Tel Aviv, said he was on the phone with his mother on the day of the Hamas attack last month when he was shot at 11 a.m. She wrote to him that there were armed men at her house in Beeri; It was the last sign of life sent to her son.

More than 100 Biri residents were killed in the Hamas attack. Feminist Silver campaigned for peace with the Palestinians and received several awards for her work. He started aid programs for residents of the Gaza Strip and helped them get medical treatment in Israel. In 2014, she helped found Women’s Wage Peace, a peace movement with more than 45,000 members. Hundreds of fighters from Hamas, classified as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, entered Israel on October 7 and committed atrocities, mostly against civilians.

According to Israeli reports, about 1,200 people were killed in Israel and about 240 were taken hostage in the Gaza Strip. Since then, the Israeli army has been carrying out massive attacks on targets in the Gaza Strip, and ground forces have now entered Palestinian territory. According to Hamas figures, which cannot be independently verified, some 11,240 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip as of Monday evening.

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