An 85-year-old Israeli peace activist, who was kidnapped by Hamas and later launched, has described confronting the Hamas chief, Yahya Sinwar, in a Gaza tunnel and telling him he needs to be “ashamed of himself” for his function in ordering the 7 October bloodbath of 1,200 Israelis.
Yocheved Lifshitz, who was launched in October earlier than the present sequence of hostage and Palestinian prisoner releases, described assembly Sinwar in part of the Hamas tunnel community the place she was being held captive, which she had beforehand described as being an in depth warren.
“Sinwar was with us three to 4 days after we arrived. I requested him how he’s not ashamed to do such a factor to individuals who have supported peace all these years,” Lifshitz informed the Hebrew-language newspaper Davar, whereas attending a protest for the return of hostages nonetheless held by Hamas on Tuesday night.
“He didn’t reply,” she added. “He was silent.”
Lifshitz, who spent years campaigning for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, is the newest launched hostage to point she had encountered Sinwar throughout her captivity because it emerged that hostages held in other places by completely different factions appeared to have skilled completely different circumstances of imprisonment.
Together with her husband, Oded, 83, who remains to be being held by Hamas, Lifshitz helped sick Palestinians in Gaza get to hospitals in Israel.
Lifschitz’s feedback to a Davar reporter observe studies that Sinwar additionally met different kidnapped Israelis who had been kidnapped from kibbutz Nir Ounceswithin a day of being taken hostage.
In the course of the go to, Sinwar and his brother Mohammed, a senior determine within the group’s armed wing, informed the hostages they’d not be harmed and can be returned to Israel as a part of an change deal.
Based on a relative of a not too long ago launched hostage, quoted by Israel’s Channel 12, Sinwar launched himself to a gaggle of hostages from Nir Ouncesin Hebrew, saying: “Hi there, I’m Yahya Sinwar. You’re the most protected right here. Nothing will occur to you.”
Sinwar realized Hebrew whereas serving a protracted jail sentence in Israel for the kidnapping and homicide of two Israeli troopers, ultimately being launched in 2011 as a part of the prisoner change to safe the discharge of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
Sinwar’s encounters with Hamas hostages within the tunnels, on prime of the closely choreographed nature of the hostage releases, seems to recommend that Sinwar, accused by Israel of being one of many masterminds of the 7 October bloodbath, was acutely aware that an change of hostages for prisoners was a chance going ahead.
Lifshitz had beforehand described the scenes of horror she had witnessed on 7 October. After her launch she stated: “They went rampant in our kibbutz. They blew up the digital fence, that particular fence that value $2.5bn[£2bn] to construct however didn’t assist with something,.
“Lots mobbed our houses. They beat folks, took some hostage. They didn’t distinguish between younger and aged. It was very painful. They introduced us to the doorway to the tunnels. We arrived within the tunnel and walked for kilometres on moist grime. There’s a big system of tunnels, like spiderwebs.”