In the square in front of the National Theater in Tel Aviv, 240 beds and cots stand side by side. Each has a cover, name and photo of the person who should be sleeping in it, but isn’t.
“Bring them home, now!” people chant in the streets of Tel Aviv. Jaromír Marek spoke to them
“All this time I am terribly afraid. She is in the middle of a war, we don’t know what is happening to her,” says a woman whose daughter is among the kidnapped. Gunmen from Ham kidnapped her from the Supernova music festival near the Gaza Strip.
“She tried to drive away in a car, the gunmen stopped them. One of her friends was killed on the spot. We have had no news of the daughter since then. We learned that she is injured, that she is in a hospital in Gaza, but I don’t know if I can believe it,” he describes.
‘Bring them home, now!’
While the mood outside the Ha-Bima National Theater is almost reverent, the demonstrations taking place outside the Ministry of Defense are loud and forceful, drawing thousands of people.
Several dozen tents stand directly at the entrance to the heavily guarded building. Omri is sitting in front of one of them. He is holding a photograph of his brother.
“He was at a music festival, we haven’t had any contact with him since then. Authorities told us he was among the hostages. I set up a tent here, where I spend the night. I’ll be here until they free my brother. I believe that I will live,” says Omri.
The people demonstrating for the release of the hostages are angry at the government. They blame her for not protecting them. That she let the terrorists run rampant for hours and now does little to free the hostages.
“Bring them home, now!” people chant in the streets of Tel Aviv. Their call is an expression of desperation, anger and hopelessness.
Elijah, in his thirties, is also standing there with a poster. He is said to be here to express his support for the families of the kidnapped. How to achieve the release of the hostages, but he does not know.
“I’m not a politician, but I know that all options must be tried. Including negotiation. When we attack the Gaza Strip, it will only bring more civilian casualties and possibly hostages too,” Elijah fears.
Jaromír Marek, Ph.D
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