'Your humanity is unparalleled': Captives in Gaza write to Hamas


Published: 2023-11-27 20:24

Last Updated: 2024-02-29 20:29

'Your humanity is unparalleled': Captives in Gaza write to Hamas
'Your humanity is unparalleled': Captives in Gaza write to Hamas

Al-Qassam Brigades released a hand-written letter from one of the captives addressed to the fighters and leaders of the brigades who accompanied her during the period of captivity in the Gaza Strip prior to her release in a prisoner exchange deal in a truce agreement between Hamas and the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF).

The reads as follows:
"To the generals who accompanied me in the past few weeks, it seems that we will part ways tomorrow, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your extraordinary humanity that you showed towards my daughter Emilia. You treated her like her parents, inviting her to your room at every opportunity. She considers you not just friends, but true, good-hearted loved people.”

“Thank you, thank you, thank you for the many hours you spent with her, acting as caregivers. Thanks for being patient with her, lavishing her with sweets and fruits, and everything else, even if it wasn't readily available.”

“Children don't like being confined, but thanks to you and the other kind people we met along the way, my daughter considered herself a queen in Gaza, and in general, she felt like she was at the center of the world. We did not encounter a single person in our long journey, from the foot soldiers to the leaders, who did not treat her with kindness, compassion, and love.”

“I will forever be grateful that she did not leave here with permanent psychological trauma. I will remember your kind behavior given here despite the difficult situation you were dealing with yourselves and the tough losses you suffered here in Gaza."

Hebrew media acknowledged that members of Hamas treated the detainees humanely and well according to the accounts of the released captives, corroborating the testimony of Lea Feshitz, an “Israeli captive” who was released from Gaza in October.

The military correspondent for Hebrew Channel 13, Alon Ben-David, stated that he had contacted some of the released captives, who confirmed that Hamas fighters "put Kibbutz members together, giving them a greater sense of comfort."

"The detainees were not subjected to violence or humiliation, and Hamas members tried to provide them with food, painkillers, and their regular medications as much as possible, under serious and harsh security conditions underground and inside the tunnels," Ben-David added.