Mother of KIA soldier captured in Gaza at UN: 5 years Hamas tortures us cruelly
Dr. Leah Goldin, the mother of IDF soldier Hadar Goldin, whose body is being held by Hamas in Gaza, called on members of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to start an initiative to return Israeli soldiers and civilians held by the terror group in serious breach of international humanitarian law.
“My name is Leah Goldin. I am the mother of Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, a proud soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces. Hadar was 23 when he was killed and kidnapped. He was a talented artist who became engaged and was about to marry the love of his life, Edna, in the summer of 2014. But that month, an hour after the beginning of a UN-sponsored humanitarian ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, Hamas terrorists exited the Gaza tunnel, ambushed the IDF unit and killed Hadar. “
“For five years Hamas has been holding our son and the soldier Oron Saul, and refusing to release them, in flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention and international humanitarian law. For five years Hamas has brutally tortured our family, rejecting any approach of the Red Cross and preventing it from bringing Hadar for proper burial according to the three religions. “
“In June, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2474, requiring all states to take responsibility for the return of missing prisoners, and instructing UN Special Envoys to implement the resolution. Last month, I met with Secretary-General Gutrash, who reiterated that he standing behind this decision and calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Hadar is not my only task – it is a task that you all share with me. I ask the representatives of the member states of the council: As mothers and fathers, please imagine, what would you do if it was your son who is being held in Gaza?. ”
The bodies of IDF soldiers Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, who were killed in 2014 during Protective Edge operation, and the living Israeli citizens Mengistu and al-Syed are being held by Hamas in Gaza as negotiation card to release more Muslim terrorists from Israeli prisons.