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News and updates about bereaved families

'Investigations only after the war'

Netanyahu meets with families of fallen IDF observers

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today with families of soldiers killed in the attack on the Nahal Oz base on October 7th, and clarified that investigations of the attack will be held only once the war is won.

Netanyahu meets with families of fallen IDF observers

Bereaved father shouts:

'The victims should fund the terrorist's defense?'

Emotions ran high during a Knesset Constitution Committee discussion regarding the funding of legal defense for terrorists who committed the October 7th massacre.

'The victims should fund the terrorist's defense?'

Families of hostages:

'Deal with Hamas is surrender'

Residents of the north, bereaved families, and relatives of hostages protested outside the Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, calling for continued pressure on Hamas and against a deal with Hezbollah.

'Deal with Hamas is surrender'

Heartbreaking:

Fallen soldier's daughter welcomes him home from duty

Emotional footage shows the moment when Valery Chaponov, who was killed by a Hezbollah UAV yesterday, returned home to embrace his daughter.

Fallen soldier's daughter welcomes him home from duty

Last conversation:

'Dad, where are you?'

Shortly before the couple Nir and Noa Baranes were killed by a rocket fired by Hezbollah, the father of the family, Nir, sent a final voice message to their eldest son, Matan.

'Dad, where are you?'

'I want to say thanks'

Anat marked her husband's birthday at his grave

Anat Meir lost her husband Major (res.) David Meir on October 7th during a heroic battle in Kibbutz Be'eri. 'This year, I say thanks for things I never imagined I'd say thanks for.'

Anat marked her husband's birthday at his grave

IDF observers' parents demand footage of daughters' last day

Families of IDF observers who were murdered on October 7 write to Chief of Staff saying they will petition the Supreme Court if he does not allow them to see and hear the last videos and recording of their daughters alive.

IDF observers' parents demand footage of daughters' last day

Kibbutz Ortal mourns victims

Noa and Nir Baranes named as victims of Hezbollah attack

Noa and Nir Baranes, parents of 3, were on their way home to Kibbutz Ortal when a Hezbollah rocket hit their car, killing them both.

Noa and Nir Baranes named as victims of Hezbollah attack

Family adds 'May God avenge' to headstone 39 years later

The family of fallen soldier David Cohen, who fell in battle about 39 years ago and whose parents fought to inscribe HY"D on his grave, intend to change the inscription on the headstone

Family adds 'May God avenge' to headstone 39 years later

Moving:

Injured soldier says 'Hagomel' blessing in home of fallen comrade

Nahal Brigade soldier Ro'i Hizmi, severely injured in Rafah, comforts fallen comrade's bereaved parents and recites Hagomel blessing in their home. Watch.

Injured soldier says 'Hagomel' blessing in home of fallen comrade

Brother of fallen soldier:

'My brother won't be back, we'll take comfort in enemy's defeat'

Meir, brother of fallen soldier Sergeant First Class (res.) Yakir Shmuel Tatelbaum, tells Arutz Sheva - Israel National News about the moment the family received the bitter news, and the difficulty coping with it.

'My brother won't be back, we'll take comfort in enemy's defeat'

Moving:

Mourners sing 'Ani Ma'amin' at end of fallen soldier's funeral

Sergeant First Class (res.) Yakir Shmuel Tatelbaum was killed in action in Gaza over Shabbat. At the conclusion of his funeral, the crowd burst out singing, 'Ani Ma'amin.' Watch.

Mourners sing 'Ani Ma'amin' at end of fallen soldier's funeral

Bereaved mother to politicians:

End the pettiness, embrace one another

What Benjamin Netanyahu and I heard in the mourners’ tent after my son’s aide, Saadia Dery, was killed in Gaza.

End the pettiness, embrace one another

Bereaved father to Netanyahu:

The people are in favor of finishing the job

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pays condolence visit to the family of fallen fighter Omer Smadja, praises his courage and sacrifice. 'Israel will win thanks to these heroes.'

The people are in favor of finishing the job

Bereaved Sister:

'We need a special October 7th Massacre Act'

The sister of Lotan Abir, who was murdered at the party in Re'im, is leading a campaign for special recognition of the families of the massacre victims: 'The existing law is not suitable and does not suffice.'

'We need a special October 7th Massacre Act'

Israelis who lost loved ones on October 7 sue UNRWA

Approximately 100 Israelis will file a lawsuit in New York, accusing UNRWA of crimes against humanity and aiding a terror organization in perpetrating a massacre.

Israelis who lost loved ones on October 7 sue UNRWA

Twice bereaved mother:

'The enemy wants to annihilate us – we choose life'

Twice bereaved mother, Miriam Peretz, participated this weekend in a special event in Jerusalem for families who lost loved ones during the war and said that, ‘they give her a lot of strength.’

'The enemy wants to annihilate us – we choose life'

Bereaved Father at funeral:

'My message to the soldiers - don't stop'

Oren Smadga, father of fallen soldier Omer Smadga, eulogized his son at the military section of the Netanya cemetery. Laly Dery's son is being laid to rest in the military section at the cemetery in Holon.

'My message to the soldiers - don't stop'

Grandfather of fallen soldier:

'My grandson was raised on the Torah and its commandments'

Saadia Sharabi, the grandfather of fallen soldier Shalom Menachem who was killed in the APC explosion in Gaza, spoke about the deep conversations he had with his grandson about the military.

'My grandson was raised on the Torah and its commandments'

Protecting the Homeland:

Stories of the victims of the APC explosion in Gaza

Family and friends eulogize the eight soldiers killed in the explosion of an APC in Gaza.

Stories of the victims of the APC explosion in Gaza

Moshe Feiglin eulogizes fallen grandson

'He trained to fight at the very front of the war, and that is exactly where he ended up.'

Moshe Feiglin eulogizes fallen grandson

Fallen commander's widow:

'Amazing spouse, perfect dad, loving and beloved man'

In a post published by Michal Zamora, the widow of fallen YAMAM officer Arnon Zamora who fell in battle during the hostage rescue mission, she eulogized: "He was a loving and beloved man."

'Amazing spouse, perfect dad, loving and beloved man'

Hundreds join race in memory of terror victim

With the participation of hundreds of runners, an annual race was held today in memory of Esther Horgan, an Israeli woman who was murdered in a terrorist attack in the Reihan forest.

Hundreds join race in memory of terror victim

The haunting picture from Rafael Kauders' funeral

Yehudit, Rafael Kauders' widow, and his children Hedva, Miriam, and Hillel, stood over the fresh grave and saluted their father on his final journey - each wearing a beret.

The haunting picture from Rafael Kauders' funeral

Families of Meron Victims:

Cancel the Appointment of Yossi Schwinger as CEO of ZAKA

Families of the Meron disaster victims wrote a letter to the ZAKA organization demanding that Yossi Schwinger not be appointed to the position of CEO due to his role in the disaster three years ago.

Cancel the Appointment of Yossi Schwinger as CEO of ZAKA

Bereaved families:

'We will not agree to any capitulation to Hamas'

The Gevurah Forum demands an urgent meeting with the War Cabinet regarding the outline of the proposed deal with Hamas.

'We will not agree to any capitulation to Hamas'

Just weeks apart:

Grandparents who lost two grandchildren in battles in Gaza

Yedidya Azougi, who was killed in action yesterday in Gaza, is the second grandchild of Ninet and Moshe Levy who died in the war. Two and a half weeks ago, they lost their grandson Sgt. Daniel Levy.

Grandparents who lost two grandchildren in battles in Gaza

Circumcision ceremony held for fallen soldier's newborn son

Family of fallen reservist Rabbi Na'aman Eshchar holds circumcision ceremony for his newborn son.

Circumcision ceremony held for fallen soldier's newborn son

October 7 orphans stranded at airport following missile barrage

Airline cancels flight to Madrid following sirens in central Israel, stranding group of orphans and their guardians at the airport.

October 7 orphans stranded at airport following missile barrage

Sisters of recovered hostage:

'We are crushed and broken'

Avivit and Orit, the sisters of Hanan Yablonka whose body was recovered from Gaza, commented on the tragic tidings: "We woke up to a black morning, we couldn't have imagined this."

'We are crushed and broken'

Wife of fallen IDF soldier Na'aran Eshchar gives birth to son

Tsuf Eshchar, wife of fallen IDF reservist Rabbi Na'aran Eshchar, gives birth to the couple's third child.

Wife of fallen IDF soldier Na'aran Eshchar gives birth to son

IDF confirms:

Bodies of three hostages recovered from Gaza

The bodies of the hostages Yitzhak Gelernter, Shani Louk, and Amit Buskila were rescued overnight during a joint IDF and ISA operation.

Bodies of three hostages recovered from Gaza

Bereaved mother:

If there's ever a day to be thankful for our Land - this is it

Thousands attend OU Israel’s Leil Yom Ha'atzmaut musical prayer session: 'This year, more than ever, we raise our flags even higher.'

If there's ever a day to be thankful for our Land - this is it

Bereaved Sister:

'Cemetery protests were hurtful, I'm angry'

Edi Cohen-Meisels was shocked by the participants in the memorial ceremony in the cemetery who chose to shout at the government representative during the ceremony. "Shame on you."

'Cemetery protests were hurtful, I'm angry'

Bereaved father:

'This is a day for the whole nation'

Rabbi Yehoshua Shani, whose son Uri was killed in action on October 7th, supports the participation of government representatives in memorial ceremonies.

'This is  a day for the whole nation'

Bereaved parents:

'Government must finish what it started'

A protest encampment near the Prime Minister's office is calling for the government to reject any and all attempts to reach a ceasefire agreement.

'Government must finish what it started'

'They won't defeat us'

Son born to Caracal officer who fell in battle on October 7

'We are here, despite everything and with everything; they did not defeat us - and will not defeat us,' Shoshi Sabahat, widow of fallen Caracal officer Maj. Avraham Hovelashvili says after birth of son. The circumcision will take place on Independence Day.

Son born to Caracal officer who fell in battle on October 7

'Let us look you in the eyes'

Police block bereaved families from reaching PM's Office

The Gvura Forum of bereaved families asked PM Netanyahu to allow them to meet with the cabinet to ensure the government would not surrender to Hamas and that the war would continue.

Police block bereaved families from reaching PM's Office

'Unwavering commitment'

Israel Heritage Foundation leads special delegation to Israel

The delegation will focus on raising morale of IDF soldiers and bereaved families, and encouraging the families of the hostages.

Israel Heritage Foundation leads special delegation to Israel

'A child who brings joy'

Ella, widow of Oct. 7 hero, gives birth to a son

Ella Haimi, widow of Tal Haimi, who fought in the Nir Yitzhak security squad on October 7 and was kidnapped and murdered by Hamas, gives birth to the couple's fourth child.

Ella, widow of Oct. 7 hero, gives birth to a son

PM to bereaved families:

We will enter Rafah - with or without a deal

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks to representatives of bereaved families, hostages' families, at the Heroism and Hope Forum, promises: 'We will enter Rafah and we will eliminate the Hamas battalions there – with or without a deal.'

We will enter Rafah - with or without a deal

Fallen hero:

Kalkidan's mother learned in Ethiopia that her son was killed

Family of Kalkidan Meharim, an IDF soldier who fell in battle in Gaza today, remember him as a 'dreamer' and 'the best of us.'

Kalkidan's mother learned in Ethiopia that her son was killed

President Herzog:

'A story of supreme bravery with a bitter end'

The President today honored the families of three hostages killed by an IDF soldier while escaping Hamas.

'A story of supreme bravery with a bitter end'

Following protest:

Nukhba terrorist flown out of Jerusalem hospital

Health Ministry transfers Hamas terrorist being treated at Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center in Jerusalem to military medical facility following outcry.

Nukhba terrorist flown out of Jerusalem hospital

Bereaved father protests:

Nukhba terrorist hospitalized in Israel

Bereaved father Herzl Hajaj, whose daughter was killed in a 2017 terror attack, protests allowing terrorist from Hamas' Nukhba force to be treated in Israeli hospital.

Nukhba terrorist hospitalized in Israel

Bereaved families:

'We won't allow extremists to burn down the country'

Families of people killed on October 7 and soldiers who fell in Gaza hold press conference at Mt. Herzl criticizing violence at recent anti-govt. protests.

'We won't allow extremists to burn down the country'

A bereaved father responds to the violent Tel Aviv protesters

We will stand together against anarchy, And we will not give in to you. My son will never come back, deal or no deal, so I have the right to tell you where your limits should be. Enough. Don't go for a ride on the hostage families' backs. Don't.

A bereaved father responds to the violent Tel Aviv protesters

Former Minister:

'We hope our fallen son supports a deal'

Former Minister Izhar Shay asked permission this evening from his son, killed in action on October 7th, to support a prisoner exchange deal.

'We hope our fallen son supports a deal'

Bereaved mother to protester:

'My son is kidnapped, and you're using his photo'

Ayelet Samerano, whose son Yonatan's body is held in Gaza, tells left-wing protesters, 'You don't care if they come back you want to bring down the government.'

'My son is kidnapped, and you're using his photo'

New law to recognize fiancees as relatives of fallen

Those engaged to the fallen will be eligible for various benefits, with a total estimated value of several hundred thousand shekels.

New law to recognize fiancees as relatives of fallen

Bennett eulogizes fallen soldier:

'To the last drop of blood - literally'

Former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett recounts Captain Daniel Perez's battle to save the town of Nahal Oz on October 7th.

'To the last drop of blood - literally'

A special Bar Mitzvah for Koren Tasa

He lost his father and older brother on October 7th, they lost fathers and brothers in the war, but Am Yisrael came through for Koren Tasa and 22 twelve-year-old girls.

A special Bar Mitzvah for Koren Tasa

806 civilians murdered since Oct. 7

The National Insurance Institute has released statistics on the number of Israeli civilians killed or injured since the October 7th massacre.

806 civilians murdered since Oct. 7

Widow of fallen soldier gives birth to son

Meitar Eliyahu, widow of fallen reservist Sergeant First Class (res.) Eliyahu who was killed three months ago in Gaza, gave birth to the couple's third child and first son.

Widow of fallen soldier gives birth to son

Watch: Bereaved sister fumes at leftist protesters

Rotem Greenglick, whose brother Shauli was killed in Gaza, chastises anti-Israel protesters: 'Gazans not worthy of mercy so long as our hostages are being held by barbarians who have lost all semblance of humanity.'

Watch: Bereaved sister fumes at leftist protesters

Freed Hostage:

'I heard my son had been murdered on the radio'

Freed hostage Ruthi Munder tells how she heard about the fate of her family while in Hamas captivity.

'I heard my son had been murdered on the radio'

Mistaken Identity:

Israeli in car like terorrists' killed by IDF

A man in a car similar to that used by terrorists during the Hamas invasion was killed by Israeli special forces. the IDF has refused to recognize him as an IDF casualty.

Israeli in car like terorrists' killed by IDF

'Victory March' to reach Jerusalem protest today

A protest march calling for decisive victory set out from the Gaza region on Sunday. This evening, it will arrive at a protest rally opposite the government offices in Jerusalem.

'Victory March' to reach Jerusalem protest today

'He wasn't supposed to be in the IDF'

Friends and family eulogize soldier who died of infected wounds.

'He wasn't supposed to be in the IDF'

Netanyahu to bereaved families:

'We are on the way to the total victory'

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara meet representatives of bereaved families from the Heroism Forum.

'We are on the way to the total victory'