Rally marks 3 years since capture of Ethiopian-Israeli by Hamas

100 attend rally in support of family of Avraham Mengistu, who has been held captive by Hamas terrorists in Gaza for years.JTA, 9/4/2017, 6:36 PM

PM Netanyahu to UN chief: We're worried about Iran

Netanyahu tells UN Secretary General Guterres about Iran's control of Syria and threat to Israel, Guterres expected to request aid for Gaza.Nitsan Keider, 8/28/2017, 10:11 AM

'Avera is the son of all of us'

President Reuven Rivlin meets the family of Avera Mengistu, who is being held by Hamas in Gaza.Ido Ben Porat, 8/1/2017, 3:42 AM

Report: Israel negotiating prisoner swap with Hamas

Hamas offered to free three living Israelis in exchange for Shalit deal terrorists who returned to terrorism after previous release.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/19/2017, 2:38 PM

Human Rights Watch condemns Hamas

Human Rights Watch attacks Hamas for 'illogical' behavior towards captives Avraham Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed.Reut Hadar, 5/3/2017, 11:26 AM

Hamas: Would love Egypt to broker deal

Hamas refuses to swap Avraham Mengistu for Israel-held official; says relations with Egypt improved.Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/5/2017, 8:46 AM

Reports: Qatar to mediate exchange deal between Israel and Hamas

Report claims Israel offered to release 60 terrorists in exchange for soldiers' bodies.Chana Roberts, 1/11/2017, 12:05 PM

Family of Israeli captive block terrorists' visitors

The family of Avra Mengistu blocked visits to terrorists in the Southern Prison. 'We will fight with all our strength to free Avra.'Ido ben Porat, 7/25/2016, 1:57 PM

New campaign calls for release of Avraham Mengistu

Facebook campaign calls on Israelis to leave an empty chair at the Seder table for Ethiopian who is missing in Gaza.Benny Tocker, 4/21/2016, 4:42 AM

Family of Israeli Arab in Hamas captivity wants answers

Mentally ill Bedouin man confirmed to be in Hamas custody earlier this month. Family: 'Just bring him home.'Arutz Sheva staff, 4/15/2016, 1:24 PM

Hamas: Netanyahu is a 'liar'

Hamas brands Israeli Prime Minister a “liar”, says there are no talks with Israel regarding the release of four Israelis being held in Gaza.Ben Ariel, Canada, 4/1/2016, 8:27 PM

Mengistu's family asks world to make Hamas free him

Family of mentally ill Israeli held nearly 1.5 years by Hamas goes to Geneva to demand aid to Gaza be conditioned on his release.Arutz Sheva Staff, 2/29/2016, 9:51 PM

Family of Mengistu slams Hamas for 'the worst hypocrisy'

Family of mentally ill Israeli held in Gaza furious, after Hamas condemns Egypt for killing insane Gazan who crossed border.Ari Yashar, 12/26/2015, 10:58 PM

Protestors Block Erez Crossing Demanding Mengistu's Release

Some 20 demonstrators gathered outside Israel's border crossing with Gaza to call on Hamas to free the mentally ill captive.Cynthia Blank, 8/27/2015, 10:55 AM

Haniyeh's Sisters Denied Entry to Gaza for Son's Wedding

As part of policy placing pressure on Hamas to free captive Israelis, IDF denies entry to Gaza for relatives of Hamas leader.Yedidyah Ben-Or, 8/20/2015, 3:57 PM

IDF: No 'Humanitarian' Permits for Hamas While Mengistu Captive

'There are humanitarian cases in Gaza too,' IDF reportedly tells Hamas, after Hamas official asks to cross into Israel for treatment.Ari Soffer, 8/20/2015, 12:18 PM

Captive Israeli's Family Confronts Terrorists' Relatives

Mengistu's family tells families of jailed terrorists 'we want to see our son too,' demands: 'tell your leaders' to free him from Gaza.Yedidya Ben-Or, 8/17/2015, 10:45 AM

Family of Captive Soldier to Stage Protest

Mengistu family tired of remaining silent as their son Avraham is held by Hamas - and will try to make a point via prisoners' families.Tova Dvorin, 8/16/2015, 12:31 PM

Hamas Spokesman Gloats Over Israeli Captives

Moussa Abu Marzuk gives interview claiming Israel violated a previous swap deal to reclaim captives, also denies ceasefire reports.Tova Dvorin, 8/10/2015, 7:47 PM

Red Cross Won't Give Hamas's Response on Captives

ICRC says request for info by Israeli families relayed, but won't give Hamas reply; claims law doesn't require return of living captives.Dalit Halevy, 7/30/2015, 9:07 PM

IDF Unsure Whether Israeli in Gaza is Alive or Dead

Senior officer reveals: so much conflicting information has been offered over Avraham Mengistu that even the IDF is unsure of his status.Tova Dvorin, 7/20/2015, 6:29 PM

Haniyeh Demands Release of 54 Terrorists

Hamas leader demands release of terrorists rearrested since Shalit deal in order to start talks to free Israeli civilian captives.Arutz Sheva Staff, 7/17/2015, 2:13 PM

Senior News Analyst Slams 'Leftist Junta' on Israeli Media

Senior Channel 2 military commentator under fire for defending IDF, justifying secret talks between Israel, Hamas over captives.Ido Ben-Porat, 7/17/2015, 11:38 AM

Hamas: Israel Lied, Mengistu is a Captured Soldier

Hamas deputy politburo chief tries to spin abducted Israeli situation on its head, claiming he was captured during last summer's war.Ari Yashar, 7/16/2015, 10:43 PM

Report: Hamas and Israel in Talks Over Gaza Captives

PA officials claim Hamas and Israel discussing return of two Israeli citizens captive in Gaza, say that Avraham Mengistu is healthy.Cynthia Blank, 7/16/2015, 1:02 PM

'No to Reconstruction Unless Hamas Returns Soldiers' Bodies'

Tzur Goldin, the twin of slain soldier Hadar Goldin, demands that the int'l community halt funds to Gaza until his brother comes home.Tova Dvorin, 7/14/2015, 8:13 AM

UN Chief Urges Gazans to Provide Information on Missing Israelis

Ban Ki-moon calls on Gazans with knowledge of two missing Israeli civilians to provide information about their possible whereabouts.Ben Ariel, 7/14/2015, 6:12 AM

How Hamas Fooled Israel

Israel tried to retrieve Avraham Mengistu, the Israeli who entered Gaza and is being held by Hamas, but Hamas reneged on agreement.Yaakov Levi, 7/13/2015, 10:12 PM

Defense Minister: No Prisoner Exchange Deal with Hamas

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ends speculation, says Israel will do everything to free Israelis held by Hamas - but no terrorist release.Ari Soffer, 7/13/2015, 2:10 PM

Hamas: In the End, Israel Will 'Pay the Price' For Mengistu

Hamas on Sunday continued its propaganda campaign over Avraham Mengitsu and a still-unnamed Bedouin Arab,Dalit Halevi, 7/12/2015, 9:54 PM

Prisoner Swaps? 'Israel Must Change the Rules of the Game'

Victims rights campaigner says Israel needs to break the vicious cycle of releasing terrorists to kill again - by imposing death penalty.Eliran Baruch, 7/12/2015, 5:12 PM

Netanyahu: Israel Won't Pay the Price of Capitulation to Iran

Prime Minister begins Cabinet meeting by slamming talks in Vienna as feeding 'hundreds of billions' to Iranian terror machine.Hezki Baruch, 7/12/2015, 12:59 PM

Tony Blair Mediating for Israeli Captives' Release?

Former Middle East Quartet peace envoy has met with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal in Qatar twice in recent weeks.Cynthia Blank, 7/12/2015, 9:12 AM

For Hamas, Civilians and Soldiers Two Separate Issues

Counterterrorism expert explains why the price for soldiers' bodies will be higher, offers a means for Israel to reciprocate pressure.Refael Levi, 7/12/2015, 8:14 AM

Terror Victim Advocate Warns Shalit Campaign is Back

Meir Indor of Almagor warns that journalistic and political sources who forced Israel into release of 1,027 terrorists are surfacing again.Benny Toker, 7/11/2015, 11:59 PM

Hamas: Israeli Media Will Allow Us to Empty Israeli Jails

Israel 'experts' quoted in Hamas paper saying media uproar over captives will allow Hamas to 'empty Israeli jails' of terrorists.Dalit Halevy, 7/11/2015, 9:47 PM

Internal Security Minister Warns: No More Prisoner Swaps

Gilad Erdan says Israel must do everything in its power to free Israelis held captive by Hamas - but freeing terrorists out of the questionAri Soffer, 7/11/2015, 9:29 PM

Netanyahu: Israel Facing a Cynical, Cruel Enemy

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets family of Hamas hostage Avraham Mengistu, vows to do whatever it takes to bring him home.Ari Soffer, 7/10/2015, 6:39 PM

Hamas Reiterates Demands for Talks on Kidnapped Israelis

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar says as far as he is concerned the matter is 'closed' until Israeli frees dozens of terrorists.Dalit Halevi, 7/10/2015, 3:44 PM

Wife Insists: Media 'Lynch' of Lior Lotan Not the Full Story

Envoy heard threatening family of Israeli captive was simply upholding his duty to protect the operation, Lior Lotan's wife insists Friday.Ido Ben-Porat, 7/10/2015, 3:03 PM

Family of Israeli Held by Hamas Accepts Apology of PM's Envoy

Mengistu's family 'brushes off' threats by Lotan, who gets backing from Bennett, and postpones meeting with Netanyahu.Ari Yashar, 7/10/2015, 11:46 AM

Ten Months Later, Netanyahu to Meet Family of Israeli Captive

Netanyahu to finally meet with the Mengistu family months after the fact - and after scandal of his representative threatening them.Nitsan Keidar, 7/10/2015, 9:52 AM

PM's Envoy Apologizes Over Threats to Hamas Hostage's Family

Netanyahu's envoy on hostages and missing persons apologizes over recording of threats to family of Avraham Mengistu.Hezki Baruch, 7/10/2015, 3:45 AM

Hamas Issues Demands for Talks on Israeli Prisoners

Hamas foreign affairs head says info or negotiations will be in exchange for fourth batch of 'gesture' releases, 71 Shalit terrorists.Dalit Halevy, 7/9/2015, 9:37 PM

Netanyahu Vows to Return Citizens Abducted by Hamas

Prime Minister says he expects the international community to issue 'a clear call' for release of Avraham Mengistu and Bedouin citizen.Uzi Baruch, 7/9/2015, 8:44 PM

'Even as Foreign Minister No One Told Me About Hamas Captives'

MK says although he was Foreign Minister and Cabinet member, he only learned of the case from the media.Yoni Kempinski, 7/9/2015, 4:41 PM

Hamas: No Talks Until Shalit Deal Terrorists Freed

Even if Hamas were holding Avraham Mengitsu, it won't discuss a deal until 71 'recidivist' terrorists are freed, Khaled Mashaal asserts.Yaakov Levi, 7/9/2015, 2:46 PM

Security Cabinet Was Not Informed About Mengistu Abduction

Former security cabinet member Yaakov Peri asserts ministers were kept in the dark about Avraham Mengistu's kidnapping.Moshe Cohen, 7/9/2015, 2:01 PM

Brother of Captive Israeli Appeals for His Release

Ilan Mengistu appeals to Israeli government, international community and Hamas to bring Avraham home safely.Yoni Kempinski, 7/9/2015, 1:27 PM

Ethiopian Activists: IDF Just Let Mengistu Slip into Gaza

Sources in the Ethiopian community charge that racism played a major role in abduction of Avraham Mengistu and subsequent media silence.Yaakov Levi, 7/9/2015, 12:39 PM

MK Nagosa: Do 'Everything Possible' to Free Kidnap Victim

Ethiopian-Israeli MK said Thursday that Israel must do everything possible to find captive Avraham Mengistu.Yaakov Levi, 7/9/2015, 11:58 AM

Official: Hamas Lying About Releasing Mengistu

Security official says Hamas definitely holding Avraham Mengistu captive and denials are stalling potential negotiations for his return.Nitsan Keidar, 7/9/2015, 11:29 AM

Watch: Hamas Rally Gives Clue over Fate of 2 Kidnapped Israelis?

Wednesday demo in Gaza features terrorists boasting of 'new' rockets - and a chilling clue concerning 2 Israelis being held alive in GazaAri Soffer, 7/9/2015, 10:11 AM

Two Israeli Citizens Kidnapped by Hamas

An Israeli Arab and an Israeli of Ethiopian descent are both being held in Gaza.Koby Finkler, 7/9/2015, 9:24 AM