Former Peace Activist Kidnapped by Hamas: ‘I Don’t Believe In Peace’

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    (JNS) – A longtime peace activist who was kidnapped from southern Israel by Hamas on Oct. 7 and held hostage for 53 days told the BBC on Wednesday that she had lost her belief in coexistence with the Palestinians.

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    “I don’t believe in peace, I don’t, sorry,” Ada Sagi said in her first interview with the British press since being freed in November. “I understand Hamas don’t want it.”

    Sagi, a 75-year-old member of Kibbutz Nir Oz on the border with Gaza, learned Arabic to make friends with nearby Palestinians and taught others the language as a way to promote reconciliation with Gaza.


    On Oct. 7, Sagi was kidnapped from the kibbutz during the Hamas-led invasion and was held in a family home in Gaza until she was released as part of the hostage-for-ceasefire deal with Hamas on Nov. 28.

    Sagi told the BBC on Wednesday that, in the wake of the worldwide response to Hamas’s massacre, she now believes the world hates Jews.

    In interviews with Israeli media earlier this month, the former captive revealed that Hamas is paying Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip up to 70 shekels ($19) a day to watch over Israeli hostages taken on Oct. 7.

    Asked on June 2 by Israel’s Channel 12 News what would motivate a Gaza family with children to imprison Jews, Sagi said: “Money.

    “I asked the owner of the apartment twice; he and the children looked after us. I saw that the apartment owner was receiving Israeli cash,” she said. “He was pleased the day that [hostage] Elad Katzir came to us, after 33 days, because I understood he received [payment] per capita.”

    Sagi recalled an exchange with her captor. “He said: ‘I want a better future for my children and wife. I want to buy visas and not stay here; I want to go to Europe.’ He said: ‘I am uninvolved.’ I said: ‘How do you mean uninvolved if you took my freedom and I’m sitting here in your apartment?’”

    According to Sagi, Palestinians who also work receive 20 shekels ($5) a day to guard the hostages, while unemployed students get a payment of 70 shekels ($19) from the terrorist organization for doing the same.

    Sagi told Channel 12 that the youth she encountered during her 52 days in Gaza were “thrilled to go to their parents and bring them the money.”

    In March, Nir Oz resident Irit Lahav, who used to belong to a group of volunteers who would drive Palestinians in need of medical treatment from Gaza to Israeli hospitals, told local media that she had come to understand that Hamas terrorists represent the Palestinian people.

    “I used to think Palestinians were good people, like you and me. That Hamas were thugs who got in the way of the population’s desire for a good life,” said Lahav. “After Oct. 7, I realized I was wrong.”

    Kibbutz Nir Oz was among the hardest hit during Hamas’s Oct. 7 assault. One in every four residents was either killed or kidnapped.


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    Leftism is a mental disorder
    Leftism is a mental disorder
    28 days ago

    It’s such a shame that this peacenik leftist activist had to undergo such a traumatic experience to come to their senses.

    Granny Smith
    Granny Smith
    28 days ago

    The classic definition of a Conservative – a Liberal who’s been mugged.

    Zumy
    Zumy
    28 days ago

    Pity to have to learn the hard way. Hope that the rest of Israeli leftists and Palestinian sympathizers get the memo too.

    XYZ
    XYZ
    28 days ago

    Too bad it took this savage attack to teach her something we all know. The savages that perpetrated the Horrors of October 7, the scum that were holding the Recently rescued hostages in their apartments, The citizens of Gaza, that elected Hamas , are equally guilty and need to be eradicated. There is no such thing as an “innocent Palestinian“

    see
    see
    28 days ago

    Those with common cense don’t need to go through what she went through, we know & small it from far

    Biden and the Dems give aid and comfort to Hamas.
    Biden and the Dems give aid and comfort to Hamas.
    28 days ago

    Biden and co want to reward hamas with a pali state.

    Educated Archy
    Educated Archy
    28 days ago

    Yes there are no “peaceful” palestinains. May they all be smitten with yena machala and ALS

    Robert Goldman
    Robert Goldman
    27 days ago

    I lived on kibbutz Nir Oz in 1980 and lost many friends and acquaintances on the 7th.
    Most of the members were members of the Peace now organization, I left for reasons that lets just say didn’t fit with their ideas
    Most of the surrounding kibbutzim were the same peace now types.
    They put out the hands of peace and love only to have it cut off and worse..

    C Gross
    C Gross
    28 days ago

    Everyone is a liberal until they’ve been mugged.

    Geulah
    Geulah
    28 days ago

    For some reason, I’m constantly blocked…

    lazy-boy
    lazy-boy
    27 days ago

    there are always some Arabs who just want to live in peace, but they are over ruled by the Mufties and their rulers who want us dead.
    There will not be peace as long as there are Arabs in the Middle East. Sad….

    Normal
    Normal
    27 days ago

    Which part of “from the river to the sea” that Iran and Hamas repeatedly say, don’t you undertake?