Hamas terrorists ‘raped girls over their friends’ bodies’ as they carried out ‘a second Holocaust’, British family members of Israeli captives seized by gunmen alleged today at a London press conference.
Two British nationals, Noam Sagi and Sharon Lifschitz, spoke of how their elderly parents were torn from their beds and forcibly deported to Gaza by Hamas along with children as young as six months old, and implored governments to help get them back while deploring the actions of the attackers.
‘I shouldn’t be here today, I was supposed to go to Heathrow to pick up my mum. I am here because of pure evil,’ Noam said.
‘On Saturday morning, the Kibbutz where I was born and grew up, woke up to a massacre – to a second Holocaust. Mostly young kids and old elderly people. They burned the place to the ground, shot the dogs. Nothing left.’
He told how the families living in the kibbutz were ‘gassed, burned, slaughtered, killed and kidnapped’.
‘People who survived the Holocaust found themselves facing another one. One of the hostages was on the Kindertransport,’ Noam, 53, said, referring to an operation to evacuate Jewish children from Nazi Germany.
‘They have taken so much from our community. These are our children, our parents. My mum was taken out, disconnected from her oxygen in order to be loaded onto a motorbike… You have to be a special sort of person to take an 85-year-old out of her bed don’t you?’ Sharon, 52, asked tearfully.
It was also revealed a six-month-old baby was among the captives when images of several abductees were shared at the press conference.
Six-month-old Ariel, Tamir Adar, 38, Yafa Adar, 85, Noam Elyakim, Dikla Aava, 50, Dafna Elyakim, Timer Eliaz Arava, 17, as well as Ela Elyakim, Nahal Oz, and ‘Abigail’, whose ages were not revealed, are known to have been dragged into Gaza.
Sharon Lifschitz, left, and Noam Sagi sit down for a press conference of British children of Israeli hostages at a hotel in London, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. Noam Sagi, 53, is a London-based psychotherapist who grew up on Kibbutz Nir Oz. His 75-year-old mother, Ada Sagi, was taken hostage on October 7. Sharon Lifschitz, 52, is an artist and academic whose parents are peace activists aged 85 and 83 and were taken hostage too
Sharon Lifschitz, right, and Noam Sagi, left, sit down for a press conference of British children of Israeli hostages at a hotel in London
It was revealed a six-month-old child was among the Hamas captives when images of several abductees were shared at the press conference
A house is completely destroyed after being burned by Hamas militants during the attack at Kibbutz Be’eri, near the border with Gaza on October 11, 2023 in Be’eri, Israel
Yaffa Adar, 85, was bundled into a golf buggy at gunpoint by a group of terrorists
An injured girl reacts as she waits at the hospital to be checked, as battles between Israel and the Hamas movement continue for the sixth consecutive day in the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip on October 12, 2023
Palestinians evacuate wounded after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023
An Israeli army M109 155mm self-propelled howitzer fires rounds near the border with Gaza in southern Israel on October 12, 2023
A woman shopper exits a store while armed with an M16 assault rifle in Sderot in southern Israel on October 12, 2023
Noam is a London-based psychotherapist who grew up on Kibbutz Nir Oz. His 75-year-old mother, Ada Sagi, was taken hostage on October 7.
‘We didn’t hear anything. What keeps us going is that my son has one grandmother and I want him to be with her for his next birthday. What keeps me going is that every one of these people are family – they teach me how to swim, they teach me one plus one. This is how we grew up. I will do everything I can for them,’ Noam said.
Sharon Lifschitz, 52, is an artist and academic whose parents are peace activists aged 85 and 83 and were taken hostage too.
‘I have many friends, many Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus. I don’t care, let’s come together, bring these children home,’ she said.
‘My father would say, I’m 83, I’ve had a great life, don’t bother with me, bother with my neighbours’ children, babies. I ask you to bother with them too.
‘My father spent his life working for peace. I am his daughter. I ask for peace. We now need to act together to fight that hatred with love. They are not part of this war.’
As the conference began, the host gave an impassioned speech before handing over to Noam and Sharon.
‘Hamas… is a modern day death squad. They went door to door, snatched babies from their mothers and children from their beds and brutally, cold-bloodedly slaughtered them,’ she said.
‘Girls were raped over their friends’ bodies, many survivors were kidnapped.
‘These horrific acts were celebrated on the streets of Tehran, Gaza and even by some here in London.
‘We have never before in Israel experienced such a traumatic event, which will take years, if not generations, to overcome.
‘This is the biggest hostage crisis the world has faced in decades.’
As British family members of Israeli hostages speak on the plight of their loved ones, at least 100 people are believed to have travelled from the UK to Israel to serve in the Israeli military as it mounts a retaliatory campaign against Hamas.
The Israeli Embassy in the UK said it was understood those who travelled were ‘reservists and active duty soldiers’ in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF).
A statement said: ‘The Embassy of Israel understands that at least 100 reservists and active duty soldiers have gone back to Israel from the UK to serve in the IDF’.
Concerns remain high for the safety of British citizens in the region, with reports that 17 UK nationals are either dead or missing, including children.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed that another Briton died in the incursion by Hamas fighters on Saturday. Jake Marlowe, 26, is among three known to have died. He was originally recorded as missing but was confirmed dead by the Israeli embassy in London.
Israeli rescuers shared a shocking image of a blood-soaked nursery in Be’eri
Israeli PM Netanyahu alleged that the attackers engaged in various atrocities in social media posts, including binding boys and girls and shooting them in the head, burning people alive, raping women and beheading soldiers
Remnants of a terrorised nursery are seen strewn across the road near a kibbutz
Israeli rescuers carries what appears to be a small body, possibly a child, wrapped in a cover
Hamas terrorists allegedly beheaded babies and gunned down entire families in their homes in a small kibbutz in Israel, Israeli soldiers have claimed
A soldier is overcome with emotion as he searches for bodies in the kibbutz
Israeli soldiers remove the body of a civilian, who was killed days earlier in an attack by Hamas on this kibbutz Kfar Aza near the border with Gaza
Rescue workers and witnesses have described horrifying scenes at kibbutz across southern Israel, including the slaughter of elderly people and finding bloody rooms crowded with massacred civilians.
Speaking to US President Joe Biden yesterday about the Hamas atrocities, Netanyahu said: ‘We’ve never seen such savagery in the history of the state,’ nor ‘since the Holocaust,’ before going on to reference scenes of Nazi brutality against Ukrainians at Babyn Yar during World War II.
‘They took dozens of children, bound them up, burned them and executed them. They beheaded soldiers, they mowed down these youngsters who came to a nature festival, you know, put five jeeps around this depression in the soil and like Babyn Yar, they mowed them down, making sure that they killed everybody,’ he said.
‘They’re even worse than ISIS and we need to treat them as such.’
Hamas in Gaza are holding an estimated 150 people taken hostage from Israel – soldiers, men, women, children and older adults – and they have fired thousands of rockets into Israel over the past five days.
Two Israeli kibbutz in particular – Be’eri and Kfar Aza, suffered heinous savagery at the hands of Hamas.
Kfar Aza kibbutz is thought to be the site where the worst of the atrocities against babies occurred given its popularity with young parents and was one of the first Israeli settlements to be targeted on Saturday morning by rampaging terrorists.
It was here that Hamas gunmen, wielding assault rifles and grenades, shot dead screaming families as they begged for their lives before setting fire to their homes.
The terror began just after dawn when most of the 400 residents living there were sleeping or enjoying their breakfast.
The first wave of 70 terrorists had roared towards the quiet kibbutz on motorbikes after tearing through the border wire a mile away, while others paraglided over Israel’s unsuspecting defences from Gaza.
As soon as they arrived, the heavily armed fighters attacked the compound from four directions – starting with the ‘baby quarter’ on the west side where the young families lived.
This graphic (above) shows how the horrifying Hamas massacre on the Kfar Aza kibbutz unfolded
IDF Lotar unit soldiers are slowly checking the Kibbutz, passing from one house to another to clear them from any ammunition or threat. Fifth day to the attack of Hamas on Israel
Israeli police and security forces assist a journalist taking cover during an alert for a rocket attack in Israel’s southern city of Sderot near the border with Gaza on October 12, 2023
Israeli soldiers walk beside the bodies of Hamas militant killed in Kfar Aza kibbutz on Tuesday
Troops remove the bodies of victims, killed during an attack by Hamas terrorists in Kfar Aza, on Tuesday
The body of a woman is covered with a blanket in Kfar Azza
A baby’s seat and a child’s dress are seen spattered in blood in the aftermath of the attack
Gunshots and blood stains litter the walls and door of a house in the kibbutz near the border with Gaza
The terrorists were met by a frantic kibbutz guard who belonged to a small group of residents with military experience that were patrolling the perimeter when they saw the swarm of black figures racing towards them.
They – like the Israeli military and government – were not prepared for the wave of terrorists firing streams of bullets at them. The small security squad tried in vain to protect their neighbours but they couldn’t hold the terrorists off and were killed.
Ruthless Hamas gunmen moved quickly through the kibbutz, first killing a 90-year-old grandmother who had been sitting on her porch. They dragged the terrified woman into her living room and shot her twice in the head.
Families were woken to the sound of gunfire and voices outside their homes. Terrified parents ran to their sleeping children and pulled them from their beds and cots before bundling them into saferooms or cupboards.
Among those parents were Itay and Hadar Berichevsky, both 30, who heard the gunmen trying to smash down their front door.
The parents frantically put their ten-month-old twin babies into a hidden shelter moments before the Hamas terrorists stormed into their home and shot the couple dead.
The terrorists then moved systematically from home to home, blowing open front doors with their rocket-powered grenades and unleashing a hail of bullets at the men, women and children living there. Entire families were handcuffed before they were shot point blank one by one, soldiers said.
Harrowing images from the scene show a baby’s car seat covered with blood, her small bloodied dress lying next to it.
Hamas gunmen then set fire to several homes in the kibbutz in a sick attempt to force the families out so that they could gun them down as soon as they reached their gardens.
Meanwhile in Be’eri just a stone’s throw away from Kfar Aza, sickening photos emerged of Israeli civilians lying riddled with bullet holes as they lay in their beds.
Most of the photos passed to MailOnline by the Israeli Embassy in London were too graphic to publish
Homes in the community were largely decimated by Hamas terrorists
Cars were left flattened in the middle of the road in Be’eri, which sits just a few miles from the border with Gaza
A dead body lies on the ground following a mass infiltration by Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip, in Kibbutz Beeri in southern Israel, October 11, 2023
A mortar shell lies on grass in Kibbutz Be’eri in the aftermath of the strikes, on October 11, 2023
Horrific photos too graphic to publish showed how one woman was lying face down in the bed in a pool of blood with six gaping holes in her mottled, decomposing skin.
Next to her, a man with dark hair awkwardly slipped in a gap between the bed and a wall.
His black clothes, which appeared to be pyjamas, were still slick with his blood, which pooled in a dark red mess on the floor below him.
His body could be seen decomposing – his face has blackened with boils all over his arms. Chunks of his flesh were missing from his right arm and hand.
Outside, several cars were left flattened, while the bodies of people in everyday clothing can be seen lying in awkward positions.
The more than 100 bodies found at the kibbutz were removed by the Zaka search and rescue group, who warned that the number of dead may yet rise.
A screenshot from a video, verified by CNN , reveals the chilling moment Hamas butchers arrived in kibbutz Be’eri, where they murdered at least 100 people
At least 100 people were killed by Hamas terrorists in the early hours of Saturday morning
The number of people confirmed dead at Be’eri may rise in the coming days
Israeli soldiers mobilise on October 11, in response to the attacks on Kibbutz Be’eri
Israeli soldiers ride in military vehicles as they gather following a mass infiltration by Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip, in Kibbutz Beeri in southern Israel, October 11, 2023
This image from video provided by South First Responders shows charred and damaged cars along a desert road after an attack by Hamas at the Tribe of Nova Trance music festival near Kibbutz Re’im in southern Israel on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023
One survivor, Haim Jelin, told local media that Hamas fighters ‘walked around Be’eri like they owned the place.’
‘They shot indiscriminately, abducted whoever they could, burned down people’s homes so they’d have to escape through the window, where the terrorists would wait,’ he added.
A woman called Miri Gad Mesika told local media that she and her husband were choking on thick smoke and gas fumes as they tried to hide.
‘We soaked towels with water and covered our faces, while my husband Eli held the shelter door closed as hard as he could as the terrorists tried to break in,’ she said.
‘Moments before we jumped from the second floor, we assessed the situation of the fire and looked out for the terrorists and decided to jump.
‘We fled to our neighbours across the street, and watched our house go up in flames before it was completely burned down. I have no idea how we survived.’