Families of Israelis held hostage by Hamas speak out in Greece

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A former Israeli diplomat, Ram Aviram, attended a press conference in Athens on Monday to discuss how Greece can provided support to Israeli’s held hostage by Hamas.

“We believe Greece will help in every possible way so that Israelis held by Hamas return to their homes,” Aviram said at the press conference.

Aviram and two families of abducted young Israelis spoke at the press conference in Athens on Monday.

“We came to Greece because it is a very important country for us, for its relations with the Middle East…and we believe that it will help in every way possible so that Israeli hostages held by Hamas since October 7 return home,” Aviram said.

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The press conference was held in Athens. Photo: Anna.gr.

The two families said they want to make the case of their detained relatives as broadly known as possible. At the press conference, they presented images of their loved ones sent from Hamas.

“We want to find a way to a peaceful life with the Palestinians,” said 26-year-old Eli David, whose 30-year-old-brother Eviatar has been reported missing since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7.

“Our problem is with Hamas and what they did is unacceptable. It is unacceptable in both political and humanitarian terms.”

Greece’s President speaks up on supporting families of Israeli hostages

Greece’s President Katerina Sakellaropoulou welcomed family members of the Hamas hostages at the Presidential Mansion in Athens on Monday.

The family members included Galia and Ilay David, the mother and brother of the 22-year-old hostage Evyatar David, as well as Orit and Aviram Meir, the mother and uncle of hostage Almog Meir, who is currently being held hostage in Gaza.

Ms Sakellaropoulou expressed her support to the families of the Israeli hostages and wished for a speedy return for their loved ones.

Katerina Sakellatopoulou
Katerina Sakellaropoulou shows her support for those held hostage by Hamas. Photo: Anna.gr.

She stressed how taking hundreds of people hostage, including young children, women and elderly, is a trauma for the collective conscience of humanity and constitutes one of the most serious war crimes, for which the perpetrators should face consequences.

She also underlined that international pressure should be enforced onto Hamas in order to allow the people held hostage to communicate and return safely to their families and homes.

She added that Greece supports every diplomatic effort in this direction.

Source: AMNA.gr.

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