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Father of captive ahead of J’lem rally: We can’t suffer any longer

"We really hope even the bodies, the young and the elderly, everyone together will return," Ofir Braslavski told JNS.

Rom Braslavski, March 12, 2024. Credit: X/AIPAC.
Rom Braslavski, March 12, 2024. Credit: X/AIPAC.

The father of Israeli captive Rom Braslavski told JNS on Sunday that his family “can’t suffer like this anymore,” and urged the government to do whatever is necessary to free the 133 remaining hostages held by Hamas in Gaza.

“It’s been half a year that he is there. I hope that people will wake up and that everyone will come home. We can’t suffer like this anymore, we don’t have the strength. We really hope even the bodies, the young and the elderly, everyone together will return,” Ofir Braslavski said ahead of a rally in Jerusalem marking six months since Oct. 7.

“I have not heard from my son since then, I didn’t think we would be in this situation [after six months]. I keep waiting another day, another night, another Shabbat,” he continued.

“[Rom] just went to work, he didn’t hurt anyone, he is not interested in politics. On the contrary, he helped people in Gaza and we hope he will come back.

“It’s more important than everything else,” said Ofir.

Ofir Braslavski, whose son Rom was kidnapped by Hamas terrorists from the Supernova festival on Oct. 7, ahead of a rally in Jerusalem marking six months since the Hamas massacre, April 7, 2024. Photo by Amelie Botbol.
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