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Prime Minister’s Office: ‘No family in the world should celebrate like this’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office released a video "which seeks to raise awareness in the U.S., of the hostages being held by Hamas."

Empty chairs in the northern Israeli city of Tzfat show pictures of civilians being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, Nov. 14, 2023. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.
Empty chairs in the northern Israeli city of Tzfat show pictures of civilians being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip, Nov. 14, 2023. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office released a video on Sunday, ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover, to raise awareness in the United States about the hostages whom Hamas terrorists continue to hold in Gaza.

“All of the various holiday meals around the world are characterized by values of families, closeness and warmth,” the office’s National Public Diplomacy Directorate stated.

“The ‘Empty Chair’ campaign draws attention to the absence of our beloved hostages, who have been held by Hamas for 198 days,” it added. “The campaign shows festive family gatherings and set tables around the customary holidays in the American tradition. Around the table is an empty chair, that breaks the festive atmosphere and around which the family observes sadly.”

“The video ends against the backdrop of a seder night meal with the message that the hostages will not be able to celebrate the Passover holiday with their families, and the call: ‘Let our people go,'” it added. “No family in the world should celebrate like this.”

The video will run on North American digital platforms and online television, per the Prime Minister’s Office.

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