Haggai’s wife Judi Weinstein, a U.S. national, is still held captive in Gaza by Hamas.
Kibbutz Nir Oz announced that Gadi Haggai, 73, died while in Hamas captivity. The terrorist group is still holding his body in Gaza.
Haggai held American and Israeli citizenship.
From The Times of Israel:
In a statement, the kibbutz said Gadi Haggai, 73, was murdered and that his wife, 70-year-old Judi Weinstein, remains hostage in Gaza.
Weinstein is believed to have been wounded during the onslaught.
The kibbutz does not say how it received the information of Haggai’s death, but said his body remains in the hands of Gaza terrorists.
Haggai, a retired chef and jazz musician, was a father of four and grandfather of seven.
“Gadi was a man full of humor who knew how to make those around him laugh. A musician at heart, a gifted flautist, he played in the IDF Orchestra and was involved with music his whole life,” the Hostages and Missing Persons Families Forum said in a statement, adding that Haggai’s family had asked for privacy.
Judi, a U.S. national, took a 40-second video on her phone on October 7. They were on a morning walk when Hamas invaded. They tried to take cover in a field:
Taking cover in a field, they could hear a recorded voice from an alert system for their kibbutz in southern Israel.
“What did she say?” Weinstein asked in Hebrew as she captured the scene on video.
“Red alert,” her 72-year-old husband said, referring to the warning for incoming rocket fire.
Weinstein shared the 40-second video clip in a group chat on October 7, when Hamas invaded Kibbutz Nir Oz during its terror onslaught, in the couple’s last contact with their family.
Judy Haggai is 70. Her husband, Gadi, is 73.
They lived on Kibbutz Nir Oz where Judy helped children to cope with anxiety and stress.
On Oct 7, Gadi and Judy were out on their daily walk in the fields of the kibbutz when Hamas's assault began. In the last phone call she made,… pic.twitter.com/YpRKO8upcz
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