Did you know that Hamas – a terror organization – is holding two mentally ill Israelis captive? Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed crossed separately from Israel into Gaza on separate occasions in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Avera is a 30-year-old Israeli citizen from Ethiopia who was living in the costal city of Ashkelon. His crippling mental disabilities were so sever that he was granted an exemption from military service. Wandering along the beach, he crossed into Gaza and has not been seen since.
Hisham al-Sayed is a 29-year-old Bedouin from the village of al-Hura in the Negev Desert. He, too, suffers from serious mental health issues. His schizophrenia is believed to have led to his choice to enter Gaza where he has been held by Hamas in an undisclosed location.
Hamas has acknowledged – albeit indirectly – that it is holding the two men, but the group has refused to release any further information.
This situation is simply unacceptable and indefensible under international law.
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