The President's Wife (center), Nechama Rivlin, pose with the parents of Hadar Goldin, Leah and Simha Goldin..
(photo credit: PRESIDENTIAL SPOKESPERSON OFFICE)
“Hadar is Free to Act” is a film by Dr. Leah Goldin, the mother of abducted soldier Hadar Goldin, and produced by Jordan Karem that premiered Friday morning.
The film is a rare glimpse into the family life during the first year of the soldier’s abduction in Operation Protective Edge. The story is narrated through the perspective of Hadar’s loved ones as they collect his paintings and put them on display in his memory. It showcases the struggles of parents unaware of the well-being of their child.
The event was honored by a speech from Nechama Rivlin, the wife of Israel’s president. “Hadar’s art is an inspiration, and highlights the missed opportunity and loss.”
Nechama Rivlin mentioned Oren Shaul, whose body was taken alongside Hadar’s, and the importance of returning them for a proper burial. “His drawings, his sketches, are pieces of love and the film is a film about his art. However, the film is first and foremost about Hadar’s love. His love of life and art and his families love for him. Together we pray for the return of Hadar and Oren to be buried in the home of Israel.”
MK Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, journalist Ilana Dayan and Colonel Liat Lotan also attended the event in honor of the late soldier Hadar. According to Arutz Sheva, Shaked spoke with journalists at the event promising that the government is working hard to return the bodies of the fallen soldiers. “The government is working hard on a deal but more can be done to apply pressure.”
Hadar Goldin and Oren Shaul were killed in action during Protective Edge by Hamas militants. They were kidnapped on August 1, 2014 during a UN-brokered ceasefire when Hamas militants ambushed the soldiers from tunnels constructed in secret.
Hadar was 23-years-old and Oren was 19-years-old when Hamas took their bodies and is using them as a bargaining chip in violation of international law. The bodies have been held for 3 years and only last week a video was released of the militants taunting the families.
Hamas demanded the release of terrorists rearrested after their release in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit before discussions can begin for Hadar and Oren. The Israeli government has since taken a strong policy refusing to release future militants from prison in the exchange for any Israeli soldiers being held by Hamas.