Free Mengistu!

“For our brothers and sisters – including Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, who are in captivity."

September 6, 2018 17:01
3 minute read.
Free Mengistu!

The campaign poster calling for the release of Averu Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed. (photo credit: Courtesy)


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AVRAHAM (AVERA) Mengistu’s family is launching a campaign for his release on the fourth anniversary of his capture by Hamas on September 7, 2014, after he inadvertently crossed the Israeli border into Gaza. Mengistu, 31, who was born in Ethiopia and made Aliyah with his family at the age of 5, is mentally disabled. For that reason, the campaign organizers are focusing their international appeal to free “a special needs captive.”

Hamas is also holding Hisham al-Sayed, a Bedouin Israeli with psychological problems who crossed the Gaza border in 2015, as well as the remains of two IDF soldiers killed at the end of Operation Protective Edge in 2014, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul. All the families have enlisted international organizations such as the Red Cross, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Doctors Without Borders to push for their return, to no avail.


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