Why his mother is sure Guy Hever is alive

Rina Hever is sure her son Guy is being held in Syria. Though the Syrians deny any knowledge of him and there is no official information, two unrelated incidents support her theory.

By ERICA CHERNOFSKY
February 22, 2007 11:34
1 minute read.
guy hever 88 298

guy hever 88 298. (photo credit: Courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

Rina Hever is sure her son Guy is being held in Syria. Though the Syrians deny any knowledge of him and there is no official information proving they captured him, two unrelated incidents support her theory. In 1978, two Germans satisfied their army service through a volunteer program in Israel known as Operation Atonement. While traveling in the North, the two accidentally crossed the border into Syria and were captured by Syrian security forces. The Syrians completely denied the existence of the German prisoners until foreign minister Hans-Deitrich Genscher canceled a trip to Syria during which he was supposed to provide the country with funds and weapons. Syria suddenly admitted holding the soldiers and they were brought home with Genscher upon his return to Germany. Hever spoke to these Germans herself, she says. The second incident occurred in 1987, when an Israeli Arab was traveling in Europe and was seduced by Syrians to go to Damascus under the pretext of finding him work. Once in Damascus, he was held in a prison for almost 15 years, where he was tortured, while the Syrians denied any knowledge of him or his capture. His family, well connected in the Arab world, was eventually able to bribe Syrian intelligence officers to release him a few years ago. These officers claimed his capture was a result of his collaboration with Israeli officials. "But if that was true," says a source close to him, "they never would have released him. They just wanted money." Syrian authorities continue to deny ever having held the Israeli Arab.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content