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Hostages’ families plan 24 hours of action to mark 100 days their loved ones have been held in Gaza

With Sunday marking 100 days since the hostages were kidnapped to Gaza, their relatives and supporters were preparing for 24 hours of action to draw attention to their plight.

A recreation of a Hamas tunnel is set to be formally unveiled at Hostages Square this afternoon.

The events will formally begin at 8 p.m. this evening with a rally in Tel Aviv featuring speeches from US Ambassador Jack Lew and former Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch.

  • Released hostage Raz Ben-Ami, whose husband Ohad is still held in Gaza, will speak for the first time since her release. Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover will also speak.

The rally will then hear from television presenter Maayan Adam, whose sister Mapal was killed by terrorists at the Nova rave, the family of Avera Mengistu, who has been held in Gaza since 2014, the family of Sasha Trufanov who is still held in Gaza while his relatives were released, Linor Abargil, freed hostage Danielle Aloni, and others. Israel Defense Forces soldier Yechia Machamid, a resident of Umm al-Fahm, will also speak.

  • According to organizers, events in the following hours will include a reenactment of 06:29 a.m. (the time the onslaught began on October 7) at the Nova party with the party’s DJs and DJ Skazi; an overnight session for the youth of the Gaza border area with local artists; a mass gathering at hostages square in Tel Aviv; a 100-minute strike in the economy; and speeches by President Isaac Herzog, cabinet members, and other leaders.

A rally is also scheduled for Sunday on the Jerusalem Promenade, and in cities around the world including London, New York and Paris.

Source: TOI