European Jewish Congress welcomes agreement to release 50 Israeli hostages held by Hamas terror group

(Brussels, November 22, 2023) – The European Jewish Congress welcomes the agreement today by the Israeli government which will enable the release of 30 Israeli children and 20 Israeli women held captive by the Hamas terror group in Gaza.

On October 7, these hostages were dragged into Gaza by Hamas amid horrific brutality alongside around another 200 others.

We reiterate that it was this act, together with a breach of the existing ceasefire agreement by Hamas and the murder of 1,200 Israeli citizens on that day that led to the current military conflict.

While we share the immense relief of those released and their families, our thoughts go out at this time to those Israeli and foreign hostages remaining in the tunnels of Gaza. We will not rest until all our brothers and sisters are released.

We are grateful for the involvement of the international community, including in Europe, leading to the release in the coming days of these hostages.

We recognise that the value of human life is always paramount and that restoring these hostages to the safety of their families requires difficult decisions including the release of terrorists and we hope and pray that this is but the first stage leading to the release of all hostages and the removal of the Hamas terror threat to Israel. 

related

Subscribe to EJC newsletter

Get EJC's bi-weekly newsletter, including the latest statements and news from the European Jewish communities, direct to your inbox.

European Jewish Congress will use the information you provide on this form to contact you. We will treat your information with respect and will not share it with others. By clicking Subscribe, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

Events & Meetings

EJC holds General Assembly in Vienna

Leaders from over 30 Jewish communities across Europe gathered in Austria to discuss recent developments, exchange best practices, and address opportunities and challenges ahead in the aftermath of the Hamas massacre on October 7, 2023.