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Elia Toledano

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Elia Tolendo, a French-Israeli citizen who lived in Tel Aviv, was kidnapped from the Nova music festival near Re'im alongside his friends. Among them was 21-year-old Mia Schem, who was kidnapped alongside Elia. Mia was released from Gaza on 30 November, after 55 days in Hamas captivity.
Michael Shemesh, the political correspondent for the 'Kan' public broadcasting corporation and his schoolmate, speaks of him: "It's Elia with the smile that never leaves his face; a smile that was always there for everyone. He has a great zest for life and an immense desire to always rejoice. Something that can never be forgotten."
Elia worked in the events sector, producing weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and brits. His daily routine was to make people happy and ensure their event exceeded their expectations. Furthermore, Elia's friends describe him as being most characterized by his love for people, and people loved him in return: "A truly beloved man."

On Friday December 15th, it was announced that Elia Toledano was murdered in captivity by Hamas. Elia’s body was retrieved in a special operation by soldiers from Brigade 551 and Unit 504 in the Military Intelligence Directorate. His brother eulogized: "A true star was taken from us, without whom the sky is incomplete." French President Macron said: "I share in the shock and mourning on Elia’s death with his family."
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