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Nadav Popplewell


Nadav Poppelewell, born in Kibbutz Nirim to British and South African parents who immigrated to Israel, grew up with his older brother Roi and younger sister Ayelet. A British citizen by heritage, his family hails from Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Nadav, an IT professional in Sderot, is known for his generosity, kindness, and devotion as a son, brother, and uncle. He treasures time with his beloved nephews and is passionate about literature, particularly science fiction, amassing a vast collection over the years. Nadav also enjoys playing bridge with kibbutz friends and watching thriller series in his leisure.
On October 7th, a grim turn of events unfolded when Ayelet, living in Kibbutz Yagur, alerted Nadav and their mother, 79-year-old Channa Peri about terrorists infiltrating Kibbutz Nirim. Amidst this chaos, Channa couldn't secure her safe room, and Nadav reported hearing shouts in Arabic outside his home. Subsequent messages from Channa's phone, including a distressing photo with Nadav under armed guard and labeled "Hamas," confirmed their worst fears. BBC reports later revealed another photo on Channa's Facebook, picturing her, Nadav, and an armed Hamas terrorist, pointing an AK-47 at them, intensifying the family's ordeal. Later it became clear that Channa and her son Nadav were taken hostage into Gaza. Tragically, the family learned that their firstborn, Roi Poppelewell, was murdered by Hamas terrorists that day, in the vicinity of his home.
Channa, who manages diabetes with daily insulin, and Nadav, who requires medication for his condition, faced dire health risks during captivity. After enduring 49 days in Hamas captivity, Channa Peri was released as part of a temporary ceasefire agreement, yet Nadav remains captive in Gaza, at the time of writing these lines.

The family, especially Channa, struggles to cope with Roi's loss while fearing for Nadav's safety. Nadav’s determined sister Ayelet Svatitzky, a successful author and advocate for his release, has spoken out in London, her life consumed by efforts to secure her brother's freedom. She holds onto hope despite the overwhelming challenges.
As the days pass, the urgency to rescue Nadav and all hostages still held by Hamas grows. The global community is called upon to demand their immediate release, reflecting a united stand against injustice.
Nadav, a humble man with a quiet life, cherished his kibbutz existence, filled with literature, bridge games, bike rides, and family. Now, caught in a nightmarish situation, one can only wonder about his thoughts and hopes amidst the ordeal. The campaign for his release continues, a testament to a family's love and resilience in the face of adversity. The time for action is now, as every moment counts in the fight to bring Nadav and others back to safety and normalcy.

On June 3, 2024, the IDF confirmed the deaths of Nadav Popplewell and three other hostages: Chaim Peri, Amiram Cooper and Yoram Metzger. The announcement followed the gathering of new intelligence findings.

IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari said in a press briefing that the military could not immediately confirm the circumstances of the deaths but would investigate fully. The IDF estimates that the four were killed together, in the Khan Younis area, several months ago, while being held by Hamas terrorists and during IDF operations in Khan Younis. All four hostages had previously been seen alive in propaganda videos filmed during their captivity in Gaza and released by Hamas.

Nadav Popplewell was known for his humbleness and his love for his family. Nadav’s family, friends, and community are grieving this untimely loss.

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Nadav was kidnapped by Hamas, and his family later learned of his murder.
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Dear family of Nadav,

I can only express my deepest condolences wishing you comfort, strength and hope in these very sad times. I really can't imagine what you had to go through - hope and fear and then on June 3rd the information from the IDF.

יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ

יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וִיחֻנֶּךָּ

יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם





















נדב יקר,

ליבי איתך ועם בני משפחתך המייחלים לשובך הבייתה יחד עם יתר החטופים.

מקווה שאהבתך למדע בדיוני עוזרת

לך לדמיין מקום טוב יותר להיות בו מהחושך בו אתה שרוי כעת.


בתקווה לבשורות טובות

מירי שאולי מהולנד


למשפחה של נדב פופלוול,

שמי עידו ואני תלמיד בתיכון בית ירח בכיתה יא' .

קראתי את השיר "לראות את האור" מאת ברק פרדמן ואני מביא ממנו את השורה "ורציתי לעלות גבוה לראות האור לראות את האור"

המילים האלו הופיעו בשיר לאחר שהכותב סיפר על הקשיים שלו ואיך שסבל. הם מראים שגם אחרי מכה קשה של כאב תמיד יש תקווה ותמיד ישארו דברים טובים לשאוף אליהם ושתמיד יהיה אור.

חשבתי עליכם ועל מה שעובר עליכם ורציתי שתדעו שכולנו איתכם, ואני מאחל לכם למצוא את האור שלכם ולהמשיך להלחם.

אני איתכם מרחוק

עידו משולם

דנה א.


חנה ואיילת היקרות,


אני רוצה להביע בפניכן את דאגתי לשלום נדב. אני מייחלת לשחרורו המהיר והקרוב ומבקשת לו בריאות וחוזק פנימי במסע הבלתי נגמר הזה.

לך נדב, תדע, אנחנו איתך. אנחנו זועקים בשמך ומתפללים לשחרורך! מקווים שתחזור לביתך בשלום.


שולחת לכן חיזוקים ומחבקת אתכן! תחזיקו מעמד!


אסתי מולר-דיין, בת הדודה של הפטרים מנירים

מינכן, 14.03.2024

Ester M.


Dear Popplewell Family,

I write this note with the sincerest wishes for the safe return of Nadav. I have a 7 year old grandson named Nadav, so I immediately gravitated to your Nadav.

From America we pray, donate, collect, and pray some more for the all the hostages. Wishing you the strength to carry on,


Susan Pavane


Susan P.


נדב היקר,

מצפים ומייחלים לשובך המהיר הביתה, בריא ושלם. תהיה אופטימי וחזק, עושים הכל כדי להחזיר אותך מהר.

מאחלת לך חיים ארוכים וטובים, מלאי שמחה, אהבה, יופי וקסם, בריאות טובה ושינה טובה.