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Tamar Metzger

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Tamar (Tami) Metzger is a devoted grandmother from Kibbutz Nir Oz. Tami and her husband, Yoram, have three children and seven grandchildren. Tami arrived at the kibbutz in the 1970s, and before dedicating herself to her family, she contributed significantly to kibbutz life, from nurturing infants and education to managing the general store.
Tami has always enjoyed her quiet time on her balcony, delving into newspapers, crossword puzzles, and savoring her cigarettes. Her love for books and telenovelas has been a constant in her life.
On that fateful Saturday, October 7th, Tami and Yoram, who is 80 years old and diabetic, were forcibly separated and kidnapped from their home on Kibbutz Nir Oz by Hamas terrorists. The two found themselves reunited only in the harrowing confines of Hamas's tunnels in Gaza. Alongside friends from Nir Oz and Nir Am, they endured unimaginable conditions.
Hamas published a distressing video showing three hostages: Yoram Metzger, Chaim Peri and Amiram Cooper. Yoram’s appearance on the video has heightened concerns for his well-being, given the absence of the joy that once filled his life. The IDF's discovery of a detention facility deep within a tunnel in Khan Yunis, Gaza, corroborates the severe environment the hostages faced, with minimal air and no access to natural light.
Tami was eventually freed during a temporary cease-fire deal in late November. Yoram is still held hostage in Gaza.
Tami's account of their captivity reveals the grim reality of their ordeal, suffering from starvation and physical injuries. Today, the Metzger family clings to hope for Yoram's return, holding onto memories of happier times and the resilient spirit that defines their love and unity.

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