Title: Israeli Woman Counts Days of Son’s Abduction in Attempt to Raise Awareness of Hostage Crisis
Subtitle: Rachel Goldberg-Polin marks 100-day milestone with solidarity events and calls for global support
Rachel Goldberg-Polin, a determined mother from Israel, has been marking each passing day since her son, Hersh, was kidnapped by Hamas militants at a music festival on October 7. With a piece of masking tape on her chest, she has vigilantly kept track of the number of days Hersh and approximately 250 other hostages have been held captive.
As Hersh’s abduction reaches its 100th day this Sunday, the plight of the hostages continues to be obscured amid the limited information available. The Red Cross has been denied access, leaving concerned families, like the Goldberg-Polins, in the dark regarding the hostages’ well-being.
Undeterred by the lack of progress, Rachel Goldberg-Polin has actively campaigned for her son’s release. She has met with world leaders, spoken at the United Nations, and participated in protests, relentlessly fighting for the safe return of all hostages. Her tireless efforts have garnered extensive support and empathy throughout Israel, mounting significant pressure on the Israeli government to make concessions for their release.
In solidarity with the hostages and their families, the Goldberg-Polin family plans to attend rallies taking place in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Similar events have been scheduled in cities outside of Israel, reflecting the international support for ending this crisis.
Rachel Goldberg-Polin has urged people worldwide to join her in marking the 100-day milestone by adopting her daily practice of displaying the number of days as a symbol of solidarity and support. This ritual was inspired by the counting of days during the 1979 U.S. Embassy hostage crisis in Iran, which lasted 444 days and galvanized global attention.
The 100-day mark represents an opportunity to redirect focus on the hostages and send a powerful message to Hersh Goldberg-Polin. The mother emphasizes that his family is unwavering in their efforts to bring him back and encourages him to stay strong and endure the ordeal.
The Courier Standard Enterprise stands in solidarity with the Goldberg-Polins and all families affected by this hostage crisis. As we approach this significant milestone, let us unite to amplify the call for swift action and an end to this prolonged captivity, ensuring the safe return of Hersh and the other hostages.