MPs and peers met Adi Efrat in Parliament yesterday, at a meeting hosted by Conservative MPs, Theresa Villiers and Mike Freer.
Ms Efrat was one of the survivors of the Hamas attacks on 7th October. She was taken hostage and subsequently rescued. She told her story to a private meeting of parliamentarians, including Ian Paisley, Lord (Michael) Howard, Baroness Ludford, Baroness Altman, and Lord Goldsmith.
Adi recounted what happened to her on 7th October after armed Hamas terrorists broke into her home in a kibbutz in southern Israel. They took her with them, but later became involved in a gunfight with the Israeli Defence Force. The terrorists eventually retreated and left Adi behind and she was rescued by the IDF. Further details of her story can be found in an interview she gave recently to the Jewish News which you can read here.
Following the meeting, Theresa Villiers said, "It was incredibly moving to hear her harrowing account of what happened to Adi. I want to give her my sincere thanks for coming to Parliament to tell her story with such courage and clarity. It is vital that we remember the terrible suffering inflicted by Hamas on 7th October, and the plight of those still held hostage."
"This was the worst attack on Jewish people since the Holocaust and Adi has been incredibly brave to speak out about the traumatic experiences which she and her family and friends went through at the hands of vicious terrorists. This is a reminder of why Israel needs to take military action to defence itself and its citizens."
"I want to thank Rabbi Naftali Schiff and Jewish Futures for making Adi's visit to the UK possible, and also Mike Freer for co-hosting the event."
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