Action Center

Tell Secretary Blinken: Support Continued U.S. Leadership Toward Successful Release of the Hostages

On October 7, Hamas launched its horrific attack on Israel, massacring over 1200 people and taking 240 people hostage, including women, children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Now, more than 6 months since the attack, at least 129 hostages still remain Hamas’ captives.  

Continued U.S. leadership pushing for release of the hostages is crucial.  In clear contravention of international law, Hamas will not allow any international aid organizations access to the hostages to check on their health or provide necessary medicines or medical assistance. Reports from some released hostages have revealed that captives suffer deplorable conditions including sexual and physical violence, psychological torture, and near-starvation. Every second counts. Continued U.S. leadership toward a successful release of the hostages is crucial. 

As Jews, we are taught the sacred mitzvah of Pidyon Shvu’im, the redemption of captives. As we prepare to observe Passover, a commemoration of freedom and liberation, we renew our demand for the release of all hostages still held in Gaza. Urge Secretary Blinken to support continued U.S. leadership toward successful release of the hostages.   


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For more information, please contact RAC Legislative Assistant Ellen Garfinkle at egarfinkle@rac.org.   


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