'There is so much suffering on both sides', says mother of hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin

Published date14 May 2024
Publication titleJerusalem Post, The: Web Edition Articles (Israel)
Rachel Goldberg-Polin, the mother of the hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin, has become one of the most recognizable faces in the United States amidst the hostage crisis

Her son Hersh, 23, was born in California and moved to Israel, where he was kidnapped from a Nova Music Festival.

On Sunday she interviewed at the American Fox News network, calling on the United States to show more active involvement in negotiations.

"The United States is also among the victims of October 7," she said. "And it cannot see its role as a neutral mediator. Forty-five American citizens were butchered on October 7, and twelve others were taken hostage to Gaza, eight of whom are still held hostage."

Regarding the negotiations, she said, "I think we need to be creative and find a way to move forward from the crisis, for both sides to stop and think about a way forward. If there is a pause in fighting, it will give people time to digest and rethink with reason." She added: "I don't think enough Americans are aware that there are American citizens held hostage by Hamas."

"There is an attempt to present the hostages as a monolith, a homogeneous group, but that's not the case. Barely hearing about Arab hostages, and there were also hostages from Thailand, Nepal, and Christian Africans."

Suffering on both sides

In the end, Goldberg-Polin delivered a message saying, "There is so much suffering on both sides, there is no competition here. There are 132 innocent civilians taken hostage from Israel on October 7 suffering in captivity, and there are hundreds of thousands of uninvolved Gazan civilians suffering greatly," she added. "Many people struggle to...

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