A father stays strong for the family as his son is held captive by Hamas

A father stays strong for the family as his son is held captive by Hamas


Before he was taken captive by Hamas, Sagui Dekel-Chen, 35, made a heroic move to notify his family that Hamas had infiltrated the Israel-Gaza border. His father, Jonathan, recounted the pain he felt while visiting the United States during that fateful day on Oct. 7, 2023.

“By far the worst moment of my life,” Jonathan lamented, “and being a world away at that moment, being completely hopeless and helpless to do anything.”

Sagui Dekel-Chen, 35, is being held hostage by Hamas

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Sagui, a dual American and Israeli citizen, was a project coordinator for the transnational philanthropy Jewish National Fund by day. However, in his free time, he would fix up old buses and turn them into other useful purposes, such as a mobile grocery store,

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