Ex-hostage says confronted Hamas Gaza chief in tunnel – Times of India

An 85-year-old Israeli woman abducted by Hamas on October 7 and set free two weeks later said she met its Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar while in captivity and asked him how he was not ashamed for having acted violently against peace activists like herself. Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, was taken from her Kibbutz Nir Oz home in Israel to Gaza. She told the Israeli paper Davar she confronted Sinwar when he visited the hostages in an underground tunnel where Hamas was holding them captive.
“Sinwar was with us three to four days after we arrived,” Lifshitz told Davar newspaper. “I asked him how he is not ashamed to do such a thing to people who all these years have supported peace. He didn’t answer,” she said. Lifshitz is a peace activist who, together with her husband, helped sick Palestinians in Gaza get to hospital for years, her grandson said. Her 83-year-old husband, Oded, remains in captivity.
Speaking with reporters, Lifshitz said that she “went through hell” during her two weeks as a hostage. Lifshitz was one of four women freed by Hamas early in the war. She said she had been beaten when she was abducted but was then treated well during captivity. On her release, she shook hands with a masked captor. Asked why, she replied: “They treated us gently and met all our needs.”