This is Avera Mengistu, a Jewish Israeli of Ethiopian descent who suffers from mental illness. He turned 32 today.

His family & friends can't celebrate his birthday with him: He is being held captive in #Gaza by Hamas in violation of international law and basic human decency.
Four gears ago, #Hamas took Avera - an innocent civilian - as a prisoner. Since then, his family have heard nothing from him. They have no proof that he's even alive, as the International Red Cross has been denied access to him.

Locked up in #Gaza for the crime of being Jewish.
Is this "freedom fighting"? Is this "resisting #occupation"? No and no. This is depraved, wicked, brutal and utterly wrong.
Let it be known: This is the true face of #Hamas, a terrorist organisation which officially controls #Gaza & unofficially rules in many Palestinian areas in the West Bank. To achieve peace, the Palestinian people must reject such hatred & overthrow these wicked, violent criminals
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