Israeli-American hostage abducted by Hamas was killed on October 7, kibbutz says

Judi Weinstein is seen in an undated photo.
Judi Weinstein is seen in an undated photo. Courtesy Iris Liniado Haggai

Judi Weinstein, an Israeli-American who was abducted by Hamas, was killed on October 7, a kibbutz in southern Israel has announced Thursday.

Weinstein, who was 70 years old, is dead and her body is still held by Hamas, Kibbutz Nir Oz said.

Weinstein held Israeli, US and Canadian citizenship. It was known that she had been injured while being taken hostage on October 7.

Her husband Gad Haggai, who was 73 years old, was pronounced dead on December 22, and his body is also still held by Hamas, according to the kibbutz.

Weinstein's death in Hamas custody means there are no remaining female Americans held by Hamas. Now, six Americans — all men — are believed to still be in captivity. In total, four American women have been released.

It was initially believed Judi could be part of the hostage deal for Hamas to free at least 50 women and children that was struck last month. While two Americans were released under the agreement, Judi was not.

In a statement, US President Joe Biden said he and first lady Jill Biden are "devastated" to hear the news. Haggai and Weinstein's family "have been living through hell for weeks. No family should have to endure such an ordeal. And I reaffirm the pledge we have made to all the families of those still held hostage: we will not stop working to bring them home," the statement said.

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