Mother of hostage killed by IDF tells unit involved it's "completely not your fault"

Yotam Haim.
Yotam Haim. Hostages and Missing Families Forum

The mother of one of the Israeli hostages killed accidentally by the IDF last week in Gaza has sent a message to the unit involved in the shooting, saying “everything that happened is completely not your fault.”

Iris Haim, the mother of Yotam Haim, addressed the battalion involved in the incident in which her son was killed along with two other Israeli men whom Hamas had kidnapped.

She said in an audio message: “I wanted to tell you that I love you very much and I embrace you from afar. I know that everything that happened is completely not your fault, it's nobody's fault - except the Hamas, may their name and memory be wiped off the face of the earth.” 

Haim continued: “I ask you to stay safe and always keep in your thoughts that what you're doing is the best possible thing in the world to help us, as the Jewish people, and we all need you to be safe and sound. Don't hesitate for a single moment - if you see a terrorist, don't think that you have deliberately killed a hostage, you need to protect yourselves because that's the only way you would be able to protect us.” 

Iris Haim speaks about her son at a news conference at the Israel Embassy in London on November 20.
Iris Haim speaks about her son at a news conference at the Israel Embassy in London on November 20. Kin Cheung/AP

Haim reiterated her belief that the actions taken by the IDF unit were "likely the right thing to do at that moment," adding her family is not "judging you or angry with you."

More on Haim: 28-year-old Haim was a gifted musician and heavy metal fan. He had played the drums for 20 years and was supposed to perform at a Metal Music Festival in Tel Aviv on October 7th with his band, Persephore. He last spoke with his family that morning. He told them his house had burned down before losing contact with them at 10:44 a.m., soon after which he was kidnapped by Hamas, according to the family forum.

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