Renowned Canadian-born Israeli peace activist Vivian Silver is confirmed killed in Hamas attack

by Joshua Brown
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Vivian Silver, a Canadian-born Israeli peace advocate, has been confirmed as a casualty in the October 7 Hamas incursion into southern Israel.

Having relocated to Israel in the 1970s, Silver made her home in Kibbutz Be’eri and was believed to be among the nearly 240 hostages held in Gaza for 38 days. The slow process of identifying severely burned remains led to the recent confirmation of her death to her family.

As a key figure in numerous Israeli-Palestinian peace organizations and a leading Israeli human rights group, Silver was known for her humanitarian work, including transporting Gaza cancer patients to Israeli hospitals for treatment.

Her son, Yonatan Zeigen, described her in an Israel Radio interview as both delicate and powerfully spirited, with deeply held convictions about life and the world. He recounted their text exchanges during the attack, noting a shift from lightheartedness to despair as Silver realized the gravity of the situation and militants invaded her home.

Zeigen reflected on the tragedy of his mother’s death, given her lifelong efforts to prevent such violence. The ongoing conflict has resulted in over 1,200 Israeli deaths due to Hamas attacks and more than 11,000 Palestinian casualties in the ongoing Gaza war, now in its 39th day.

In a 2017 interview, Silver emphasized the urgency of diplomatic solutions to prevent further wars. Her son now feels a sense of duty to continue her legacy, seeing it as a relay race where she has passed the baton to him. He expressed a commitment to advancing the cause she passionately worked for.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Vivian Silver

Who was Vivian Silver?

Vivian Silver was a Canadian-born Israeli peace activist known for her significant contributions to Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. She was a prominent figure in various peace organizations and humanitarian groups, and was involved in transporting Gaza cancer patients to Israeli hospitals for medical care.

How did Vivian Silver die?

Vivian Silver was confirmed killed in a Hamas incursion into southern Israel on October 7. She had been among the hostages held in the Gaza Strip for 38 days before her death was confirmed through the identification of badly burned remains.

What was Vivian Silver’s impact on Israeli-Palestinian relations?

Vivian Silver was a key figure in several groups that promoted peace between Israel and the Palestinians. She worked tirelessly for diplomatic solutions to prevent further wars, advocating for peace and human rights.

What did Vivian Silver’s son say about her?

Yonatan Zeigen, Vivian Silver’s son, described her as a combination of fragile and powerful, with a giant spirit and strong core beliefs. He recalled their final text exchanges during the attack and expressed his commitment to continuing her legacy in peace activism.

What were the casualties in the Hamas attacks and Israeli war in Gaza?

The ongoing conflict has resulted in over 1,200 Israeli deaths due to Hamas attacks and more than 11,000 Palestinian casualties in the Israeli war in Gaza, which was in its 39th day at the time of the report.

More about Vivian Silver

  • Vivian Silver’s Peace Activism
  • The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Humanitarian Work in Gaza
  • Impact of Hamas Attacks on Israel

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Mike87 November 14, 2023 - 3:41 pm

didn’t know much about her until now, really an eye-opener about what’s happening in gaza and israel

JennyLee November 14, 2023 - 7:55 pm

This is heartbreaking. her son’s words really hit home, can’t imagine what he’s going through

DavidR November 15, 2023 - 7:58 am

how many more have to die before peace is achieved? it’s a never-ending cycle over there, Silver’s death is a huge loss.


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