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Awaiting Being Freed by Hamas in Gaza

Expand Avera Mangistu’s parents and disability rights activists at a protest tent in Jerusalem. © 2018 Human Rights Watch April 4 was the fifth day of Passover, the weeklong Jewish holiday commemorating freedom from slavery, but Avera Mangistu’s parents – who were protesting outside the Israeli prime minister’s house – were keenly aware that their son was not free. On September 7, 2014, Mangistu, now 31, walked into the Gaza Strip from Israel and was apparently detained by Hamas. His parents have not heard from him since. Along with a second Israeli, 30-year-old Hisham al-Sayed, Mangistu is…

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