2 long-term hostages in Gaza have a history of psychiatric hospitalizations

Two Israeli men with serious mental health conditions who crossed separately from Israel into the Gaza Strip in 2014 and 2015 have apparently been held by the Hamas military wing, Human Rights Watch said today. Avera Mangistu and Hisham al-Sayed, who both have histories of wandering far on foot, including in the case of al-Sayed across borders without authorization, have not been heard from since they entered Gaza. Hamas authorities have indirectly acknowledged in media statements holding the two men, but say they will divulge nothing about them

Is it okay to take and keep people who are mentally ill as hostages?

Hostages with history of psychiatric hospitalizations
The forgotten hostages. Two Israelis with a history of mental illness held in Gaza.

The full report on Avera Mangistu’s and Hisham al-Sayed’s captivity is available on the Human Rights Watch website. Since September 7, 2014 Avera Mangistu, a Jewish Israeli citizen of Ethiopian descent, has been held incommunicado. Hisham al-Sayed, a Muslim citizen of Israel of Bedouin descent has similarly been held since walking across the Gaza border on April 20, 2015. Both Avera and Hisham have a history of psychiatric hospitalization.

# of days Avera Mangistu has been held as of publication date (since September 7, 2014)


# of days Hisham al-Sayed has been held incommunicado as of publication date (since April 20, 2015)


Avera was diagnosed as mentally ill, he was admitted to a psychiatric hospital twice, he was on medications…