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Vivian Silver

Vivian Silver, 74, Kibbutz Be’eri

Vivian Silver

Vivian Silver, age 74, Kibbutz Be’eri

Vivian is a Canadian and Israeli citizen and was born in Winnipeg, Canada. She moved to Israel in 1974. She is an advocate for women’s rights as well as human rights and is active in many peace organizations. She founded multiple activist groups and is a central activist in “Women Wage Peace.” She had previously transported Palistinian cancer patients from Gaza to Israeli hospitals. Vivian moved to Kibbutz Be’eri in 1990. In 2010 she received the Victor J Goldberg Award for Peace in the Middle East, and in 2011 was voted one of the ten most influential Anglo-Saxon immigrants.

Just three days before her abduction, she helped organize a peace march in Jerusalem with over 1500 Israeli and Palastinian women participating. 

On October 7th, 2023, Vivian was kidnapped to Gaza by Hamas terrorists. Her family has not been able to reach her since 11:07 a.m. on October 7th. Earlier that morning, Vivian texted her family that terrorists infiltrated the Kibbutz and entered her home. She attempted to protect herself by hiding behind a closet door. She has two sons, Hen and Yonatan, and she is a grandmother.