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Mar 14, 2024

Israel to provide allowances life-long to families of Nepali students killed by Hamas: Envoy Goder

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Israeli Ambassador Hanan Goder paying a courtesy call meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha at his office in Singh Durbar on Tuesday. RSS Photo with credit.
Israeli Ambassador Hanan Goder paying a courtesy call meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha at his office in Singh Durbar on Tuesday. RSS Photo with credit.

Israel has started giving death grant allowances to the Nepali spouse or a family of a deceased who died in the attacks of the extremist organization Hamas.

Ten Nepali students who were interning at an agricultural farm in Kibbutz died in an attack by Hamas group on October 7, 2023 in a Palestinian border town in Israel.

According to Ambassador of Israel to Nepal Hanan Goder, the Israeli government has arranged a lifetime allowance for the families of the killed students.

Similarly, monthly allowances have been given to the families of one hundred and thirty-four people, including Bipin Joshi, who are hostages of Hamas, said the Israeli envoy.

Allowance has also been provided to the family of Bipin Joshi of Kanchanpur, who still went missing from the first day of attack by the Hamas. Joshi has been taken hostage.

While meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha at his office in Singh Durbar on Tuesday, Israeli Ambassador to Nepal Hanan Goder informed him about it.

On the morning of 7 October 2023, Hamas launched a deadly surprise attack from the Gaza Strip on southern Israel. Since then, this armed conflict between Israel and Hamas-led Palestinian militant groups has been taking place chiefly in and around the Gaza Strip.

On the first day itself 364 young people enjoying a music festival were killed by Hamas and took more than 250 others to Gaza as hostages.

Informing the Foreign Minister, the Ambassador Goder also stressed that Bipin Joshi from Kanchanpur who is still under captivity of Hamas, Israel is trying to free him along 134 people.

Even after repeated attempts, the mission to make him free has not been realized yet. So, the Ambassador advises the Minister Shrestha if possible, Nepal should also use its diplomatic channels and contacts.

Those Nepalese who lost their lives in Israel during the brutal attack by the extremist organization Hamas are Israelis’ family members. So, according to Israeli law, they are entitled for a lifetime allowance as Israeli citizens, said Ambassador Hanan Goder.

The families of Nepali students who were killed in terrorist attacks have started receiving monthly allowances for the rest of their lives.

“It is very sad that Nepali families have lost their energetic members. In comparison to life there is nothing that can compensate. But, expressing our sympathy and according to the Israeli regulations, the State of Israel has decided to provide life-long allowances to the families of deceased,” informed the Ambassador Goder.

Of the 49 students from Far West University who went to Israel last August, 10 students Anand Sah of Dhanusha, Ashish Chaudhary of Kailali, Dipesh Raj Bista of Darchula, Ganesh Kumar Nepali of Bajhang, Lokendra Singh Dhami of Darchula, Narayan Prasad Neupane of Kailali, Padam Thapa of Doti Pravesh Bhandari of Salyan, Rajan Phulara of Doti, Rajesh Kumar Swarnakar of Sunsari died in a Hamas attack.

With the help of the Israeli government the bodies of all the deceased were brought to Nepal for last rites.

The deceased 10 students, along with 39 other students, studied B.Sc. Agriculture from Far West University went to Israel on September 13 to do an internship for 11 months under the Learn and Earn Program.

Pramod KC of Salyan and Birendra Chaudhary of Kailali were rescued from the attack site and brought to Nepal. Bidhan Sejwal of Salyan, Ravin Dangi of Dang, Dhan Bahadur Chaudhary of Kailali and Himanchal Kattel of Gorkha were injured by grenade pellets.

Ambassador Goder has also visited the homes of the victims’ families.

Since the war began on 7 October by a Sunni Muslim group Hamas gunman stormed across Gaza’s border into Israel according to Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry, 31,000 Palestinians at least two-thirds of whom were women and children including 9,000 Hamas fighters have been killed, and tens of thousands injured by Israeli strikes.

Israel, who also tries to destroy Hamas, completely reveals data of its soldiers who were killed in the Gaza war.

Founded by Palestinian imam and activist Ahmed Yassin in 1987 affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas is rolling the dice with one goal of simply to kill Israelis as many as says, the attack was launched against Israelis’ security raids on Islam’s third holiest site – the al-Aqsa Mosque, occupied East Jerusalem and Jewish settlement activity in the occupied West Bank.

According to the news reports, the Islamic Republic of Iran helps Hamas with funds, weapons, and training. Also, the report adds that the State of Qatar regularly hands out political, material, humanitarian and charitable support for Hamas. Remarkably, Egypt, Sudan, Syria and Venezuela were the allies of Hamas in the past.

In general conclusion, Hamas might see the dream of its thoughts and ideology, cause and activities could be internationalized.

However, to observe the entire Muslim people’s great festival—Ramadan, according to news reports, Hamas had proposed a months-long ceasefire, during which all hostages would be released in exchange for hundreds of Palestinians jailed by Israel.

But Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that there is no other solution but total victory over Hamas. Netanyahu was addressing the AIPAC conference on March 12 saying Israel vows to ‘finish the job’ in Gaza (to win) war destroying the remaining Hamas battalions in Rafah which he believes is a matter of only months away.

Conflict and war are painful and complicated for human beings thus, peace is vital for humankind to survive and strive for a better future.