This Canadian Woman Peace Activist Has Been Confirmed To Have Been Killed In Hamas’ Attack

74-year-old Vivian Silver was a life-long activist dedicated to advocating peace between Israelis and Palestinians

Vivian Silver, a 74-year-old Canadian-Israeli activist, has been confirmed to have been killed in Hamas’ surprise attack on Israel on Oct. 7.

According to her son, who spoke to Canadian news media on Monday, Nov. 13, Silver was texting with him when the Palestinian militants stormed her house.

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She had informed colleagues at Women Wage Peace, a humanitarian organization she co-founded in 2014, that she was hiding in a safe room during the attack, according to The Guardian.

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As Silver went missing, she was assumed to have been taken hostage in Gaza. 

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A demonstrator holds a poster bearing the image of Israeli-Canadian Vivian Silver during a protest for her release outside the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on October 29, 2023. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

However, a statement from Toronto’s Israeli consul general on Tuesday, Nov. 14 confirmed that Silver died when her house was set on fire on the day of the attack in southern Israel.

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People try to extinguish fire on cars following a rocket attack from the Gaza Strip in Ashkelon, southern Israel, on October 7, 2023, after Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Her remains were identified more than five weeks after the incident. 

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Families of the people kidnapped, as well as other supporters participate in rally calling for the hostages to be brought home outside HaKirya (The Kirya) on the two week anniversary of the Hamas attack and kidnapping of hostages on October 21, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

A life-long activist dedicated to advocating peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Silver moved from Winnipeg, Canada, and made Kibbutz Be’eri in Israel her home since 1974.

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She was described by the Washington Post as having spent her life “denouncing Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and lobbying for diplomatic solutions to the conflict”.

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In addition to co-founding Women Wage Peace, she was also involved in several other human rights organizations such as the Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation.

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She also volunteered with a group that provided transportation for Gaza children and cancer patients to hospitals in Israel for healthcare.

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According to the Israeli government, Hamas killed over 1,200 people and took around 242 others hostage, including children and foreigners, during the assault on Oct. 7.

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Photographs of some of those taken hostage by Hamas during their recent attacks are seen on October 18, 2023 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

In response, Israel declared war on Hamas and has been launching airstrikes and ground operations that killed more than 11,000 Palestinians, as reported by Palestinian officials.

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A girl stands in the rubble of Israeli bombardments on southern part of Gaza City, Tel al-Hawa neighborhood, Gaza on October 16, 2023. (Photo by Ali Jadallah/Anadolu via Getty Images)

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