Hadar Goldin’s Family to Join Netanyahu at U.N. in September

YERUSHALAYIM -

The parents and brother of slain IDF soldier Hadar Goldin, Hy”d, will be joining Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at the U.N. next month to help make the case for pressuring Hamas to return his body, which they have been holding since Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

“The main point is that Hadar was killed during a cease-fire that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and United States Secretary of State John Kerry mediated,” Hadar Goldin’s father told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday.

“We believe they should take responsibility and they are not doing anything. On the contrary, they are sending all kinds of humanitarian aid to Gaza, yet they don’t define the return of Hadar and Oron Shaul, Hy”d, [a fellow soldier who was also killed in that war] as a humanitarian issue.”

Israel’s ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon also said on Sunday that he is working with diplomats from various countries and U.N. officials arrange for meetings with the Goldin’s so that their story will be heard by the international community.

As part of the visit, a selection of Hadar Goldin’s drawings will be displayed in one of the main exhibition areas of the U.N. headquarters during the General Assembly in September.

The exhibition was inspired by a curator who visited them during their son’s shiva and was impressed by samples of Hadar’s artwork.

“It is vital that world leaders see firsthand that in addition to an Israeli soldier who was killed and captured during a U.N. cease-fire, Hadar was a talented human being full of possibility, who had his whole life ahead of him,” his mother said.