Watch: Classmates Welcome Israeli Girl Back to Kindergarten After 7 Weeks in Hamas Captivity

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For at least a few moments Monday, the shadow of death that has hovered over Israel for the past two months parted for a ray of unstinted joy.

On Monday, five-year-old Emilia Aloni completed her journey from the arms of evil to the arms of her kindergarten classmates.

Emilia Aloni and her mother were held by Hamas for seven weeks after being taken from the kibbutz of Nir Oz, which is located barely two miles from the border with Gaza, according to the Times of Israel.

A video posted to X of her return is a reminder that security in a nation scarred by the massacre of Oct. 7 is ever-present, as the girl waits for the gate to her school to be unlocked.


When it is, the girl’s teacher said she wanted to start singing in celebration, according to the Times of Israel, which provided a translation of the comments in the video.

Then came hugs from her fellow classmates.

“I missed you,” some said.

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