In Memoriam of:

Gal Abdush

Age: 34

From: Kiryat Ekron

In Loving Memory of the Innocent Souls Taken Too Soon. United in peace, their light shines on in the hearts left behind. October 7, 2023, a day of sorrow, but their memories guide us toward a hopeful tomorrow.

Gal Abdush, 34, and her husband Nagi Abdush, 35, from the town of Kiryat Ekron, were murdered by Hamas terrorists as they tried to escape from the Supernova music festival on October 7.

The couple, who were together since they were teenagers, are survived by their two children, Eliav, 10, and Refael, 7. Gal is survived by her parents, Eti and Eli, as well as her siblings, and Nagi by his mother Yardena and his siblings.

Nagi’s brother, Nissim, told Channel 13 news that before he was murdered, he managed to send him a voice note saying Gal had been killed. Nagi asked Nissim to “‘watch over the children for me, take care of my children.’ Those are the last words he said to me.”

Video footage of Gal’s body has served as one of the key pieces of evidence in widespread claims of Hamas sexual violence against women on October 7.

The couple left their home around 2:30 a.m. to head to the rave, their family said. When rockets started flying, they ran to their car to leave, and were murdered on the road by terrorists lying in wait. Both of their bodies were badly burned and took time to identify. They were buried a day apart from each other, on October 16 and 17, in Kiryat Ekron.

Nagi, who was running for a spot on the Kiryat Ekron city council, worked with his brother installing water heaters, while Gal stayed home with their children and was very active in community service.

Nissim told Channel 13 that Gal was a “warrior mother, she was more than a sister-in-law, she was like a sister. Their home was open to everyone… she was special, she was all heart.”

Nagi’s cousin, Natan Abdush, wrote on Facebook, “You are an angel, an angel of God, more than a cousin you were my soulmate, even when we were far apart we stayed close… And Gal? What can I say about Gal? An angel, a woman of valor, a righteous person — your home was always, always open to everyone.”

Gal’s sister, Sapir, told Army Radio that the couple “were people who gave and did and loved life and enjoyed life and to go out and have fun, and they left behind two young children.”

Nagi’s sister Yonit wrote on Facebook, “Nagi and Gal, I swore next to your grave in front of everyone that we would do everything for you. We swore that we would fulfill everything for [your children] and continue your path. We will try to fill the pain and this enormous loss… Pray for our nation and continue to spread your joy in heaven, and don’t stop dancing.”

Yonit also published a video of the couple laughing together and hanging out with their children: “I want you to remember Gal and Nagi as beautiful as they were. Gal and Nagi were the best parents in the world! They were each other’s best friend, they loved to travel around the world. Gal accepted everyone as they were no matter race, religion or gender, they had friends of all different types.”

“They were such a pure couple and they gave so much, including in secret,” the video added. “Their love was the stuff of legends, that you hear about in stories — Nagi made her a queen and Gal made him a king.”
Source: The Times of Israel 

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