A Canadian citizen and peace activist from Winnipeg living in Israel has been taken hostage by Hamas, according to former Canadian cabinet minister Irwin Cotler.
Mr. Cotler, McGill law professor emeritus and a former minister of justice and attorney general, said on Oct. 8 that Vivian Silver “was violently taken from her home in Kibbutz Be’eri in Israel” and “is now being held captive by Hamas in Gaza,” calling her captivity “yet another heinous Hamas war crime.”
Ms. Silver “is a renowned Canadian-Israeli peace activist and humanitarian from Winnipeg” who has been “focused on peacebuilding and helping women and children,” wrote Mr. Cotler on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
“All Canadians and people of conscience around the world should be calling for her release and condemning Hamas criminality. Thinking of her family,” the former cabinet minister said.

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