A Canadian peacekeeper believed to have been taken hostage during a Hamas attack in Israel five weeks ago has been killed. His son reported this information.
Chen Zeijen, Vivian Silver’s son, said Israeli authorities told him the body of a 74-year-old woman had been found in the kibbutz. But now it has been identified. Vivian Silver lived there.
Zeigen told reporters in Ottawa last month that his mother was born in Winnipeg and immigrated to Israel in 1974. He spent his life promoting peace and building understanding between Israelis and Palestinians.
Silver volunteers to help children in Gaza get healthcare.
Global Affairs Canada said officials are in contact with Silver’s Canadian family members and are providing them with all possible assistance.
In a statement, Global Affairs Canada said, “The Government of Canada is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Canadian-Israeli citizen Vivian Silver.” Our condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.
Global Affairs Canada previously confirmed that six Canadian citizens were killed in the Oct. 7 attack. In addition, another person with deep ties to Canada was reported killed. But he is not a citizen of Canada.
A spokesperson for the Israeli embassy in Ottawa said on November 13, “We are confirming the identification of Vivian Silver’s body.”
Israel’s consul general in Toronto, Edith Shamir, said in a post on social media X that Silver had been killed.
Women’s Wage Pitch, the organization Silver worked for, also issued a statement to X confirming her death.