A 78-Year-Old Israeli-Indian Grandfather Jew: Want to Fight with Hamas, After Tragic Loss of his Grandson in Hamas Attack
Meet a resilient 78-year-old Israeli-Indian Jew, ready to defend despite losing his grandson in a recent Hamas attack. His story of strength and commitment.
Yossi Oren, a brave 78-year-old man with roots in India, faced a heartbreaking loss when his grandson was caught in a recent attack. Yossi's family was once part of a Jewish community in Kerala, India, and they moved to Israel when he was just eight years old.
Yossi, like many Israelis, received military training and served for three years. He believes that everyone should be ready to protect their country. Even at his age, he's willing to put on the uniform if his country calls for it.
Yossi's family history is connected to the Jewish community in Kerala. In 1954, they returned to Israel along with many other Jewish families after Israel was formed.
Currently, Yossi and his family are grieving the loss of his grandson, Amit Most. Amit was in his third year of mandatory military training when tragedy struck. He rushed to help injured friends, but was hit by gunfire from Hamas. It was a devastating loss for the family.
Yossi still holds dear memories of his time in India. His father was a fish trader, and his mother rests in peace in Kochi. Yossi went to school in Kochi until the second grade. After his military service, he studied agriculture and later became an entrepreneur, focusing on farming and poultry.
In 2002, Yossi visited Kochi and the surrounding areas to reconnect with the Jewish community's history. He looks forward to more visits, cherishing the strong ties he feels to India.
Yossi Oren's story shows us the strength of a person's connection to their roots and their homeland, no matter where they are in the world.