A London-born Jewish man missing in action near Gaza since Saturday morning signed off his last message to his mum telling her that he loved her.
Jake Marlowe, 26, an ex-JFS pupil, was providing security at a party in the desert near Kibbutz Re’im when the attack from Gaza unfolded. He has not been heard from since 5.30am.
“He was doing security at this rave yesterday and called me at 4.30am to say all these rockets were flying over,” said his mother, Lisa, speaking to Jewish News.
“Then, at about 5.30am, he texted to say, ‘signal very bad, everything OK, will keep you updated I promise you,’ and that he loves me”.
She continued: “I don’t know what we’re supposed to be doing. I’ve got people in Israel phoning the home guard command, others talking to others, everyone’s just trying to help as much as they can.”
Jake, formerly of the BBYO youth movement who went on Israel Tour in 2013, lives in Ma’alot in north Israel and made aliyah two years ago.
“His girlfriend’s friends have put something online about him being missing,” said Lisa. “Someone else who’s working in the police asked for Jake’s ID card. Everyone’s been so kind.”
Lisa’s cousin has been checking hospital lists, while Liran, the girlfriend of Jake’s friend Shlomi – who was also providing security at the party, and who is also missing in action – has been posting online, to say that they are not in contact.
According to reports, Hamas gunmen attacked the party from two sides, leading to several fatalities, as revellers fled on-foot. Re’im is just over three miles from the Gaza border.
Lisa said Jake’s phone was on but that he was not online. “It’s ringing, but I don’t think it’s actually ringing. Well, I’m hoping that it’s not ringing and that he’s just not able to pick it up. He’s not been online for hours.
“I’ve left him lots of WhatsApp messages but I’ve not been able to leave him a [voice] message… I can’t bear to listen to the phone just ringing and not being answered.”
The IDF’s Gaza Division is headquartered at an army base near Kibbutz Re’im that was overrun by Hamas militants before being retaken later in the day. It was one of three military installations breached in the unprecedented attack.
Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.
For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.
Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.
You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.
100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...
Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.
There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.
In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.
Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.
In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.
Voice of our community to wider society
The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.
We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.