Moran Stela Yanai is one of the Israeli women and jewelrydesigner among the many abducted by Hamas, according to her family. In an interview, her brother-in-law Dan Mor said that her family was scared when she didn't come home from a rave in the desert over the weekend after Hamas crossed into Israel from the Gaza Strip. Then they were shocked to see her in a TikTok video, where she was sitting on the ground and looked scared.
Now that they know what happened to the 40-year-old artist, sister, and aunt, they are telling everyone about her. She is one of more than 150 Israelis who were taken hostage by Hamas terrorists and are thought to have been taken to Gaza during their deadly attack.
Moran Stela Yanai was a tower of creativity in the jewelry world. She made pieces that showed the essence of countries from all over the world. Silverand stainless steel chains were decorated with small pearls that gave off a bright and happy vibe. There was more to Yanai than just her artistic skills, though. She cared deeply about people and animals alike.
Yanai, an Israeli artist who is 40 years old, suddenly disappeared last Saturday after going to a rave in the desert. Dan Mor, her brother-in-law, talked to us on the phone and told us sweet stories about the woman who had changed their lives forever. Everyone knew Yanai for how kind she was and how much she cared about animals' well-being. Mor said that her kindness had no limits and included not only pets but also farm animals and wild animals.
Because Mor was still trying to understand why Yanai had disappeared, he called her "the softest soul." He remembered very clearly how she would complain when people ate meat in front of her because she felt so bad when animals were hurt. Her art, which was influenced by Chinese and Arab traditions, showed how much she loved different countries around the world.
Ever since Yanai went missing, her family has been dealing with a lot of scary unknowns. One of these shocks happened when they saw a video on TikTok of Yanai clearly upset, with hateful Arabic text around her that was aimed at Jews. A few days before, she shared an Instagram video of herself excitedly on her way to the desert rave, where she planned to show off her one-of-a-kind jewelry designs. Another video, taken by a friend, showed her work on a table at the event, along with a touching caption that talked about how kind she was.
Artist Mor painted a moving picture of Yanai's absence, focusing on the hole her family in Tel Aviv feels in their hearts. He said,
“My beautiful dear sister-in-law, auntie to my kids,” he said. “She had a big heart, she has a big heart, and I’m hoping that heart is still pumping.”- Dan Mor
It's still not clear where Moran Stela Yanai went, and her family is holding out hope that they will soon be reunited with their beloved artist and animal rights activist.
Israel's ambassador to the UN said Monday that Hamas forces are holding up to 150 people hostage in different places in Gaza after their raids on southern Israel on Saturday. The jewelry designer was at the doomed rave in the south of Israel, close to Kibbutz Re'im, because she had been asked to set up a store.
Dan Mor, her brother-in-law, and star of the Underbelly show The Golden Mile, said that her family had talked to her while she was desperately trying to get away from the violence.