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How to Say ‘Kidnapping’ in Hebrew


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Eyal Yifrah (19), Gil-Ad Shayer(16) and Naftali Frenkel (16) , the three Israeli boys are the victims of kidnapping by Hamas terrorists.

Eyal Yifrah (19), Gil-Ad Shayer(16) and Naftali Frenkel (16) , the three Israeli boys are the victims of kidnapping by Hamas terrorists.



  חֲטִיפָה

Can’t read Hebrew yet?
 
If you’d like to follow the Hebrew news, one of the key words you’ll need to know these days is the one for a kidnappingחֲטִיפָה listen and repeat. It comes from the root ח.ט.פ (kh.t.p), which means grabbing or snatching. We saw this root in a happier context a few weeks ago.
 
The word in context:
 
יֵשׁ שֶׁאוֹמְרִים שֶׁהַחֲטִיפָה גּוֹרֶמֶת לְעַם יִשְׂרָאֵל לְהִתְאַחֵד.
There are those that say that the kidnapping is causing the People of Israel to unite.
 
חטיפה is the abstract-noun form of the active-simple verb לַחֲטוֹף listen and repeat to grab, to snatch, or to kidnap.

 

Ami Steinberger

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