Hamas terrorists stormed the Supernova music festival in Kibbutz Re’im on Oct. 7, massacring hundreds of people and taking at least 20 hostages. While the area was still overrun by invaders, a farmer worked feverishly to keep those numbers from climbing.
Oz Davidian of Maslul made roughly 20 trips between the beleaguered kibbutz and his farming village, rescuing revelers who survived the initial massacre.
The Times of Israel
reported that while each trip was roughly 10 miles, Davidian needed to chart a new route every time on account of the roving terrorists. After all, Israeli security forces, unaware of the music festival prior to the invasion, would not regain control of the area and Route 232 until later in the day.
Dashcam footage shows Davidian driving around burned-out cars and through clouds of smoke. In one instance, gunshots crackle behind the truck as trigger-happy terrorists shrink in the rear view.
Davidian recalled one of his passengers figuring him for a special agent. “I said to her ‘Why?’ and she said, ‘Look around you, there’s nobody here, nobody, we’ve been stuck here for hours, and there’s nobody. You’re the only one who came.'”
told the Israel Defense and Security Forum he awoke on Oct. 7 to the sound of sirens.
“Living in the south, we’ve learned to recognize various kinds of missiles, and this was obviously an unusual attack. The rate of fire and the scope of it were unlike anything before. I went up to the roof to see, and the sky was full of nothing but the flashes of rocket interceptions.”
After ensuring his wife and four daughters were safe inside a reinforced room at home, the farmer ventured out, looking to help. He learned about the music festival after picking up the first of the roughly 120 strangers he would ferry to safety that day.
“I brought them to Patish and went back in toward the site of the party. I knew it was up to me because you can’t reach the place unless you know the area. The gaps in the fence, the wadi. No one else would know the way there,” said Davidian.
A reserve army officer whom Davidian picked up along the way had the locations of other survivors in hiding on his phone. They reportedly returned to the scene of the massacre together, finding “hundreds of corpses all over the place, on the road and in the fields,” along with “loads of cars – some burnt out, some with their lights blinking, and corpses with shotgun wounds inside cars.”
On one of his trips toward the source of the black smoke on the horizon, Davidian encountered a group of men he initially figured for paramedics and soldiers.
“I asked one of them what was happening, and before he answered me, I realized that they might be terrorists. I addressed him in Arabic, and asked ‘Are they dead, are there injured,’ and he answered, and then suddenly, I understood he was a terrorist and he understood that I was a Jew,” said Davidian.
The farmer indicated he floored the gas pedal as the terrorists opened fire, but “by some miracle, none of [the bullets] hit the car.”
“They were spraying everywhere with bullets. You can’t get your head around that level of evil,” said Davidian. “They shot at everything that moved.”
According to the farmer, Hamas terrorists weren’t just murdering. “They were raping,” said Davidian. “One was raping, another was shooting, protecting the former, watching him rape.”
Despite the carnage and confusion, Davidian and the reserve officer ultimately managed to track down plenty of survivors. They made sure to both record the names of the concert-goers they picked up and to give them an opportunity to call loved ones to notify them they were all right.
“When you see hundreds of young people, dead and wounded and fleeing into the fields, and terrorists shooting in every direction, you put everything to one side, the fear, the family, and you go to get them out,” concluded Davidian.
His daughter Oriah said of her father, “He has always been my hero.”
While initial reports put the death toll at the Supernova festival at around 260, the Times of Israel indicated investigators have since determined over 360 of the roughly 4,000 revelers were murdered on Oct. 7.
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