'I am fighting not just for my life, but for everyone who values life'

British law student, 23, called up to fight for Israel against terrorists Hamas declares ‘I am fighting not just for my life, but for everyone who values life’

  • Kinneret Hamburger says that she is defending Israel and the western world
  • Granddaughter of Holocaust survivor is one of 300,000 called up to fight Hamas 

A British law student who was drafted up to fight in the Israeli army has said that she is willing to die for her country and for ‘all of humanity’.

Kinneret Hamburger is one of 300,000 people, of which 20 per cent are female, called up to fight the war against Hamas.

The IDF lieutenant warned that the terrorist organisation poses a threat not just to Israel but to the whole of the Western world. 

Kinneret, who is the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, says she is fighting ‘not just for my life, but for everyone who values life’.

A keen fan of Manchester United, she has family both in Manchester and in Cricklewood, North London. 

Law student Kinneret Hamburger, 23, is one of 300,000 drafted up to fight for Israel in the war against Hamas

She received a call telling her to go back ‘to base’ after hearing an air raid siren while on holiday with her family, just before she was due to start her second year at university

Kinneret’s parents met in Manchester. She likes to visit London, where she enjoys shopping on Oxford Street, and brings home Cadbury’s chocolate and scones

Her older brother and his wife are also reservists that have been called up to fight.

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The second-year law student was staying at a hotel on holiday on October with her family when she was woken up by an air raid siren. 

She then received a message calling her ‘to base’, just one day before she was due to move into a new flat.

She drove in her car straight away without even packing her bag. 

Kinneret’s mother Maryon, 54, a textile engineer, met her father Carl, 56 while at university in Manchester, the Sun reported.

They both split up and then moved to Israel separately before getting married and having four children, three sons and one daughter, Kinneret.

She still likes to visit London to go shopping on Oxford Street and bring back Cadbury’s chocolate and scones. 

She admitted that the war effort meant that she had little time to be emotional, or to have a detailed conversation with her parents, or even to mourn her friend who died while serving in a special unit in the days following October 7 – something she says she will do once they have ‘won the war’.

The 23-year-old admits that the war has meant she hasn’t stopped to think about many things, including to mourn her friend who died while serving in a special unit just after the attack on October 7

Kinneret’s older brother and his wife have also been called up as reservists to fight in the conflict

Proud of serving in the IDF, Kinneret is driven by a desire to defend her country, which she says is surrounded by leaders teaching the next generation to want ‘me and my fellow Jews dead’.

She said there was no question she would pull the trigger on her gun if she had to, saying that she ‘had no choice’ and that Hamas had started the war.

She pointed to western leaders who have visited Israel, including Joe Biden and Rishi Sunak, as evidence of their shared concern that the conflict could spread to the West.

Despite sympathising with the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but added that some who march in support of Palestine in the UK and other western countries were fuelled by Jew-hate.

FIGHTING FOR EVERYONE WHO VALUES LIFE: Kinneret insists she is not just fighting for her life and Israel, but for the whole of the western world

The law student said that visits from world leaders, including President Joe Biden and Rishi Sunak reinforce Israel’s role in fighting for the West

She said that anti-zionism, the opposition to the Jewish state, could be a front for antisemitism. 

Pro-Palestine demonstrations in central London have sparked concern with antisemitic placards and chants of ‘jihad’.

Considering it a privilege to defend her country, Kinneret said that a bit of her will always be a soldier even after she qualifies as a lawyer.

‘It’s who I am’, she said. 

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