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Natalie Sanandaji, survivor of the Nova music festival massacre in southern Israel, returned to the scene of the attack on Monday, and was also reunited with the man who saved her that day.
Natalie transformed her life and career post-October 7th, and the 28-year-old Long Island native now works as a public affairs officer for the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM).
She had previously spoken of wanting to thank the unknown man who had appeared out of nowhere with his vehicle to rescue her and her friends, as well as numerous other Nova partygoers that day, as they fled for their lives.
The man was later identified, and Natalie’s wish came to fruition on Monday when she met Moshe Sati in Patish, the moshav where he resides with his wife and four children.
Watch a CNN report on Natalie’s reunion with Moshe here:
An American at the Nova Music Festival believed she was about to die under a tree, as a strange truck approached. Then, a stranger rescued her. She never got a chance to thank him. She didn’t know his name. We were with her when she tracked him down. @mtawfeeqCNN @NatSanandaji pic.twitter.com/2RUINGwrdC
— Will Ripley (@willripleyCNN) December 21, 2023
CAM CEO Sacha Roytman, who accompanied Natalie on Monday, said, “For 16 hours non-stop, Moshe saved lives. After rescuing all the survivors, he went into the heart of the chaos to help the wounded who couldn’t escape. His wife shared that Moshe was so affected by what he witnessed, he couldn’t speak for 2 hours, not a single word. Even now, he refuses to discuss what he saw, not wanting to shake people’s belief in the goodness of humanity.”
This is the story of Natalie Sanandaji (@NatSanandaji) and Moshe.
On October 7, Natalie was attending the Nova Music Festival when suddenly, amidst the sound of rockets, Hamas terrorists infiltrated Israel and began a killing spree. Natalie witnessed this and ran for her life… pic.twitter.com/VjmN82EP57
— Sacha Roytman (@SachaRoytman) December 18, 2023
Natalie also visited on Monday the memorial that has been established at the site where the Nova music festival was held, near Kibbutz Re’im.
Last week, Natalie published a reflection on witnessing antisemitic graffiti during a visit to Barcelona, Spain.