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Hamas Releases Chilling New Propaganda Video of Three Israeli Hostages, Says Will Reveal Their ‘Fate’ Soon

Liora Argamani, mother of hostage Noa Argamani, 26, who was filmed as she was being abducted during the deadly Oct. 7 attack by Hamas, attends a gathering held to honor her daughter, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Nov. 23, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Shir Torem

Hamas on Sunday released a new video showing three Israeli hostages who the Palestinian terror group was holding in the Gaza Strip, teasing their “fate” would be revealed soon.

The video, part of what Israel has described as Hamas’ psychological warfare since the outbreak of war in October, contained undated, edited-together clips of Noa Argamani, 26, Itay Svirsky, 38, and Yossi Sharabi, 53 identifying themselves to the camera.

The 37-second clip, which marked 100 days since the hostages’ abduction, ended with the chyron: “Tomorrow we will inform you of their fate.” As of this writing, it is unclear whether the three captives are alive.

Videos such as the one released on Sunday are considered part of an effort by Hamas to create distress within Israeli society. Most Israeli media outlets have not aired such videos, which have included troubling clips of the hostages as well as of Hamas’ Oct. 7 rampage, in which Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists murdered 1,200 people in southern Israel and took 240 others as hostages to Gaza.

Argamani became known after footage was shown of her being kidnapped at the Nova music festival alongside her boyfriend, Avinatan Or. They were last seen being taken away by terrorists on a motorcycle from the festival where 364 civilians were killed and 40 abducted as hostages.

Argamani’s mother, Liora, has terminal cancer and has made pleas in international forums calling for her daughter’s release. On Sunday, she told a rally: “I hope I will be able to see her before my last day.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that he reached out to China for assistance on behalf of Liora, who is a Chinese citizen.

Svirsky was visiting Kibbutz Beeri on the day of the Oct. 7 massacre when he was kidnapped. His parents, Orit and Rafi, were among the 130 residents of the Gaza border town murdered by terrorists that day.

Sharabi was also taken hostage from Kibbutz Beeri alongside his brother and their 18-year-old family member Ofir, who was released during a temporary Israel-Hamas ceasefire in November.

Hamas is still holding over 130 hostages, according to the Israeli government, with some believed to have been killed by the terrorists in captivity.

On the 100-day anniversary of their capture, Israelis gathered across the country to express their solidarity with the plight of the hostages. Throughout the day, Israeli radio and television were filled with testimonies by family members about their kidnapped loved ones, pleading for the government to do everything to bring them home.

Jerusalem has made it a top priority of the war to bring home all the hostages and has vowed to continue fighting, despite international pressure, to achieve that objective.

Before the video’s release on Sunday, Hamas said it had lost contact with some hostages as Israel continues its military campaign in Gaza, adding that they might have been killed.

“The fate of many of the enemy’s hostages and detainees has become unknown in recent weeks and the rest are all in the tunnel of the unknown due to the Zionist aggression,” Hamas spokesperson Abu Obeida said in a televised statement. “Most likely, many of them were killed recently, the rest are in great danger every hour, and the enemy’s leadership and army bear full responsibility.”

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‘The mobs will not silence my voice’ says Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman after her Thornhill office is plastered with anti-Israel posters

Posters slamming Israel and decrying Canada’s suspension of funding to UNRWA were found at the Thornhill, Ont., offices of Melissa Lantsman, a pro-Israel and Jewish Conservative MP who serves as deputy leader of the Official Opposition.   “Blood on Your Hands,” “Stop Arming Israel” and “Fund UNRWA Now” were among the messages found taped to […]

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IDF Chief Weighs in on Ultra-Orthodox Military Service, Week After New Draft Bill Proposed

FILE PHOTO: Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi speaks during his transition ceremony with the Prime Minister, Defense Minister, and the outgoing chief, in Jerusalem, January 16, 2023. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERS

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi called on the ultra-Orthodox public to mobilize for the current and future wars, a position at odds with their historic role in the state, in which they enjoy near blanket exemptions from military service.

“In these challenging days, there is one thing that is very clear: Everyone should mobilize for the defense of the homeland,” Halevi said.

He added: “This is a different era, and what was before it will certainly be re-examined. The IDF has always sought to bring into its ranks from all sections of Israeli society. This war illustrates the need to change. Join the service, protect the homeland. We have a historic opportunity to expand the sources of recruitment for the IDF at a time when the necessity is very high. We will know how to create the right solutions and conditions for any population that will join this noble mission.”

The issue of ultra-Orthodox enlistment in the IDF has been a hot button issue since the state’s establishment in 1948 and, in more recent years, the cause of wide scale backlash against the community. As part of an agreement when the state was founded, the ultra-Orthodox public was exempted completely from service. However, as the years progressed and the population grew exponentially, critics of the policy decried the unfairness of it.

A bill last week was introduced by the ruling Likud Party that called for an increase in military service time, particularly for reserve forces, yet failed to discuss the ultra-Orthodox issue. Backlash from both opposition and coalition members was swift.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich at the time said, “The ultra-Orthodox public is dear and loved and contributes a lot to the State of Israel, and it is now essential that it also take a more significant part in the tasks of defense and security. This move should happen out of dialogue and discussion and not by coercion or, God forbid, by defamation. Religious Zionism proves that it is possible to combine Torah study and observance of minor and severe mitzvot together with military service at the front. My ultra-Orthodox brothers, we need you!”

Halevi’s comments were his first on the highly contentious issue.

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Israeli victims of the Oct. 7 attacks present their case to the International Criminal Court, hoping for arrest warrants against Hamas

A legal brief documenting the kidnapping, rape, torture and executions of Israelis who are being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza has been filed at the International Criminal Court by the Canadian-based Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. The 1,000-page dossier documents the brutality of the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel, which killed […]

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