Hamas releases video of Israeli-American captive held in Gaza

Ahram Online , AFP , Wednesday 24 Apr 2024

Palestinian resistance group Hamas released on Wednesday a video of an Israeli-American man held captive in Gaza.

Israeli captive
Hersh Goldberg-Polin was captured from the Nova music festival in southern Israel. Photo courtesy Hamas media office via social media platform X


The man, who identified himself as Hersh Goldberg-Polin, was captured in southern Israel during Hamas' Al-Aqsa flood operation on 7 October, AFP reported.

In a nearly three-minute video, posted on Hamas's official Telegram channel, the 23-year-old unleashed a scathing criticism of his government. 

"Benjamin Netanyahu and his government should be ashamed of themselves for leaving us for two hundred days, and all the efforts of the army have failed," he said in the video, pointing with his right-hand finger at the camera. 

"You should be ashamed because all the deals that were offered to you were rejected," he added, noting that the Israeli army's carpet bombings have killed about 70 captives.

"Don't you want to end this nightmare?" he exclaimed. "Do what is expected of you and bring us home immediately!"

"It's time you evacuate ministers, and sit in your homes," he added, addressing Israel's government members. 


Israel estimates 129 of the roughly 250 captives seized on 7 October remain in Gaza, including 34 who the military says are dead, according to AFP.

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