A German woman attending the Supernova music festival in the south of Israel has gone missing after Hamas’ attack on the area. Now, Shani Louk’s mother is pleading for help to find her daughter after recognizing Shani in a video of the Palestinian militants with a young woman posted online.
- Shani’s mother, Ricarda, took to social media to beg for help. Holding up a picture of her daughter, Ricarda shared the terror she felt in realizing Shani had been taken. “We were sent a video in which I could clearly see our daughter unconscious in the car with the Palestinians and them driving around the Gaza Strip,” she said. “I ask you to send us any help or news. Thank you very much.”
- The video was a harrowing sight. In the clip, the young woman’s unconscious body was placed in the back of a pickup truck and paraded around the streets by Hamas soldiers. While the woman in question was face down in the truck, her mother recognized her tattoos and dreadlocked hair.
- Shani Louk’s cousin, Tom Weintraub Louk, believes there’s hope she’s still alive. “We have some kind of hope. Hamas is responsible for her and the others,” he told The Washington Post. More than 260 people attending the festival are confirmed to have been killed.
- Israel has launched airstrikes on Gaza in the aftermath of the Hamas attack. The country’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has declared war, and this is unlikely to end well for either side. The saddest part of all of this is the innocent civilians who have no interest in politics and were simply trying to live a peaceful life. Shani Louk was but one of these people.
Ricarda Louk's statement on the kidnapping of her daughter.
Shani Louk was identified by her family as the woman in the back of the pickup truck driven by Palestinian terrorists. #ShaniLoukk pic.twitter.com/lQvwJa9AR0
— Pelle Zackrisson (@Pelle_Z) October 8, 2023