‘Save us’: Hamas publishes propaganda video featuring voice of hostage Noa Argamani

Family says they believe 26-year-old, taken captive alongside boyfriend Avinatan Or at Nova rave on October 7, drew the sketches in video featuring her voice

Noa Argamani, 26, who was taken captive by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023, during a massacre at the Supernova desert rave. (Courtesy)
Noa Argamani, 26, who was taken captive by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023, during a massacre at the Supernova desert rave. (Courtesy)

Hamas published on Friday a new propaganda video featuring the voice of Israeli hostage Noa Argamani in which she urged the country to bring about her release after what she said had been over 237 days in captivity.

Friday marked the 238th day of the war, however the date the recording was made could not be verified.

“I appeal to the people of Israel, save us,” she said in the recording, which is assumed to have been dictated to her by her captors.

“Go out to the streets to demonstrate, shut down the streets of Tel Aviv and don’t come home until we return. Don’t let [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and the government kill us. Save us, time is running out, the people must decide. We don’t want to die here.”

In a statement, the Hostages and Missing Families Forum said that the images seen in the video featuring Argamani’s voice were believed by her family to be drawings made by the 26-year-old.

Islamic Jihad and Hamas have both previously issued similar videos of hostages they have been holding in Gaza since October 7, in what Israel has condemned as deplorable psychological warfare.

Most Israeli media do not carry the video clips themselves unless asked or given permission to do so by the hostage’s family members; the Argamani family said that it approved the publication of the clip by media outlets. While the clip is subtitled in English, it does not precisely match Argamani’s words in Hebrew.

“One hundred and twenty-five men and women have been held hostage by Hamas for 238 days. The Israeli government must hear the call and act decisively, without the need for any propaganda video from Hamas, to swiftly reach a deal to bring the hostages home!” the forum said in a statement.

Argamani was seen in one of the first Hamas videos released during the massacre of hundreds of partygoers at the Supernova desert rave on October 7, seated on the back of a motorcycle behind her Hamas captor, screaming, “Don’t kill me!”

In the video, Argamani is stretching her arms out toward her boyfriend, Avinatan Or, who is also held by terrorists in Gaza.

Noa Argamani is seen being kidnapped by Hamas terrorists during the massacre at the Supernova desert rave in the south on October 7, 2023. (Screenshot used in accordance with clause 27a of the copyright law)

In mid-January, Hamas released a video of her in captivity. She appeared gaunt and under duress, speaking about other hostages killed in airstrikes and frantically calling on Israel to bring her and others home.

Argamani’s mother Liora has terminal cancer and has issued pleas to see her daughter again.

On Thursday, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group released a second propaganda video showing hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov, 30, providing apparent proof that the footage was filmed recently.

In the nearly three-minute-long video, Trufanov — in a statement almost certainly dictated by his captors in the Gaza Strip — refers to Israel’s decision to pull the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera news channel off the air on May 5, indicating that the footage was likely filmed within the last month and that he was alive then.

The new video came after the terror group published a nearly 30-second-long video of Trufanov on Tuesday, which did not contain any information indicating when it had been filmed.

Screenshot from a Palestinian Islamic Jihad propaganda video showing hostage Sasha Trufanov released on May 28, 2024. (Screenshot)

In the propaganda video released on Thursday, Trufanov mentioned Israeli hostages allegedly killed by Israeli bombardment in Gaza amid the ongoing war, a pressure tactic that has been used repeatedly in clips published by the terror groups. In many of the cases, Israel says hostages were abducted after being killed by the terrorists on October 7 or by their terrorist captors in Gaza.

The war in Gaza erupted after Hamas’s October 7 massacre, which saw some 3,000 terrorists burst across the border into Israel by land, air and sea, killing some 1,200 people and seizing 252 hostages, mostly civilians, many amid acts of brutality and sexual assault.

It is believed that 121 hostages abducted by Hamas on October 7 remain in Gaza — not all of them alive. Hamas is also believed to have been holding the bodies of two fallen IDF soldiers since 2014, as well as two Israeli civilians who are both thought to be alive after entering the Strip of their own accord in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

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