Mother of woman in Hamas hostage video: ‘I screamed when I saw Mia, I can see they’re telling her what to say’

Jessica Steinberg, The Times of Israel's culture and lifestyles editor, covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center

Keren Schem, with Mia's brother and a photo of Mia, held hostage by Hamas in Gaza, at a press conference on October 17, 2023 (Facebook Live screen shot)
Keren Schem, with Mia's brother and a photo of Mia, held hostage by Hamas in Gaza, at a press conference on October 17, 2023 (Facebook Live screen shot)

“I screamed when I saw the video of Mia, because I saw she’s alive, but when I watched it again, I saw that she’s wounded,” says Keren Schem, mother of Mia Schem, who was shown in a Hamas video from Gaza last night.

Schem said they had heard rumors that Mia was shot in the shoulder or leg, but could see from the video that she was shot in the shoulder, and had undergone surgery.

“I see that she’s very terrified, in a lot of pain, and I can see that she’s saying what they’re telling her to say,” says Schem.

A screenshot from a clip published by the Hamas terror group on October 16, 2023, showing Mia Schem, an Israeli woman abducted by terrorists from a music festival during a massacre by Hamas gunmen on October 7, 2023. (Screenshot: X; used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Schem asked world leaders to bring home all captives.

“We have undergone an outrageous terrorist attack that could be in France tomorrow or the US. The enemy is evil,” says Schem.

Former Shin Bet head Ya’akov Peri, also present at the press conference, says, “The first glimpse that Hamas gave us as a message, it means that people are living, breathing and need medical help, and we place all responsibility on them — for their personal welfare and bringing them home.”

Analysis of the video’s metadata carried out by The New York Times revealed that at least some of the footage in the video of Schem was filmed at least six days ago.

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