Palestinian Islamic Jihad publishes second propaganda video of Sasha Trufanov, apparently filmed within past month

Screenshot from a Palestinian Islamic Jihad propaganda video showing hostage Sasha Trufanov released on May 30, 2024. (Screenshot)
Screenshot from a Palestinian Islamic Jihad propaganda video showing hostage Sasha Trufanov released on May 30, 2024. (Screenshot)

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group has released a second propaganda video showing hostage Alexander (Sasha) Trufanov in the Gaza Strip, this time providing apparent proof that the footage was filmed recently.

In the nearly three-minute-long video, Trufanov — whose statement was almost certainly dictated by his captors — 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 filmed within the last month.

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

Islamic Jihad and Hamas have both previously issued similar videos of hostages the terror groups are holding, in what Israel says is deplorable psychological warfare. Most Israeli media do not carry the video clips themselves.

Trufanov was kidnapped on October 7 from Kibbutz Nir Oz along with his mother, Yelena, grandmother, Tati, and girlfriend, Sapir Cohen — all of whom were released in a hostage deal in late November. His father, Vitaly Trufanov, was murdered in the Hamas onslaught.

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