In a deeply troubling development amid the Israeli war, Israeli parents are receiving urgent warnings from their children’s schools to safeguard their youngsters from potential trauma. Reports suggest that Hamas, a known terrorist organization, plans to release videos of Israeli hostages pleading for their lives, further escalating an already horrific situation.
The message sent to Israeli parents reads, “Dear Parents, It has been brought to our attention that videos of hostages begging for their lives will soon be released. Please remove the @TikTok and @instagram apps from your children’s mobile phones.”
The following message is being sent to Israeli parents from their children’s schools:
— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) October 10, 2023
These chilling revelations have not only left Israeli families in distress but have also drawn international attention, especially as the country’s Minister for Strategic Affairs, Ron Dermer, recently disclosed to CNN that the hostages include Americans.
According to Dermer, “scores of hostages” are being held, including women, children, the elderly and even Holocaust survivors. The New York Times reported that at least 150 Israelis have been taken hostage. Furthermore, an Israeli military spokesman confirmed that the families of at least 50 Israelis have been informed of their loved ones’ captivity.
This act of terrorism began when Hamas, labeled a terrorist group by the United States government, launched a series of coordinated attacks on Israel on Saturday, resulting in hundreds of casualties and hostages being taken to the Gaza Strip.
Israel, defending itself, has launched numerous air strikes on Gaza in response to the attacks. This resulted in Hamas threatening to execute an Israeli hostage each time Israeli armed forces targeted civilians in Gaza without prior warning.
The horrors perpetrated by Hamas do not stop at hostage-taking. Disturbing videos released by the terrorist group have revealed their utter disregard for human life, as the group had brutally murdered at least 40 babies at a kibbutz called Kfar Azar, with some being decapitated.
An Israeli-based news correspondent Nicole Zedeck described the horrific scene of devastation at the kibbutz, where babies used to be housed together in a nursery. According to her, the scene was disturbing with baby cribs discarded and strollers left behind after 70 terrorists had stormed the community, mercilessly slaughtering entire families and taking numerous hostages.
Hamas has openly admitted to concealing “dozens of hostages” in various undisclosed locations, including underground tunnels. However, the group leader Ismail Haniyeh has made it clear that the issue of hostages will not be addressed until the conflict reaches its conclusion, raising further concerns about the safety and well-being of those held captive.