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Hamas publishes propaganda video of Israeli-American Hersh Goldberg-Polin missing his left arm in first sighting since Oct. 7



Hamas published a propaganda video of Israeli American dual citizen Hersh Goldberg-Polin on Wednesday, marking the first sign of life from the 23-year-old since he was abducted by the terror group on Oct. 7.

In the video, a gaunt-looking Goldberg-Polin identified himself as Israeli and said he had been held captive for “nearly 200 days,” suggesting that the video was taken recently, the Times of Israel noted.

Goldberg-Polin is seen with a buzzed haircut and missing his left arm from below the elbow.

A new propaganda video released by Hamas shows hostage Hersh Goldberg-Polin missing most of his left arm. via StopAntisemitism/X
Goldberg-Polin has been held captive for “nearly 200 days.” CNN
Hersh Goldberg-Polin being abducted on Oct. 7. CNN

The limb was blown off when Hamas descended on the Supernova music festival in the Negev desert in the early hours of Oct. 7.

“Seeing the video of Hersh today is overwhelming,” Goldberg-Polin’s parents, Rachel and Jon, said in a statement viewed by The Post.

“We are relieved to see him alive but we are also concerned about his health and wellbeing as well as that of all the other hostages and all of those suffering in this region,” they continued.

“We are here today with a plea to all of the leaders of the parties who have been negotiating to date. This includes Qatar, Egypt, the United States, Hamas and Israel: be brave, lean in, seize this moment and get a deal done to reunite all of us with our loved ones and end the suffering in this region. 

“Hersh, we heard your voice today for the first time in 201 days and if you can hear us, we are telling you, we love you, stay strong, survive.”

Rachel and Jon met as children in Chicago and moved to Israel when their son was 7.

The video of Goldberg-Polin was released just a few days after his family made yet another impassioned plea for his return in honor of the start of Passover.

“All of the symbolic things we do at the Seder will take on a much more profound and deep meaning this year,” Rachel told reporters ahead of the major holiday.

Jon Polin and Rachel Goldberg, parents of Hersh Goldberg-Polin. Stephen Yang
Goldberg-Polin’s parents have been tirelessly working to get their son home since October 7. Facebook/Bring Hersh Home

Though the family planned to participate in a Seder, they were not sure how it would play out, she added.

“If 15 minutes in, we just can’t do it, and we need to cry, then we will cry,” she said.

Rachel and Jon sat down with The Post earlier in April to mark six months since their son and over 250 others were taken by Hamas during the deadly terror attack.

“At a certain point, we did realize that hope is mandatory, optimism is mandatory,” Rachel said. “We’re trying to save our son’s life, we’re trying to help save the lives of all of the hostages who are still alive.”

Wednesday’s video marks the first sign of life from the 23-year-old Goldberg-Polin since he was abducted by the terror group on Oct. 7. AP

Before his abduction, Goldberg-Polin was known for his love of reading, his passion for soccer and music festivals, and “funny, but not clownish” personality.

When asked how the family planned to mark Passover in 2024, Rachel insisted that they planned on having their son “home, at our table.”

With Post wires

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