You don’t need me to tell you. You know. With as much cruelty as possible. Some of the freed hostages, and their families, have now spoken about the abuse they endured at the hands of those Hamas barbarians whom the Palestinians, and other Muslims, too, are describing as “brave Muhajideen.” More on Hamas’ vicious mistreatment of one hostage, a 12-year-old boy, can be found here: “Family of Freed 12-Year-Old Boy Describes Horrific Abuse of Child Hostages by Hamas, Gazan Civilians,” by Debbie Weiss, Algemeiner, November 28, 2023:
The aunt of a 12-year-old boy who was released from captivity in Gaza on Monday night has revealed disturbing details of threats and psychological abuse inflicted on her nephew by Hamas terrorists, which included forcing him to watch videos of the atrocities committed on Oct. 7.
In an interview with French TV channel BFM, Eitan Yahalomi’s aunt, Devora Cohen, said, “Whenever a child hostage cried, the terrorists would threaten them with rifles to silence them.”
Yahalomi, a dual Israeli-French citizen, was released on Monday, 52 days after his abduction, as part of a temporary ceasefire and hostage-prisoner swap deal between Israel and Hamas.
“Perhaps I was naïve, but I wanted to hope that they were treating him well,” said Cohen. “I was wrong. They are monsters.
For the first 16 days of captivity, Yahalomi was left in solitary confinement in a room underground, his grandmother, Esther Yahalomi, told the Haaretz daily.
Just think of that 12-year-old boy. He had just witnessed scenes of unbelievable carnage at his kibbutz. Perhaps he saw his friends, or relatives, being raped, or tortured, or murdered, before he was thrown over the back of a moped and driven by one of those same murderers into Gaza. There he was spat upon and beaten by “ordinary Gazans,” who, we are told, are “innocent civilians” who want nothing to do with Hamas. Few know that 76% of those “innocent civilians” in Gaza say they fully support Hamas even after the atrocities it carried out on October 7. Once inside Gaza, the Yahalomi boy was put in a dank dark room deep underground, and left to languish in solitary confinement. What kind of terrors did he endure, alone in that windowless room for sixteen days, as he remembered the scenes he had witnessed that morning in the kibbutz? Why couldn’t Hamas at least have let him share a room, and perhaps better face his terrors, with another boy?
After a month he was joined by other child hostages at a different location, which was much easier for him because his kindergarten teacher was also there. But the children were forced to watch the Oct. 7 massacre — in which Hamas-led terrorists murdered over 1,200 people across southern Israel and took more than 240 hostages — on film in silence, and any cries they made resulted in threats at gunpoint.
“The Hamas terrorists forced him to watch films of the horrors, the kind that no one wants to see, they forced him to watch them,” Cohen said….
Of all the diabolically cruel things Hamas has done to the hostages, this was surely the cruelest. Did the hostages see videos of the babies and children being burned alive? Or of girls being raped and then murdered? Did they see Hamas operatives gouging out eyes, or slicing off breasts, or cutting off the genitalia, of Israelis, both before and after death? Did they see the videos the killers took of themselves doing these things, so proud were they of their deeds as “brave Muhajideen”?
“When he arrived in Gaza, all the residents, everyone, beat him. He is a 12-year-old boy,” she said. “We’re talking about a child of 12.”…
When the moped he was on entered Gaza, he was met with savagery from those people we call “innocent civilians.” They screamed their hatred of him, spat at him, beat him all over his body, the body of a terrified 12-year-old boy who has just seen friends and relatives murdered.
Separately, Thomas Hand, the father of 9-year-old Emily Hand who was released by Hamas on Sunday evening, opened up about his daughter’s condition over the last two days.
In an emotional interview with CNN, Hand said Emily was barely audible.
“The most shocking, disturbing part of meeting her was she was just whispering. You couldn’t hear her. I had to put my ear on her lips,” he said. “She’d been conditioned [by her captors] not to make any noise.”…
I once knew a Jewish man who, as a child during World War II, had spent two years hiding in a barn where he had been instructed, for his own safety and that of the people hiding him, not to speak. And when he finally emerged, after the Germans had retreated, he could still not speak, and his condition, he said, lasted for many months. That is what nine-year-old Emily Hand is going through, after her terrific trauma.
Hamas is making efforts to change its image in light of the widespread awareness of its barbarity. This includes directing released hostages to smile and wave, as observed in videos of the hostages being transferred to Red Cross vehicles, which include audible directives by the masked terrorists to “keep waving.”
So the hostages, as they were being turned over to the Red Cross in front of the world’s cameras, did as directed by their captors: with forced smiles on their faces, they waved goodbye to those who we are expected to believe had treated them so well. The Hamas men, for the same cameras, of course, with friendly smiles on their faces, waved right back. A hideous farce in which the hostages had to participate, for they could well imagine what, if they had not done so, Hamas would do to the hostages whom they still held captive.
Some in the international media seem to have fallen prey to Hamas’ theatrics. Responding to an Israeli report that Yahya Sinwar — the Hamas leader in Gaza and mastermind behind the Oct. 7 massacre — met with Israeli hostages and told them in Hebrew that “nothing would happen” to them, veteran Sky News journalist Dominic Waghorn posted on X/Twitter that it “undermines the Israeli Hamas = ISIS storyline.”
Yes, that preposterous lie about Yahya Sinwar’s basic decency that “veteran Sky News journalist Dominic Waghorn” believes is true, undermines not the “Hamas=ISIS storyline,” but the credibility of Dominic Waghorn, who turns out to be an idiot. There are so many.
Waghorn went on to claim that the hostages were “held in reasonable conditions, reportedly, though those held above ground lived with the fear of being killed in Israel’s bombardment.”
Not just an idiot, but a sinister idiot, is “veteran journalist Dominic Waghorn.” On the basis of nothing at all he confidently assures us that the hostages were “held in reasonable conditions.” How does he know that? Did Hamas assure him? Does he think placing a 12-year-old in the solitary confinement of a dank underground prison cell is a “reasonable” condition? Does he not know that three of the hostages were murdered by Hamas while in captivity — their bodies have been retrieved by the IDF from the grounds of the Shifa Hospital? Does he not know that most of the hostages were forced to sleep while sitting in chairs? Hasn’t he heard about the threats Hamas operatives made to children to make sure they kept absolutely silent? And Waghorn, whose anti-Israel animus is palpable, dares to tell us that those hostages held “above ground” had no fear of their sadistic Hamas guards, but only feared Israeli bombardments, of which Dominic Waghorn obviously disapproves. If any harm comes to those hostages, the fault in his view will lie with those “bombardments,” and not with Hamas. The only conclusion I can reach is that the egregious “veteran journalist” Dominic Waghorn ought to be fired forthwith. I’m sure you agree.