Israel, Spiegel: girl with German citizenship kidnapped by Hamas

“A young woman of German citizenship”, Shani Louk, 22 years old, was allegedly kidnapped by Hamas during the attack on Israel (LIVE UPDATES). The Der Spiegel website reports this, citing family members: “Hamas terrorists kidnapped dozens of Israelis in their attack. It seems that among the victims there is also a young woman of German citizenship”, writes the weekly website. The German federal police did not want to officially confirm the case of the missing German woman, Spiegel reports.


After a phone call made “I’m staying yesterday morning”, “the parents never heard from their daughter”, but the bank informed them that her credit card “was used in Gaza”. The girl lives in Tel Aviv, but her mother, born in Regensburg, Bavaria, and emigrated to Israel thirty years ago, knew that her daughter had gone to a concert “in the south” of the country. The young girl’s father is Israeli. The family has made their daughter’s German citizenship public in the hope that the German authorities will be able to do something in the event of a possible prisoner exchange.


A video “circulating on the Internet”, described by Spiegel, shows the last images of the young woman, loaded onto a jeep and apparently lifeless. Hamas has claimed that the person in the images is an Israeli soldier, but last night the young girl’s cousin, Tomasina Weintraub-Louk, told the MailOnline website that the family recognized the 22-year-old through tattoos on her legs and dreadlocks. The relative told the British newspaper Daily Mail website that she had “not heard anything”. “Let’s hope for positive news. She IS definitely Shani. She was at a music festival for peace. She IS a nightmare for our family.”