Rimon Kirsht, who was taken hostage on October 7th, has been released by Hamas, and she’s now being called “iconic” for what she did when the terrorists tried to get her to perform for the cameras.
In an online video that has gone viral, Kirsht can be seen standing in front of a Hamas leader and saying something to him. She then raises her head and walks off while shielding another hostage. They still try to act out their roles in the propaganda film, but they seem dumbfounded.
This video of Rimon Kirscht (36,) kidnapped by #Hamas from kibbutz Nirim and released yesterday within the #hostages for security prisoners swap, went viral. For the context: her husband Yagev Buchstav is still held by Hamas in #Gaza. pic.twitter.com/qvIQ7NFffy
— Natasha Mozgovaya (@mozgovaya) November 29, 2023
That look Rimon Kirsht gave the Hamas terrorist. pic.twitter.com/H2MkPDOjJe
— Eli Kowaz (@elikowaz) November 28, 2023
It is reported that she said, “Nobody will hug us anymore.” As a sign of defiance, we will leave with our heads high and without anyone hugging us. In other videos, terrorists are heard telling hostages that they should smile and wave. As of this writing, I cannot confirm that she said that. It would be amazing if it were true.
According to another report, Kirsht refused to be freed at first because she didn’t want to leave behind her husband. Hamas still has him in custody. They then threatened her. No doubt, they wanted to gain perceived leverage by splitting families. Hamas uses this tactic as a form of negotiation and psychological warfare.
Hamas’ grotesque propaganda campaign online, which tries to portray them as humane and benevolent captors, is a part of this. Sky News reporter tried this line and got a large ratio and a community note.
Hamas leader Yehya Sinwar met with the Israeli hostages a day after they were taken in tunnels under Gaza and told them they would not be harmed and would be returned as part of a hostage deal. Undermines the Israeli Hamas = ISIS storyline.
— Dominic Waghorn (@DominicWaghorn) November 28, 2023
Some of the claims were even more insidious. For example, the idea that hostages are grateful to Hamas. Some memes have circulated claiming that a girl who smiled (because she had been ordered to do so) was in love with a terrorist.
This is the type of antisemitic, pro-terror garbage that is spread by people who can’t accept Israel as a nation and that it will remain so. Rimon Kirsht is a brave woman. I pray for her husband’s safe return.