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Who was Shani Louk?

BY Anas Shah Oct 09, 2023. 12:08 am UPDATED: Oct 09, 2023. 12:08 am

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World uproar has been generated by HARROWING video showing Hamas terrorists parading a woman’s body on the back of a pickup truck.

The woman has been identified as German tattoo artist Shani Louk. Here is what is currently known.

Shani Louk

Who was Shani Louk? 

German national Shani Louk was thirty years old.

According to The Washington Post, Shani, who had a Polish father, was a dual citizen of Germany and Israel.

She was a tattoo artist, and based on her Instagram profile, it appears that she had been working in Tel Aviv and other cities in Israel.

According to Shani’s Instagram, she has likely lived in Israel for a while.

Shani was in Israel for the Nova music festival.

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Just six kilometers east of Gaza, in a remote countryside area, the dance music event was being held.

What happened to Shani Louk?

As part of a planned strike on Israel, Hamas militants opened fire on festival attendees at daybreak on October 7th.

At that point, Shani Louk was kidnapped by Hamas, slain, and then paraded on the back of a pickup truck under the pretense that she was an Israeli soldier.

The shocking video showed militants spitting on Shani’s lifeless body and jeering at him.

The family recognized it was “definitely Shani” because of her unusual leg tattoos and dreadlocks, according to Shani’s cousin Tomasina Weintraub-Louk, who spoke to the Mail Online.

She said: “We have heard nothing. We are hoping for positive news. She was at a music festival for peace. This is a nightmare for our family.”

Shani’s mother, Ricarda, has begged for help in finding out has happened to her daughter after the video circulated on social media.

In an emotional video: “This morning my daughter, Shani Nicole Louk, a German citizen, was kidnapped with a group of tourists in southern Israel by Palestinian Hamas.

“We were sent a video in which I could clearly see our daughter unconscious in the car with the Palestinians and them driving around the Gaza Strip. I ask you to send us any help or any news. Thank you very much.”

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Under the name Adi Louk, a different lady also posted the following on X: “This is my sister Shani Louk. She was captured by Hamas. She is a citizen of Germany.

People from all across the world have posted tribute remarks on Shani’s Instagram account.

One comment reads: “Rest in peace angel, you didn’t deserve this.”

“Ukraine stands with Israel ????????❤️????????” reads another comment.

Noa Argamani, a second woman, was reportedly driven from the same music festival by Hamas militants on a motorcycle.

After being taken from the event in the country’s south, Noa was captured on camera pleading for her life with her captors.

“Don’t kill me!” the 25-year-old university student yelled. “No, no, no,” yelled the gunman as they fled quickly with her wedged in their path.

Later images seemed to show Noa still alive in Hamas detention inside Gaza’s city borders.

Jake Marlowe, a 26-year-old British national who was employed as security for the music event and is also missing, sent his mother a melancholy final message.

According to Jake’s mother, he called to report that “rockets were flying over” and then texted to

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Early on October 7, he said: “Signal very bad, everything is okay, I will keep you updated I promise you. Love you.”

Jake’s terrified mum Lisa told Jewish News: “I’ve left him lots of WhatsApp messages but I’ve not been able to leave him a message… I can’t bear to listen to the phone just ringing and not being answered.”

At least 600 Israelis and over 300 Palestinians have been killed and many more injured in what has become the deadliest day in the conflict for the past 50 years.

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