A freed Israeli hostage has shared her harrowing experience of being held captive by Hamas fighters in Gaza for 54 days. Mia Schem said she “experienced a holocaust.”
“It was important for me to relay the truth about the nature of the people who live in Gaza, who they really are and what I experienced there,” she said in her interview with Channel 13. “I experienced a holocaust. Everyone there is a terrorist,” the 21-year-old said.
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Mia Schem mentioned that she was kidnapped during a music festival in southern Israel on October 7 and held captive by a civilian family in Gaza associated with the Palestinian group.
“Suddenly I realized I was with a family,” she said. “Suddenly I ask myself questions: why am I in a family’s house? Why are there children here? Why is there a woman?
In a separate interview with Channel 12 News, Mia Schem said she felt “like an animal on a safari.”
While held captive, she was treated by a veterinarian for a gunshot wound to her arm, as reported by the New York Post. In a chilling video released by Hamas at the time, he was heard pleading: “They are taking care of me, giving me medicine, everything is fine.” I only ask that they take me back to my parents and my brothers and sisters as soon as possible. Get me out of here as quickly as possible. Please.”
Mia Schem was released in a prisoner-hostage exchange during a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. After her release, she made a bold appearance on Instagram, sporting a new tattoo with the provocative message “We will dance again”, also indicating the date of the attack.
“We will never forget,” she wrote in the caption. “The pain and the fear, the difficult visions, the friends who won’t return and those we must bring back. But we will win, we will dance! she added.
Around 240 hostages were reportedly taken during the Hamas raid on Israel on October 7, and around 1,200 people were reported to have lost their lives.
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