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Shani Louk’s father revealed that he received an envelope containing his daughter’s charred jewelry days after IDF soldiers found her remains along with other dead Israeli hostages in an airstrike in Gaza.


The family of Shani Louk knew for sure their daughter had died in Gaza when Israeli police handed them an envelope containing charred jewelery taken from her remains, it has been revealed.

The brutal kidnapping of a 22-year-old German-Israeli tattoo artist from the Nova music festival by Hamas terrorists on October 7 has become one of the enduring symbols of the atrocities.

Images of her half-naked body being paraded through the streets of Gaza in the back of a pick-up truck were ubiquitous in the weeks following Hamas attacks on Israel, but her father Nissim Louk hoped she survived the ordeal.

For months, Nissim and the family tried to get information out of Gaza, using all their contacts to find a man in the Palestinian enclave to look for Shani and provide details of her whereabouts and condition.

But their hopes were dashed when IDF soldiers discovered what they believed to be Shani’s remains during a night raid on the site in Gaza two weeks ago.

Nissim said he knew Shani was missing for sure a few days later when an Israeli police officer delivered an envelope containing his daughter’s necklace, earrings, nose and lip piercings, along with documents confirming her death.

The brutal abduction of Shani Louk, a 22-year-old German-Israeli tattoo artist, from the Nova music festival by Hamas terrorists on October 7 has become one of the enduring symbols of the atrocities.

Nissim and Ricarda Louk, parents of Shani Louk, 22

Nissim Louk (L) and Ricarda Louk attend a funeral service for their daughter Shani Louk during her funeral service on May 19, 2024 in Srigim-Li On, Israel.

Nissim Louk (L) and Ricarda Louk attend a funeral service for their daughter Shani Louk during her funeral service on May 19, 2024 in Srigim-Li On, Israel.

Palestinian militants return to the Gaza Strip on October 7 with the body of Shani Louk, a German-Israeli dual citizen.

Shocking footage shared on social media showed Palestinian fighters parading Shani's naked body in the back of a pick-up truck

Shocking footage shared on social media showed Palestinian fighters parading Shani’s naked body in the back of a pick-up truck

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Nissim and Ricardo Louk, parents of Shani Louk, 22, who was captured by Hamas after being detained at the Nova festival following the deadly infiltration of Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip into Israel, and later confirmed dead by the Israeli government.  , are photographed at their home in Srigim-Li On, Israel

Nissim and Ricardo Louk, parents of Shani Louk, 22, who was captured by Hamas after being detained at the Nova festival following the deadly infiltration of Hamas militants from the Gaza Strip into Israel, and later confirmed dead by the Israeli government. , are photographed at their home in Srigim-Li On, Israel

Nissim told The Telegraph how he immediately recognized Shania’s dreadlocks and tattoos from pictures of her on the back of a Hamas pickup truck.

«We didn’t see any blood on that white truck, so we thought maybe it was OK,» he said.

But when Hamas did not confirm his daughter’s condition, Nissim decided on desperate measures.

Nissim contacted relatives in Germany who were able to connect with Palestinian acquaintances and was able to connect with an elderly Gazan who agreed to work for the family and help obtain information on Shani’s whereabouts.

The man provided scant details but claimed to have seen WhatsApp messages between Gazan medics allegedly describing their care for a «German girl» – a description Nissim believed likely referred to his daughter.

Earlier this month, Nissim said the family was «hoping, planning, praying» for Shania’s safety and «looking for clues to prove she’s alive.»

But their prayers went unheeded.

Nissim recounted how IDF officers came to the house and explained how soldiers carrying out a raid in Gaza came across human remains.

The officer said skull fragments recovered at the scene appeared to match Shana’s DNA, indicating she suffered fatal injuries.

Inside, along with some papers, was a blackened chain necklace, a pair of gold earrings, and studs from Shania’s nose and lips.

Shani’s body was in the woods near their home on May 19 in a moving ceremony attended by dozens of mourners.

Nissim Louk reacts during the funeral service for his daughter Shani Louk on May 19, 2024 in Srigim-Li On, Israel

Nissim Louk reacts during the funeral service for his daughter Shani Louk on May 19, 2024 in Srigim-Li On, Israel

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A drone view shows mourners during the funeral of German-Israeli Shani Louk, who was killed in an attack by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on October 7, in Srigim, Israel, on May 19, 2024

A drone view shows mourners during the funeral of German-Israeli Shani Louk, who was killed in an attack by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on October 7, in Srigim, Israel, on May 19, 2024

Atim Louk (L) was among pallbearers carrying the coffin of his sister Shani Louk on May 19, 2024 in Srigim-Li On, Israel.

Atim Louk (L) was among pallbearers carrying the coffin of his sister Shani Louk on May 19, 2024 in Srigim-Li On, Israel.

Shani Louk is pictured with Oryon Hernandez Radoux, who was also kidnapped and later found dead in Gaza

Shani Louk is pictured with Oryon Hernandez Radoux, who was also kidnapped and later found dead in Gaza

Shani Louk and Oryon Hernandez Radoux

Shani Louk and Oryon Hernandez Radoux

IDF officials revealed that Shani’s remains were found alongside the bodies of two other hostages – Itzhak Gelerenter, 57, and Amit Buskila, 28.

All three attended the Supernova festival on October 7 near Kibbutz Re’im, one of the first sites attacked by Hamas in its deadly incursion into Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deaths of the three revelers were «heartbreaking» and added: «We will return all our hostages, alive and dead.»

Late last week, IDF soldiers working with members of Israel’s Shin Bet security service launched a similar raid and recovered the remains of three other hostages.

Hanan Yablonka, Michel Nisenbaum and Oryon Hernandez-Radoux were abducted from the Supernova music festival and the Mefalsim intersection just one mile from the Gaza border on October 7 and subsequently murdered by Hamas, Israeli officials said.

Hernandez-Radoux, 30, was Shania’s boyfriend. The two shared photos together on social media in the days and weeks before their abduction.

Shani was seen dancing at the Nova festival near Kibbutz Re’im hours before Hamas gunmen flooded the border on October 7, 2023.

Earlier this month, Nissim spoke out in defense of an award given to an AP photographer who captured the chilling moment his 22-year-old daughter’s half-naked body was escorted across Gaza by Hamas.

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His comments come after friends said they were shocked the photo had won the prestigious prize and were left in tears.

Shani was one of about 1,200 people killed by Hamas on October 7

Shani was one of about 1,200 people killed by Hamas on October 7

Shani with her mother Ricardo (pictured left)

Shani with her mother Ricardo (pictured left)

Shani Louk and Oryon Hernandez Radoux

Shani Louk and Oryon Hernandez Radoux

The decision to award AP photographer Ali Mahmud the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s oldest photojournalism gong after he came out on top in the «Team Picture Story of the Year» category sparked outrage.

The photo shows five armed Hamas members in a pickup truck, one of whom rests his feet on Louka’s lifeless body.

Other footage shows terrorists parading her body in Gaza amid cheering crowds, with one spitting on her remains.

But Nissim said: ‘It’s good that the photo won the award’.

«This is one of the most important photographs of the last 50 years,» Ynet said.

He expressed his firm belief that his daughter’s photo will leave a mark in human history, seeing it as a symbol of the present time and hopefully serving as documentation for generations to come.

«These are some of the photographs that shape human memory, the Jew raising his hands, the paratroopers at the Western Wall, photographs that symbolize an era,» he continued.

“This documentation of Shani and Noah Argamani on a motorcycle symbolizes this era. I think it’s good to use it to inform the future.”

“If I start crying, what will happen? That’s history. In 100 years they will look and know what happened here. I travel the world and everyone knows who Shani is,” he told Ynet.

But Shania’s mother Ricardo said the image scared her because it forced her and her family to relive the trauma of losing a loved one.



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