Hersh Goldberg-Bolin: Parents of Hamas hostage tell him to 'stay strong, survive' after video shows Israeli-American alive in Gaza

The militant group Hamas has released a propaganda video showing Israeli-American hostage Hersh Goldberg-Pohl alive but with his left arm amputated.

Mr Goldberg-Bolin was among hundreds of people abducted by Hamas and other Islamist groups during the October 7 attack on southern Israel that led to the ongoing war in Gaza.

In a new video posted on Hamas' Telegram channel, Mr Goldberg-Pollin is seen wearing a red shirt with his left arm missing. The 23-year-old was attending the Noah music festival in southern Israel when Hamas militants attacked and wounded him with a grenade.

The Hamas video is the first evidence of Mr Goldberg-Pollin's life given publicly since his capture. He is seen with a buzz cut and thin and pale appearance, and makes comments criticizing the Israeli government for abandoning people who are currently being held hostage by Hamas and living in “hell”.

“Don't you want to end this dream? Think of us as hostages underground, without water, food or sunlight or the medical care I needed for so long, at the time of Passover with your family,” he says.

The date, time and location of the video was not immediately available.

Mr Goldberg-Paul's parents released their own video, saying they were relieved to find him alive but worried about his health.

Rachel Goldberg-Bolin addressed her son directly: “Harsh, if you can hear this, we heard your voice today for the first time in 201 days, if you can hear us, we say to you: 'We love you, stay strong, survive.

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“We are here today with a plea to the leaders of all the parties that have been negotiating to date,” said his father, John Bolin, naming Egypt, Israel, Qatar, the United States and Hamas.

“Be brave, lean in, seize this moment and make a deal to reunite all of us with our loved ones and end the suffering in this region,” he said.

Although there is no date in the video, Mr Goldberg-Bolin is referring to the week-long Jewish holiday of Passover, which began on Monday.

Families of those still held hostage by Hamas have repeatedly criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government for not doing enough to free them.

About 250 people are believed to have been abducted by Hamas and other militant groups on October 7. These groups still hold 100 hostages and the remains of nearly 30 others.

Most of the rest were released in November in exchange for the release of 240 Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.

The United States, Qatar and Egypt have been trying for months to broker another cease-fire deal and release hostages, but negotiations appear to have stalled as clashes escalated in the Gaza Strip and attacks on civilians escalated.

Hamas has said it will not release the remaining hostages until Israel ends a war that has killed 34,000 Palestinians.

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