The mother of Shani Louk, the Israeli-German festivalgoer who was killed by Hamas on October 7, has claimed that the man who paraded her body naked around the Gaza Strip has been killed.
Ricarda Louk said in an interview with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, broadcast on Facebook, that “by chance” she knew that the man believed to be her captor, who was seen sitting in the back of a pickup truck with the 22-year-old’s body, is “not alive anymore”.
Louk did not say how she knew that he had been killed nor give any details on how or when she believed that it had happened. The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) did not immediately respond when asked for confirmation of his death.
“It did not give me relief,” she said.
For the first two weeks of the war the family had been led to believe that Louk was held captive by Hamas in Gaza, as one of 239 hostages. Two weeks ago the Israeli army, accompanied by a rabbi, knocked on their door at night to say that a piece of her skull had been found in Israel that “no human could live without”.
“She was a very happy, lively person,” her mother said in the interview. “She liked music, and dancing and living, and she was really enjoying it until the last moment.
“This is your own daughter being treated like a trophy on a truck,” she recalled of seeing the video for the first time of her daughter’s body being paraded in Gaza. “It’s the worst you can think of that can happen to a family member. You can’t understand it.”
Without the body, Louk said they had been unable to hold a proper funeral.
“We decided to wait,” she told Shmuley, who was a rabbi at Oxford University in 1988. “When the hostage situation is over maybe the body will come back, and then we can bury her and do a funeral. If not we will create a memorial place without the body, we will have a place to mourn in any case.”