Hostages dead or alive

On October 7 Hamas brutally maimed and murdered — not necessarily in that order — Israelis attending the Nova Music Festival in Re’im. Hamas kidnapped the living and the dead to Gaza.

Hamas has sought to Gaza exchange the living hostages and the bodies of the murdered Israelis for a multiple of living Hamas murderers incarcerated in Israel. Hamas seeks freedom for its incarcerated murderers so that they can assist in the project of repeating massacres again and again until Israel is annihilated — as Ghazi Hamid explained on Lebanon TV.

Late last week the IDF undertook an overnight operations to recover the bodies of Itzhak Gelerenter, Amit Buskila, Shani Louk, and Ron Binyamin. The Times of Israel reports on this operation here. The New York Post focuses on Louk’s story here.

It took the authorities longer to identify Binyamin’s body. In the video below IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari announces the recovery of Binyamin’s corpse. The Jerusalem post reports the recovery and identification of Binyamin’s body here.

It is difficult fully to comprehend the special savagery of this aspect of the war. Hamas’s treatment of the dead “involves ostentatiousness and theatricality, aimed at showing contempt, discouraging opponents, sowing fear, and asserting superiority.” The genocidal essence of Hamas lies beyond civilized norms. This manifestation of it provides a graphic example.

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