Freed Israeli Hostage Noa Argamani Reunites with Terminally Ill Mom


An Israeli hostage rescued by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the Israel Security Agency (ISA) was reunited with her terminally ill mother.

Following her rescue, Noa Argamani was reunited with her family, particularly her mother, Liora Argamani, who is “hospitalized” due to “very advanced cancer,” confirmed professor and doctor Ronni Gamzu, as the Times of Israel reported, citing Ynet News. Liora, 61, has been diagnosed with stage four brain cancer.

Video footage posted to X shows Noa exiting a van after arriving at Ichilov Hospital, where her mother is being treated. As she walks towards the hospital entrance, a crowd can be heard cheering and welcoming her.

Noa was abducted from the Supernova Music Festival, with footage showing her being taken between two men on a motorcycle, reaching out for her boyfriend.

A poster of Noa Argamani is taped to one of the empty chairs for hostages held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip as relatives and their supporters gather together to mark the start of Shabbat, outside of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official residence to call for an immediate deal to release their loved ones, in Jerusalem, Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

News of Noa’s release follows a Hamas video with an audio recording of the hostage. In it, Noa urges Israeli citizens to protest against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government, pleading for them not to place the hostages’ fate in “the hands of Netanyahu and the War Council.”

Noa Arganami and Dying Mother to Reunite, Facebook/@Noa Argamani Update

“I call upon President Biden and the Red Cross to bring back my Noa as soon as possible so that I get the chance to see her,” Liora said in the video. “Noa, I want to tell you if I don’t get to see you, please know that I love you very much. Please know we did everything we could to get you released.”

Hamas also released a video in January showing Noa being forced to announce the deaths of two other hostages. These hostages had appeared in a video with Noa the day before their deaths were announced.

Gamzu mentioned that the “reunion” between Noa and her family happened “after a lot of anticipation and many months.”

“Noa learned along with the whole family about her mother’s complex condition,” Gamzu added. “Noa herself is in good condition and will of course continue with tests and evaluation.”

Elizabeth Weibel
Elizabeth Weibel
Maryland raised. Virginia based.

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