Israeli actress Gal Gadot recently said on social media that the “world has failed women” who were targeted and killed during Hamas's October 7 attack on Israel. She called on the United Nations to demand that Hamas release every female hostage.
The actress took to Instagram and shared a post that read, “The world has failed the women of October 7. We claim that we stand against rape and violence against women. We will not allow women to be victimized and then silenced. We say we believe women.” Stand behind women. Speak out for women.”
Shani Louk, a German woman who was captured and killed by Hamas operatives. The 23-year-old was taken hostage while attending the Supernova music festival near the Gaza border, which became one of the targets of a surprise Hamas attack on October 7. Speaking about her, she said: “On October 7. The world witnessed Hamas carrying out its violent plans in real time. Within hours of the October 7 attack, the first blood-curdling video emerged of Shani Louk being paraded naked and defiled by her proud attackers. Yet two months later, women are still being held hostage by these rapists and the world has failed to call this situation what it is: an urgent emergency that requires a decisive response.”
The 'Wonder Woman' star called on the world to take action and demand the immediate release of every woman held hostage. “This is our moment as women and allies of women to take action. I implore all those who have done so much for women's rights worldwide, from the UN, to the human rights community, to join in demanding that Hamas release every woman held hostage. immediately – not after the next round of international mediation. Not after another day. These women cannot survive another moment of this horror,” she wrote.
Ms Gadot has been vocal about her support for her country, which Israeli authorities say has witnessed the deaths of 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and 240 hostages. Meanwhile, heavy bombing and an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza have killed more than 15,500 people, about 70 percent of them women and children, according to the Hamas-led Health Ministry.
In November, the actress faced backlash after hosting a Hollywood screening of a 47-minute film documenting the horrors committed by Hamas during a surprise attack on Israel on October 7. The video was provided by the Israeli army. The film “Bearing Witness” contained “extremely graphic and violent” images, including some clips shot by members of Hamas. However, the display was marred when several fights broke out at the same time. The actress was not personally present at the screening.
Although Ms. Gadot, who served in the Israeli army before entering acting, has not made a statement on the matter, several people have blasted her for not speaking out about the Palestinian death toll and the atrocities faced by people in Gaza.