Many pro-Hamas advocates assert there are no hostages and the Oct. 7 attack on Israel was a hoax perpetrated by Jews desiring to justify military action in Gaza.
Countering this brazen narrative, a distraught Israeli mother recounted her last phone call with her abducted daughter.
A review of the phone call, which the New York Post depicted as “heartbreaking,” reveals that as the mother spoke with her daughter, 23, terrorists could be heard in the background arguing about who “gets to kidnap her.”
The young woman Romi Gonen called her mother Meirav on the morning of Oct. 7. Gonen had attended the Nova Music Festival the night before and fled in her vehicle as terrorists began their murderous rampage.
Moments after connecting with her mother on the phone, Gonen’s vehicle was ambushed by Hamas operatives. When Meirav picked up the phone she heard her daughter say, “Mom, we were ambushed.”
Romi and her friend, Gaya Halifa, 24, leaned over to duck as gunfire shattered the windows of the car. Gaya was hit and bleeding to death while Meirav stayed on the line with her daughter, attempting to comfort her.
In a recording obtained by the Daily Mail, Meirav can be heard saying, “Romichoo, I’m with you, sweetheart. Everything is going to be OK.”
“We will go to the hospital — you will get better and we will take a trip anywhere you wish together … I am with you, my beauty.”
Romi told her mother that she had been shot in the arm and could not move her hand.
The sound of gunfire grew louder as terrorists approached.
Meirav stayed on the line with her daughter but became silent, fearing her voice would prompt her daughter to speak and reveal to the terrorists that she was still alive.
Seeking comfort, Romi could be heard saying, “Hello? Mommy?”
Meirav responded by asking her about her location so she could notify rescue teams.
There was no response.
Meirav shared one final message, hoping it would offer comfort and hope to her daughter: “Romily, you’re not alone. You’re with me, my beautiful one. Everything is OK.”
Meirav stayed on the line for 45 minutes, listening as terrorists did their worst.
The Gonen family revealed to the Daily Mail that some of the recording “is too painful to release.”
Despite the video evidence and testimonies from captured terrorists, many continue to deny Hamas was responsible for the Oct. 7 atrocity.
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