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The Father of Murdered Israeli Concertgoer Shani Louk Speaks Out

The father of murdered Israeli concert-goer Shani Louk appeared Monday night at a pro-Israel rally in Times Square, where he said the enduring image of her lifeless body being paraded around by Hamas terrorists illustrates the “darkness” the Jewish state is fighting against.

Nissim Louk told The Post that before-and-after photos of his 23-year-old German Israeli daughter on Oct. 7 — which appeared in countless newspapers the next day — emphasize what’s at stake in the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas.

One photo shows the young tattoo artist joyfully dancing at a music festival in Israel and the other shows her half-naked body in the back of a pickup truck after Hamas militants stormed the event.

“This picture is very important because this picture shows from one side, Shani — beautiful, amazing, bright light to the world, and from the other side you see these militants in the pickup with machine guns that bring trouble and pain to the world and nobody can mix these two pictures,” he said in an exclusive interview.

“And whenever you don’t know who you are, you don’t know: ‘Am I the bad guy? Am I the good guy?’ You don’t know. Look at these pictures — and it immediately straightens everything out.

“You see that Shani is the light and that Shani is part of the Jewish people. We are the light. The other part is darkness. They bring pain to the world and suffering and that’s what happened to her,” he continued. “She died that day.”

Nissim previously defended an Associated Press photographer who snapped pictures of the grim scene of his daughter’s mangled body in the back of the pickup. He called it one of the most important photos of the last 50 years.

The heartbroken dad, who flew into New York last Thursday, remembered Shani as a “beautiful girl” and “free spirit” on Monday.

“Wherever she went, she brought light and happiness,” he added.

Shani Louk became one of the most recognizable faces of the Oct. 7 massacre when Hamas terrorists killed 1,200 Israelis and took more than 200 others hostage in Gaza.

The young woman was confirmed dead weeks later after earlier reports indicated she might have survived the initial attack.

Nissim talked about his daughter at several synagogues during his time in the US over the last few days before appearing along with roughly 1,000 people Monday to celebrate the 76th anniversary of Israel’s independence, which he called an “amazing miracle” following the Holocaust.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who spoke at Monday’s event, said attendees remembered the Israeli soldiers who have died since 1948, as well as the victims of Hamas’ attack last year, before they celebrated the creation of the Jewish state.

“What are we doing here? We’re showing that Jewish people are alive, well, unafraid, un-scared, frickin’ visible, in your face, in the street, in New York City, baby, in Times Square. It was epic,” the rabbi told The Post.

A Jewish couple who also traveled from Brooklyn to Manhattan said it’s important to show that the Jewish people are “alive and vibrant.”

“We’re here to stay to share in our Jewish pride and to celebrate the day that Israel got its independence,” 30-year-old Moshe Gitler said.

“It’s really an independence for all of us. Israel makes us Jews feel safe.”

READ 11 COMMENTS
  • Lynne says:

    I wonder if he realizes that she was most likely killed the the IDF soldiers? They killed multiple people at that concert.

    • Debra says:

      Lynne, get out of here with that damned lie, it was fucking Hamas terrorists driving the truck and parading her dead body around.

    • LB says:

      Lynne, you really are delusional and are oblivious to what happened. We all seen the videos of that day. What are you talking about.

    • Susan says:

      You were there? You witnessed that? If you didn’t, then stop repeating what you hear. It’s often NOT true, especially in this case. Shame on you, lady.

    • FLA-GAL says:

      hey Lynne, ya feckless cunt–go fuck YOURSELF–’cause nobody else will.

    • RetOwl says:

      Sadly you have been misled into believing the Hamas lies!
      I and the majority of the civilized world saw the video and photographic evidence of what actually took place on October 7, 2023. How is it possible that you can make the most outrageous assumption in a public forum that this young lady was killed and driven through the streets by the IDF?
      I suggest you do a bit of soul searching and legitimate researching before someone actually reveals your true identity.

    • A. Michaels says:

      Lynne, I wonder if you realize the abject stupidity of your comment? Where do you fools come up with this crap??

  • Grant says:

    All of those rats on that pick up can be identified, their faces are very clear. I hope the IDF has managed to exterminate them. While the ideology of Islam exists, there will never be peace because it is an ideology based on the Q’Ran that can be twisted to suit the purposes of whichever extremist wants to carry out. Certain passages in the Bible can also be twisted by Christian extremists but thankfully, Christian extremism is rare. All of the holy books, as far as I understand, promote peace and harmony.

    • Susan says:

      There is a time for war and a time for peace. You haven’t read the Bible if you don’t know that. Standing up for yourself has nothing to do with “Christian extremism”, whatever that made up word means.

      ALL of Hamas needs to be destroyed. They are nothing but evil.

  • Susan says:

    Every Hamas scum needs to be wiped off the face of this earth. What they did to that beautiful girl was beyond evil.

    Her blood is on Joe Biden’s hands. He gave them money, he gave them the courage to do this. He should be brought up on murder charges.

  • Lorraine says:

    Evil cult, false religion, satanic killers.

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