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Ex-hostage Emily Hand, 9, speaks in code about Hamas

More than two months later, freed hostage Emily Hand, 9, still struggles to talk about her time as a Hamas prisoner, and often uses slang to make it easier to talk, according to her father. That’s what it means.

Emily’s father, Thomas Hand, said in a new interview with Israeli network Kan that his daughter hasn’t said much about her harrowing ordeal.

“Sometimes, but [she gives] It’s just a little bit of information,” the parent said. “But from a psychiatrist’s point of view, we’re actually not even allowed to interrogate her in any way. They’re like, ‘No, whatever she wants to say voluntarily. Please give it to me.”

When Emily talks about her experiences, she uses the names of foods and things she dislikes as secret words.

he asked, turning to Emily. (Meaning of olive in Hebrew)? ”

“Terrorists,” the girl answered.

“If there’s a food or thing she doesn’t like, she converts that word into a code,” her father explained.

When asked why she devised this code system, the Israeli-Irish girl, who was only 8 years old when she was kidnapped from a kibbutz during the October 7 attack, said: “Sometimes it’s hard to say these words.” It can be uncomfortable.”


Nine-year-old Emily Hand uses slang to describe her 50 days in Hamas captivity. channel 12

Her father said that between the time Emily was taken and her release in a prisoner exchange in November, Emily was taken from house to house in Gaza by her captors, most of them men, and was “probably carried away by the Israeli Defense Forces.” He was one step ahead,” he said. He said.

Emily said none of the terrorists were kind to her while in captivity, which she calls “the box.”

At one point, her father said, Hamas thugs threatened the child and told him to “uskut” (meaning quiet in Arabic) or he would kill him with this knife.

Thomas Hand said his daughter is “making progress” and recovering from the trauma, but noted that her daughter has “matured a little bit” since returning from Gaza, but she also has “anxiety”. did.

“My daughter always wants to know that the door is closed and the shutters are down,” her father said. “She wants to feel safe in her home.”

He believed his child had been killed by terrorists during the deadly attack on Kibbutz Beli and told reporters it was “the best chance” that his daughter would die, making international headlines. It became a headline.

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