Horrifying footage shows Israeli-American Hersh Goldberg-Polin after Hamas terrorist blew off his arm and then bundled him into the back of a truck – as heartbroken dad says ‘we have no proof of life’
- The parents of the 23-year-old Israeli-American young man remain laser focused on getting their son back home
- New footage from the morning of the Hamas attack shows Hersh, with his left arm blown off, being loaded into the bed of a pickup truck
- They say they are fighting to maintain the hope that he is alive in Gaza, but struggle to keep negative thoughts at bay
Horrifying footage has come to light of kidnapped Israeli-American Hersh Goldberg-Polin being loaded into the bed of a pickup truck moments after Hamas terrorists blew off his left arm.
At gunpoint, Goldberg-Polin and several other young men were piled into the back of a vehicle. They are shown pulling themselves into the truck, including Hersh, who conducted himself calmly despite his calamitous injury.
On Wednesday, Hersh’s father, Jon Polin, said he and his wife ‘have no proof of life’ for their son. For the time being, the Israeli government still lists the young man as ‘a hostage, as taken by Hamas.’
In the video, Goldberg-Polin’s bloody left limb was seen protruding as he hoisted himself into the truck at around 9am on Saturday October 7 at the Tribe of Nova music festival in southern Israel.
The footage, initially uncovered by Anderson Cooper’s team at CNN, showed several Palestinian terrorists dragging three other young men into the truck with Goldberg-Polin, the last of whom was thrown on top of the three injured men.
Hersh and several other young men were loaded, at gunpoint, into the bed of a Hamas pickup truck. Blood coated each of their bodies
Cooper confirmed with the parents of the missing young man that the footage was in fact of Goldberg-Polin.
‘As horrible as it is as a parent to [see] your kid under gunpoint, with one arm … the composure with which he’s walking on his own legs, pulling himself with his one weak hand onto the truck, gave me a real dose of strength,’ said Jon Polin, Hersh’s father.
The young man’s mother, Rachel Goldberg, said she believed her son’s calm demeanor was ‘from shock.’
More than two weeks after their son was taken along with at least 200 other hostages, his parents remain determined to bring their son home.
The couple flew to Manhattan this week to speak with the United Nations about bringing their son, and the other hostages home.
‘I personally feel like we have to keep running to the end of the Earth to save him,’ his mother told Cooper.
‘And we have to try to go [on] believing that somehow he got treatment and … he’s alive and he’s there,’ she added.
The couple said they have moments of doubt, where thoughts creep in like wondering if he ‘bled out on that truck.’
‘Maybe he died yesterday, maybe he died five minutes ago,’ said Goldberg.
‘We don’t know if once he was loaded into that pickup truck at 9:00 in the morning on October 7, if he was tossed off the truck after 30 seconds or if he made it into Gaza where his phone was last pinged. We don’t know his status, but officially he’s still listed as ‘kidnapped,’’ Polin said in a separate interview.
Goldberg (right) described their current emotional predicament as like being ‘on the head of a pin.’ ‘Every direction you fall is a bad direction. So we’re just trying to balance on the head of a pin,’ she said
Hersh Golberg-Polin, 23, texted his mother and father ‘I love you. I’m sorry’ at 8.11am on October 7 – as Palestinian militants declared war on Israel, took dozens of people as hostage and killed hundreds during the Jewish high holiday
In the horrifying footage, Hersh is seen climbing into the bed of a Hamas pickup truck moments after his left arm was blown off
The couple have repeatedly called on international leaders to advocate for their son and the other hostages.
In the US, ‘the support is there,’ said Polin. ‘But we want more, we want action.’
‘There are hostages from somewhere around 30 countries. Why have we not yet seen … global leaders screaming to get the wounded help?’
Goldberg described their current emotional predicament as like being ‘on the head of a pin.’
‘Every direction you fall is a bad direction. So we’re just trying to balance on the head of a pin,’ she said.
During an appearance on Fox, Polin said that his current goal is to convince the world that the hostage situation in Gaza is a ‘global humanitarian catastrophe, and the whole world and foreign ministers everywhere should be screaming to get these people out and don’t politicize them.’
On the morning of October 7, Goldberg-Polin sent a text message to his mother and father that read: ‘I love you, I’m sorry.’
Born in Berkeley, California, Hersh and his family moved to Jerusalem when he was just eight-years-old. He had been at the Tribe of Nova music festival celebrating the end of his Israeli Army service.
Until April, he had been a tank driver in the 7th Armored Brigade and trained to become a medic.
His father, Jonathan, and mother, Rachel, said their son had been working as a waiter and was saving up money to fund a trip to India, which was his lifelong dream.
Now, his mother says that she and the rest of Hersh’s family are remaining hopeful that he will come home to them and take the trip to India ‘with one hand.’
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