Freed Israeli Hostage, Mia Schem, spoke up about her experience while she was being held by Hamas in Gaza.
Mia is one of the hostages Hamas militants kidnapped during the terror group’s Oct.7 attack on the Jewish nation. The 21-year-old Israeli-French woman was abducted from a music festival in southern Israel and taken to Gaza.
The terror group released Mia last month as part of a temporary ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. The 21-year-old, in the first interview since her release, spoke about her terrifying experience while she was in Gaza.
Mia accused Gazans of working with Hamas, adding that “Everyone over there is a terrorist.”
“It was important to me to relay the truth about the nature of the people who live in Gaza, who they are truly are and what I experienced there,” Mia said in a clip of the interview. “That I went through a holocaust. Everyone over there is a terrorist. Entire families are in the service of Hamas. Suddenly I realized that I’m with a family. Suddenly I’m asking myself questions: Why am I in some family’s home? Why are there kids here? Why is there a wife?”
Former hostage Mia Schem: "I went through a Holocaust" pic.twitter.com/FsTGSd6OX7
— Aviva Klompas (@AvivaKlompas) December 28, 2023
Mia revealed that she felt like an animal in the zoo during her captivity. The 21-year-old, who was shot in the arm on the day of her abduction, doctors operated on her injured arm before she was taken into Gaza.
“I felt like an animal in a zoo… I was chocking on my own tears.”
Mia Schem continues to relay the horrors she experienced as a hostage of Hamas in Gaza.
She said when she was freed, the other hostages she was forced to leave behind said “Mia, please, don’t let them forget… pic.twitter.com/Ma85DC2xwq
— Hen Mazzig (@HenMazzig) December 28, 2023
Mia’s aunt, Vivian Hadar, spoke of the 21-year-old’s condition following her release.
“She is thin, she is weak. A vet operated on her arm. She did not receive physiotherapy,” Hadar said.
Hamas featured Mia in one of its propaganda videos during captivity. The terror group coerced Mia into telling the world that she was being treated fairly.
Hamas releases its first footage of a hostage. The group says it is providing medical treatment to her. Though I think this is a poor attempt to show they are treating the hostages well. The hostage appears to be Israeli. pic.twitter.com/JDATGYenCr
— Joe Truzman (@JoeTruzman) October 16, 2023
“Hi, I am Mia Shem, I am 21 years old, from Shoham, at the moment I am in Gaza,” Mia said in a straight-to-camera shot taken by Hamas. “I came back on Saturday towards morning from the area of Sderot, there was a party, I was badly wounded in my hand, from the party they took me to Gaza, they took me to the hospital for three hours, they are worried about me, they are taking care of me, they are giving me medicines, everything is fine. I’m just asking to be returned home as soon as possible, to my family, my parents and my brothers. Please get us out of here as soon as possible. Thank you.”