Shani Louk, a 30-year-old woman of German and Israeli nationality, tragically lost her life at the hands of Hamas during an attack on a music festival in Israel on Saturday, October 7, 2023. She worked as a tattoo artist in Tel Aviv and was attending the Nova music festival in Israel, which was held in a rural area near the Gaza-Israel border, approximately six kilometers east of Gaza.
Hamas detained Shani, suspecting her of being an Israeli soldier, and paraded her behind a pickup truck before her tragic death. This distressing and heart-wrenching incident was captured on video, showing militants taunting and spitting on Shani’s lifeless body.
Shani’s cousin, Tomasina Weintraub-Louk, confirmed her identity, recognizing her distinctive leg tattoos and dreadlocked hair. Shani’s family was devastated by the news, as she had attended the music festival for peace, making this a nightmare for her loved ones.
Shani’s mother, Ricarda, pleaded for information and assistance after the video circulated on social media, revealing her daughter unconscious in a vehicle with Palestinian individuals driving around the Gaza Strip. She asked for help and any news regarding her daughter’s fate.
Shani Louk’s Instagram account has been flooded with tributes and condolences from people worldwide. Her bio indicates that she was a model and a tattoo artist, and you can find her on Instagram at @shanukkk.